I can hardly believe I did it, but look at this! I long-armed a quilt!!!
A friend of mine bought her long-arm at the Paducah AQS last year and she kindly offered to teach me how to use it. How quickly do you think I said “YES!!!”? Yes, I'm blessed with wonderful friends like that!
I’ve been thinking I would enjoy doing long-arm quilting but wasn’t sure… and you know, that’s a LOT of money to spend only to find out you don’t really like doing it. I’ve been quilting my own quilts on my Janome 6600P domestic machine since I started quilting. Only one of my quilts is done by the local long-arm quilter, simply because I can’t afford to buy fabric AND pay to have my quilts quilted. And I do okay at quilting on my DSM; usually I'm happy with the results. Here's a recent sample:
But it’s a real JOB!!! It’s hard work, and it takes a long time, and it ties up my favorite machine until I’m done. So, I just don’t get a lot of quilting done. I have 24 quilt tops in my closet needing to be quilted!!!! This is getting to be crisis time people!!!
So when my friend said I could learn to long-arm on hers, I jumped at the chance. And, of course, I’ve found that I LOVE IT!!!! I practiced for 3 weeks before I dared to try a real quilt, and this one is just a simple mystery quilt that I did not mind experimenting on. And of course I chose a super-simple pantogram design called "Daisies". Not perfect by any means, but not the disaster I expected either, and so much fun!
Needless to say, my mind is now buzzing with schemes and plots to figure out how to afford my own long-arm machine! Maybe if I’m a really good girl, Santa will bring me one in his sleigh this Christmas ;*} I wonder how he'll get it in there? I better get started baking him some cookies now!!!
Hugs & Blessings,