My name is Valerie, and it is likely you found your way here to this website/blog because you like quilting. Well, I like quilting too!
I have been quilting since around age 23, and sewing since I can remember. I will let you do the math - but you could say that I have been quilting now for 14 years.
"Eunice" as my machine was affectionately called, was the great start to long arm quilting I needed - a bare bones workhorse and non-stitch regulated machine, this was how I began building my dreams! In a relatively short amount of time I was able to build a solid quilting foundation and begin quilting for others. Many of the client tops that were quilted on Eunice have won ribbons and cash awards at guild and regional shows. Two of my clients quilts were recently juried into MQX East and will be seen hanging on display with some of the best quilters in the machine quilting world this spring. I was even able to win my very own first national award at MQX Midwest this past fall with a trio of whole cloth stockings that were entirely quilted with my APQS Ultimate 1.
As my ideas have grown so have the immense possibilities. I was fortunate to have one of my quilting designs published in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine and it even traveled with Meander Publishing all the way to Houston last fall to hang in the booth on display with some of the most well known quilters around. In addition, I was given the incredible opportunity to collaborate with Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz to create a number of pantograph designs to be used with long arm quilting machines. It has been an incredible journey for which I am incredibly grateful, and with luck, with no end in sight!
In March of 2015 after longing for some of the upgraded features of the newer machines I decided to upgrade Eunice for a slightly newer (2000) APQS Millennium. The children and I have lovingly named her "Millie Mouse" in honor of our fondness for all things Disney. I have high hopes for Millie and the leg up in my art form that she will allow me. In the upcoming years I have big dreams and bigger goals to set out and accomplish, and I am excited at what lies ahead.
I am incredibly grateful to the people who trusted me early on in this process before I had anything to show to prove that I could do it. I can say with all truth that I love my job and the people I am so fortunate to get to work with!
I would be honored to quilt for you!
Updated December, 2018