A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I’m still working on the same quilt. As you can see some of the quilting is done on the blocks. I’ve done about 1/3 of the blocks. Still need to finish those and then the outside border.
I think this makes 3 days already on this one and probably another 2 days before it’s finished. Is it any wonder that a machine quilter has difficulty with scheduling? Let’s see…. I have 12 more quilts to finish. (not counting the one on the machine) If they each take 5 days to quilt…. that’s 60 days of work before I can retire. Allowing myself two days a week for personal stuff like doctor appointments, housekeeping, and grocery shopping it means I will retire in about 12 weeks. Hmm…. that means sometime about October.
Ok, between now and October, how many days will I be in the hospital? How many days will I have bronchitis? How many days will my mother’s needs take me away from home? What natural disaster is coming to take out the power? How many days will my machine act up, requiring me to track down the problem or wait for parts?
Maybe I shouldn’t count on retiring until Christmas? This brings up a thought. If I had not made plans to retire; this month would be the start of Christmas rush. July starts the rush to finish quilts in time to be given as presents. July is when most people realize they need to get on the waiting list of their machine quilter before the lists are full.
It doesn’t look like I will have the time for making my window quilts this year. Bummer! I really need those window quilts to help with the heating bills this winter. Somehow….. somehow, I’ve got to find time for those. It’s too important to skip for another year. So I best get to the machine and start quilting….. the days and weeks are moving faster than me.