December 11, 2008

Here We Go!

Day one of blogging. Everyone said it is easy to setup. Yes, Okay, Right on! NOT! If I am told that nothing can go wrong with the computer or program then, I'll be able to put it into a tailspin and lock it up.

It has been 6 years since I founded Along Came Quilting and 2 years since I sold the store to my manager and kept all the rights to the patterns. Owning the store allowed me to get back to my first love, geometric designing.

At the age of 12, I started designing floor plans with dominoes and driving cars and trucks around the neighbourhoods that were created. From here I became a Draftsman. In 1987, my husband and I started an international trucking company. A couple of years ago, I sold the store to go back to working full time in the trucking company again and to pursue designing the block of the month patterns. We are so thankful that we have now been able to retire one year earlier than we had planned. And so the page is turned; a new chapter is started under the new name, "Next Step Quilt Designs".

During the time of owning the store, I started and designed 2 Block Bonanza programs each year. The programs' success rebirthed the designer in me. Over the last few weeks, I've been working on a new Block Bonanza program, aka Saturday Sampler, using Nancy Halvorsen's Cider Mill Road fabrics. The blocks (have to figure out the picture posting thing) have been proofed and tested by me and are now being sent to the real proofers and testers. Now, onto the quilt layout.

All patterns previously created will be issued under Next Step Quilt Designs.

Thank you for your interest in my blog and I hope to keep you amused in my process.