I took a freehand long arm class yesterday at HMQS from Linda Taylor. She was WONDERFUL! What a great teacher, and what a great quilter. She made the class really fun.
I was so excited to get into this hands-on class. I haven't spent much time using an actual long arm before, so this was a great way to do some serious test-driving of at least one model. I've decided that I like Gammills a lot. They have some fantastic features that so far I haven't seen in other models. I've also decided that an 18 inch throat is NOT ENOUGH ROOM! It's funny because I'm currently using a machine with a nine inch throat. When I'm quilting at home I have the mindset that I don't have a lot of space, and that's okay. When I was using the long arm I thought I had tons of space... but I didn't really. I will definitely be buying a machine with at least 26" of throat space, if not 30". I still have more research to do, which I will get to do tomorrow when I go back to HMQS. I'm especially interested in trying out APQS and Innova long arms.
So more about my class. This is what we ended up with:
This class was great. It was great to get hands-on time on a long-arm and get comfortable with it. The only down-side that I can think of is that now I really don't want to wait to get my long arm, but I have to. It will be at least 6 more months. I'm glad I can still work on my skills with what I currently have.
So speaking of practice, I've decided to offer FREE QUILTING, for a limited time, to anyone making a quilt to be donated to a humanitarian cause. I will provide batting and thread, but binding is not included. I also can't promise quick turnaround time on this offer, but I will do my best. Let me know if you are interested!
Coming soon--pictures of Amber's quilt!