Monday, August 14, 2017

My Bailey Home Quilter

Story time!

When I started quilting again I was reminded of how much I hated basting.  I had 3 tops waiting for quilting just sitting on my shelf in my sewing room.   Now I love quilting.   Its my favorite part.   So one day at the end of May I was day dreaming of purchasing a long arm and playing on Ebay.   I happened upon a 17" Bailey Home Quilter and 10' frame for a really great price.   Brought it up to my husband and told him how tempted I was to bid on it.   Being the great supportive husband that he is, he said to go for it.   I think he just wanted his quilt finished and was tired of helping me baste.  (and listening to me complain about it).   So I went for it. Ended up buying it and having it shipped to my house.   

So after a long hot day of assembling the frame I realized something just wasn't right.   After more research I found out that the frame, the original Grace Machine Quilter, just wasn't made for a 17" machine.  I only had 9" of usable space.   I should have realized that maybe there was a reason the seller didn't list the frame model in the ad.   I trusted that the machine and the frame worked together since they were being sold together.   Silly me.  I did email the seller and tell her my displeasure.  Her response was that I should have known as other people figured it out. This was my first longarm and frame so I guess I should have done more research.  I didn't realize some frames wouldn't allow you to use the bigger machines.   Well now I know and will remember it forever.   While I feel like she was being a bit dishonest I really should have done more research and not trusted an ebay seller.  

Plus we were setting this up on my basement floor which isn't really level so we had such a hard time getting this even remotely level.   Part of me thinks the frame was a bit warped to start with.   Parts of the table didn't fit quite right.  

The tracks came in pieces so when the carriage would move over the seams I would get very large bumps in my quilting.   I was really starting to doubt my purchase and wondered if I had made a mistake.   I ordered an upgraded metal carriage to try to see if that would help but in the end it didn't and I was so frustrated.   I loved the machine but the frame just wasn't letting me quilt the way I wanted.    I could order tracks that came in one piece but I started to realize maybe that wouldn't even help.  I still wasn't going to be happy with this frame.   
Catching up on photos.  Got a new longarm a couple months ago.
A practice piece after the new frame!

Thankfully my husband realizes that quality tools are important and we decided to go ahead and order a new frame.   Now the plus side is that I got a really good deal on the machine and frame combo.   So much so, that the wooden frame was basically free.   Used machines alone were going for what I paid.  But I wasn't expecting to purchase a new frame so that was making me feel a little anxious.   We did it in the end and ordered a Grace GQ Frame with a 2 foot extension.   I had to agree that this was going to be my last big purchase for a bit.   :)   (Hurray for interest free financing!)


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After setting the new frame up and getting a practice quilt on there I can say I am absolutely happy now.  Even though we ended up spending more than planned we still paid less than buying everything new.   The new frame was adjustable in almost every way so leveling it in our basement was successful and I am able to have it set for my height.   It is so nice not having to baste.  Now I can just get to the quilting part which is the part I have always loved the most.   Maybe someday when I get really good I can quilt for hire.    Wouldn't that be nice...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I am back!

Looks like it has been awhile since I have posted to my blog!  I haven't disappeared completely.   Life has gotten in the way a bit.

First thing was that we bought a house!  We have been here 3 years now.   We bought it shortly after my last blog.   It's an older house that was built in 1900.  So it needs a bit of updating.   When we moved in we pulled out a lot of rug and refinished the gorgeous hardwood floors that we found underneath.   We still have a bit of remodeling to do to the bathrooms and kitchen.  We will get it done someday.   The good news is that I have a sewing room now!  It's large and spacious and I love it.  

The next big thing that happened was that I started school again.  I am attempting to get my Masters degree in Accountancy.   I only have 2 classes left after the one I am in now.  I keep needing to take breaks due to other life issues but right now I have a 3.8 GPA so I am happy with that.   The program is pretty strenuous.  It is a year round program with only a couple week break around Christmas.   The classes are one at a time for ten weeks each. A class ends one day and a new one starts the very next day.   So there are 5 10 week terms a year.   So far I have taken 3 terms off since I have started.

We also have a couple new family members.    A new kitten, now cat,  named, Luna, and a new dog, named Nebula.  We are now up to 3 cats and 1 dog and I think we are done on animals.   After not having a dog for years it was an adjustment but she is such a wonderfully fun sweet dog. A bit naughty but she is young and has some growing up to do.   The cats were not huge fans at first but they have adjusted and will put up with her.    Nebula, we call her Nebby, has needed some training so that has been time consuming.   She was not completely house trained when we got her and had poor manners.   She was 10 months old and I think they didn't do much with her when she was a puppy.   We got her from a rescue that transported her from the south to New England.


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So that being said I took a break from quilting and took up knitting.  It was easier to pick up and put back down and easier to transport.   A couple months ago my quilting bug hit again and full force.   I have gotten a few UFO's almost done.  My Lazy Sunday Mystery by Bonnie Hunter is now done.  Its on my couch waiting for the binding.   My year to crow about quilt is in top form.   Next to be quilted.

