My Class and Teaching Philosophy:
I believe everyone has innate artistic talent, and it’s an honor to help you find, explore, and enjoy yours.
- I love teaching, especially sharing the building-block skills for quilting. When you get the basics figured out, everything becomes more fun!
- I’m supportive and encouraging, and like to make sure we spend time laughing as we learn. Life is stressful enough without adding more in a quilting class
- I’m good at finding different ways to explain things so different learning styles can be supported.
- I don’t keep secrets. I will always tell you everything you need to know to make your project. In on-demand classes, I construct the entire project on camera, including all the wobbles, seam ripper sessions, and “honest studio” moments!
- I always encourage, never discourage. I might suggest, but I seldom insist… unless you leave a blade open!
- Your quilt is *your* art, and you get to make it *your* way!
- I won’t sew, cut, or draw on your project without your permission.
- I rip and iron for my students (in person) and always bring the chocolate.
- My best teaching compliment: “Sam explains everything simply so everyone comprehends. She’s funny, too!“
- My tech team adds closed captioning to all our classes and videos for better accessibility.
My Environmental Philosophy
Supporting Local: I love to support other women-owned businesses, so my assistants, web developer, and long-arm quilters (see below) are all women, and they are local as well. I also use a local printer for all my printed goods.
Paper: In 2022, I ceased selling single copy paper-patterns from my site to reduce my participation in burning the fossil fuels used to move mail around the country. This also reduces my paper consumption for mailing materials (I re-use boxes and envelops wherever possible).
I still sell paper patterns to shops via wholesale and distributors, so if you’re desperate for the paper copy, please ask your local quilt store to order one for you – I bet they’ll be thrilled to have your business!
Plastic: The paper patterns I sell are bagged in plastic. While this is not an ideal environmental choice, it’s the best choice to protect the patterns from shop-wear (no one wants to buy the stuff that’s banged up) which in turn supports the stores that carry my products.