I indulged my longarm fantasies by renting time on a machine at a LQS. It was fun!
There were a few things that surprised me though.
1. The machine vibrated like a jack hammer. Maybe it was just the machine I was using, but when I held the handles, I felt like I was getting ready to break through some concrete!
2. The machine worked muscles in my arms that I never knew I had. It wasn’t until about 2 or 3 hours after quilting that my arms felt sore. Who knew that quilting with a longarm would be a workout?!?
3. There was a lot of pinning involved. My rental packet included 400 T-pins. Did I really need this many pins? The lady at the shop assured me that I would. And here I thought I was getting away from pin basting! But, when I think about it, the quilt has to be attached to the machine in some way.
Here’s what I worked on during my practice session. Not bad for a first-timer, eh?!?
Now, as soon as I finish up my improv quilt top, I’ll head back to the LQS for more playtime with the Gammill!