It is always fun when I get to share my long-arm machine.  My good friend Lindsay came over on Monday to quilt her beautiful quilt.  She did an overall meander and finished it in record time.



She also brought some old quilt tops for me to quilt at my leisure – and for practice!  And to top it off, she brought some yummy chicken salad, Cutie oranges, and chocolate!

The best part of having a long-arm quilting machine is the sharing it with family and friends.


Long-arm fun

My niece came over yesterday to use my long-arm machine.  We always have a good time together.  She wanted to use the pro-stitcher this time and everything came out perfectly.


Here is a better closeup of the quilting – a bubble design that went very well with her polka dot fabric.


I love sharing my long-arm with my niece – and my Bee friends.


Christmas Eve

‘Twas the day before Christmas…………

The quilt is trimmed and binding sewn on and now it is time for the hand stitching.


It is also the time of year when I like to enjoy putting jigsaw puzzles together.  This one I have been saving all year and thoroughly enjoyed working on it while listening to an audio book.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…………………..


Love my long-arm machine

Today I loaded and quilted my 2013 Designer Mystery Quilt.  73-1/2 X 88-1/2 – not small at all.  It took all day to get it quilted and a few problems to solve along the way, but I am getting more confident and can solve my problems more easily.

FQS qltd

The quilt design is a cute little clover design.

FQS qltd back

I’m wearing a big grin and doing a happy dance!   Tomorrow I will get it trimmed and the binding process started.


Back to the land of the living………..

A very bad cold drained all my ambition and energy this past week. badcold

Yes, that is a photo of me in my fleece robe, trying to decide if I should go back to bed or slump in the living room chair.

Today, after a nice lunch with one of my favorite friends, I actually felt like doing something.  I wrestled the big pieces of fabric that will make the backing for my Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month, and made the long strip of binding for same.


I’m hoping to get this quilt loaded on the long-arm and begin quilting sometime tomorrow.  Then I have the huge job of going through all twelve envelopes from this project and cutting the leftover fabric into usable pieces for future projects.



Top assembled

The 2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month from the Fat Quarter Shop is finally all assembled.  Two pictures for your viewing pleasure – the first taken with my iPhone and the second taken with my iPad.



I think the iPad photo is better.  What do you think?

Now all that is left to do is make the backing, quilt it, bind it, and make a label.  I sure wish all that was an easy quick job, but alas, it will take me quite a while to get that completed.  There are also big decisions to be made – how to quilt it and what color thread to use.



More progress

Today I finished assembling the blocks and sashing, and attached two borders.  The third border is assembled but needs to be ironed and attached.  That will get done later this week.  I’m so happy with how it looks so far.


I sure hope all those flying geese fit easily and I don’t have to mess with adjusting seams.