Meet Karla Piper in her own words…
Karla Piper is a small town girl from Vicksburg, Michigan. She loves her family and friends, helping people, walking with Hank the dog, and working. When not on the road at shows, she even finds time to play tennis, hike and kayak with her husband. If you ask her where her favorite place is in the world, she’ll tell you the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).
Siesta Silver Jewelry was born in January of 2010 after Karla, the owner, returned from honeymooning with her husband, Mark, in Mexico. While in Mexico, unique jewelry items were purchased, and a business idea was brewing. Once back home, Karla couldn’t wait to get started. Remember, Karla enjoys working.
From 2010 to 2012, Karla bought sterling silver items and resold them. However, near the end of 2012 an idea about designing quilt block jewelry came to fruition. Karla was inspired, not only by the beautiful quilts her mom, Nancy, meticulously makes, but also the Vicksburg Quilt Trail that surrounds her.
In 2013, Karla and her mom collaborated on the very first quilt block designs, Churn Dash and Friendship Star. Karla took a leap of faith and signed up for the AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids show. She had no idea what she was getting into or where it would take her.
The editor of the AQ magazine stopped by her booth, liked her jewelry, and featured Siesta Silver Jewelry as a Fabulous Find in the very next issue. That was the beginning of what has become a very positive relationship with AQS. You may have seen the ads in the AQ magazine. FYI, the barns she uses in her ads are all from her local quilt trail.
Fast forward to 2019, almost everything in the Siesta Silver Jewelry line is exclusively designed and developed in Vicksburg, Michigan by Karla. Once designed, she works with the mom and pop shops in Taxco, Mexico.
All of Siesta Silver Jewelry is sterling silver and nickel free. The collection consists of earrings, pendants, charms, necklaces, bangles and rings. Everyone loves the charms since they not only fit on the Siesta® bangle, bracelet, or necklace but also on a Pandora®, Brighton® or any modern charm bracelet. Quilters like to collect them all.
Generally, Siesta® introduces 2 new blocks a year. Currently, they have 15 quilt blocks in their collection. The Barn Quilt and Pinwheel blocks debuted earlier this year.
The limited edition cake jewelry recently released was inspired by TLC’s Cake Boss Mauro Castano and celebrating the 35th Anniversary of AQS. AQS members will receive 20% off of the cake jewelry at the Fall Paducah and Charleston QuiltWeek shows.
Every piece of Fordite, also known as Motor Agate or Detroit Agate, is a unique object of beauty. Like agate, Fordite is cut and polished to reveal the swirling patterns of colors inside. Unlike agate, Fordite comes not from the ground, but from the retired paint shops of the automotive industry.
In the old style of painting cars, there was a great deal of overspray. The paint built up layer by layer and was baked at high temps between coats. As the story goes, paint shop workers would sometimes knock chunks of the paint buildup loose and take them home as souvenirs. The colorful buildup was beautiful in its raw form and turned out to be breathtaking once cut and polished, perfect for use in jewelry.
No one knows how much Fordite was saved. Modern processes are no longer creating this amazing byproduct. All we know for sure is it looks great in our Siesta earrings, pendants, bracelets, and rings!
Since quilters love their stashes, color and texture, the Fordite line of unique pieces is a perfect fit.
Siesta Silver Jewelry has also had the honor and privilege of designing Fordite for the top seven winners at the Fall Paducah show.
Click here to visit Siesta Silver to see their Fordite pieces.
Jewelry for a Cause…
Paws for Penny is returning for a very limited time. Originally, this was designed to raise money for a childhood friend, Penny, fighting an inoperable brain tumor. Over $8000 was originally raised to help with medical and home health care expenses. Penny passed peacefully on June 26th so the Paws for Remembering Penny is back to raise money and awareness for brain tumors. Half of the purchase price for the Paws will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association | Support, Programs, Research.
The paws charm and earrings are available on the website or at the Fall Paducah and Charleston shows.
Siesta Charm School…
Karla enjoys collaborating with other women. In 2017, she teamed up with Beth and Phyllis of Tucker University to offer a coordinating charm incentive program based on tools by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. Learn the technique and collect the exclusive charm. If interested, ask your local quilt shop about participating in Siesta Charm School.
You can find Siesta Silver Jewelry at most AQS QuiltWeek shows. If Siesta is at the show, they always advertise in the Showbook. One of their favorite things to hear is, “I circled you, highlighted you, or starred you.” Karla loves seeing old and new Siesta® Sisters!
You can always see where Siesta Silver Jewelry is going to be by visiting our events page. Visit our booth this fall at the AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah Show September 11-14, 2019 and at the AQS QuiltWeek Charleston Show September 25 – 27, 2019.
When not at an AQS QuiltWeek show or other event you can find their gorgeous items at their website by clicking here.
If you are in Detroit, Michigan, stop by the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Shop to see more of Karla’s Fordite designs.
When in Paducah, Kentucky, stop by the National Quilt Museum shop to commemorate your trip with a piece of quilt jewelry.
Of course, you are always welcome to call or email Karla at 269.548.7300 or Karla@SiestaSilverJewelry.com.
Siesta Silver Jewelry is very appreciative of all the people who have supported us over the last (almost) 10 years. We love our Siesta Sisters and Brothers! We look forward to connecting at an upcoming AQS QuiltWeek show.