So I am posting about my TNT today. Yes, Yes, I know it isn't Thursday yet. But I have a tutorial to post tomorrow for the Sew Red for Women Blog Hop and there was just no way I could wait a whole week to tell you the new thing I tried on Saturday. So . . . I am posting a day early. (Oh, and no worries, there will still be the regular TNT linky tomorrow, I will just be linking to this post :)
So Saturday morning I headed down the I-15 to beautiful sunny St. George. But this trip wasn't to hang out on the beautiful red cliffs. Nope, I had business to attend to. I had an early appointment with a Long Arm Quilting Machine!!!!!! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!!!! In a word . . . . Awesome!!!!!
I started the morning getting to meet my good virtual Bee friend, and now good "I have actually met you before" friend Lindsay!!! She was the one that made this opportunity known to me and what better than to Try Something New with a New Friend!!!! Lindsay is a Total Doll!!!! It was so much fun to get to hang out with her all morning and run back and forth between each other's machines. I am pretty sure we did quite a few happy dances over our work, and it is always best to do a happy dance with someone else vs alone. (Especially when you are in a public place, tee hee hee :) Thanks Lindsay, you rock!!!!
So after the initial hugs and getting to know each other it was time to get to work. First was "loading" the quilt on the machine. And I got to say, this took longer than I thought it would. I was just so excited (and a bit nervous) to get going, I didn't think about actually having to do the not so fun loading part. It wasn't hard, just time consuming. I compared it to pin basting a quilt :) And it took about that long :) But . . . Once you get through the sour it is on to the sweet.
So . . . Do all the long arm quilters stick their butt out when they quilt???? I think that is probably just me ;) I decided that rather than using a pattern I would take a deep breath and jump into the deep end. Yup, I went all out and did free motion, and I tried a new design!!! And I have to say, quilting on these machines . . . So Fabulous!!!!! You have so much freedom. You can do such a larger scale design then on a home machine. And the fluid motion is so nice. I was flying down the quilt in no time. Ya basically, I totally loved it!!!!
This is what I look like when I am concentrating. Well that, or my tongue sticking out. (Glad there wasn't a picture of that :) So that is what I tried new!!!! And it was so incredible!!!! Looking forward to the next time :)
And now your saying, hey, wait, you didn't show us any pictures of your quilting. And you would be right. I didn't. That's because I am saving the full reveal for the Blogger's Quilt Festival in a few weeks :) But I will say I am so very happy with the results. (As is my daughter who has been sleeping under it for the last few nights :)
Oh, and since it is Wednesday, and I just knocked a major huge WIP off my list, I figured I would include the rundown. Things have been going gangbusters around here but as most of the completed projects have the word Secret before them I haven't been able to show much. But look how much smaller those lists are getting!!!!! Don't worry, I added 2 more quilts to the list, wouldn't want me getting to a stopping point :)
- King Size Serenity Quilt
- Circle Meets Square Quilt
- Christmas Strips Quilt
- Jessi and Me Quilt
- Moda Bake Shop Take it All
- DDD Baby Quilt
- Solids Quilt for Free Motion
- Secret Project QQ
- Stars Quilt-A-Long
- Secret Project 1B
- Sew Red for Women Blocks - See Tomorrow for Tutorial!!!
- Twister Toddler Twin Quilt - Salutations