Research supplies were donated to the Copyright Research Lab for research purposes only, and are discussed on the podcast for purposes of understanding the product, the underlying intellectual property, and the world of quilting and quilt entrepreneurs.
Ricardo joined the team at the very beginning, in the Summer of 2017, as a rising 2L law student. He's been there for researching salvage licenses, giveaways, and so much more. He traveled and presented at QuiltCon and "Threads of Success" at Quilt Market. He's manned the booths at Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival. Now, he's all grown up. He's moved from the research side at Tulane to the Quilting Army Krewe, LLC.
Ricardo is our Editor-in-Chief of our Just Wanna...Legal DIY series, and is the author of Just Wanna Patent (available for digital download and a paper copy). He is also our National Sales Director for both books and our Grace Longarm dealership. Finally, he is working with Elizabeth to create our IP and Entrepreneurship Center, which will open in Spring 2021.
If you don't know Ricardo yet, he is awesome, patient, wickedly smart, and kind. Did I say he was patient? Seriously. If you are interested in someone speaking at your guild, or if you are wanting to purchase a longarm, Ricardo is the one. Please respect his time. He's got law stuff to do, besides working with us. He's just that cool.
Sid Gard and the Eyeridium Artist Collective
Sid serves as our Creative Director, which includes graphic design for our products, events, and social media. Sid also designs our booths and oversees the logistics. Sid works with other local artists, through her organization, Eyeridium Artist Collective, to assist us with our creative needs. We are working on new products with Eyeridum that we hope to debut in Spring 2021.
None of this would be possible without our Quilting Army core team. Mostly local in New Orleans, I have almost daily conversations and help from brilliant quilters, who also have additional superpowers.
Gigi Baay: makes everyone feel like that can succeed in sewing. She runs our Educator Arm, choosing projects that help our skills building both in quilting and sewing generally. She is also our Head Buyer, as we move to becoming a small shop for Quilting Army Krewe.
Edith Gross: brilliant quilter, with a longarm business of her own. She is all entrepreneur, kindness, and vision. She is Chief Strategist all the way.
Joel Sellers: our financial mentor, and co-author on Just Wanna Longarm (forthcoming). She quilts like a maniac and can also keep you on the road to financial good health. She heads our Longarm Training Program.
Judy Walker: a journalist by training, involved in all things quilty, including two family quilt guilds, Judy has been there from the beginning, keeping us on track, and bringing her expertise to every corner of this project.
Affiliates work with us to get the message out about Quilting Army Krewe, and our books, events, Grace products, and more. Affiliates receive a small flat fee from sales where their name r organization is mentioned. Affiliates are also there to talk to you about specific products and help you with your purchase choices.
All Grace longarm sales go through Ricardo Gonzalez, or you can also purchase directly on our website. Make sure too mention anyone that helped you make your decision. If you do, you receive free shipping!
Gigi Baay: the owner of a Grace Q15R and a Q-Zone Queen frame. She is an excellent resource for our products too. here For sales questions, she can be reached at ___
Seth Hackler: the owner of a domestic Juki machine no a Q-Zone hoop frame, Seth is also the genius behind Quilting on a Budget. He's awesome.
QUILTING ARMY AND FB GROUPS
The Quilting Army has been there from the beginning -- from the first trip to Quilt Market. And it has grown in-depth and breadth. We have focused our energies on many things. We've been on adventures, had babies born, done projects, and we comment on everything.
Just Wanna Quilt FB Group: our main group. The best, most fun, group. ever.