In the last 2 weeks a couple of my customers have bought longarms for themselves...it takes business away from me, but I have to be so excited for them : D. I really love what I do and have to share the info that I have gathered thus far. I can't wait to go see their set ups and help in any way I can.
I was talking to one of my friends (with a new longarm) yesterday before quilt guild...she stated that it just wasn't going well and she just had to walk away. I told her "absolutely" you just have to walk away. As I recently put on my logo "Stitches of Love", it is true. If your mind isn't right...if you're stressed, tired, hurting etc. your stitches will show it. When I find that I just can't seem to get it right, I usually just have to step away.
I find it is artistic license to step away. It is as important as any other criteria you use for making decisions on design etc. Unfortunately, I had that experience myself today...I worked all day on an 18" x 18" wall hanging - ugh!!! I have less trouble with a king size 110" x 110". However, this particular quilt I am doing custom, which means that each section will be a different design. All the designs have to flow (look good on the part of the quilt they are on and go with the other portions as well). I did 4 sections and then hated one of them...after picking out (taking out all the stitches) for that section (which is no small task even for a small area : () Then, I had to find another pattern for that section, which I think I did, but as I was loading it onto the quilt...my machine froze - ugh!!! So, as it was almost time to go get my little boy from daycare, I decided it was a sign that I needed to step away : D. So, I shut it down and hopefully after a good nights sleep, I will successfully finish it tomorrow : D.
It is important to build artistic license into the promise dates as well. It is impossible to know how much time, so I just do a little bit of time and hope for the best...if I run into more issues than expected, I let the customer know and go from there. I never thought I would be an artist, but I think what I do could be considered art...thus requires artistic license.