Before we really get going, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. This may help you get a better understanding of my perspective on quilting and bringing youth to the industry.
I am a 29 year old wife and mother. My son Zachary is 7 months old, and he is so much fun! I also have two dogs (I still refer to them as puppies even though they are 5 years old...they behave like they are about 1). If you are familiar with Two Chicks Designs Quilt Patterns, you probably have heard of Bailey and her younger brother Buster. I love to be creative, whether it is through quilting, scrapbooking, or other crafty activities.
I have been quilting for about 10 years. I took a beginner quilting class with my mom, and we were both hooked. Ten years later, mom owns a quilt shop and I am a professional pattern designer. We've both come a long way from our first projects (which, by the way, are still not finished...true confession: I was Mr. Chick's inspiration for the "Queen of Unfinished Projects" shirt). Now, we work together designing patterns that cater to the needs of quilt shops.
Before becoming a "professional quilter" (sounds kind of cheesy to me, but if the shoe fits...), I was a middle school teacher for 5 years. I taught algebra, language arts, and social studies. My students liked me because I tried to make learning fun, and I approach quilting with the same attitude. People today tend to take themselves too seriously. At Two Chicks Designs, we believe that quilting is fun, and we want to help you bring the fun and amusing aspects of quilting to your customers. If you have seen our shirts, you know that we have a lighthearted approach to quilting. I try to do the same with our patterns.
I look forward to getting to know many different shop owners, managers, and employees through this blog. It's something new that I am trying, and I would welcome your comments and questions as we look at increasing the number of young people interested in the quilting industry.