Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I received this comment on my post about quilting....

Tammy said this:

......I think you are contradicting yourself on this topic. You say “I noticed in the last few years going to quilt shows that a very large number of quilts are now being quilted by a second person on a longarm, don't get me wrong I know we all only have so many hours in the day to get things done, but I think it is a shame that this is happening.” And, “To me making a quilt includes all steps.” However, here you are making money by quilting “customer quilts.” Hmmmm.


The reason I bought a long arm a few years ago is that I thought I would like it and the Aus $ was so strong I could afford to buy one. The other reason was that I could quilt samples quicker.
If I had my time again I wouldn't buy another one as I don't enjoy it. Yes I have made some money with my long arm quilting but I don't have to like it.
I certainly am not out there promoting my long arm quilting, on the contrary I always try and encourage my students to quilt their own quilt.

Thank you Tammy for your comment.

Christine

8 comments:

Kathie said...

guess the difference is a business vs pleasure?

Yvonne said...

I think their is nothing wrong with either way. Everyone has to do what she likes best. If you have the time and the pleasure in quilting you can do it by hand but if you want to make them faster what is wrong with the help of a longarm? I think the fun of being busy with fabrics and create something is the most important!

Nadine said...

Well said, Christine.
I never felt you were "promoting" machine quilting in your post, by the way. Besides, to me handquilting is THE BEST and is far above compared to machine quilting, the result is SO soft !
... Yet I sometimes wished I had a longarm (or someone nearby having one), in order to finish some old ufo's ;>). And I don't think I'm contradicting myself, saying so ;>)


Keep going, dear, and most of all ENJOY !
XOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Barb said...

interesting.
I think it's a shame that the machine made quilts keep winning out over hand done, or one quilter made quilts, but that's life I guess.
A machine will always be more exact and consistent...

Heartsdesire said...

Most of my quilts are quite scrappy, so coordinating the fabrics takes some time and I truly love this process. However, when it comes to finishing the quilt that's where I get stalled. So, rather than having a lot of UFOs around, they go out to the long arm quilter for some simple quilting. I also make a lot of small doll quilts. Again, I love the process of putting those different scraps of fabric together. These quilts I either hand quilt or use my machine because they are small. Some people enjoy hand quilting and have the time to do it. Others, like myself, either don't like the process or don't have the time. I think you should do what you enjoy with quilting, and if long arm quilting suits you, so be it.

Kris said...

Nothing wrong with expressing your opinion on your own blog. And I have to say that it took me ages to work out that you had a longarm and did quilting for others. Perhaps I am just slower than the average bear? Anyway, I love coming to your blog and reading about what you are up to. I have never had a quilt quilted by someone else. I might like it, who knows? I really didn't like quilting my own quilts at first (I had heaps of tops, but few quilts!) but decided that it was a skill I wanted to acquire and that I wanted to be skillful enough to enjoy the process. I am still working on it, but I am enjoying quilting my quilts much more and I have also completed more quilts too. (I used to have a shortarm, but it and I never got on. Much prefer to use a domestic machine to quilt)

Vickie said...

personla differences tend this to happen, but hey golly what a boring place the world would be if'n we was all the same,cheers Vickie

BevBSews said...

Christine, I love to make quilts - the fun for me is in the decisions - plannning, putting fabrics together, having the right tools and eventually the pleasure and satisfaction in know it all works. However quilting actually terrifies me! I'm much happier to send mine to a longarm quilter who I know has a lot of experience both on her own quilts and others. I'm confident that she will do a far better job than my own amateur efforts which means that I will also be happier with the final quilt. However I will admit that I love the look and feel of handquilting, I just know it's not for me. Love your work and your blog, please keep challenging us.