Am I the Only One?

I’ve been in this business for a long time… I started piecing in 1997 and started longarming in 2004 as a business. It quickly became a love… I couldn’t wait to get my piece on the longarm so I never really stretched my piecing skills. Now my longarming skills… that’s a different story. It didn’t take me long to start teaching…. 2006 and I love every minute that I spend with my students. With that being said… I do suffer from Imposter Syndrome at times. More so when I first started teaching but there are still times when I’m waiting for people to realize that I am not as good as they think I am.

When we first start on this journey most of us have no idea what we are doing and you know what??? That’s normal! If you think I knew what I was doing, you be crazy! I had no clue and learned by trial and error. What I learned is that if you aren’t failing …. you aren’t growing, see we learn more from our failures than our successes. There are still days where I am waiting for people to say… hmmmm, she isn’t as good as I thought she was. The difference between now and then… I’m ok with that. I know I love what I do and I love sharing it with as many people as I can.

Fast forward to today…. as I sit here and type out this blog. My business sure has changed a lot since I started it back in 2004 and when the pandemic hit… boom… my business model was sunk. Since I traveled to teach… it came to a screeching halt. (now the timing couldn’t have been worse since I had just gotten a divorce and needed to support myself) Over the past year and a half there have been many ups and downs in my business, when the downs hit.. I wonder maybe this is “someone” telling me I should be doing something else. But then I would hit a high… and think… I’ve got this.

Imposter syndrome hit and it hit hard. I needed to figure out how to survive with trying to teach online. I am not a techie person so the amount that I learned this year while putting together Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy and Quilter’s Groove® Tribe was astounding. Hard, yes but oh so worth it but I had to keep telling myself.. you can do this, you got this. Not always the easiest thing to keep that mantra in your head.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, there have been many new quilters that have reached out with doubts… they have had their machines for a while and they use it as a coat hanger or some such thing. I want you all to know that whether you are new at this or experienced… we almost all go through the same emotions of “what am I doing”. I can’t do this… I don’t know what I was thinking. I am here to tell you… you can do this! If I can do this… you can too. Remember we all start in the same spot and the key here is to not compare yourself to anyone!

Your journey is unique to you. Embrace the ups and downs, figure out what you can learn when something didn’t turn out the way you thought it would! Most of all….. ENJOY yourself, be kind to yourself… the things we say to ourselves in our head matter!

So as Mel Robbins says…. look in that mirror and give yourself a high five today! YOU GOT THIS!

I would love to hear from all of you…. have you ever felt like an imposter? What do you do to motivate yourself when this happens? Leave it in the comments so I don’t feel like the only imposter out here. 💕

Are you an Overthinker?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary meaning of “overthink” ~ to think too much about (something) : to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful.

I am definitely an overthinker. It is rarely a good thing because I can almost become a bit obsessed over what I am “overthinking”. Do any of you have this trait? Please tell me I am not the only one.

My latest (I’ll call it an overthinking project) is a small wallhanging. I had some leftover pieces from my MetroRing quilt and since I didn’t know what else to do… I thought.. a wall hanging. My problem was I really didn’t have enough pieces for the size i wanted. So I had an idea that the outside rings I would make out of just one fabric. I think I like it.. and am really overthinking it.

This will eventually be a sample for a new class called.. Full On Feathers and Fill! So I can’t overthink for too long or it will never get done. LOL

So my question to you… do you overthink things? And what type of things do you overthink? Leave your answers in the comments!

Fb Live

I got a number of emails that the video either didn’t work or it was so small you couldn’t see it. I’m so sorry. Please give this link a try! https://app.searchie.io/watch/04NyBvXVqa

I will be doing another FB Live today at 5PM EST on the Quilter’s Groove FB page. Gonna go over some designs for one of my quilts. Hopefully you can join me!

Showing up every week!!

Hi all… first off, thank you so much for following my blog. I am determined to get better at showing up not just in the blog but on social media as well. I just closed the Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy for the 3rd time. Last week I did 3 webinars and Wow… I had so much fun that on Thursday… I decided to do a FB live!

