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Video #5: Sewing With the Curve Master 2013

Click this link for a new version of “Sewing with the Curve Master” filmed in 2013.  Older versions of the demonstration are still available on YouTube.  We hope having several different demonstrations will help you gain enjoyment and expert results from your Curve Master.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bZ0Nm-W93o

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Video #3: Cutting Errors Result in Imperfect Results

This video displays common errors in cutting fabrics.  Click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbB8abzinns&feature=youtube_gdata_player  (Troubleshooting #3)

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A Tribute

The following quote I saw today describes perfectly my experience with creating the Curve Master Presser Foot.  Although said by someone much smarter than I, who changed the world in a huge way more than the Curve Master ever will, I said to myself upon reading this, “That’s what I’ve been explaining to anyone who asks how I came up with the Curve Master!”

“To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

And the last paragraph, about people in our industry ending up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem rang true as well, even though the speaker was referring to a different industry than quilting.  Those who do not expose themselves to new ideas or worse, those who reject new ideas remind me of a cartoon I saw years ago.  Two monkey parents, watching little Junior stand up and walk on his hind legs, saying to him, “No, no!  On all fours like Mom and Dad!”

So to whom do we attribute the above quote and why is it resounding with me just today?  Steve Jobs, Apple Computer.  (Wired, 1996)

As a person who lived before the first television and who was terrible at arithmetic and math, I have always dragged my feet where new technology was concerned.  Got my first PC when in graduate school in 1988, probably a 286 with dot matrix printer and a book about DOS, and limped along doing my papers on it.  When the garage mechanic who built my first PC said I might want to add more power to be ready when Windows arrived, I replied that I didn’t think I’d go that way, that I could work enough with DOS!  Of course from there I proceeded to 386, onward and upward, to the brink of Windows Vista when I said, “I’ve had enough of Windows!  I’m going to try a Mac.”

I bought my first MacBook (a black one) in 2007 and the world opened up.  Suddenly I could make photographs do what I wanted; I could find files; I could make movies and post them; I could create a blog.  I can assure you with 100% confidence that none of those would have happened without a Mac in my lap and on my desk.  Yes, I added a desktop, another laptop because I liked the design of the unibody aluminum, five ipods, two ipads, and I’m standing in line for whatever comes next!  No matter what city in the world I am in, one of the most fun alive places to visit is the local Apple Store!  In other words, Steve Jobs changed my world and although he will never see this, I still want to acknowledge that.

And not that I have the hubris to compare the Curve Master to a Mac, still the experience he describes relative to creativity is what I espouse in all the classes I teach:  “don’t just look, really “see.”  Don’t just accept the linear solution!”

Why am I suddenly thinking the old way of doing curves is a bit like working with Microsoft Vista?

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REMINDER!! ONE MORE MONTH! Just Curves Second Ever Contest!

Blazing Star Quilt (4 Blocks)

The Second Ever Just Curves Contest!

Blazing Star Block

Grand Prize $200.00 and Bragging Rights

Very Few Rules:

Design & sew a quilt top (quilting optional) using the Blazing Star template set.  If you don’t already have the set, it is available at half-price at www.justcurves.biz. The quilt must be a minimum of 3 blocks up to a maximum of 16 blocks.  Sashing and settings are optional but quite welcome if they enhance the design.

Send a photo only of the masterpiece to justcurves@earthlink.net by 11 p.m. Central Time July 1, 2010.  The winner will be announced on July 15, 2010 at the sole discretion of Just Curves.

By sending a photo to enter the contest you agree that if selected for Grand Prize you convey all rights of your design to Just Curves for the purpose of marketing and advertising.  You further agree to convey the quilt and ownership to Just Curves by July 20, 2010.  Prize will be awarded upon receipt of the quilt by Just Curves. Acknowledgement will be given to the designer on the pattern and when the quilt is displayed. The winning quilt will appear in this blog.   Good luck!

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Curve Master Testimonials – More Happy Users!

From the Road to California show, happy visitors kept stopping to say hello.  Come see us at a show near you and share your love of the Curve Master to be a blog star!

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On the Road to California!


Road to California, a WONDERFUL quilt show in the Ontario, California, convention center, January 14-17, 2010. Be sure to come see us in Booth 1211.   A link to show information is in the Blogroll to the right.

Booth 1211 is the good folks from Treadleart who provide all those beautiful books we hastily gather up for new techniques and “someday” quilts.  Booth 1211 is in the ballroom, not the main showroom, so be sure you don’t miss it!  Just Curves is Tom & Janet Stocker’s guests demonstrating the Curve Master Presser Foot!   Please be sure to thank these gracious folks for ensuring that Curve Master has a presence at this big show. Despite our repeated groveling and attempts at bribery to the show promoter, we have not risen high enough on the wait list to get our own booth.

Now, are you disappointed that there’s no photo with this post?  Me too.  I had the perfect shot but no camera at the ready.  Here’s what you would be seeing IF I had the camera:   you’ve seen those  escort vehicles (usually little cars) with signs on top, WIDE LOAD, in front of and behind  semis loaded with  large bulky items hanging over the edges of the truck, tooling down the freeway, right?  Well, a woman about 4 feet across the beam got into a little car with the wide load sign on top, and her traveling companion, a gentleman about 6 feet across the beam, got into the second car with the wide load sign on top, and off they went, with no other vehicle being escorted.  “Hmmm, I sure hope that’s not a new law.  Where will I get my sign if it is,” I thought.


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Sandy Chandler, Just Curves, and the Curve Master Presser Foot

All right…I’m holding my nose and jumping in to this blog thing.  (Did she jump or was she pushed?)

Why a blog from me?  Quilt Market 2009 in Houston convinced me that we folks interested in quilts and quilting are a community of people who are also interested in relationships and personal connection.  So with all humility (can they possibly be interested in what I have to say?) and with deepest gratitude to my friends who encourage me in so many ways, I will boldly go where I have never gone before, to blogland.

You see, in the late 1990’s I was unsuccessfully trying to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt. I figured out what the problem was (more about that in another posting) and came up with the idea for a Curve Master Presser Foot.  My jerry-rigged prototype proved my theory, and I went looking for someone with development expertise to bring my idea to reality.  Fast forward to Houston Quilt Market 2002 when the Curve Master was introduced to the quilt world and was instantly acclaimed by one quilting grande dame as “a giant leap forward for mankind.”

My life changed nearly overnight from working as a health-care insurance executive to being a quilt show circuit rider.  Yes, Mother, I ran away and joined the circus!  The first year 2003 found me at 45 quilt shows, all over the US plus England and France.  In years since, I’ve managed to pare it down to about 30 quilt shows a year while adding  Australia, Canada, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Italy to my circus performance schedule at various times.  The result is an amazing cache of stories, photos, friendships, and musings on this multicultural bridge-building hobby and business of ours.

Now, after fretting for days and grappling with the computer work required to post a blog from this pre-television era kid, I am exhausted.  But the good kind of tired, you know, from having worked hard and accomplished something good to show for it.  So I will sign off for now with a promise of posts with photos from many shows to come.

I invite you to leave comments to encourage me!


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