Learn something new every day?
My brain is exploding. It is good to learn something new. But why is it when life is easy, breezy, nice and comfy, some of us, like me, insist on adding something new to make it complicated?
Something that gives us a headache and agita.
I was not the teacher. I was the student of a very patient teacher named Deb..
They have a long arm quilting machine for rent. For those of you non-quilters, it offers a unique way of quilting. Instead of you moving the quilt and folding and scrunching with a home sewing machine, the machine moves and your quilt is stationary.
I have thought about purchasing one for quite a while.
It is quite an investment and the rails are 10-12 feet long.
Where would you put it and how many quilts would it take to justify the cost?
So this option of being able to rent quilting time is very appealing to me. Today was my day to take my lesson. In 2 1/2 hours, I was taught the complicated and time consuming steps to load your quilt, how to quilt it using a pantogram and how to free motion quilt it.
This was the pantogram that I used to stitch across the width of my practice piece. You follow the line with this red laser light and it moves the needle that stitches the quilt.
It looks much easier than it is!
This is what my practice piece looks like:
Really more square than loopy. Will my quilting ever look loopy? Is there hope for me?
It's like the the old joke - How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.
I won't even share my free motion quilting. It was pretty sad.
There are benefits to continually challenging yourself. It's a good thing. It leads to personal growth and builds confidence as you surmount the challenges, but there is a fine line between challenge and frustration.
I had a bit of both today!