A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
Today there was no doctor appointments, no dental appointments, no chauffeuring duties, no babysitting, no workmen arriving to do stuff. Just a whole day of doing whatever I want to do.
Well, I started by putting up the drapes in my bedroom and moving the furniture around for a better fit. The room had no rod holders so I had to do that first. Putting a screw for the rod holder into these walls is like going through concrete. I used a drill to make pilot holes first. I also did what I could to close the areas around the widow air conditioner for winter. I’ve done a lot of energy saving things since moving here and posted about them on my frugal living blog.
Later I got out the cutting board, the iron, and the sewing machine and decided to get started on some quilts of my own. There are a couple of quilt patterns I bought at least ten years ago that I really, really wanted to make. I kept those patterns guarded and safe for all these years. About once a year I’d take them out and wish for a time when I could make them. Then I’d put them away again because customer quilts needed to be quilted. I kept them with my most treasured quilt patterns. Several I had designed myself and some were bought because I really liked the design. All together there would be about 15 or so of those treasured patterns. Some of the patterns were from the art quilts I had done for the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge a few years ago and a couple were from art quilts made as charity fundraisers.
One of those treasured patterns was one by Karen Stone called “Enticement”. I needed something to concentrate on for awhile and give me an idea of how to make my studio work for me. I decided to start with the Karen Stone pattern because its very intricate. Karen’s patterns are not for anyone intimidated by precise and complicated patterns. I’ve loved that design since she made it and sold the pattern. I had planned all along to make it for a very special person. Well now that I’ve got time to work on me projects its time to work on special quilts. I decided to look for that pattern and its GONE! They all are. I can’t find any of my treasures anywhere. I believe I may have mistakenly given them away in a box of fabric donations. Now I’m really sad.
Well, not to be undone by loosing a favorite pattern, I got on the internet looking for it. Surely someone may be selling a used copy. Nope, there isn’t a single copy, new or used, anywhere to be found. I’m so disappointed. I’m pretty sure I could draw out the pattern but its not gonna be the same. I did find that I could purchase EQ7 and possibly get a copy of it that way. Well, I own EQ6 and never used it. Why? Because I never learned how. Buying EQ7 just for one pattern that might be in a software I’ll never use is a pretty silly waste of money. Maybe eventually a used copy of the pattern will show up on amazon or something. Anyone have a copy they’d be willing to loan me for a couple of days?
I couldn’t start with that pattern so I pulled out a couple of my UFOs to work on. I believe by actually working on a few projects I’ll figure out the best way to use my studio. It needs feng shui. Over the next few days I plan to organize all my UFOs in some kind of working order. Providing, of course, I’m not called away for a dental appointment or by a chauffeur request or babysitting.