Success Story- Just Believe

Here is an email I recently received from a wonderful student in Ohio.  I just had to share it with you all because you are all worth so much more than you believe!
Dear Linda
After taking your class this summer at Doug and Martha’s “touch of thread” I came home and quilted my granddaughters quilt as you suggested. She not only won project of the day in our county, she won at the Ohio State Fair as well. Thank you very much for your advice! She was thrilled, as you can imagine. I also took your suggestion to raise my prices. You assured me I would not lose customers and asked me to let you know how that went. You were right again. I am as busy as ever and making a whole lot more. I am enjoying adding the new designs I learned from you to my quilting and my customers really like those. Life is good.
Thanks again for wonderful classes and great advice.
Blessings, Dale Rubel

Classes in New Zealand and Houston, TX

Where does the time go?  Anyone else noticing that time goes faster now than ever?  It has seemed like a whirlwind since I returned from New Zealand and Australia. The students in New Zealand were as amazing as the Aussies – so enthusiastic and appreciative.  My class on the domestic machines went like a dream for me.  I rarely see students so focused on their work.  I had sent my file for the stitched out fans to one of the longarm students who had a computerized machine in NZ and she had stitched out all the stabilized samplers for the students.  That made it a lot easier for them to completely focus on the designs. Really, I was amazed at how well they did and nearly all of them finished their samplers in class.  I loved meeting each and everyone of them.  The next day, the longarm students were just as enthusiast.  It was a demo class so they did a lot of drawing and hopefully went home to practice their new library of designs.  It was fun because we were free to talk about what mattered most to them.  I think we covered a lot of ground.  It was almost like one of the retreats that I hold here in Star Valley, WY.

Yes, I was introduced to new foods.  My most favorite was Melissa’s cheese macaroni with ham, and the CRONUTS.  Cronuts are a combination of crescents and donuts – deep fried and flavored.  I loved the carmel and Rick’s favorite was the strawberry-rhubarb.  Yum, yum.  I’m still working on working those 3 cronuts off, I’m just saying….

Well, another great year at Houston.  The classes and students were awesome.  Everyone comes with such a desire to learn about longarm quilting. There were many beginners, just so cute, they don’t have a clue how good they are already.  They have such an advantage to learn so fast from the best teachers in the world.  Some students come to advance their skills and they are so so good.  I can just see it in their eyes when they learn a new skill and realize how valuable it will be in their everyday quilting.

I am preparing now for a mini retreat next week, here in Star Valley for three days.  The students are all from this area and surrounding states, so no worries about the wonderful cold arctic weather we have had the past 2 days.

Thank you to everyone who took any of my classes in Sydney, Adelaide, Auckland and Houston.  The fact is, if you weren’t there, I wouldn’t have been there.  I love quilting, but I love teaching and being with students even more!



Awesome Retreat Week!

I have been so busy with all the preparations for the retreats, I haven’t had much time to blog.  The first week’s classes were just amazing.  We talked and laughed and learned and quilted all week. They all just finished up yesterday and are now on their way home or on their way to visit the sites in the beautiful area.    This last week was the beginner week and oh, my what a wonderful gathering of enthusiastic new longarm quilters.  They were so thrilled with the projects they finished and all the other fabulous surprises during the retreat.  It was so fun to see their confidence level swell over the three days.   I feel so good about it because my goal is to make sure they know “if I can do it, they can do it.”  Several of them are already planning  to  sign up and come back next year for the next progression of classes. The caterer I hired for the lunches and the dinner turned out to be way more than I expected – the food was DEEElicious!  Many, many thanks again to GAMMILL for bringing all the machines so each student has their own machine to work on during the week. more

Linda teaching in June at Touch of Thread (Ohio)

Maybe you couldn’t come to Wyoming this year for Linda’s Longarm Retreats? Well, I’m very excited to be teaching at the Touch of Thread in Zanesville, Ohio next week.  Martha and Doug Creasy are wonderful friends of mine and always make my visits so comfortable.  Rick will be traveling with me this time, he has never been there.  What I’m most excited about are the all day classes.  I have wonderful projects for the students who have signed up and I actually get to spend some time with them getting to know them better.  If any of you live close to that area, give Martha a call and see if there are any openings still left for the workshops.

Rick plans on taking some good pictures while we are there so you can all see Martha’s shop and how much we learn and how much fun we have in the classes.  Can’t wait to spend a week of summer in Ohio.