Thoughts and photos shared by me ... Marcia. I am a professional modern freestyle long arm quilter and a fiber artist, a photographer, and a novice gardener. I love to create quilted items using old and new fabrics. I am also a mother, a daughter, a friend, a wife and a Grandmama! I am a blogger and I share it all here... Welcome!
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My Mom was my inspiration as she is a very crafty person. We were always making something from sand candles to fake fur happy faces. Remember the crackled grapes? How about the loop loom pot holders?
But my Mom didn't sew. I took a sewing class in 7th grade and I was hooked on sewing. My best friend and I made cute little smock tops. This was my first sewing project! I still have it and it hangs in my shop to remind me of where my love of sewing started.
I took Home Economics classes all through Junior High and High School. I loved it! I went to college at UW-Stevens Point and graduated with a teaching degree in Home Economics Education – now it is called Family and Consumer Education. Subbed for awhile after graduating, raised a family, had several different jobs, and then taught Family and Consumer Education at the Middle School level for several years. In 2002, we moved and it was time for another career change. I bought a Gammill regulated stitch quilting machine in 2003 and started my quilting business. I started it part time and in less than a year, I was quilting full time - 5 days week. It just snowballed, with one customer telling another customer. Word of mouth still seems to be the best advertising. I am so blessed to have a job I love!
My Favorite piece?
Today, my favorite quilted project is Imaginary Blooms.
Before I finished that quilt, my favorite was my First Morning Glory Bloom. It's not necessarily the final project that I like, but how I feel when I am creating the project. It's the story behind the projects, that make them special.
What's your favorite crafty blog to follow/read?
I follow and read several blogs, but my favorite is:
First, a little explanation about my quilting, (It's my job): Once a week, I share here, an "Up Close View" of my free style quilting. I quilt on a Gammill Plus long arm quilting machine with regulated stitch. I quilt all free style designs, which means I manually move the quilting machine across the quilt to create the designs. It is not computer generated and I don't use templates or panto graphs. I doodle or sketch a design for the customer's quilt on a piece of paper. Then I envision it in my mind and start stitching. I make it sound simple, but it is far from simple. I have been quilting customer's quilts since 2003 and every day is a joy and a new adventure in creating a "cool design" on customer's quilts. Yes - I repeat designs, but because they are free style, they don't always look exactly the same.
This quilt is a great example of a free style design using the extra large "swirly gigs". I have made the swirly gigs in many different sizes and styles over the years.
The swirly gigs flow across the quilt, intertwining within each other to smoothly fill the space. I have to concentrate very carefully as I move in and out of the spaces, so that is never looks like a uniformed pattern, without repeating the exact motion, but keeping it consistently even throughout the quilt. That's what makes it beautifully unique'.
The backing fabric on this quilt is the fuzzy minky fabric. It is wonderfully soft and smooth...
I share, because I love what I do every day. I am very blessed and very lucky to have such a wonderful job. Again, I make it sound easy, but there is a lot of work, time, and energy involved in owning and running your own business. The best part about my days are that they are never boring. I create, I quilt, and I photograph each day to share my quilting life with the world. When my kids were little my husband told them something like this: "Find something you love to do, do what you love, and make it your job. You will never feel like you are working - if you love it!" We are both so blessed to love what we do! Thanks for following along in my life... Marcia
I quilted on my project quilting at the end of my quilting day, today. It's the end of my work week, so I quilted longer than a few minutes... actually, I quilted a couple hours and will quilt more tomorrow. So my Minutes for Me - while it was wonderful to play on my quilting machine, it delayed our Friday night dinner. I had nothing ready when my husband got home. But I made dinner in about 5 minutes! We had meatloaf, leftover potatoes, and a salad. We had my frozen meatloaf squares. When I make a big meal, I freeze some of it for just such an occasion.