I have taken the plunge and embarked on a new adventure! Last year, I wrote a few blog posts on running a machine quilting business. At the time, I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things that I have learned over the years. The response to the series was, and still is, overwhelming. It turns out I am not the only person interested in the topic. I really like writing and blogging about business-related topics. I like to joke that in another life, I might have been a motivational speaker. But as much as I love the topic of business, I know that my personal website isn’t the right place for that. This blog’s main focus is machine quilting, and I want to keep it that way. So, after thinking about it for a while, I have taken the plunge and started a new website The Business of Machine Quilting. The Business of Machine Quilting is website for quilters who are interested in starting a machine quilting business or growing their quilting business. I put together a quick video that will ho
Before I jump into today’s post, I just have to say that I just love the people in this industry! Last week, I put one of my quilts up for auction to raise money for a family with a sick son. Honestly, I was hoping to get $300. I figured that if I got at least that much, I wouldn’t be sad about parting with my quilt. I was blown away last night when it sold for $1,125!! I am in awe! Thanks so much to everyone who helped spread the word and congrats to Diane, the winner of the quilt. I know it’s going to a good home! On a different topic, if you happen to follow me on Instagram you may know that I love to post pictures of the quilts that I am working on. But lately, I have been having a lot of fun with the video function! (For those that don’t know, Instagram has a 15 sec video option) It has been a fun challenge to try to record a informative video in 15 secs. Just a few of the videos that I posted to my instagram last week: See all the videos by following me on Instagram I plan on
Happy Black Friday! If you are a black friday shopper, you are probably out scoping the deals right now. Instead of shopping, I am spending today in the safety of my house. I love being around people, but not people who are going to trample me. Regardless if you are going out or staying in today, I have a freebie for you! Melissa has put together a free tutorial using my Legacy fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. She named it “Steps to Tranquility” What an appropriate name! She went all out on the quilting, taking 20 hours to quilt this beauty on her HandiQuilter. She did a stunning job, don’t you think?? I just love how she used different textures of quilting! Head on over to her blog, Happy Quilting Melissa, to see more pictures and get the free tutorial! Happy Quilting!!
How would you like to buy this quilt……and help out a great family? It’s hard to see anyone going through a trial, especially when it’s a friend. Over the last two years, I have watched my friend Shelby and her family struggle with the sickness of her sweet son, Isaac. After a mysterious illness that caused vomiting, doctors realized that his liver wasn’t functioning normally. In Shelby’s words: Over the past two years, they thought he had a liver disease but have for the most part, ruled that out. We were sent to St. Louis Children’s Hospital because of his physician at Children’s Mercy was unable to practice due to his own health declining. St. Louis Children’s has taken numerous amounts of images of his liver and gallbladder and are completely confounded by the complexity of his anatomy. Several centers across the nation have told us, “It is nothing we have ever seen before.” and “We aren’t sure what we would do either.”
Thanks so much for the sweet compliments about my upcoming workbook!! I can’t tell you how much they mean to me!!! Today’s quilt belongs to Tula Pink. It’s Julie Herman’s Night Sky quilt pattern made using Tula’s newest collection Foxfield. It just so happens that I also quilted the quilt on the cover of Julie’s pattern, which was pieced with all solids. It was so fun to quilt the same quilt made with prints, and awesome prints at that!! I told Tula that one of these days we should record our quilting conversations. They are actually kinda funny! With this quilt, she said that she wanted something feather-y and awesome. Then she joked that, really, only one row of the quilt was going to be shown in her booth at Quilt Market. Which turned out to be the case! Here’s the finished quilt in her booth: So I joked back that I would just quilt one row really good. Turns out, she really liked the idea so I ran with it!! Well, I didn’t quilt only one row really good,