About 16 years ago I bought my first sewing machine. At the time I had no grand plan to purchase a longarm quilting machine or start my own business, I only wanted a sewing machine just to complete some home projects and perhaps make drapes for the house. However, during my first sewing class, we made a small table runner using a quilt block to learn some of the features of the machine, and that was it – I was hooked! At that moment I became part of the quilting family and enjoyed the comadaredry, friendship, and sharing that are the welcoming world of quilting. During our travels, my husband and I always visit local quilt shops for patterns, fabrics, quilting ideas or just share with others in the quilting family our joy of quilting.
My husband has commented many times (unsolicited) that quilters are always friendly, helpful, sharing and seem to be genuinely happy people. But the one thing he “did” say about me – was that I was a 90%er! Always making the quilt top but never getting the final quilting done. So we talked, and he agreed if I was ever going to get his quilt finished we needed to buy a longarm quilter. He really really wanted that quilt completed, so we brought Kyrie home – she is a Gammill Statler Stitcher with a 14 foot table. I just love to hook up a quilt and spend the evening quilting. It’s so nice to give a quilt – “That personal touch”.