Little Machine/Little Quilts

Last week I made the dumbest mistake ever with my longarm. I was cleaning and oiling the machine and managed to get the t-shirt I use to collect oil drips sucked up into the hook while the machine was running. 🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️🀦🏻‍♀️ A fuse was blown, which I was able to change, and I also knocked the timing out. Luckily, I guess, my machine has a toothed timing belt that you can adjust prior to having to do a full re-time. Not so luckily, it was a day my husband was at work and I could only move the belt one tooth, which wasn't enough. So no work for me that day. Unbeknownst to me, robotics practice was scheduled at someone else's house for that evening instead of at our house. So I had to wait more. He was able to move the belt two more teeth at nine o'clock that night and also made another minor adjustment to get everything back into place.

Thursday I was back at it, working on Jess's quilt. She gave me a large piece of plaid fleece for the quilt backing. I decided to try to line up the plaid. Not too bad!

I quilted it with loopy meander.

Then I quilted Toni's quilt with Julie's Chicken Wire. I have spent a small fortune on chicken wire-style designs. This one didn't import into my Intelliquilter correctly, but I was able to smooth the design and then use it. It's definitely the best of the chicken wires. I only had to do minimal tweaking to get things lined up correctly.

Next I worked on Margaret's quilt. She selected Freehand Hearts & Loops (a panto) for her quilt. The hearts mimic the hearts in her border fabric, but the quilting is really hard to see in general.

Then I quilted Trish's quilt with Maureen's Oakleaf. It matched her fabric so well! She wanted a gold thread to blend between the colors. I picked Glide Sand and it looks really nice. 

Meanwhile, I've been working on a test quilt, Starlightfor Lindsey at Yellow Umbrella Quilts. She has already released the pattern, so I can now share it. I chose to make the baby-sized version with fabrics from the Eat Your Veggies fabric line that I had in my stash. I quilted it with Rhapsody Dino Tracks and a very pale green (Pale Mist) thread. I will probably fully machine bind this due to time constraints. Sorry for the cruddy pictures. It got dark really early last night. I finished quilting it just before five and it was too dark for photos. 
I pieced the back too. I think this is such a cute fabric line. It seems to be mostly sold out, but you can find some in Etsy shops.
I saw that Quilts for Kids is in need of boy quilts. I have several I've been saving up--I like to ship many at once, but only one of the completed ones is a boy quilt, so I went shopping in my stash to see what I could pull together. I pulled fabrics for two and have one complete minus binding. My son told me that it looks like an old person quilt. I have to say, I kind of agree. LOL. Maybe there's a little kid out there with sophisticated taste. 😏

I quilted it with Coquina.

I haven't started cutting the second one yet, but I'll work on that and the binding of the other today. 

I have one more customer quilt to complete for this year that I'll work on this week as well. I have a few others in the house already, waiting for next year. I may work at a very leisurely pace on a few of those during my "vacation" because I have spent a lot of money in the past two weeks and would like to recoup some of that. Meet my most recent acquisition, a Bernina 350 SE Cotton + Steel edition from 2017.

I bought this from someone my husband works with that I also know through quilting. I did not need another machine, but the 350 weighs a lot less than my travel machine, a Bernina 430, and that made it very appealing. I need to get the 430 serviced and I have no idea how long that will take. I also need to get my regular machine, a 440QE, serviced again. The presser foot pressure isn't functioning correctly, but it's functioning better than the 430, which has a few broken parts and definitely doesn't seem to have been serviced as recently as the seller claimed.

Outdoors, the second garage door and tracks for both doors arrived and the installers came Monday and Tuesday. I looked out briefly Monday afternoon and grabbed a picture. I have no idea if the job is fully completed now, but I'm sure they'll be hounding us for the remainder of the bill shortly. Those things are like gold. I found the total shocking.
Anyway, I have quite a few sewing projects to complete or catch up on. I have my OMG, the Grassy Creek string border pieces, to do. The next Meadow Mist mystery clue comes out tomorrow. I need to bind the sweatshirt jacket for my daughter. Someone requested a doll bed sheet tutorial, so I need to look at that, I suppose. I need to finish up the Quilts for Kids things. I have one project to make for a gift. I want to make my darn dress form, which is a selfish thing just for me. The first robotics competition is a week from Saturday and "we" are entering crisis/panic mode. And all the deep cleaning of the house needs to be done. I need to work on my business website and watch more IQ classes. I have a to-do list that is a mile long. I think I need to accept the fact that I am one person and cannot do it all. But a girl can dream. And clean her house. :)


  1. Oh goodness - you had a rough start - but go you for getting back in the game!! the quilts looks great - and the plaid... matching that was awesome!

  2. You are amazing, Anne-Marie; nothing keeps you down for long! Your new-to-you Cotton+Steel Bernina is beautiful, congratulations! And yes, I can relate to the temptation to keep sneaking customer quilts on the frame during scheduled vacation. There is no paid vacation benefit for longarm quilters!

  3. I'd love to hear a little more about the Bernina. A friend is looking for a good machine for her daughter, likely used, but wasn't sure what she could get these days for a decent price? She currently has a Bernina and my first was a Bernina (still have it but never use it) so we're both fans.