HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!!!
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Not only quilting for our customers, but also undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. I'm grateful to report that I underwent my last BCG treatment on Monday, 5 January 2015. Followup in six weeks to see if the lesions are gone. Family, friends and me are all praying that God was merciful and will ensure that I have good results on my followup. However, it's a brand new year and I'm ready to get back to quilting. Lots of different blocks I haven't tried yet, customers to quilt for, a growing family and new adventures, if God allows. I wish all you quilters out there a safe, prosperous and healthy 2015!!
I got into quilting at a very late age...but I had seen my mother making quilts ever since I was a young boy. She began quilting right after I was born, in fact. Mom and I have similar tastes in color selection...the brighter and louder the better! I loved that she could create something so beautiful with just persistence and a few bits of scraps. I finally decided to ask her if I could help her in any way with her quilting and she said it would be a great help to her if I could do the rotary cutting of the fabric for her...and thus began my love affair with the whole quilting process. I found that I could easily and quickly cut out the fabric she needed...so much so that I soon began to piece together the fabric myself, just to help her out. Then, when I realized how much satisfaction it brought me, I decided to take the plunge and make an entire quilt myself. Of course, being a man, I chose the most difficult pattern I could...an eight-pointed star for a king size bed. I spent week after frustrating week sewing and ripping. I became known to my family as "James the Ripper"! I ripped on that quilt top until I was ready to give up. Then, I laid all the finished parts on the bed, just to see how it was coming and I was hooked again! It was so beautiful that I continued and finally got the top finished. My mother's encouragement and teaching, as well as my wife's support during this process were what kept me going. I have since made many quilts and I seem to have a knack for doing difficult patterns. So, if you want a custom quilt, I'm your man! However, those are very expensive and time-consuming to make and you'll be charged lots of money for it! Finally, I got tired of paying somebody else to quilt my tops, so my mother and I went in together and bought a long-arm quilting machine (see photo above, our quilting machine at my mother's house, and my sister helping). I've begun to master quilting to the point that I can do a few pantograph designs very well. Now, I can make an entire quilt from scratch, select the pattern, choose the fabrics, cut out the pieces, sew the blocks, square the quilt and back, load it into the quilting machine, select a pantograph, quilt it, and put the binding on the finished quilt. What a sense of creative satisfaction!
Please take a look at my quilt gallery. We are adding new photos all the time. If you don't see what you want, please email me at email@example.com and I will respond to any questions or comments.
Right now, we are building our web site, so please be patient as we want to do it well. Thank you so much for visiting with us. I hope to get an order for a quilt from you very soon!
James "Bubbabutterfly" Pittman
My Brand New Quilting Room
Below is the back part of my quilting room with me at my cutting table.