No fanfare. No party hats. No confetti fell from the ceiling.
No horns. No balloons. No cake even.
Just the birds chirping. Jasper bleating in the back yard. And My Cowboy: “I don’t hear that machine runnin’ — git ta work!”
Last week, I quilted the 500th quilt on my longarm, since getting it in May of 2009.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, either. I sometimes think I’m slow. I saw one lady post on Facebook that she did 367 quilts in 2013 alone! That’s more than one a day. I can’t do that. Believe me, I’ve tried.
I’m behind most of the time on my own schedule.
I try to keep a 30-day turn-around time, but I can usually only keep it up for about 2 weeks at a time before I get behind again.
And I’m so very very grateful for all the customers I have, and that I have so much work coming in. This is a good problem to have, right?
I get asked mostly to do custom quilting. It ranges from easy custom quilting to the heirloom type, and each quilt can take hours upon hours. Sometimes one special quilt will stay on the frame for up to a week! I truly love every minute of it, though.
I’m also a huge worry wart about whether my customers will like what I’ve done to their quilt tops. What if they think I ruined it? What if my vision doesn’t match theirs?
My machine is completely hand-guided, so there are bobbles and mistakes, and I see every one of them, and I worry.
I still learn something on each and every quilt I quilt. And that keeps me going!
If you are one of my customers, I want to thank you and let you know that I truly appreciate your business. Thank you so much for trusting me with your precious quilt tops, and waiting patiently in my queue while I juggle my crazy schedule.
Would you like to see pictures of Quilt #500?
I thought so . . .
It belongs to Pat Sloan, and it’s made from her brand new fabric line coming out with Moda, called “The Sweet Life”, and she has pictures of it HERE. It’s a darling quilt!
And today, I just took #507 off the frame, so there’s been no break from it all. Back to work — I’ll be loading #508 here in just a bit!