To long arm and beyond !

An Arts project Gardenstown, United Kingdom

Helping me upgrade from a tiny domestic sewing machine to a larger long arm static machine so that I may use my skill for a career.

They did it!


On 3rd Sep 2015 we successfully raised

£1,270

with

22 backers

in

56 days


Project owner

 

We're running a little late in doing the draw while we gather in the remaining ticket stubs from local outlets, the draw will be taking place on the evening of 13/9/2015.  Thank you very much to everyone who took part and supported me. 

 

 

Project aim

Helping me upgrade from a tiny domestic sewing machine, as seen in the video above... Yes those are my hands to!! WHOOP fame at last !  to a larger long arm static machine so that I may turn my hobby into a career and valuable local business.

About the project

I currently quilt on a tiny domestic Husqvarna Viking sewing machine, its nearly 15yrs old, suffering from years of hard work & badly needing to be retired from quilting use. These days I have more and more hobby quilters asking if I'd quilt for them, could I run workshops, would I take part in exhibitions, I have market. Aside from that, the hire long arm quilting machine that used to be available to Aberdeenshire will in 2 weeks no longer be available, because of a massive rent rise the store has decided to close its doors, the owner returning to Huston & the machine going with her.IN JUST ONE WEEKS !!!  time my market will explode.  Local quilters have aleady heard of my hope to being a long arm machine into the area and I am already being asked when and if it will be available for hire. 

 

Added to that, this is very much a career jump for me, this is what I want to do professionally, ive spent the past 15yrs developing and fine tuning my skills so that I'm good at my game. 

This is the career path I have wanted to follow for the past 15yrs but circumstance never allows it, im very much one of the normal people, the hard grafting backs the world revolves around, costantly kicked into financial check by reality, I need to break away from this before I get to old ! Im almost 45, time is doing me no favours. I have books in my head I want to publish and a whole stack of quilts I have designed and need to unleash that working within a 4in workspace does not allow. 

MY mother is my biggest inspiration and support in my life, and my mother is fighting cancer, all she has ever wanted is for me to succeed in my goal, so here I am, possibly about to loose her, but fighting tooth and nail to do this while it can still bring joy to her & she can share in the joy of my succeeding to get where im constantly being told I should be, doing this professionally. 

Im very cabable, dedicated to my craft & wish for nothing else but the chance to turn it into a career and pass the skill onto others who might gain the same sense of self worth from the work that I do.

 

Im not asking for handouts, as you can see from the rewards below, I have invested a massive amount of time and ££ in this project, these quilts alone stand for almost 200 hours of quilting, a small fortune in fabric costs, then there's the networking to get this project up and running, for this there is only me myself & I along with our aged and tempremental desktop.  I do not have a fancy camera, hence the grainy phone pics, I do not know any photogrophers whom to beg a few studio shots from, what you get from me is just 100% straight up black is black, spades a spade, honesty. 

 REWARDS 

 

Im going to do the rewards in 2 formats. 

 

1stly - There will be a limited amount of quilts you can purchase via the corresponding pledge. 

To begin with I am introducing the availablilty of 3 Heirloom quilted cot/cotbed sized baby quilts along the lines of the one below, stunning designs and the oppertunity to really make this a personal family heirloom by quilting in your family name.

 

NEW QUILT LISTINGS  You can can purchase these quilts via the coresponding pledge button.

 

Crossing Boundries. 

Modern layout featuring the use of kimono silk fabric. Very generous double with enough length to pull up over pillows, would look equally as dramatic over a kingsize bed. 

 

 

 

Rewards for Pledging - Our Quilt Draw. 

Would you like to own this quilt ? This quilt & I have been on one tremendous journey, it is the quilt that inspired this funding bid, it is the quilt that has and still is going through the tantrums my current machine is having at being asked to complete a project so large. Its the heart of this project. It can be yours, every £10 pledged will gain you a draw entry to win the quilt below this paragraph. It is in the final stages of completion & represents well over 120 hrs of hard work.   

 

The quilt draw will take place on the 4th of September at 12pm, we will be asking a local person of note to draw the tickets for us under the watchful eye of our adjudication team.  Winners will be contacted by email/phone/post - depending on the contact details avialable. 

 

 

Also in the quilt draw will be these others 

 

This is the machine I am looking to purchase, it is not a big bucks 24in computer assisted long arm quilting machine, it is a mid arm sit down self opperated machine, it requires creative thought process and skill which I have in abundance ready to unleash. 

 

Details about the machine can be viewed here 

 The amount im trying to raise covers the machine, stitch regulating software (which makes the art of learning to quilt free motion a lot easier for students as it takes away the whole speed = stitch size worry) and 3 table extensions to enable the full support required for quilting large doubles and king size quilts. 

 

My blog where I will be adding content to support my project 

 

Please help me get there !