“Initially, he was encouraged to get into quilting by his mother, Nancy Durbin, who was an avid sewer and quilter, Hurd says. He was looking for a change from the textbook industry where he’d been working, and bought the long arm machine. At the time, he had no quilting experience and taught himself by watching YouTube videos.
“I enjoy being home and creative,” he says.
““I thought, well, this looks interesting and I think I can do it,” he says. “I learned a lot from the internet. I watched YouTube videos and made a lot of mistakes on mom’s quilts that she didn’t care if I messed up. It took a while.”
He receives quilt tops from across the nation and Canada. The tops must be measured and assembled on the machine’s frame with a backing and the batting. He charges a penny and a half per square inch for quilting, plus the batting. He uses a Gammill and Statler long arm quilting machine.“
“Quilting is increasing in popularity and fabric designs are becoming brighter and more varied, he says. He encourages new quilters to have patience and take the time to learn“