It's mind-blowing to me how many businesses have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those of us in the quilting, sewing, and fabric industries have not escaped the pain. Fortunately, the quilting business is made up of creative minds and that ingenuity, along with some tricky tap dancing, has kept most folks upright and moving forward. I don’t know about you, but when I'm given a challenge, and I've faced several big ones in my life, I need to overcome and conquer. That does not mean I don’t have a good cry or get really mad - I do. But I eventually put the self-pity aside and find a creative solution to move forward.
My creative solution was to make some How To tutorial videos of a few of my patterns, like a recorded class, then post them to my YouTube channel. I was pleased (and a little surprised) to see how many quilters watched them, proving that even in this crazy time, you still love to be creative, too. Sales through my Etsy shop have been a genuinely nice surprise. THANK YOU. I love making videos - everything about it, from editing to lighting to adding graphics, even picking the right music, I love it all. It is just the spelling I have trouble with but thank God I married a great speller.
I also love to design NEW patterns for you to make and enjoy the creative process so, when I was asked by international quilting icon American Quilters Society to be part of a new project using a new pattern I designed, I jumped at the chance. It's called QuiltCLASS@Home and my new teaching video will be part of their lineup. So, while we wait for the traditional venues to come back, and they will, we can continue to support the teachers, designers, and industry we all love by taking classes and visiting quilt shows online. I think it’s a great idea.
For information about my NEW class with AQS and to sign up, click . The class will be through a private Facebook group.
Then order your pattern from my . You can get a complete pattern and fabric kit or you can get a downloadable version of the same pattern and use your own fabrics. The downloadable pattern also has a color chart to help you find the right colors from your own stash.
In the class I demonstrate how I used Ombre batik fabrics in this quilt - the process is incredibly fun.
- The Ombre fabrics I use (and sell) are from Hoffman of Californian and Robert Kauffman. The complete kit, pattern and fabrics is $75. Background fabric is included.
- Digital pattern is $12 - use a color printer when printing - all pages are letter size.
- Traditional pattern through my shop is $20.
Hope this helps.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.