Let me introduce you to a woman, Ronda K Beyer, who has gone from working in the construction industry to “working” a longarm quilting machine…and in a matter of a couple of years is winning ribbons in local and national shows. I was most impressed with Ronda’s ability to turn a hobby and interest in machine quilting into a passion that showcases her incredible talent. She is also sending us a trunk show of quilts...I can't wait to see her work in person! Shown here is a close up of her work.
I first became aware of Ronda when Liz Cooper and Carla Riggs of the Southern California Longarm Group asked if they could hold a meeting at my shop (in CA) and they wanted to invite Ronda (from OR) as the guest speaker.
Ronda’s speaking gig eventually turned into a 4-day workshop and lecture which we are having on Oct. 3-6 at Cranberry Quiltworks. I look forward to hosting this event and learning more about the creative process of machine quilting.
But, I needed to know more about Ronda and what she does. I asked quilter and long arm instructor, Vivian Love, to interview Ronda and share with you her report. (Vivian, herself, is an awesome freemotion quilter on her Gammill and a talented cook. As a matter of fact and she is currently featured in Holly Holderman’s “Blog Able Feast” extravaganza currently going on in blogland.)
So I share with you Vivian’s report on Ronda.
Ronda K. Beyer is a mother of two and grandmother of four. She and her husband reside in
Ronda’s love of quilting began at an early age. She grew up around quilters. One was her grandmother, who was an influential quilter in her life. There was also her mother, Jane Wise, who is the owner of Jane’s Fabric Patch in
After working in the construction industry for twenty years, Ronda’s first longarm machine was delivered on Mother’s Day 2004. In April 2005 she left her corporate job and started her own business, “Ronda’s Creative Quilting.”
As a longarm quilter, it seems that Ronda was born with the gift to quilt. Having owned her longarm machine just six months, she won her first ribbon. That was just the beginning. Since 2005, Ronda has won numerous ribbons in both local and national quilt shows.
At the recent IMQA Machine Quilters Showcase in
Ronda’s work has been featured in numerous books and publications, and was on the cover of Nichole C. Chamber’s latest book, “More Simple Quilts with Splash, Dash and Panache.” And you can enjoy more of Ronda’s work as she shares with us her Webshots album.
Considering the short time this talented woman has been longarm machine quilting, Ronda says, “it’s all about attitude. You have to believe in yourself and get over the fear.” Ronda also shares why she loves it so much, “As an artist I love the medium of machine quilting. I love the artistic freedom it allows me. I machine quilt because I love it.”
Story by Vivian Love.
(Photos courtesy of Ronda K. Beyer)
If you want more info about the classes and lecture Ronda will be giving the first week in October, please contact me at cranberryquiltworks (dot) gmail (dot) com. Thanks Gina.