I was just thinking about my idea of a BOM for Machine Embrodiered quilts. Because of the various machines, software, levels of experence with the software and machines, and then the designs themselves, I thought that perhaps, instead of a BOM that everyone would be working on, we could each come up with something we want to work on, from the designs we already own, or want to purchase, and get help from one another on how to accomplish things. This way, we can select something to match our level of experience, and perhaps learn something along the way.
I don't know if there is any ONE person that would know all about all the different software available, or the levels of software. Then also about all the different embroidery machines that are available. Plus, I think we may each have a different idea of what it is we want to learn and create as a BOM.
As an example, I have been toying with the idea of making a quilt from Jenny Haskins, that has been out for awhile, and I don't know if the magazine that has the instructions is even still available. So if others don't already have that, then they may not be able to purchase it to work on that same quilt. However, if I did start to make that quilt, and ran into some problems, I could come here to ask for help and hopefully someone will be able to assist me, even if we are using different software or machines. It might be possible to figure out what someone is talking about in our own software and machines to get us through our difficulties. I would think the basic ideas of what to do, no matter what designs/software/machine combination someone has would work with any combination, or we could find a way to work around any limitations that someone may have because of their combination.
I know enough about my machine (Brother Quattro) and software (Embird) to do pretty much anything I want to right now. But my problem comes with taking designs and combining them to create a quilt block, and then getting everything lined up correctly in the hoop to sew out. I would need help with ideas of how to combine different designs, and then different ways to get everything sewn out properly.
Also, if I think about doing an entire Machine Embroidered quilt all at once, it just seems to be too overwhelming. But if I can break it down into one block a month, or even every other month (life always seems to get in the way as well as other quilt projects) then it may not be so daunting a task. But at the same time, if it takes me too long to work on things, then I lose interest, so I would need something to keep me motivated to work on it. So I thought some kind of support system through these boards would help.
What do you all think??
Diane in Colorado Springs