Thursday, December 22, 2005

Early Christmas


My Christmas present finally came in, DH hooked it up yesterday and I've been playing today. I already had the Handiquilter, but ordered the handles and frame to put them on and they finally arrived. After putting a practice sandwich on, I ended up turning the handles upside down though -- my arms got tired this way!
I've already learned some things that frustrated me previously, and the only problems I had today were getting the tension adjusted correctly on the Brother machine and I broke one needle and had to stop and take the plate off and clean the dust out underneath it. I am learning to slow way down and it's nice to have the speed control on the handles and the start-stop button too! I'm pleased with my work so far, so that says something -- I've not been happy with my machine quilting for a long time -- so, I'm pleased that I am actually re-learning to do it right!
Tomorrow I think I'll load the Christmas Pineapple Blossom (after I make a backing for it!) and play some more!

14 comments :

Finn said...

Looks like fun Joanne, and we're never too old to learn, altho at times it feels that way..*VBS*

I look forward to seeing what come out of this...*S*

JudyL said...

Joanne: They've sure come a long way with the home quilting setup. It's nice to be able to do your own quilting, huh?

Have fun . . can't wait to see the pineapple blossom quilted.

Judy L.

Sharon said...

Yippee! How wonderful fo ryou!

Tracey said...

Merry Christmas to YOU!!!! I applaud you for being able to machine quilt. Definitely not in my gene make-up!

Laurie said...

Joanne,
Too much fun to have your own quilting system! Enjoy! It is fun!
Hugs
Laurie

The Calico Cat said...

Lucky you! I hope you have a long and happy relationship with that handi-quilter! Can't wait to see the fruits of your labor!

quiltpixie said...

ohhhh, I'm as green as the grinch with jealosy... I'm still at the hand needle and thread and hoop stage when it comes to quilting...

Holly said...

Yea! I'm so happy for you!

Carolyn said...

Joanne, have a great time with your new setup!

Dawn said...

Joanne - I"m so glad you like the handles! What a fun present! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Tropical Screamer said...

I'm so tickled that you got a present you obviously love so much.

Merry Christmas.
Darilyn

Lucy said...

I see also a lovely quilt loaded!!!! Great present

Lucy said...

:c) Now I look better I see that the quilt nehind is not loaded but it is laying there, lol , tho I like it.

Maryann said...

I would like to invite several friends of my daughter's to make a square - so that I could sew the squares into a baby quilt for her baby. Any suggestions??
THANKS. Maryann Parrott parrott@sover.net
Guilford, VT