I’m a telecommuter. That’s a 25-cent word for saying I work in gym shorts, t-shirt and no makeup. It requires a lot of self-discipline and it’s definitely not for everyone, but after something like 8 or 9 years I can say I’m well suited for it. I don’t have the TV on, dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen sink like at anyone else’s house who works in an office. 99% of the time I’m self motivated to think of work and do work a full day.
But today…well I had a new long arm waiting for me. Mr. “Put It Together” left about 7pm last night and no kidding – I think by 7:30 or 8 I had the quilt fully loaded and ready to go. I found out the hard way there’s a super secret second on/off switch. Knowing it was coming, I had watched multiple videos on loading the quilt. I even came up with a shortcut way of loading the batting that I haven’t seen posted anywhere else.
If you have a long arm then this hopefully will make sense. First, I loaded the backing at both ends and left it loose so it draped in the middle. Then I loaded the top. I had already put my roll of batting on the pole near the floor when I realized if I leave it on the roll and just leave extra slack….I don’t have to cut it off before I start. I can leave the batting on the roll!
The clock ticked slowly until lunch time today and then I almost literally ran to the machine. My first few stitches were bad enough that I took the seam ripper to it. But before long, I could see the pattern that started to emerge. I’m quilting a couple of quilts that have Star Wars fabric in them, so stars seemed like a good pattern to quilt. I decided edge-to-edge was probably a good idea the first few times around.
I’m headed out of town for a long weekend, so no quilting for me! Oh and I decided this year I’m doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt. She posts the first block(s) the day after the US Thanksgiving with weekly posts. I think it runs through maybe mid to late January so it’s not a long time requirement. This one is free, free, free and can be made using scraps – so who’s on board to do this with me!
I saw someone recommend a quilt shop that pulls suggested fabrics based on the colors she suggests so I took the easy way out and ordered from them this time. There are mustard yellows, darker and lighter purples, forest greens, the neutrals and 1 constant. I was originally planning to use batiks but having someone pick the fabric for me was too good to pass up.
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Nice, how lucky are you to have a long arm quilting machine.
Yes, I really count myself blessed!
You will have hours of fun!
I am really enjoying it!
You go, girl!!!!! Luv the stars w/ the center curl. Since I use a Sweet 16/sit-down, pantos aren’t “in the cards” for me and ‘stars’ are the one shape that would be nice to do well (I have done them fairly consistently with freezer paper pieces!). Am totally thrilled for you!!!!
How exciting! And yes, I’m doing Bonnie’s mystery. I’ve pulled all the fabrics except the dark and light purples from my stash. Apparently, I don’t use those colors much so I’m going to have to go shopping for fabric. Poor me! Congrats on the long arm, I’m trying to just be purely joyful and not a bit envious That’s hard work.
That will be so fun to see what you come up with on Bonnie’s quilt. I am looking forward to it!
You need to come over and try it out!
You must be thrilled with this wonderful tool.