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Tonia Brooks

Tonia Brooks

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About this Tutor

I have been sewing from a young age, taught by my mother and a wonderful range of home economics teachers. Patchwork and quilting came to find me in 2003. The inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival of 2010, saw me purchase my beautiful A1 Longarm Quilting Machine, promptly named “Sally”. I began longarm quilting and found I had a natural affinity with Free Hand custom work, which has always given my immense pleasure. My business grew to a point that I needed to find a more efficient way of meeting my E2E deadlines and also run my fabric store. So after much research along came my Intelliquilter “Ivan”. “Ivan” made my life more streamlined. I could load a quilt and set up an E2E design and away he and “Sally” would go. There was an unintended consequence of “Ivan” and “Sally” however. Not only did I use them for E2E but started to incorporate designs I purchased into my custom work. Especially borders. Scallops and swags - all manner of things. The door was inching open, and it didn’t stop there. Because Intelliquilter is such a powerful program and so user friendly I found I was designing more and more of my own designs, using them to repeat spines and outlines. All the time the Intelliquilter was allowing me to stretch it even more. I have yet to come to a point where Intelliquilter curtails my creative expression, and I don’t think it ever will. And now I want to share and help others grow in their custom work.

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