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Lazy Sunday Mystery, pattern by Bonnie Hunter (First real quilt off the frame)

Also, the big news, is that I picked up a 17" Bailey Home Quilter and Frame last month.   That has been a process and a half which deserves its own blog post now that its finally up to my satisfaction.   Absolutely love having a long arm.   Mostly because I LOATHE basting.   It was such a cumbersome process that made me not want to finish my quilts even though I loved the actual quilting process so much.   Anyway more details next time!  I really am going to try to start blogging more often.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solsitce #3


Well I didn't quite get part 2 done last week.  I have about 30 blocks left.  I am almost done part 3.  I have about 125 triangles done.  I didn't make any into pinwheels yet because I want to have a little more variety. 


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I did these triangles using TA-DA triangles.  I like it but it is a leave in interfacing so we will see what its like as I progress further into this quilt.  It only took a me a couple hours to do these squares.  I didn't have enough for all 200. 

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This is my best guess so far.  I think the chevrons are going to be a border and the inner blocks will be a star.  I am not quite sure though because I think there are too many extra neutral star parts for this to be true. 

This week I am linking up to Quiltville.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week # 2 Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Mystery


I had hoped to get more progress done this weekend on part 2 of Bonnie Hunter's quilt but life got in the way a bit. We spent Sunday having a Thanksgiving re-do and it went super.  We went over to a family member's dinner for actual Thanksgiving so we missed out on all the fun leftovers so we thought, why not have our own!


I did manage to get all my pieces cut and all my diagonal  lines drawn in between baking and cleaning.

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And a couple test squares are done. I stalled here today for a few hours.  I was doubting my color choices.  When I was originally picking my colors I almost picked gold tones instead of the pink.  I settled on pink because I wanted to use all my favorite colors.   I posted today on the Facebook group for this quilt asking for advice.  Almost everyone said they would go with the pink.  So finally this evening I decided to stay with pink.  I am still a bit nervous but I have never seen a bonnie quilt in color combinations I didn't like.  So now I am crossing my fingers!!!

I also posted on Bonnie's blog last week asking for advice about watching her live stream on my Kindle Fire HD.  I was able to find a solution that evening.  Yay!  I thought I would share how I did it.  I had to install a different internet browser and it worked fine.  This is the link I used for directions: How to install Chrome on a Kindle Fire HD.  After I followed these steps I opened Chrome, went to her blog and the clicked on the video to open it in youtube and it loaded fine with no errors.  If your are not great with technology you might need someone to help but I followed the directions on the link and it took only about 10 minutes to get me up and running. 

This week I am linking up to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville, I can't wait to see what everyone else has done so far!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2013 - Celtic Solstice

I am just about done part one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  I have changed my colors up a bit from hers.  I am not a fan of what she choose so I didn't have much on hand.  Besides I had a great stash of black and whites saved up that I had been collecting and dying to use!


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I am using black and whites where she used her blue.  I am using Teal/Aquas where she used her orange.


I am using white and blacks as my neutrals.

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I have all the teal blocks done and I am almost done the neutrals.  I have one side put on the rest of the blocks you don't see here.  There are about 50 left.   I should be able to finish those up tonight. 

I have never used the Tri-Rec rulers and have discovered I absolutely love them.  Every one of my blocks came out exactly right.  I am glad I watched Bonnie's videos because I might have missed cutting out the notch on the end.   

Today I am linking up to Bonnie's blog, Quiltville, and I can't wait to see what everyone else has done. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday 11/20

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Has anyone seen the quilt along going on right now using the Quilty Fun book by Lori Holt.  I discovered Lori last year during the middle of her row along.  I had some many things going on so as much as I wanted to I couldn't join in.  I was thrilled when I found out she had a book coming out with the same blocks.

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I pre-ordered it from Fat Quarter Shop.  I couldn't love the book anymore than I do.  The instructions are clear and thorough. The book is spiral bound which makes it so easy to use at my sewing table.

I was originally going to do the row quilt like she did but when she announced this quilt along I couldn't help but join in.  Every Monday a new section is released.  Week three was released Monday.  It was a really quick section so that was done that evening.  And I am not going to lie.  I already started the baskets for next week.  I just can't help it!  The blocks are so cute and so fun to put together.


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I am using a few different fabric lines as well as a few scraps.  I had some bundles on my shelf that I never knew what to do with.  There is some Noteworthy By Moda, some Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille, some Tula Pink, and some Magic Garden (I think) that I bought off Craftsy awhile back. As well as a few fat quarters from Connecting Threads.  I think they all look good together.

This week I am linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced!   WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finish it up Friday!! 11/15/2013

I finally have a finish to talk about.  I haven’t blogged in such a long time.  I am sorry for that.  I have been hard at work in my new sewing room though. 

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This wall hanging is Snow Happens.  The pattern is by Bird Brain Designs.  I have a bit of a thing for snowmen.  The embroidery is all done by hand and everything else was done by machine.  I actually finished this piece last year but I just got around to quilting it this week so I could have it to decorate the new house for Christmas.  It’s definitely not perfect but its only my second hand embroidery piece so I am pretty happy with the outcome.  This was also my first time machine quilting with Aurifil and I must say it was amazing to work with.   


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Pardon the pins in that last picture.  I have a hanging sleeve on the back I haven't sewn down yet.  

I also have my Jamestown Landing quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter, almost done.  I have the top done and the borders ready to go on.  However, my large iron decided to die a couple days ago so I need to go iron shopping this weekend so I can get that top done.  I was hoping to baste it sometime this weekend.  I want to get it quilted before her newest mystery starts.  Only a couple more weeks away!

This week I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

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