No pictures of quilts today--my blog is about my quilting adventure with some life "stuff" thrown in occasionally, so this post is about that "stuff"---just some "musing".
I am a sorta "novice-plus" longarm quilter..... not a beginner, but not yet a expert. I have some very nice "tools" (thanks to a very giving husband) to help me and am becoming much more comfortable in using them. My husband made these rather significant purchases (for us anyway) purely for my enjoyment. We never considered branching out into any type of business. Mainly when I did a lot of garment sewing, I have tried sewing for others. Quite often people wanted me to make an absolutely perfect dress (or whatever) from not very good fabric, without zippers, interfacing or even thread, and then charge them $10 because after all ("I paid $5 a yard for that fabric). People never considered the time you put into making their garment, since no matter what, I wanted to produce the best product ever. It was frustrating and at times very hurtful so I stopped, instead sewing for a time on consignment (I would make garments and then have a consignment shop sell them). I NEVER put my name in them, preferring to stay anonymous, and they sold well.
When I started quilting and then later got my longarm, even though I was often asked if I would quilt for others I said no, but relented and started "Imani" quilting service. WELL---Imani is closing! I found the experience stressful, hurtful and not worth the sleepless nights worrying about whether my clients would like my quilting. As an educator, I also was in a dilemma to try to help quilters by offering suggestions and pointing out areas that could be improved---not to be mean or demeaning, but to "help"---well that doesn't work, and again I came away feeling strangely hurt. I came to the conclusion that except for a few instances, not all quilters are interested in having someone critique their work, even if done to help their quilting growth. I am the first to admit that I am sensitive although at first meeting, most people don't think so. I take things to heart and although that is my problem, I can't seem to not. Maybe that is why I am considered such a good nurse---but then I digress. Anyway, for those of you who quilt as a profession for others, my hat goes out to you. I truly admire you providing such a service. I think I am a good longarmer---not a custom longarmer but in looking at others, I "do pretty good"---but I am going to "do pretty good" on my own quilts (and Diane's) and unless asked, will keep my "teaching" and advice to myself.
Wow---I feel so much better!!!!!!! Thanks so much for listening! Have an absolutely marvelous and blessed day. It is going to be 75 degrees here in Middle TN today! Can you believe it! I have to teach today, but I am coming immediately home after classes and guess what I am going to do!!!!