Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Quilter's Tale
For my birthday Gilbert reserved a space for me in a long arm quilting class at Linda's Electric Quilting. (Owned and operated by Linda Taylor, a leader in the realm of long arm quilting.) After two days spent learning about thread, machine mechanics, and the physics of loading and quilting a quilt I decided that it was something that I could do. I took Gilbert back to the shop to have a look and try it out. He was tutored by Linda herself and was soon sold on the idea....with a twist. We could do more in less time if we opted for the Statler version.
He was right. The addition of a computerized drive greatly enhances the process of quilting. The physical work is minimal. The learning curve is shortened. The turn around time significantly improved. Imagine getting your quilt back before you forget what it looks like. It could happen...if you have $35,000. Right. This was not where my thoughts had started. Who has that kind of money lying around? Not me.
Five years and nearly 600 quilts later I am within spitting distance of paying off my loan. I am so excited that I can hardly stand it. I day dream about it on a regular basis. I want to stand on the roof (no small task when your house is shaped like a castle) and let everyone know that I did this thing. I think of all of the quilts and all of the people they were intended for and I pray they are happy and healthy and loved. I think of the new babies, newly weds, high school and college graduates, retirees,...quilters who I've gotten to work with and for and I am amazed that I ever doubted. Quilters are the best people ever to work for. I've decided that it is not the work, but the colleagues that make a job pleasant or not.
I want to do something wonderful when the bill is finally paid. Help me out. Leave me an idea in the comments. You never know what I might do.