Joan Knight remembers very clearly the day she bought her Statler by Gammill at a quilt show.
It was the final day of a three-day quilt show.
“I had been walking around for three days. Five minutes before the show closed, I signed the papers,” she said.
Now, Joan is a CreativeStudio educator, sharing her love of quilting and her knowledge with others.
“I get to see the look on their face when they ‘get it,’” she said of teaching. “It is a blessing.”
CreativeStudio allows her to be as creative as she wants with her quilting. And, the Statler has allowed her to have a career doing what she loves.
“I get to be my own boss. I get to make my own schedule. And, I get to meet new people and watch as people see what [the Statler] can do for them.”
Several of Gammill’s professional dealers have excellent educational opportunities coming up! Registration is now open for the following conferences
Sept. 27 – 29: Northwest Gammill/Statler Conference in Portland, Oregon
Hosted by Andrew’s Gammill Northwest
Oct. 15-17: Statler Days in Zanesville, Ohio
Hosted by: A Touch of Thread
Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2016: East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference in Glen Allen, Virginia
Hosted by: Threads Run Thru It
Did you know you can use a Gammill for more than just quilts? This fun project from Karen Farnsworth at Wildflower Quilting shows us how to make a personalized, easy postcard that is sure to make a lasting impression.
Materials: Fabric and Peltext (2-sided fusible stabilizer)
Variations: Felt, paper, add fused binding decorated with fabric markers
Tips: Use light thread on top to reduce shadow thru. Use a larger (4.0) needle.
For more project details and how to use CreativeStudio 6.0 to complete a postcard, click here.
1. Load fabric on the quilting machine as you would any quilt back (right side down).
2. Lay Peltex over the backing and stitch a small (tight) all over design on all the fabric. The bottom becomes the back (design side) of your postcard so pay attention to your bottom tension.
3. Lay white fabric or paper on top of the stitched fabric/Peltex.
4. Set up and stitch multiples of the Postcard stitch pattern with 1/2 inch between repeats and rows.
6. Cut between rows and repeats to get 4-inch x 6-inch postcards.
7. Add stamp, address and mail! Hint: Check at the post office before mailing; these may require more postage than a traditional postcard.
For more from Karen Farnsworth, visit her website at wildflowerquilting.com
Ever had questions about the Statler by Gammill keypad?
A new series of videos explains:
What is the keypad https://youtu.be/pYiM35fQGO8
How to use the keypad https://youtu.be/7YdG42m6I0U
How to use keypad settings https://youtu.be/lD90v0EmxZ8
For a complete list of Statler by Gammill and CreativeStudio videos visit: http://gammill.com/education/videos/statler-videos/
Pat said she came to machine quilting a little late in life and was in her 50s when she first decided to buy a long arm. After researching machines, she purchased a Gammill hand-guided machine. Her purchase, she said, was “the best thing I ever did. I built a big quilting business right away.”
As her business grew, she was spending all day, every day working on her machine and it began to take a toll on her physically.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “I wasn’t going to quit quilting.”
A trip to her local quilt shop changed everything when she spotted a beautiful quilt hanging on the wall.
“It was a single little flower she had put in all the blocks but it was perfect. I said ‘that’s how I’m going to quilt. Whatever she did, that’s what I’m doing.’”
The shop owner told Pat the quilt had been done on a computerized machine. Soon after, Pat became a Statler by Gammill owner.
“It changed my life. I had a successful business then, before the Statler; but once I mastered the Statler I didn’t have the physical problems anymore.”
Pat was able to grow and expand her business, even adding a second Statler.
Had it not been for the Statler, Pat said she doesn’t know what would have happened to her quilting because of physical limitations. But with the Statler “I never get tired of quilting,” she said. “It’s not just the physical part, it’s the perfection in quilting that I wanted but could never achieve.”
Pat said she enjoys finishing quilts that people love and that become a part of their families.
“People love you for the good work you do. I couldn’t do it without the Statler.”
Statler users share a similar story but each one is special and unique, just like the quilts they create.
During our recent trip to SUGAR, Paul Statler had the chance to speak to several Statler by Gammill owners about how their machines have changed their lives. We are looking forward to sharing these videos in the upcoming weeks.
We heard from individuals who developed careers and successful businesses to support their families; or, who put children through college or retired early thanks to extra income from quilting. We have quilters who use their Statlers to create award-winning quilts or make cherished treasures for family, friends and charities. Some of our quilters have been able to continue the activity they love through computerized quilting when their health would no longer allow them to use a hand-guided machine. And, of course, we have many who have made life-long friends through their common bond of quilting.
Thank you for sharing your stories with us.
Judi had been quilting for more than 20 years when she decided to purchase a longarm machine.
“I had my sights set on a Statler. I knew that was what I wanted to have,” she said.
Today, Judi and her husband own a sewing machine business and Gammill dealership in Australia where they have four Gammills including two Statlers.
“We’ve been blessed that we can spread the love and show people how wonderful they are,” she said. “It’s changed our lives. It’s given us something that is very much who we are. It’s given us an outlet that we love. We get so excited when we get a new customer. We just want to show them how wonderful it is.”
The family at Gammill Quilting would like to wish you each a safe and happy Independence Day.
Pictured is Old Glory, a custom painted Gammill Machine that toured with Quilts of Valor. The organization is dedicated to covering service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Remember! Right now we have a special Independence Day sale going on. Now through July 19, Gammill is offering $1,000 off a Vision 2.0 or a free all-in-one computer upgrade with the purchase of a Statler by Gammill. Locate a dealer near you to test a Gammill today and learn more!
Lastly, looking for Patriotic Quilt inspiration? Check out Gammill’s Pinterest Board for ideas and photos of beautiful quilts with a Stars & Stripes theme.
We are almost to 11,000 likes on Facebook! Follow us today to get the latest updates on projects, videos, events and more! As a thank you to our nearly 11,000 fans, we are doing a prize giveaway. Go to our Facebook site and like the page and comment on the prize post to be entered to win one of 11 great prizes.
What a fun time we had going through all of the thank you cards Gammill received from the SUGAR Conference! We cannot thank you enough for your kind words and support. We also appreciate the SUGAR Conference organizers who collected the cards. Here are just some of those we received: Continue reading
Our video team has put together an amazing short video of the highlights of the 2015 SUGAR Conference! The video features some of our Statler by Gammill customers telling us about why they love their machines! SUGAR (Statler Users Group and Representatives) was held in June in Kansas City. The event was hosted by the SUGAR Board. Click here for more information about the event.