I had always been a bartender and as my kids entered school, I bartended by night to fund my outrageous all-consuming hobby. My favourite part of quilting ended up being machine quilting, and eventually, I began to quilt for other people on my domestic machine. Always dreaming of a longarm.
One day after a pretty long shift at the bar my husband told me his dirty penny slot habit had netted us enough money to perhaps look for a used longarm. I was able to procure an older well-loved machine and knowing I had to build a business to justify the purchase… I froze.
Little by little, I started to use the machine and began to transfer my domestic skills over to the longarm. This wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. Longarming was a whole new beast. I will tell you I cowboyed the heck out of that machine, I learned it inside and out… yes inside I took it apart, big mistake don’t do that. Anyhow it’s been six years and I have been professionally longarming for five of those years and doing a great job for four.
Learning everything the hard expensive way was ridiculous and I really hope you take some time and check out my courses. I want to share with you what I’ve learned and help you stretch your mind and see what these machines can do with some practice and a couple of tips from a pro.
Check out the Longarm Design Mini Course and get a taste of some of the processes you can use to get super creative and break away from stipple or computerized stitching. Get on the path to QuiltCon or bring your business to the next level.
IT WASN'T ALWAYS EASY
I've spent just as many hours picking stitches out of a quilt as I have putting them in. Learning to see beyond the blocks has had me in frustrated tears and fits of unrestrained swearing rages. The only way to overcome the dark days of quilting is to keep going and not give up. I quilted every day for almost 2 years before I declared myself a proper longarm quilter.
LEARN THE EASY WAY NOT THE LONG WAY
3 ways to get started together
Mini Design Course
Learn about how you can take some key fundamental design points and apply them to almost any quilt top.
Modern Quilting with Rulers
Rulers are one of the true foundations of modern quilting. Here you can learn how to take basic rulers beyond piano keys and into border-breaking designs
Feathers for Modern Quilts
Reimage Feathers, take them beyond the wreath or border. Feathers are so much more than heritage quilting. Bring feathers into the modern quilt.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE CHECKLIST
If you aren’t ready to commit to learning a new design process right now then why not download this FREE Quilter’s Block Checklist? You can use this tool to help you get out of your own head and see if you missed some inspiration that is right in front of you. I also send out updates on the courses and some pro tips I only share via email.