Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Learning New Things

Sometimes we really get in a rut of doing what we are comfortable doing.  It is easy to just do what we know how to do in many areas of our lives.  That holds true for quilting, as well.  I know a lot of techniques, but I also have so much to learn.  Whenever a new tool comes out, I look at it and I think,  "Is this worth my time to figure out?"  Too often, the answer is "Not right now.  Maybe later."  However, I recently took a class using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Hunter's Star.  I LOVE IT!  This tool really makes creating 8-pointed stars easy.  The options in the tool for several sizes and either 2, 3, or 4 colors make it well worth the price.  After a one day class, I was comfortable enough to make another project on my own, and then, ultimately, to teach the class to others.  It just goes to show that it can pay off to try new things!  My next new thing?  I am going to try the wedge ruler and the Spicy Spiral Table Runner pattern.
  P.S.  I am very busy quilting for customers that need their quilts done in time for Christmas gifts.  I am looking forward to hanging out with family and taking at least a week off from quilting at the end of the month, but for now, my nose is to the grindstone!