The 10 Immutable Laws of Machine Quilting snap us back to reality and demand we pay attention...ah the Quilted Muse has the most playful sense of humor....
- Fabric silently takes over the whole house.
- The back-lash spring when dropped matches the flooring.
- You can never have too many stencil or find the one you want.
- The final inch of your machine quilting top thread deliberately runs out in the last block on the last row.
- Backing cleverly turns 90 degrees and is always a smidge short of the quilt top.
- Bobbin threads whoosh out or snap on your most proudfully executed delicate curve in the longest feather
- The one quilt you delayed quilting for lack of head-turning designs is the one that took the shortest time to quilt with blue ribbon spectacular results!
- Inspiration can come at the most inopportune time -the quilt room is cluttered with doodles on napkins, gum wrappers, utility bills; and even though it looks like garbage to others, it is very important to the machine quilter. Cathy Keindl, West Point, CT
- Inspiration and great ideas always come the moment the machine goes out for cleaning and repairs. Kay Benedict
- You vaguely remember the perfect quilting design for this specific area on your new prize top. Do I have the design??, doodling on paper is just not working.....
Maybe I didn't buy it, I thought I'd get it "next time". Totally frustrated I use another design, it's OK but not quite as special as" the one that got away".
Two weeks after quilting is done, I find said special design " in the safe place to keep it from getting lost so when I need it I can find it for that special top." Linda Tramm, Wisconsin
- That last cone of special thread runs out and no one stocks it anymore. You know you have that thread color for that quilt, but you don't find it in the back of the drawer until after you received the new one you ordered. Eileen Keane, NY
- The phone will ring as soon as you are in the “groove” if you answer you will need to warm up and start again, if you don’t
you will miss the outing to the quilt shop you’ve been trying to set up with your mini group all month. Gale Gleim
- Even if I have 100 different colors of thread, I never have the perfect color for any quilt. Hanne-Grete Brink, Norway
- When doing intricate quilting, you always have problems with thread tension. Hanne-Grete Brink, Norway
- I have a lot of pantograms, never used them, but still want more of them. Hanne-Grete Brink, Norway
- All templates or rulers are always too big or too small. Hanne-Grete Brink, Norway
- You know that Murphy ((Murphy's Law) is standing by your side when you suddenly sneeze and the machine goes off in a direction you never intended. Midge, Olive Hill, KY
- Whenever I reorganize my tools and supplies used for my longarm to a much more convenient and logical location I'll never see them again. That is, until I'm hunting for something else!Gail Alter, Fort Gibson, OK
We have uncovered the 10 Immutable Laws, and from your response there may be as many laws as quilting studios... so we shall expose the next 10 laws...because there are puzzling forces at work out there.
Please send your Law of Machine Quilting that is daringly present in your studio to email@example.com. Just copy and paste "Immutable Laws of Machine Quilting" in the subject line.
Winners will receive the new Terry Twist® Pattern Pack and I'll send them out as the Laws post. You will be notified for your shipping address by email. I will keep you all updated on my blog.
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