Monday, July 29, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Here is an update on Sew Many Strips. Side Borders done, working on corner blocks and then it will all come together. Almost finished!
Sew Many Strips
Corner  blocks
Tomorrow I will be heading to Mulqueen's Sewing to work on quilting the Opportunity Quilt for Sunshine. My Longarm will not be up and running until next week, so Keith offered for me to get it started in the shop. Looking forward to checking out all the fabrics also! Have a great week!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Nothing finished and nothing added this week. Hope to change this week with finishing Sew Many Strips. A trip to Mulqueen's sewing may also add to the stash as I am in search of fabrics for my next up project, Judy Niemeyer's Prairie Star.

This will be a challenging project that I have always wanted to make and now that I have the time and a great wall to hang it on, it will be next up! No change in the numbers. Check back to see progress on Sew Many Strips.

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  38 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 10.5 yards.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Design Wall

On the design wall this week is Sew Many Strips. The center blocks are done- if you remember I had only finished one block back at our retreat in May. Now I have all 64 blocks done and will be sewing them together and working on the outer border. I have used up quite a bit of my 1 1/2 strips on this one.

This quilt finishes at a queen size, but I may be making it a bit bigger to fit on the King size bed in our guest room. It is nice to be back at my machine. I am loving my new studio. Now if I could just get the Longarm up and running. More on that story in an upcoming post. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

I finally am back to sewing with a finish to report. Under the Influence is done and ready to hit the que for quilting.

Under the Influence.
It is nice to finally have something complete and to report some usage from the stash. Next up will be Sew Many Strips, so check back to see how it is progressing on my design wall.

Used this week:  10 yards.
Used YTD:  38 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 10.5 yards.

Monday, July 15, 2019

New Design Wall.

My studio is almost complete. You can see the design wall leaning up against the wall, ready to be mounted on the wall.

Sewing/longarm stations.
DH helped me to get my new design wall in place. I used some directions that I found here. I did modify the size, making it a little be narrower to fit the space. I also used batting instead of a flannel sheet. I also ended up taping the batting to the back instead of stapling. I did tape the two boards together in the front- next time I probably would not do this, as you can see the tape in the front.
Up on the wall.
With quilt on the wall.
I like the way it turned out. It ended up 96" tall and 72" wide. I only did it 72" wide, as the longarm would have sat in front if it was any wider. It should fit most quilts that I want to make with room to spare at the top for something else. The Quilt pictured will be the 2019-2020 opportunity quilt for Sunshine Quilt Guild. It will be the first to be quilted once the longarm is running. Still have a few things to hook up to get it running.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trip to Sedona

DH and I have spent the last days, week, getting unpacked and organized in our new house in Scottsdale. We took today, our Anniversary to head to Sedona for lunch and a trip to the Dairy Queen in Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is a two hour drive away and it was a nice getaway for the day.

The pictures do not do justice to how beautiful Sedona is- it is like being in a National Park. We had lunch at the Mesa Grill at the Airport. The food was great and outside they were grilling a pig and ribs for Happy Hour later in the day. It smelled great!

We stopped at Kachina House, where Judy gave us a great history on the different kind of Indian pottery and artifacts that they carry in their store.

Unfortunately no quilt shops on this trip. The only quilt shop was in the process of closing and did not have much left. Sad to see as we had visited this shop on a previous trip many years ago and it was a beautiful shop. Our last stop was the Dairy Queen in Oak Creek Canyon. A beautiful drive and dessert at the end.  Our next trip back to Sedona will be in the fall, where we plan to stay a couple of days and get some hiking in.

DH enjoying his hot fudge sundae.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my NQR post. Next up, the design wall goes up in the Studio!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

New Studio

The Longarm and new table are being set up today. Hope to be back in business soon. Keith from Mulqueen's arrived at about 10am and had all in place withing two hours. 

Before picture, still unpacking boxes of fabric!
Longarm set up day. New Table!

Machine in place.

Almost set up.
Unfortunately we had some glitches in the new system and the longarm is not quite up and running. I downsized my table to a 12ft, and as you can see it just barely fits the space with enough room for me to get around. With the new table, we upgraded the track system and had two new motors installed. We had some issues with the controller for the computerized statler system, so Keith will be back to trouble shoot the system with Gammill next week. In the mean time, I will be working on getting my sewing maching and a new design wall in place. I see some sewing happening soon!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Longarm Moving Day!

Moving day is here, well at least moving my Longarm. Most of my other stuff is already at the new house in Arizona. Keith from Mulqueen's in Mesa Arizona, drove over to San Diego to dismantle my 14 foot table and longarm and move it to Scottsdale. Keith has been very helpful with the entire moving process and I don't know how I would have moved it without him.  We will be switching out the table for a 12 foot and the new Breeze Track System. I have had my long arm since 2003 and it was time for a little update.

Keith starting the dismantle.
Keith was able to get the whole thing dismantled and on the truck in two hours. He then headed back to Arizona and will be setting up new table and machine on Saturday after 4th of July Looking forward to getting back to quilting soon.

Keith and I. He is getting ready to head back to Arizona.
Not much sewing or quilting getting done. Hope to be back at it soon!