Our First Attempt

Yesterday, my friend Gret & I went to o2b Quilting and learned how to use the APQS Freedom and Millenium longarm quilting machines.  It was an interesting experience for both of us, and we learned A LOT during the day.  As hard as it was for both of us to admit it, I think the big thing that we learned is that we’re never going to become professional longarm quilters!  Neither of us have any creative or artistic abilities on our own, so doing free motion quilting is out for us! And although I’m going to go back and quilt a ‘Quilts of Valor’ quilt, and possibly another small quilt top of my own, I am totally OK with sending my quilts off to someone else to be quilted.  I figure there’s a reason that they’re the expert, and that I work in an office all day!  Yes, doing it myself would save me money on the quilting itself, but it’s an hour drive each way and it’s several hours of my time, so in the end, I figure it’s a wash.

At the end of the day (after a couple of glasses of wine at Four Daughters Winery), we were both glad we had the experience of the day.  I would encourage others to do it as well.  If nothing else, we learned some things about thread & batting selection, how to piece my backs together (vertical vs horizontal seams), and more.

My first attempt…
My First Attempt

Gretchen working away…



About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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