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Archive for March 6th, 2011

Introducing….

My new HQ Fusion 24 long-arm machine!!

Or the new baby of the family.    😉

My set-up man came on Wednesday morning.  He was here from 9:15 – 12:50 with a bit of lunch break in there at noon.  So, a good 3 hours to set it all up from the 9 boxes it arrived in!   Phil was in & out helping with the frame & table and helping his Dad get the manure tank filled outside.  (There is not a good way to say that… FIL was hauling manure.  He can’t fill the tank/hook up the pump & pipes so Phil keeps an ear out for FIL to come pulling back in the lane needing a new load.)

the first step... build the 12' table

I had an OVER-FULL week but in my mind gave myself Wednesday afternoon to play.  🙂   First off, get the leaders on.   No good photos so I head upstairs and start the DVD.  Pause. Run downstairs to do the next step.  Upstairs to see the next part.  Downstairs to complete it.

By this time, I decided the ease of use of the upstairs TV was not worth this running up & down!!  So then I spent the next hour going back & forth to my sewing room.  Really, I would like HQ to give me step-by-step photos!!  Some parts of the quilt pin wrong side to right side of the leader and others are right side to wrong side and then another is right side to right side!  Ack!!  I’m sure I’ll get it down but for the first time…. whew!!

I finally had my quilt loaded, the machine threaded (need better photos of that too!!), the bobbin filled & inserted, the tension set,  and I QUILTED!!!  For about 25 minutes…. and K called and I was reminded I needed supper as the small group ladies were due in an hour!!  Very funny!!!!  My studio needs a clock and a trash can!

I didn’t have much time on Thursday but about 30 mins after lunch in which I called my dealer with questions.   Seems that the monitor has been upgraded recently but not the manual or my dealers’ knowledge so I was flying by the seat of my pants!!  However, after Thursday’s afternoon class (that I taught here), a snack & quick nap, then supper, I had a bit of time to quilt.  🙂

Bliss!!

Just fantastic!!

How wonderful to have a large area to quilt in without having to CONSTANTLY readjust the quilt like I did when quilting on my domestic machine.  Plus I don’t have to hold the whole quilt or baste it.  Yippeee!!!

Thursday evening I finished my first quilt!  🙂  I had only done a meandering freehand pattern across it to get familiar with the whole machine.  However, I needed a flourish on it so added a feathered heart in the bottom corner.   🙂  It isn’t perfect but it is just a quilt for me and I love it!

Phil has had a yucky cold (was just getting something Weds night) so tonight was the first night he came to my studio much while I was working.  JP stops in often to see me.   K is glad that now that she & JP aren’t my students anymore, I have time to pursue my quilting and teaching more.     🙂 🙂  What sweet music from my daughter!!

I have the second quilt on the frame (worked on loading it Friday right after lunch and then in the evening)  and have a bit to go on quilting that.  I am doing a much tighter freehand pattern (not a meander) and it is a larger quilt.  Plus it has 2 borders that I’m quilting with special designs.   I just started on it this afternoon so I suppose I’ve put in 4 hrs or so on it.

So much to learn but SEW FUN!!!

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