Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wow it's been an exciting week to say the least in my world. This week had a meeting with the printers . We are designing my logo, getting flyer's designed, business cards, and art cards done. Those I think excite me the most. Fran said should get some pictures of the studio and quilts that they could use and one might consider hiring a photographer. Well guess what that very night at a birthday party I met one. Can you say thinking the stars are all lining up for me. So the next day Brad emailed me , check out his web site  and yes going to have him come in and take some shots. It's funny how things work out. That was my Tuesday, on Monday I decided that I would book more classes and take a couple more days off work. Thought my families would complain when I gave them my new holiday schedule and everyone was fine with the additional three days off. Mind you I gave 3 months notice for one day and seven months notice for the days taking in December. Why did it take me 15 yrs to discover one could take time off work ? I swear for the last 15 years my family has only ever taken ten days for holidays a year.  Okay you have to know  both Rodney and I are self employed so it's a juggling act to take time off when  two companies are involved. Anyways booked more classes and am doing the happy dance cause learning has always excited me. So in June taking an extra day of classes with Deloa Jones. You can see her crazy at I love what she can do with feathers.

charity quilt for guild

On Wednesday finished binding on a charity quilt for the guild. Wanted it completed so I could show off my quilting skills . Okay just remember this is only my sixth quilt on the new machine.And with each quilt getting better and better. At my guild meeting last night the ladies loved what was done and I also brought Mr Bones to show off . Today will finish another charity quilt if time allows. So there you have it to date been crazy busy just the way I like it.

Now to net work more and get my name out there so that one can start building clients. Now to start dealing with building my web site so that every thing will be ready for our Grand opening. Mark your Calendar for July 22 - 24 !  Figure that's the best date for Loopy D's to hit the ground running. Most of my classes will be under my belt. Our family is back from holidays well rested, stampede will have been over so one will need a BBQ  to attend. Okay still working on what we will be doing but have started collecting some killer door prizes. ( Can you say money going out faster than coming in ) Idea's would be great so feedback is always welcome.
So there you have it all wrapped up in a bow a view into my small world now into the mix one has to add eight daycare kids, one Jack Russel, one university student , husband that is home one week gone the next for work. Notice the list starting with the ones that make the most work down to the one person in my life that makes it worth working from home. All my adventures would not be possible if I did not have Rodney by my side. Crazy man sees my vision and is on board for the crazy even after 29 years. I'm the dreamer, he's the one that keeps me grounded.
Now your goal for this week is to make some suggestions , tell me what you would like to be offered as services . In general would love to hear your feedback.  Chat Later got to head to the Longarm and do some real work. Enjoy your day.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Come Jump with me.

Well it's been an interesting couple of weeks to say the least. For the last four years I have been quilting , learning and educating myself in all that is quilting. The history is always unfolding, some quilts take my breath away. The artistry is really not appreciated by most, but wow it's art . My goal for  my quilts is to create something that looked like what was in my head. Sometimes it happened but for the most part never did . Then off they went to the longarm quilter to finish. Yes I sent my quilts out that I thought where special. I did quilt the everyday ones don't get me wrong. And hence that's why I now own a longarm machine because I was not always happy with what came back. Part of it was my fault as one needs to tell the quilter what you want. To say have fun really can mean different things to different people.

Monica's quilt- Eva's block

Anyways I have now quilted two quilts for paying clients. That's right Molly is earning her keep! They where not big quilts but I know that the ladies put a lot of time and love into their creations. Monica let me do her quilt that we all made blocks for. Each block was done by a different lady. We all have been together for 3 yrs sewing so we all put much love or our crazy into each block we made. So when she trusted me it was an honor . The Block Eva did with all the paper piecing scared me to quilt but I think I did it justice. The end results of this quilt made me smile. The next quilt was for Mary Beth. She loves making quilts but she can't quilt them due to her handicap . When I asked her what she wanted done her answer was you decide !  The part she hates is trying to figure out what to do with the finished top. She hates picking the design , the thread , basically the whole finishing process. Well I took her quilt and played. Took Sue Pattens advice and listened to Mary Beth, then looked at the quilt and asked what she thought of this and maybe do that . End results really did make me smile and proud of the work. It's scary taking these tops that these women are trusting you with and try to capture what they want onto their quilt. I can now see why my quilts never turned out the way I wanted them to cause I did not tell the longarmer what I wanted. And they also needed to give back impute. Taking a quilt to another person to finish is hard , you have worked on that top for along time and now you are giving up control. So good lesson is to have a good relationship with your LA person.

I Once I finished those quilts I have started working on charity quilts for the guild. Must do something special cause every quilt is a showcase of my work. And as Rod says building a client base is the most import part of my business at this time. Today I got my phones up and answering service set up . I will be getting the web site done in the next couple of weeks. Then it's back to Edmonton for more lessons. Can hardly wait to take more classes . This round is with Deloa Jones she does out of this world work with feathers. Will see if I can schedule another work day off to take two classes of hers. It's hard fitting in these classes when they interfere with my full time paying job. Although doing these classes has been like a life line or recharger for me. I quilt and sew because it is where I can create and be myself. No rules to follow  , no boxes to fit into no one to please.Okay I do follow rules but the art quilts are all mine.  It's where I am allowed to play. So thinking might have to schedule another day off . I run a day home and it's hard when my taking time off effects families but thinking a happy Deb is a much better childcare provider. This year I did have an eye opener when I asked for a day off due to a funeral and one parent said I really did not need a whole day. So that's when I started booking time off cause really I also have a life outside of work. It also pushed me into the longarm business faster. 
Loopy D's Longarm studio

Quilting side of business

Well there you have it . I told you I would take you along on my new adventure. Working hard to build my skills. The studio is up and running as you can tell from the pictures. I will be offering longarm classes plus renting out the machine once you have taken the class. All my supplies have been ordered. My husband is crazy and says get everything now because our dollar is so good. So I have placed orders for more thread, batting and rulers plus books and stencils. Right now it feels like the money is flying out the window and not much coming back . This will change in time as once I have everything I will not have to order more for now. The joys of starting a new business. So if you want more information to  book a Longarm  class, schedule an appointment for longarm services my number is 403 669 9523 . I am jumping want to come play in our waters?