try2hard Posted August 17, 2006 Report Share Posted August 17, 2006 Hi everyone. I have had my longarm machine about 2 1/2 weeks now. For the first 2 weeks, I only quilted muslin, scrap printed fabric, etc. Then, last Monday, (3 days ago) I took a longarm class from "the lady up the road" (as we call her) because she is one of the only people in the area and she has been longarming full time for 5 1/2 years. She can be difficult at times but is good overall. She told me to stop quilting on any more muslin or fabric and get one of my own quilts on there! *Note: This lady does 90% of her quilting freehand. She doesn't even do pantos, she would rather do a freehand all-over design. This is another reason I wanted to take a class from her. I think I am going to prefer freehand work too. So, I load on a flannel quilt I had that was far from an heirloom. I told my self that I was doing this for a customer and that I wanted it to come out really nice. (Yeah right!) The quilt is small, it is about 64 x 64 and I am about half way through it. I am doing about 5 different custom freehand designs throughout it. It is not coming out too bad but I need a lot more practice. I would like to know, how does everyone else feel about just getting started. Any tips, tricks, etc. I always like to hear everyone's ideas because it gives me lots to try and see what works for me. I don't think I am going to like free-hand nearly as well as her. I simply want to be able to offer my customers beautiful custom quilting, edge-to-edge pantos, and I am also basting quilts for domestic machine quilters and hand quilters. Once I get going, I should have a good business because "the lady up the road" (as we call her) has an 8 month delay between taking you quilt in and you getting it back. A little too long for me to wait to get something quilted. Thank you all and I look forward to hearing your responses! Have a great day!:cool: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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