I’ve been meaning to do the blog thing for some time now, but I’ve just never got around to it….and then someone asked me tonight if I had a blog or some place where they could look at my quilting. So, in response to that, I officially now have a blog!
As I have shared recently, with the purchase of my new machine, I have entered into a new phase of my longarm life. Although I will continue to quilt for my favorite clients, I am going to include MYSELF in that list as well! I am SO excited to really tap into my own creativity, and to really enjoy the process while I’m doing it!
Over the past few years I have spent a great deal of time designing and digitizing designs for computerized longarm systems. What has been really cool is that the more feather designs I have drawn, the more elaborate my freehand feathers have become, and they quilted out just about as easily as when I drew them! I must admit that I’ve done very little freehand quilting in the last several years–with a Statler and an IQ, who needed to? But now I’m returning to my roots a bit, and enjoying the freedom and the joy of freehand quilting.
The above picture is of the first 10 minutes of quilting I did after my A1 was delivered and set up. Dare I admit that it was also the first freehand work I’ve done in AGES, with the exception of playing around on the machines when we were vending shows? Actually, I don’t think it looks too bad–especially since I was waiting for my glasses to come in and I was seeing two of every line I stitched! And did I mention that it felt amazing quilting even that little bit? My poor dealer….she couldn’t get me to play with the machine while she was here–I’ve had a number of machines since I started all this in ’96, so I wasn’t worried about the quilting part. She had tweaked the machine and tested it out with her quilting, and it was working perfectly, so that was good enough for me at the time. I’m someone who likes to get acquainted with new things in private… Poor Megan, I think it was more than a week later before I got out to the machine to play with it!
I’ve been messing around with a bunch of ideas of stuff I want to quilt–I’ve got this huge piece of fabric on, I might as well play on it, right? And if it turns out wonderful, I may have to raffle it off or something, since I am NOT a navy blue kind of girl… I can’t wait to find the time to go out and play some more–I need to do it so I can get a couple of customer quilts that have been waiting quilted!!
Well, Carla, Here’s to you!! I finally have a blog!!!