I have a love/hate relationship with Custom Orders.
I LOVE the creativity of my customers, and the challenge of finding just the right fabric or design, and the satisfaction of making something that is an extra special gift for someone.
I HATE the enormous amount of time and extra expense it takes to special order fabrics or supplies, and (sometimes) unreasonable demands.
But recently I was asked to create a custom order for a wonderful repeat customer: four bicycle oven mitts, all from different fabrics, for her adult kids and kids-in-law who are avid bike racers. This was a custom order I loved.
Here are two of the custom mitts, packaged and ready to ship:
My walking foot (a gizmo that helps me quilt through multiple layers and includes a spacing bar) broke.
(Since I've now sewn well over 1,000 oven mitts, it had probably outlived its useful life!) I have a new one on rush order (no time to go to the local sewing machine repair shop when I am working 7:00 am to 8:00 pm). So the other two mitts will be delayed a bit. Thankfully, my sweet customer (whose name, appropriately enough, is Candy), doesn't need them until April, so she was fine with a slight delay for the last two. Whew!