Being that time of the year, I've been thinking of all those that have supported me and I wanted to give them a special thanks!
I hope I can put down in words how I feel today.
It all started a couple of years ago. I came up with this crazy ruler idea. I knew it was different and I knew there wasn't anything out there like it. Me, not being in the ruler making business had no idea where to start with this crazy ruler idea. It was all so intimidating and I wasn't sure I could pull it off. My husband and I knew the first thing we needed to do is find someone to create the ruler. I made calls all over the United States and believe it or not found a ruler company just 45 minutes north of me, called Rulersmith.
They were amazing! I made a drawing of the ruler on graph paper and that is all I had for them. Jared dropped it off and with their help we were able to do up a computer image, which soon turned into my first prototype.
I'll never forget the day I got the first prototype Quick Curve Ruler in the mail. To hold it in my hands and use it and cut with it...it was a big accomplishment for me. Three prototypes later and the Quick Curve Ruler was made.
Now, if you're wondering where I'm getting at with this story, I hope to explain more as I go on.
The ruler is made and patterns starting to develop and at this point nothing is released to the public yet. I'm now starting to feel anxious and scared. For one, I had never written and released a quilt pattern or any pattern ever in my life and two, a ruler to go with. Now I'll tell you one of the reasons why I was scared. I was scared that my idea....twisted in anyway it can be twisted would be taken by another designer and also put out there. Whether it be another ruler or a pattern design. Again, me being new to this didn't know....just didn't know??
So I was reluctant and thanks to my blogging friends and their encouragement, I kept moving forward and having faith that things would work out. By now it's been about a year of me playing with the ruler and coming up with new patterns and I knew I needed to release it to the public. I wasn't ready...I was scared...but I made the plunge. It was one of the hardest accomplishments of my career life but I will never forget the weekend I launched my website and all my supporting blogging friends made their Quick Curve Ruler order! It was one of the greatest moments I've ever had! I just want to say a big thanks to all of you that believed in me from day one!
It's done....it's out there and now what. I won't get into the details but a whole lot of trial and errors. Many patterns to be fixed and many broken rulers while shipped..and so on..and so on. It's now been a year later and I still feel like I'm learning everyday. I've been given lot's of advice along the way from friends and family and I wanted to say thanks to all of you that took the time to help me!
Now to my fear....yes, it happened! I know of 3 rulers or templates that have been made since my ruler was released. Thanks to some of my kind blogging friends and a little link they would share with me as to a new ruler out and hummm...?? It seamed very familiar. How has my reaction been? Well to my surprise, I have been completely fine with it. Maybe I was ready for it....I knew it would happen. I guess what has bothered me the most is how quickly they developed! It felt like it has taken me forever to get to where I'm at today but I guess if you are all ready a big company it's not hard to get your product into stores and shops fast. So yes, I guess it has bugged me a little bit.....but I started this to have fun and always told myself it is what it is and I'm going to enjoy the ride while it lasts!
While my sister was demoing the ruler a couple of weeks ago. A lady had come up to her and said she just purchased this "other" ruler not more than 3 minutes ago and wish she hadn't, after she saw all the patterns available that go with the Quick Curve Ruler. YES!! That felt good!
So that's my story and I hope I was able to put in words how I feel. I know for a fact if it wasn't for all of you and your support in me I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today. For all the shop owners that have e-mailed me inquiring about my ruler and patterns! For all of you that have told your friends about the ruler and for those of you that have taught classes on my ruler and for those of you that have spent hours and hours demoing my ruler! All of you, helping me spread the word about my ruler and patterns! I can't thank you enough!! I love you all and I hope you all have a happy and joyful weekend spending time with those you love!
Love ~ Jenny