Karen Overton, of Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, announced her resignation today as the Authorized Texas Dealer for A1 Quilting Machines
Bacliff, Texas- September 15, 2014-Â Karen Overton, of Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, announced her resignation today as the Authorized Texas Dealer for A1 Quilting Machines after 6 years of representing the company.
In a letter to her customers Karen explained that her decision to leave A1 was a personal one and in no way reflected upon the company, the machine(s) or any associates.
“This is not goodbye to my A1 family, it’s just a different path – I’m back in the ranks alongside of you – that of being a very loyal satisfied A1 quilter,” she told her A1 customers.
Karen began her longarm quilting career in the fall of 2003 when she took a weekend longarm quilting class in McKinney Texas to “see if I like longarm quilting”. Shortly after that she found a longarm studio 60+ miles north of her that rented time on their machines. Karen rented over 250 hours in an effort to become a “quilter for hire”. Quilts ‘N Kaboodle was now officially in business.
In 2005 Karen purchased her A1 Elite and began quilting in her own studio. “I’m so thankful that I didn’t rush into buying the first machine I got my hands on – I couldn’t afford to resale and buy again, I had to make the right decision the first time and I did, A1 has been the perfect choice.”
In the fall of 2008, company President Stewart Plank asked Karen to be his representative in Texas. Her husband Johnny assisted her. Together they traveled the state of Texas setting up A1 quilting machines and training new quilters on how to use their longarm.
“Working with A1 and associates has opened many doors for me and afforded numerous opportunities I would have never dreamed possible, nor the experiences had it not be for A1. I will always be grateful for my time representing Stewart’s A1 Quilting Machines.”
Karen made the decision to resign as the Texas dealer to be able to devote more time to her longarm business, Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, which specializes in manufacturing T-shirt quilts from client’s t-shirt collections along with offering longarm quilting services to those who enjoy piecing the quilt and not quilting the quilt.
“I will also be devoting more time to teaching piecing classes,” she said, “something I dearly love but have put on the back burner for too long.” Karen has been invited to be one of three teachers on the upcoming Quilting Cruise sponsored by Cactus Quilts in April 2015.
Responses from her A1 customers have been quick in coming.
Jan- “I think finding and developing focus is the most difficult part of the quilter’s journey. The sewing is the easy part. I congratulate you for working on finding your true path.”
Linda- “Congratulations, Karen! I know you will enjoy your â€‹’retirement‘!â€‹”â€‹
Jay & DeDe- “So happy for you! Enjoy! Glad we met you both. God bless!”
Mary Ann- “I truly understand your wanting to focus more on your own quilting, but you will be sorely missed.”
Joy & Mark- “â€¦know that your decision was I’m sure a tough one to make but we totally understand.”
Grace- “I am happy for you and Johnny. Thanks for everything you helped me about my machine. I am enjoying my machine and I love it.”
Ida- “Congratulations on pursuing your own projects that give you joy. Will miss having my personal A1 Rep”
Lou Ann- “I am so excited for you but so sad also. I have loved being one of the family, with you as the leader, but you know there comes a time when you just have to follow your heart!”
Karen will continue to “quilt for hire” with her A1 Elite Platinum in her private studio located between Houston and Galveston. Those with an interest in her quilting services can contact her through her website http://www.quiltsnkaboodle.com
Images From Karens Time With A-1 Quilting