Lots has been happening and yet I've accomplish nothing I set out to do. sigh!
I had booked some time with the Gammil Dealer in St Albans in an attempt to finish some flimsies.
This is the pantho I purchased for my brother's Corn and Bean quilt.
I thought it would work well for the quilt. So I did a bit of practicing for an hour or so and decided to tackle the quilt.
I loaded the queen size quilt and made the attempt. I quilted about 12 inches of the pantho and decided that I didn't like it.
Given that the bulk of the quilt is light, I didn't want to use a dark thread. I didn't like the fact that you could see clearly the inaccuracy of my inability to follow the pantho accordingly on the borders. So I ripped it out and decided to do some custom quilting.
Well, that didn't work very well either! They did not have the lower attachment that you use to guide the machine for stippling and I didn't have enough control from the top. So I ripped those stitches out and re-attempted the pantho with the understanding that I needed to live with whatever came out of it.
Unfortunately, the machine started to beep so I had to stop. When I went back to the pantho, I didn't head in the right direction and stitched over what I had already done. More ripping! After taking the extra stitches out and six (6) hours later I decided it was time to leave before I start crying in public. At this point, I didn't even want a long arm anymore!
After a glass of wine and some thinking, I decided that I needed to go back the next day. I was determined to get it right.
I set up the quilt, found where I thought I left off on the pantho and had Beth (the instructor) check everything. She informed me that it was the exact spot I left off and told me which direction I had to go.
Well, guess what? Same mess, twice! I was fit to be tied! I could not bare to do more ripping at $15.00 an hour!
So, I took my quilt off the machine and decided to go to my Friday quilting bee.
The girls had decided to give me an "unbirthday party". So there were these beautiful flowers, a cake, a bottle of wine and a candle for me.
To think I blew these girls off! Thank you again Jennifer, Lora and Joann for making me feel better. You guys are the best!
So, $150.00 later, I have nothing to show but a huge mess.
What have I learned from my experience you might ask?
1) It dawned on me that I don't have to load fabric to test a pantho. I could have just followed it with the laser light to get a feel for it. It takes time to load a quilt/fabric on the machine. The meter adds up as you pin away.
2) If I buy a long arm from this dealer, I'm pretty much on my own (unless they have other instructors that I am not aware of).
3) Don't blow off your friends for long arm rental! ;o)
I did book more time on Tuesday but guess what? I'm cancelling it! I do not like the light thread and since they cannot show me how to do the center with the pantho, it's pointless for me to learn on my own at that price. Mistakes are a great way to learn, however I would like it much better if it was on my own machine. I do not need the stress of a meter running!
Thank you for reading about my week!