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Hi there! 

I'm Julia, the artist behind HGBG.

I was once a professor of French literature--a very serious academic, but not anymore!

A reviewer called one of my academic books un chef d’œuvre and compared it to un ouvrage de femme (women's work) like lace. Little did he know that I was always a textile, tactile artist at heart, ever since I started sewing at age 15.

Now living in my hometown Seattle again, I've created this business--and related literary activities in the city--to explode those good feelings into the world!  (See local events under "Sustainability.")  

You could call it a family thing. My father, GK Jeff Douthwaite, was once a local state legislator, a boatman, engineer, and activist; and my mother, Mary Somerville, was a librarian, a teacher, and a longtime member of the Seattle League of Women Voters.  Years ago, they--together with neighbors in West Seattle--founded  a UU Fellowship, on the the very street I'm now living on! 

NEWS for Spring / Summer 2024 

- Our collection of quilts will be on display during the month of June

at the John L. Scott Real Estate office,

4445 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA!

(I'll be there in person on June 13, 5-8pm, for the WSEA ArtWalk)


 - Visit the HGBG booth at the Alki Art Fair,

July 19-21, on Alki Beach!

                    For images of work-in-progress or to say Hi!, follow HGBG on Instagram. 

20% wisdom discount: If you have graced this planet 60 or more years, just enter code SEASRS when checking out from our Etsy store. I'll reimburse your shipping fees too! (Domestic shipping in USA.)

Camila Ricardo with RARE Quilt no 4 June 29 2023.jpeg

Camila and her RARE quilt,

Spring 2023


Julia, the founder of HGBG                       My dog  Honey Girl                                   Sandra, a fellow writer

                                                                        (2009 -- 2023)

                                                               The inspiration for this biz

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