It's been a crazy few months in my life, so I have been pretty absent here. I was in Minnesota for two months taking care of my mom. Nine days after we lost her, we gained our first grandbaby, Juliet Pearl. It's been a whirlwind... I'm glad to be home and getting back into my studio. As usual, I have lots of plans for more designs and tutorials, but life keeps getting in the way! I do have a lot of irons in the fire, so we have been doing a little regrouping and prioritizing. I managed to get one new pattern out while I was away, partly with the help of some faithful followers to do the sewing I couldn't do! Photos below of the pattern and my new grandbaby 😊
Here is a list of some of the things I am trying to incorporate into my business:
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Kits and patterns: always first priority! We sell those here on this website and also wholesale to quilt shops. Always looking for ways to increase our website visibility, we've been working with Google. We recently discovered that an old business we had, which wasn't really even a business, was sabotaging this website since they had duplicate phone numbers; in the process of getting that sorted out, whew!!
Classes: kids class is going well, aside from the 7 week break... More to come! Next week I will be in Wasilla for a class with the Valley Quilters Guild. Teaching is definitely a passion of mine, I want to see creative pursuits continue with current and future generations!
Tutorials: I tend to put those on Facebook or Instagram, but I am planning to start putting them in blog posts instead, and/or pages here on the website. Also working on more YouTube videos, be sure to subscribe to our channel!
Finished products: I am still making quilted cards and wall hangings for bazaars. We did six bazaars last year! In the summer, The Quilt Tree (Anchorage) and That Old Sew and Sew (Fairbanks) are pretty much the only places I have the cards, I can't keep up with more than that right now.
Colorplay: I still have a great place to create, plus lots of cool stuff to share, so I want to get that going again! Monthly nights where people can come to learn a technique and have a fun night out. Along that same line, I would love to host private parties, whether birthday or other, older kids or adults. I have a variety of types of projects we could do, sewing, painting, and more.
Eversewn machines: I am hoping to become the local dealer for these machines. I'm just starting that process, so I hesitate to put it here, but working toward that hopefully! I would love to have machines in a reasonable price range that I can confidently recommend to people, something I have always struggled with.
Panels: In addition to kits and patterns, we have fabric panels for sale here on the website. So far they are mostly from Alaskan artist Teresa Ascone, but I'm planning to add some from Trish Stuart soon, and maybe even some of my own! They are a really fun way to have a quick project with someone else doing the actual artwork!
That's a lot of stuff, and there are even a few more smaller categories I will leave out for now! This is what comes from a brain that never stops spinning with ideas 😂 I hope you are all having a great spring, and are making some time to create!
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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