For those of you that don't know, I sold my Fusion 2 weeks ago. It was a bittersweet moment as the new buyer and I took her apart, a month more than 7 years after I first put her together. We made hundreds of great quilts together and started a business together. What you may not realize is that while I was in Houston, I bought a new machine...a new Fusion! It was installed 10 days ago - just 3 days after the old one headed to its new home. I have been working on a few of my own quilts to "work out the kinks", before tackling a custom client quilt.
I finished a couple of small things 2 days ago when I got that wild hair to do something for myself. Somewhere near 6 yrs ago, I made this runner for myself. The blocks were made from fabrics used in a block swap I participated in. For whatever reason, I had 9 or 10 leftover blocks after the quilt was made, so a few runners were made. I kept one of them. This would have been sometime during the first year I had the old longarm.
I didn't know how to make feathers then (or not at all well!). It was also apparent that my machine was having a timing issue too, as there are places of skipped stitches. What always bothers me is that when clients come to drop off or pick up quilts, we use my dining room. It always has a runner on the table, and not a one of my runners were quilted in recent years. They may have nice colors and piecing/applique, but the quilting is not in any way indicative of what I can do. I am often ashamed. It was time to rectify that.
If you have gotten this far, then I have a very important thing to discuss. You may have discovered that you are not able to right-click and save photos from my blog. Many people do this so that they can repost them somewhere else. Less reputable folks do much worse. I believe that these are my work, and my property, and I don't want people to do this. You may also have noticed that I have an explicit copyright statement on the right sidebar too, asking you not to use my materials or photos without my consent. Artists should not have to write this, but I have. And I do expect others to respect that. I make quilts for show, and create techniques that I teach, and do NOT want them to be widely dispersed by others. This is my livelihood. Please respect it.
I have recently discovered many photos were taken by a website called QuiltersHub, as well as many others that post them to Pinterest. Quilting Hub posts quilters photos, but receives income for every person that visits their site. They are profiting off of us, without our consent, and it is wrong. Please take note that I will stop sharing things if this continues. The large watermarks on my photos above are really irritating to look at, I know that, but I don't want my information copied against my will just because some of you know how to do it. Too many people that post and repost to Pinterest don't bother to give credit to the artist. Even if you do credit the artist, GET THEIR CONSENT!