Today, I thought I would share with you one of my other passions. It's quilting! I enjoy all aspects of quilting. The planning, picking out fabrics, cutting, sewing and watching your quilt come to life. You see, I love color. My whole life I have been attracted to all different types of fiber. I do have to admit to you that I couldn't even sew on a button until I was about 29 years old! My first love is fabric. I'll show you my stash sometime. Anyway, about 11 years ago I had a dream of owning my own quilting business. I was a stay at home mom. I really wanted to make some extra money for our family and work from home at the same time. My DH believed in me and we purchased my Gammill Quilting machine. For us it was a huge amount of money. I trusted God and dove right in. I did really well and paid for the machine in less than a year. I was booked for about 9 months in advance. After a while it took it's toll on my body. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy it. I just can't work it full time. I still manage to do several quilts for customers a year. Here is one I did for a customer over the weekend.
For those of you who don't understand how it works, let me explain. A customer comes to me with her pieced quilt top and backing. I load the quilt top, backing and batting onto separate rollers of my machine. My Gammill has a 14 foot wide table so I can work on any size quilt. I then start sewing! It's kind of like driving a car. So I drive the sewing machine to make the stitches. The three layers are sewed together and tadaa finished quilt! It took me a while to master that technique. Here is a close up of the star block quilted. I wanted the stars to look like they are spinning. It does right?
This is the finished quilt. You can click on any of the pictures and get a better look. I still adore quilting. I love to work on customers quilts too. It's is so inspiring to see what other quilters are creating.
If I can leave you with a word of advice... If you have a dream just do it!