My story begins in 2009 when I began quilting with my grandmother on her farm in the heart of the Midwest. She forced me to try piecing a block, which I did with much hesitation. After I pieced two triangles together using the half square method and saw the wonderful result, I was hooked! I was in awe of how wonderfully these pieces fit, almost like a puzzle just waiting to be solved.
On one particular visit, my grandma showed me two quilts that she had sent many months ago to be quilted. As I viewed the intricate designs made from thread, I ran my fingers along them and decided right then that this was what I wanted to do. However, I had no idea what a long arm quilt machine even was! I researched machines and decided on a Gammill Optimum with a Statler Stitcher. This would give me the ability to quilt for others while I learned to quilt in a hand guided method. After choosing my machinery I had to make my pitch to the hubby. He was not crazy about the price, but open to the prospect. As a back-story, my cancer in 2008 had convinced me that you should not put anything on the back burner. I quickly devised a plan to delay purchasing a new car if I could have the quilting machine. Hey, we all have our priorities! I may not have a new car, but I have a long arm quilting machine and I'm doing what I love!
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. -Psalm 16:8