It was really fun to read so many different thoughts on the comment I made the other day about quilting being my "hobby". To be truthful, it's more than a hobby. Yes, I have a small long arming business that I'm having a total ball with - but for me, it's even more than that. I suppose at this point, on this level, I've moved beyond hobby or a little fun into the hopelessly obsessed zone! I AM completely passionate about quilts. I'm passionate about quilts like artists are passionate about their art - and I fully consider what we do an art. My running joke - "God called the nuns to the convent...and he called me to the sewing machine!!!" Ok I'm really not THAT full of myself, HA! But I say this with the meaning that I do at times feel like something greater than me is pulling me to create quilts. I love them so much and I love planning them, creating them...I love the people quilts have brought me to meet and I love that buzz of creative energy we get when we bounce ideas off of each other and inspire each other. This little microcosm of quilting - and in particular us quilting bloggers - it's really an amazing phenomenon that I love being a part of. :) While I love other forms of art and dabbling in other mediums...quilting in particular is so fulfilling on so many levels - I don't know what I'd do without it!!!
Mushy stuff over and moving on to the really important stuff - my JUKI IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A number of you asked about this machine and as soon as I have time to play I'll share all I can with you! I may even do an unboxing video/blog for anyone who might be interested. I first heard about the infamous Juki brand way back when I had first discovered Sharon Schamber. I always said if Sharon told me to dance around the room with a pickle on my head because it'd make me a better quilter I would do it! LOL There aren't a lot of people I would so blindly follow but this lady - I tell you she has yet to steer me wrong!
I began researching the machine and it fit all of the marks that are important to me, the most important being that it doesn't have a computer. It is seriously going to KILL me to have to sit and look at it under the tree and not open it!!! :) For those interested I bought it from Ken's Sewing Center in Alabama. They have online stores on Ebay, Amazon, and their own website. They were wonderful to work with - my Husband did most of the chatting with them but that has always been an important thing to him. They do I believe have the machine listed incorrectly on their website - as a TL - 2010Qi which I don't believe exists...they sent the correct machine though, a TL 2010Q. The shipping took about two days - to me that's incredible - and it was free. They sent it UPS and there was some damage to the box that I wasn't thrilled about but that didn't have much to do with Kens. They did call me to let me know that they fully guarantee everything so when I do open it up, if there is any damage to let them know and they would replace it. That's pretty awesome. :)
I spent some time playing with the borders of my Vintage Charm yesterday - eeep! I love this! Can't you imagine this with intricate quilting now!? I love it!
Off to make breakfast and I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! :)