I recently announced that I have been wanting to focus more on teaching, since I really love it! And it's more than just teaching art quilting; I also want to empower you by showing you that you can do more than you might think. In my classes I always say, "I don't want to STRESS you, but I do want to STRETCH you!" It's so fun to see people make something they didn't know they could! It ends up giving you confidence in other areas of your life too. Creating art is important all by itself, but it can be so much broader as well. I've added a few updates, mostly to the Framed Collage class, but one in the Simple Secrets class too! On that note...
First, I'd like to welcome all of the new class members after our Black Friday week sale! I hope you will at least get a chance to peek into your class even though it's a busy season, so you will be motivated to get at it after the holidays are done! And I also hope you will join the facebook group for your class. I am looking into another platform for classes and community both that will be so much nicer than what I have now if I get it going, hopefully after Christmas.
Second, I'd love some feedback! I know I want to focus on teaching, but what is it that YOU want to learn? Are there specific techniques, such as collage, or free motion stitching? Composition? Color theory? Or, are you interested in having your own creative business? I don't know everything, but I have learned a lot in my 14 ish years of doing this, and lately I've been learning even more thanks to classes I have been taking, and I'd love to pass it on! The business side of all of this is as interesting to me as the creating and the teaching. Or is there something else that I do that you would like to learn more about? I'd love to hear from you! If you get my newsletter, there is an actual survey, but for here, please comment below 😊
And, last, but not least, in addition to the printed greeting cards, we are gradually adding more art prints to the Etsy shop as well. I posted earlier this week that they are lower priced due to not being technically archival quality, hopefully we'll have those next! BUT, even when people have them in their hand, it takes a second to realize they are prints and not actual fabric, so the quality must be pretty good still! I like that they are an economical way to share my creations. (And also more 'normal'... people are more used to printed cards than quilted ones! 🤣)
I hope everyone is able to slow down and enjoy this season and not be too rushed. We've had plenty of snow here, so it definitely looks Christmasy!
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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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