Monday, November 25, 2013
I'm still trying to get my new machine to work at full capacity. With this type of trouble it takes me longer to complete my quilts. Hopefully this will prove it isn't user error but machine error. I hope new cables will do the trick and have faith that the company Sewingmachine.com will send them to me. I was supposed to have been given a brand new frame but I'm pretty sure I got a used one. I'd love it if they would replace the carriage. Even the wood on the side of the frame is splitting in places. Very frustrating to spend $6000 on the machine and parts and it not work as well as it should.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I finally got my TinLizzie18dls working. The parts I've been given to be replaced or added are on. Now I am just waiting for new encoders and a new flexible lamp. The light was blowing my fuses and I noticed that it had burn marks on my machine. Kind of scary but it is now unplugged and I'm using a small lamp on a clamp on the machine.
I put my Halloween quilt on an just had a wonderful time freehand custom quilting it with Ghosts, Pumpkins, Spiders and webs, Tombstones, and Monsters along with loops. I finished the edges with Halloween Fabric Ribbon which was something new for me to try.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
First Tester Quilting, a set on Flickr.
Here is the back of a thrift store table cloth that i quilted to test out my new Tin Lizzie 18DS. I used Linda Taylor's Thread by Yli in Orange. Its the thread I will be using for my Halloween Quilt. I wanted something that would show up well for me to check the stitches. Not bad for a first quilt on my new working machine.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
The very last day I was at the show I was pretty tired from all the walking around and carrying bags of wonderful goodies that I bought. Since I'm new to quilting the only magazines I have are the ones the wonderful ladies in my Chattanooga Quilt Guild had given me. The really gave me a nice collection and I have been reading them from cover to cover. The publisher was there offering a great deal on magazine. 3 magazines for 2 years for $75. Now I would have loved to get every magazine at the booth. All the magazines have something nice about them but I just couldn't afford that many. Of the ones there, there were 4 that I really liked but I couldn't spend $100 on magazines. The guy working at the booth graciously gave me 4 for the same price. The magazines that I will be getting for the next two years are: Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, McCalls Quilting, Quiltmaker, & last but never least Quilters Newsletter. Since I was tired I decided to sit down for one of the Stage Presentations. It was called: Machine Quilting; The Long and Short of It by Karen Pharr of Juki. She did a really great job and I enjoyed it. I was glad that I had sat down. Afterward she invited us to the Juki booth. I walked over but it was very busy. Accross the hall www.SewingMachine.com was there with a booth. They were next to Juki because they were a dealer for them. I started talking to Mel from the store and as I was dreamily saying how someday I would love to own a longarm, he was quick to tell me that he a floor model back at his store for sale. It is a TinLizzie 18 but not the Ram. It has pantographs and laser light, stitch regulations and their special stitch that lets it lock so you can do a horizontal or vertical line. Since he is a dealer for all of Juki's products he was told he can't sell a competing one anymore since they now have long arms too. The offer was for less than $5000 with 36 month 0 interest payments. I called my husband all excited but still knowing he would say no. I was ready for a no. Then he super surprised me and said YES!!!
I've been spending the week clearing out my sewing room. Having my Mom who is a wonder with woodworking to build me a cutting table with drop down sides so I would free up a lot of space. I also have a good friend in my quilt guild who also owns a TinLizzie and I spent a day at her house learning all about my new machine. Thank you Deb!!!!! In between all that I have had a day quilting with a Quilts of Valor Group (if your interested in learning about QOV www.qovf.org is their website. I also went to the monthly meeting with my Chattanooga Art Quilt Guild: Grateful Threads http://greatfulthreads.blogspot.com/ This is why I really haven't had a free moment to update as well.
Today is the day I get to go get the Tin Lizzie. The store is in Atlanta, Georgia so its about an hour and a half drive from my house. I am so excited I can barely contain myself.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Here is the link if anyone is interested. I've joined the http://sketchbookchallenge.blogspot.com and each month there is a theme and we are to work out of whatever medium we wish and share our sketchbooks with others in the hop. This month's theme is houses. One of the people participating is Sue Bleiweiss. She has a book and workshop DVD called “Coloring Book Fabric Collage” . On the cover is a fabric collage of houses. Just perfect for this months theme.
You can also watch a preview of her DVD from her blog. I truly enjoyed watching it and it looks like something fun to try.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
greatful threads quilt guild, a set on Flickr.
Saturday, September 7th, the art quilt guild Greatful Threads that I belong to had a one day workshop on dyeing fabric.
We learned Wax Resist, Shaving Cream, Fabric Bleaching, Drawing and Painting a "Pleasing" Face on Fabric, and Fabric Dyeing with different techniques for effects such as marbles, rubber bands, and clothes pins.
I had a blast and learned a ton of things.