When I started quilting in 2012, I worked for an insurance company with primarily men. My work week varied from 50 to 70 hours a week. I wasn't aware of a local guild nor of any quilt shops. Because of the lack of time and other resources, I bought most of my fabric, notions and tools online. I searched for videos on YouTube and found Cozy Quilt Designs and their monthly strip club, Leah Day and her marvelous free motion quilting, Missouri Star Quilt's Jenny Doan, and Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs.
Now I have a wonderful local guild and enough quilt shops close enough that I have to be careful not to visit too often. I decided that I'm not a fan of making scrappy quilts so using jelly rolls or 2-1/2" strips for quilts wasn't my style. Love to look at them though! I keep trying free motion quilting and have improved some but still need a lot of practice. I love the variety of patterns and the fun, quick tutorials from MSQC. These are also mostly scrappy so not for me.
This past August, I became an extension of the Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Designs family when I became a Certified Instructor.
In future posts, I'll describe the benefits of each of the tools and highlight some of their marvelous patterns.
Until then, take care and sew on.