I've discovered that I suffer from a dangerous condition, quilting apnea; I hold my breath when I quilt at the longarm! My friend Gina recently diagnosed this when we were together in a class at the AQS show in Charlotte. Gina and I were sharing a machine and quilting some feathers when I heard her telling me: "breathe, just breathe"! I laughed it off at the time. On Thursday I was quilting these long, feathered borders when I realized I had to keep stopping... just to BREATHE! She was right. The only thing I could think of to relax myself and allow breathing to happen was to sing while I quilted. One can't sing if they're not breathing, right? I cranked up the I-pod loaded with church camp music (the only songs I could think of offhand where I knew all the words) and sang! What a difference this made; the quilting flowed, I was breathing and my heart was happy! It was a particularly lovely afternoon on Thursday, the windows were open and a light breeze filled the space as I was quilting flowing feathers and belting out "My God Is An Awesome God" at the same time... it just doesn't get much better than that!