1. think I'm a better quilter than pie maker!

    by , 11-26-2013 at 08:13 PM
    Absolutely no sewing today! And it's not like there isn't a Christmas project on the cutting table and a crib quilt on the long arm frame! Nope, this was rest day after a longgggg drive to Iowa City and back to pick up my 69 Buick yesterday and getting ready for Thanksgiving trip to sister's tomorrow. But I did take the time to visit with a couple of friends--a gentleman from my church living in assisted living, and a long arm friend of mine. Her long arm room was so well organized that I'm ...
  2. Took some wonderful classes at the Original Sewing Expo...

    by , 11-25-2013 at 09:55 PM
    Had 2 great LA classes with Pat Barry as the instructor at the Original Sewing Expo--she's a great teacher who "picked" us each up at the level we were at, and really took us forward. I learned so much--I had taken the one on Stencils basically cause I had no clue how to use them with long arming, and my few attempts weren't really working. While I don't think it will become my "go to" method, I do see instances where it could be helpful. Plus how Pat showed us to use the ...
  3. The Cursed Charity Quilt is done!

    by , 11-18-2013 at 10:42 PM
    Did 2 charity quilts last week--one was a quick panto--worked great. Tried that for the 2nd one--what a disaster! It was just not a square quilt and the panto took off on the diagonal. So stopped and proceeded to "unsew" about 10" x lenght of quilt, which took almost 2 days! Then started over with SID and some ruler work, plus feathers in the borders. Not my proudest work but it's done!

    Now it's time to work on some of my own Christmas stuff--a preprinted panel ...
  4. Customer quilt FINALLY finished

    by , 11-06-2013 at 07:29 PM
    The customer quilt (first!!) that had been on the frame since this weekend is FINALLY finished!! I can not believe how much trouble I had with the tension. I used two "help calls" to long arm friends. Finally ended up changing bobbin cases, backlash washers and went from super loose settings and moved forward. Thank goodness I wasn't doing a super involved pattern--I ended up "unsewing" about the first 18" x 24"--practically wore out the backing! Hopefully, when ...
  5. Argh! Tension problems--both long arm and mine!!

    by , 11-04-2013 at 11:03 PM
    So started the customer's quilt--AGAIN--today, and just could not get the tension right. Despite having a practice piece on the side of the frame to check any adjustments, it was a mess. Seems after each adjustment it would be fine for about a block width, then it would go haywire--both bottom and top just laying onthe surface. So I'd "unsew" and start again. Practically have worn out the backing! So frankly relieved when had to stop to go to a meeting.

    Could use ...
  6. Long Arm is calling!! And could use some help on T-shirt quilt

    by , 11-02-2013 at 07:19 PM
    Just got home this evening from visiting my son & family--he starts a new job next week and that means he won't get the time off to come home for Thanksgiving. Loved see the kids--both are adorable! And just great seeing my son and his wife--she's struggling with some health issues post-delivery so things are little stressful for both of them.

    And I have 3 customer quilts (my first!!) waiting to be quilted. I thought I knew just what to do with the one--but ended up "unsewing" ...

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