In 2015, the idea to start a monthly subscription box for quilters was stewing in my brain. A good friend of mine, Tracy, was my partner in crime in getting Quilters Candy Box started. We worked and studied and got everything ready for our first box to ship in June of 2016.
I learned a lot real quick about the business side of the quilting world. I also learned a lot about quilting! Tracy helped introduce me to all things quilt related. The more I quilted and read patterns, the more I realized I wanted to try making quilt patterns.
I still remember being on a family vacation and all I could think about were different patterns. I would close my eyes and envision a pattern. I would look at something in a gift shop and think, “That could totally be made into a quilt pattern!” As much as I enjoyed that vacation, I had a hard time waiting to get home to start researching how to write quilt patterns.
As I started writing patterns, I got questions about if my pattern was a good beginning quilter pattern. Keep in mind I wasn’t too new to the quilting world myself. I remembered what it was like to not understand a pattern. I may have shed a tear or two in frustration over misunderstood patterns and cutting into fabric incorrectly.
I realized I wanted to create a space for new quilters. I wanted to write patterns and create a place that was easy for new quilters to enter. I LOVED having handmade quilts in my life, and I wanted others to experience it, too.
As I thought more about this, I realized I couldn’t do it ALL. There is only so much time in a day. As much as I loved doing the monthly subscription boxes, I knew it was time to say good-bye to that part of my business. And knowing that I was going to move on to teaching quilting and writing patterns, I also knew I wanted to help teach people about fabric.
Fabric is a HUGE part of quilting. It can make or break a quilt. And it’s also not something people know too much about. Fabric is much more than just a pretty piece of cloth. So I did a little research, I looked for which fabrics I consistently used and liked, and it led me straight to Art Gallery Fabrics!
And so here I am! I am thrilled to be able to focus on teaching quilting, writing patterns, and sharing Art Gallery’s amazing fabrics!