I remember the idea of quilting being on my bucket list. I had imagined that I needed blue hair to even give it a go. Sad, I know, and boy, how blown away I was to see so many 30 somethings out there quilting. I mean, you really do not need to be old, meaning one hundred and eight five :)
Stumbling through the world wide web, I came across many blogs and don't even get me started on YouTube University. I saw younger people with maybe even families at home and thought, I'm WAY behind the ball. I saw such talent in Angela Walters, Amanda Rolfe, Katy Jones, Jeni Baker, Natalie Bonner, just to name a few. I kept researching and discovered more and more and within 2 months of picking up quilting, I had my very first longarm. She was a TIN LIZZIE 18LS. I watched so many videos and saw a way to drive a machine and that, yep, I need one of those. She was good me and allowed me to learn a lot. With her 18" quilting throat, I quickly came to a realization that I would eventually upgrade to a longer neck and a true longarm. My awesome husband, who by the way told me to get quilting off my bucket list and do it now. He's a huge support. Whatever I needed to get to learn, was never a problem and when one day, a few years later after he bought my first longarm, well midarm, he stumbled into APQS and said, I want to buy a machine for my wife. Dawn Cavanaugh gave him the whole speel and she told me when she got to the asking price, most men say they'll be back, but not him. "Get it ordered", he said.
This brings me back to just last night, when my 10 year old wanted to do her doll quilt on the long arm. I couldn't help but have the flashbacks from when I was so unsure on being old enough. She just couldn't wait to do it just like mamma. The past almost 3 years, since she became interested in sewing and actually asking for own machine, has been such a blessing. I sure hope she inspires others to get it off their bucket list and live a little.
So, for anyone out there reading this, if by chance you are thinking about picking this hobby up, I must say, ABSOLUTELY go for it. It has been beyond fun. It is such a fantastic creative outlet, that i just can't tell you enough how easily addicting it is.
By the way, now I quilt on an APQS FREEDOM and I LOVE him! Quilting for myself and then for others has been such a rewarding experience. I am grateful for this hobby that took me over and whisped me away.
I cannot even begin to list all those that have inspired me. I must say the work of Sharon Schamber has just blown me away. When I grow up, I want to be just as good as her :)
Thanks for joining me on the trip down memory lane.