I’m so glad you stopped by my website and blog. About 6 years ago my husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. I wanted to learn how to quilt. I went online to find local quilt shops and Wish Upon a Quilt popped up just a few miles from our house and they had a beginning quilting class starting up. So I joined the class. At the time the old owner Cathy was teaching. I fell in love with quilting and quickly acquired a fabric stash. I began taking more classes and learned about Studio 180 tools and Deb Tucker. While I was at the Wish retreat in 2019, Cathy asked me to do a demo on the Studio 180 Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool and afterwords people asked her if I would be teaching in the shop. She purchased the Tucker University curriculum and I began teaching. I had only been teaching a few months when the shop was sold. Little did I know that the new owners would be a huge boost to my teaching. Frank and Laurie are wonderful to work for and they have been so supportive of my ideas.
In February of 2020 I spent a wonderful week training to become a Studio 180 Certified Instructor. It was by far the most wonderful week of my creative life. I made wonderful friends and learned more than I ever thought possible.
In March of 2020 when the pandemic hit Frank and Laurie knew we would have to make some changes. We could no longer teach in the shop with the social distancing protocols in place. So Costa Constantinou and I began making videos and short tutorials to post to the Facebook page. Those videos are the ones you see right here on my site! My husband and I began talking to Frank about the possibility of teaching over Zoom. We set up a couple of cameras in my sewing room and several of my former students and some great customers at Wish agreed to be guinea pigs for our little experiment. It went over very well and now we are beginning to teach over Zoom on a regular basis. It’s wonderful because we can reach so many more people this way. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I do. My students are amazing and I love having a new way to connect with them.
Laurie and I came up with an idea for a quilt using all the Tucker Tools and one of her amazing panels that she designed. We now have a year long series running at the shop called Tucker Tool Club. I will be teaching it once a month over Zoom. If you’re interested in learning more about it, head over to www.wishuponaquilt.com and click on the Clubs tab. It’s listed there. We only have a few more spots left open and it promises to be a fun year!
I hope to be able to share the things I’m working on, upcoming classes, tips and tricks, and a few videos here with you. Education is my passion and I love helping my students learn more productive and precise ways to piece their quilts. I’ll be talking about things happening at the shop, things happening at Studio 180 Design, and there will be no shortage of cat pictures and pictures of my husband working on my quilts on our long arm. Thanks for joining me on this new adventure!