Why do I not do them more often? It brings me joy to connect with other quilters and share our stories… the only thing I can think of is life gets in the way. Busy being a mom, an entrepreneur and we can’t forget avid golfer really is a time suck. So I am hoping that you all can help…. I will be showing up here in my blog, my newsletter and on FB live…. at least one of these a week… what I need from you, let me know what things you need advice on in your quilting journey. Whether you are starting a business and want advice or quilting help.. this will give me a jumping off point to help you!

So I thought I would give you the FB live I did last week. (You can forward past the countdown timer) It is me designing for a top that I have coming up. Let me know what you think in the comments!!

Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy

It is that time again… twice a year I launch Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy! This 12 week signature course is perfect if you struggle with what to quilt on your tops or your customers tops. I walk you through a proven step by step method of designing the perfect quilting for any and all quilt tops!

Are you on the waitlist? If not… you want to be! I will open enrollment up for the waitlist early and with a special price. You can check out all the information here!

Here are just some of the quilts past students have designed! Aren’t they amazing!!! Don’t wait.. get your name on the waitlist!!

Simple Yet Effective

Who doesn’t love a super simple treatment that is also very forgiving? I normally use a ruler for my continuous curve … mainly due to my type A personality. But there are times when you just want to move through a quilt and not want to use a ruler for everything. The center of the above block is just that… Twist continuous curve. Here is a short little video that shows how I stitch it.

What is your favorite go to for keeping something simple? Leave it in the comments.

The Tale of 2 Bunnies!

My friend Barbara Persing created the most adorable pattern called Babyhood! It includes not just one pattern but 4 different baby quilt patterns. I made 2 of the bunnies and had so much fun! Now you know how much I love custom work so that’s what i decided to do. Here is the first one I made..

The second one I decided to do an allover design! I chose one of my favorite Urban Elementz design square spiral

Surprisingly I love the one with the all over design! What do you think? Leave it in the comments!

I just gifted the one with the all over design to the most adorable couple at my club that just had a baby boy named Adam.

Have a great day!

Lisa

Avoiding those Thread Nests!

They are unsightly and no one wants nests or boogers on the back of their quilt! So how do we avoid them…. this video will show you how to avoid them when starting to quilt. The key here…. you MUST hold on to both top and bobbin thread before you hit the start button!!

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One Piece Backing!

Love em, hate em? Those one piece backings that we think are so fabulous still need to be squared up before you load them onto the machine. And please don’t forget to wash them… the sizing on them can produce tension nightmares! So if you are taking customer quilts and get a wide backing…. inquire if it was washed and if it wasn’t either have the customer take it and wash and press it or you do it and charge them appropriately for it.

Squaring up your backing is so important for a fabulous finished product, especially if it is a wall hanging or you would like to enter it into a show! So this is how I piece those one piece backing…. note: i did not have a wide backing to demonstrate but this is how i do it with wide backings as well.

How do you square up those wide backings? Leave it in the comments

Squaring up your one piece backing!

If you enjoy the videos posted here, you will love Quilter’s Groove® Tribe. It is a monthly membership with lessons and Q & A’s to help you become a more confident quilter… whether you struggle with choosing your quilting designs or are just looking for more instruction to perfect what you already know, this is the place to be. Click here for more information.

Everyone loves Feathers, right?

It is hard to believe but not everyone loves those formal feathers, that I love so much.

The Hook Feather is the perfect alternative for the quilter who wishes to produce a less formal feather in their design. Implementing this type of feather creates a more relaxed appearance. Although I am a true “Formal” Feather fan, if one is looking for a more fun look to their piece, I highly recommend applying the Hook Feather.



The Hook Feather

This video tutorial is the perfect tool to assist in executing the Hook feather.

This technique is fun and the perfect way to bring a new enhancement to your quilt. Click here!

Click here if you want to print out a worksheet for practice