My adventure started as I joined my husband in Quilting activities. He took up quilting when he retired in 2008 and joined the Santa Rosa Quilting Guild. Although I don't have the patience or time to get involved in quilting, I get tremendous pleasure out of joining him in some of the social parts of the hobby. We have gone to several Quilting retreats in Tahoe, and attend the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara. Both are lots of fun, and have given me a lot of color and artistic inspiration.
When I researched coins, I found that not one country issued a coin with a quilt theme. So then I took some classes in metal clay, glass clay, etc. The price point and labor for these were high, and when I added that it really wasn't what I wanted to do with my limited time, they became abandoned ideas.
Recently I began the daily task of researching having custom coins made. Unfortunately, most companies had minimum orders of at least 500 coins and we're way out of my price range. After about a month, I came across a company that uses computer technology which eliminates the high set up fees. Better yet, their minimum order was only 50 coins. With their excellent customer service and help, I got the first order placed.
Waiting for the order to come seemed to take forever, but they showed up when promised. This photo is of the first one I painted, and I have already listed it in my store. I am so excited to be reaching my goal. I am painting more, each in different color combinations. What fun!