Sunday was a very rainy and windy day but it didn't keep me from driving to Elmira for the quarterly meeting of my long arm group - SOLO. Elmira, Ontario is in Mennonite country and it is a 1.75 hour drive from where I live. As I got closer to Elmira I was a little surprised when I came upon many, many horses and buggies sharing the road with me. I have never seen so many and I have never actually driven past horses before in such close proximity - usually they are in a field. ;) I did slow down and I gave them lots of room as I passed.
We had a guest speaker for this meeting and you may have heard of her - Kelly Cline. She works with linens and doilies and old tablecloths - lots of vintage and very beautiful pieces. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and didn't get any photos but here is a link to her vintage page. Really, check out the links she is fantastic!
Kelly gave us a trunk show and then she gave a demonstration of her process using the long arm with these vintage pieces. She also uses a domestic sewing machine but I do believe she says she loves her long arm. Kelly does gorgeous work and during the talk she had certainly inspired me to think about doing some custom work of my own - maybe not on linens but certainly on my own quilts.
When I got home I visited her site and I saw a photo that contained the phrase 'She believed She could so She did'. When it comes to free motion quilting or ruler work I think I have to take up this phrase literally and believe in myself. Who knows where it will lead but maybe I can get the confidence to do custom work on my own quilts.
I don't know if I will get the whole quilt done today. I am feeling a bit tired today and I had intended on sleeping in but that didn't happen. I think I have a cold coming and I hope I can fight it off. I have Tai Chi tonight and I don't want to miss it so I may need a nap.