ABOUT

MAQ Design is owned and operated by Mary-Ann Quinn, master upholsterer and seamstress. With well over 40 years of hands on experience, you can be assured any work coming out of the workroom will be extraordinaire.

The process begins with a phone call or email to discuss your decorating projects. I offer a shop in your home service for fabric selection and design consultation (for a travel fee) or a free ½ hour consultation in my workroom by appointment. I will provide you with assistance to select fabric and design to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Turnaround time from the first appointment to the finished product can be anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on the size of your job, how long it takes you to select fabric and design, and how many jobs are on the agenda before yours. In any event, you’ll receive personalized service and periodic contact about your job status.

No job too big or too small!

A BIT OF HISTORY

It all started with an old chair back in the early 1970’s. My mother was unable to say no when a neighbor offered a channel back chair needing to be reupholstered. Having sewed since forever, I made a slipcover for it and took it for my college dorm room.

An ad for an upholstery class at a local high school adult education class caught my eye during the mid 1970’s which provided the instruction to recover the chair using the existing base padding. The wood on the arms and legs was scratched and I refinished that. Pleased with the outcome, I went on to reupholster all the furniture that I owned. In the mid 1990’s I reupholstered the channel back chair again, that time rebuilding it from the frame up and replacing all internal materials.

In 1989, pining to be home with young children, I established an upholstery business out of my home. I worked in my living room for a short while before building a professional workroom where I work out of today. Eventually, I added slipcovers, custom window treatments, and interior design services to my repertoire.

I learned mostly by taking apart and putting back together. Furniture came into the shop with a variety of techniques used by other upholsterers and manufactured furniture which allowed me to develop my own techniques by seeing what endured and what failed with use. I read all I could find on the subjects of upholstery, slipcovers, curtains and other sewing for the home, connected with professional associations and networking groups, and have attended seminars and trade shows around the country not only in the capacity of a student but as an instructor.

Mary-Ann continues to network with leaders in the industry to stay informed with the latest trends.