- We brought in your Quick Curve Ruler and patterns into our store and we love them! Tell us how you got started. Where did the inspiration for this ruler come from?
One day I was playing around with a curve shape and realized the endless designs created by a curve but knew I didn't want to create patterns with templates. When the ruler idea came to my head I knew it was something different and possibly something that would make cutting curves easier. I had never sewed curves before and after sewing my first curve, I ended up squaring the curved block up and that's why the Quick Curve Ruler is a square up ruler too.
- The Quick Curve Ruler has really made working with curves so much fun! How did you find that perfect, gentle curve? Were there many prototypes before the final ruler? How long did this process take?
I was actually playing around with the Churn Dash block and was trying to figure out a way to make it different and so I made the rectangles curved and made a 4-block curved Churn Dash quilt, all raw edge appliquéd. (that was before I knew how to piece a curve) Once I realized the curves potential, I started piecing the curve. I tried a few different curves that ended up being too curvy and ended up getting puckers. I realized, the slighter the curve the easier it is to sew and no puckers and that's how I ended up with just the right curve for the Quick Curve Ruler.
The Quick Curve Ruler
- What was the very first pattern you worked on with the Quick Curve Ruler? Looking back what are some of the big lessons learned?
My very first published pattern is Urban Escape. I actually didn't have the Ruler at the time I made that quilt. But that was one of my inspirations for coming up with the ruler and creating that curve shape. The first quilt was I think.... Urban Candy. Once I got the first prototype ruler, I was so excited I had like 3 quilts going at one time. I soon realized I needed more grid on the ruler and added that. I also needed the ruler to be wider. Thanks goodness for prototypes!
- What is your design process like?
After I envision a design in my head, I draw it out on paper. I then break it up into parts and figure out what and where the curve block would be. I then pull out my scrap fabric and play around with the curved block idea.... then after many, many trial and error blocks I figure out something that would work. I don't do anything digitally till it comes to writing the pattern. I'm sure I make it way too hard on myself. But it seems to work for me.
- I counted 20 patterns on your Bigcartel site and I see you have more in the works on your blog. You are a mom of 6, including a newborn and have a longarm quilting business. We can't help but wonder - How do you do it? You seem like Super Mom, Super Wife, Super Sister and Super Quilter rolled into one!
....well first things first, I have to give a lot of credit to my wonderful husband! He's been such a huge support and continues to help me out with my business, with the house and with the kids! I recently made the decision to stop longarm quilting professionally. It's been such a sad decision to make but really needed. I found that I just don't have enough time to do that and create my own patterns. I really try keep all my quilting/business stuff to a few hours a day. My kids are number one priority and I try to be there for them as much as I can.
- When did you begin quilting? I read on your blog that you bought your longarm machine about 6 years ago. But when and how did the quilting bug bite you?
My sister taught me how to quilt about 10 years ago. I instantly fell in love! My love of quilting expanded to longarm quilting and now designing my own patterns....can't wait for what's next!
- When did your sister Helen come on board? Did you guys sew together before you teamed up on the business? What's it like working with your sister?
My sister from day one has been my other biggest supporter! She was the one I would call when it came to anything I needed a second opinion on. Like I said before, she taught me how to quilt and I've always admired her talent. I always told her she could come aboard anytime and she finally did about 10 months ago. Since we live so far apart from each other, this gives us a reason and an excuse to spend some time together! We talk almost daily about business and new designs we may be thinking of. It's a lot of fun having a partner and she has definitely lightened my work load also!
Jenny, Helen and Little Ty at Spring Quilt Market
- I read in a guest post that you did for Happy Quilting that your daughter is going to be doing longarm work as well! That's exciting! When and how did she get started?
Well...that's still in the works. I'm going to spend sometime this summer teaching her how. We are going to start off simple. Overall designs and simple pantographs. There are a lot of quilters that just need some simple quilting on a baby or birthday quilt. I hope she LOVES it though and has the desire to do and learn more! I would love to see her be a part of the quilting industry someday and we could maybe work together someday!
- You currently have a Quilt Along going on your blog. Tell us a little bit about it. Can quilters still participate or access the material?
The “Curve it Up” QAL. It just finished up. All the tutorials can be found on my blog still. Helen and I took 12 traditional blocks and using the Quick Curve Ruler, “Curved them up”. It was lots of fun and fun to see other quilters' blocks. We are going to have a “Curve it up” link party soon, that way we can see everyone's quilts. We really want to always have some sort of QAL on our blog using the Ruler. One thing I really wanted when creating the Quick Curve Ruler is to keep the designs coming so no one would ever be disappointed in buying the ruler. Offering free tutorials on my blog I think is a big bonus for those that own the Quick Curve Ruler also!
Curve it Up Top from the Curve it Up QAL
- What do you have in store for your fans in the near future? Are there new patterns that you can tell us about?
Many more QAL's with free tutorials! We also have a fun book idea we are trying to get out there. ...and Helen and I were just talking on the phone today about pickles!! The pickle dish!
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