Thank you for reading my blog. I need to write more. I love to write. I was in business when I purchased my Millie several years ago. I think it was 2004. By 2008 the economy was going south. Personally, I had to go to work. We needed the insurance. I was going to quilt for 2 women, just to be able to hang onto my Millie. Then, while at work, they called to tell me my mother had had a really bad stroke. I ran to be with her, and I called a customer to let her know what was happening, and that I would need to put her quilt to the back burner. She was fine with that, and said to take care of my mom. This was September, and the lady would need her quilt the following August for the Fair. No problem. About 1 month later, my mom was doing better, and I was able to get back to life as normal. I took two days off of work, just to start on that customer's quilt. I decided on the custom quilting, drew out my registration marks, etc., then loaded the quilt. I quilted the first border, then my phone rang. It was the daughter-in-law wanting to know where the quilt was. I let the call go to voicemail because I just wanted to work. When I took a break, and heard that message, I snapped. I unloaded the quilt, called my customer and told her I was coming over. I pushed the quilt through the door all the while telling her she knew that my mom had a stroke and I would not be able to get the quilt to her. She was upset, but not as much as I was. I went home and made the decision to sell everything. I didn't want to look at a quilt again. I was just sick. I love quilts, but that was a very, very bad time for me. Like a dark place. My friends, like Donna Smith, Sheri Butler, Linda Card and Claudia Pfeil, would contact me to meet them at MQS, and I would, but it was like an out of body experience. I loved my friends, but I felt so out of place. Eventually, I started looking at fabric and seeing quilts. Then I couldn't wait to create. I told my husband, very timidly, that I wanted to buy another machine. That I was a professional quilter. That I had been thoroughly trained. He agreed. What?! I thought I would have to beg. So I bought my used Freedom, then started slowly buying supplies. I have had my machine 1 year. I think I have only quilted 2 quilts or so. I have many ready to load, but it is slow going with my job and with this Fibromyalgia. Most of the time, after a full day of work, then dinner, I am ready to crash. I look forward to early retirement, so I can do what I like with my free time. I may quilt for others, but it will only be edge to edge. Customers do not want to pay what we should be charging for custom.
When i saw what Linda had done on my quilt I cried, it is just beautiful and what i wanted on my quilt. She dores such beautiful work and I can hardly wait to see her quilt when it is done. She will be taking out quilt to her guild for show and tell.
She is such a special person and quilter and i just love her.
have done star wedding and it was easy as long as you take it step buy step. Do always check her web sight for any corrections. Unlike Lynn I hated the glue and wouldn't use it again. AS my friend says that is why they make vanilla and chocolate ice cream we all like different things.
I'll just say that (as my friend Linda Steller always says) I spent good money for that stitch regulator and I'm gonna use it! I love that line!
Before Quilt Glide became available, most used their non-regulated mode for micro-stitching. And some longarmers originally learned without a stitch regulator and feel it gave them a better start.
Myself, my SR is always on, always used, and makes me relatively carefree.
Guidelines---schmidelines! We don't need no stinkin' guidelines!
Do what feels right, looks good, and works for you. Turn off the SR if you want to challenge yourself.
Take out the quilting in that area. Carefully remove the offending square, turn it in the right direction and applique it back in place. Requilt and nobody will ever know. Easy....No....but worth the effort.