I have been quilting since late 2007 and have loved it ever since. I first got hooked on "old fashioned" crafts when I was in high-school. I started doing needlepoint and while those first few patterns were quick and rather simple, I have graduated to doing very complex patterns that take a long time to complete. The last one I finished was a version of Van Gogh's Starry Night painting, which took me 3 years to complete.
While I don't consider myself to be a great quilter, people who have seen my quilts say that I truly have a lot of talent and that my quilts are very professional in quality. I think part of that comes from my engineering side and the fact that I am a bit of a perfectionist. While I don't try to get every little corner and triangle point to line up just right, I do try to get them close. If they are off a few threads, it doesn't really bother me. if they are off by 1/8", I fix it.
Someday I would like to make quilting a business. I think I would like to be able to quilt other quilters' quilts -- how many times can you put the word quilt in a sentence and actually have it make sense? :-) -- at some point in the future. I do have a mid-arm machine with a 6" throat space. I am able to use some pre-made pantographs, but I also design my own to fit the available space that I have on my machine. I would love to be able to do the quilting for others if they don't have the desire or means to do it themselves. I see a huge market for this as I know many quilters who love to piece their tops and then just don't want to deal with man-handling a quilt under the small throat of a regular sewing machine. I also know that in my area there are a few people who do quilting for others, but there always seems to be a waiting list. It would seem that if there's a waiting list, there is a demand for the craft.
I may do a few other of these types of posts in the future to mix it up a little with the techniques/tutorials that I plan to put on here.
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations