So, wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been here. Didn’t mean to be gone so long. Life gets in the way sometimes. In addition to going back to work I have been sewing though too. 🙂 The work interferes with sewing time but it also pays for this expensive hobby so, no complaints from me at all.
I’m actually a Certified Professional Coder, a Certified Professional Biller, and a Certified Internal Medicine Coder. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that detail about myself before, but there you go. I code and bill for an Internal Medicine Clinic, and am blessed that I am able to do it remotely, from my home. No having to worry about buying nice clothes, can work in my pajamas if I choose to, no makeup, no having to fix my hair, no gas for the vehicle, no worrying about what the weather is doing. As long as I have an internet connection, I can work. Yes, I am very well aware of how lucky I am to be able to do this. 🙂 It also allows me to be home, keep my house up, make dinner (sometimes anyway, since cooking is NOT one of my gifts), do laundry, take care of the dogs, etc., etc. At the moment I only bill for the one clinic but a hoping to find at least one more to also bill and code for.
I also sew, when I have the time. So, to catch up on that aspect of my life, I’ll start where I left off last time. The Trip Around the World is finished.
I love how it turned out. It was quilted in a simple cross hatch grid and is totally awesome. So smushy and quilty and the colors are amazing. I actually quilted this on my new Tiara that I bought this past summer. It’s the only quilt I’ve done on it and it wasn’t easy. The Tiara 2 is a sitdown midarm quilting machine and does a good job if you can manage the bulk of the quilt in some way. The weight wants to cause serious drag, which creates too much tension on the needle and pulls the quilting lines off course. Its actually perfect for smaller things, like pillows and table runners and mini quilts.
I bought the additional stitch regulator to go with it but discovered through trial and error that I can get better stitches without it. Go figure. Lol! I have done 2 pillows and a mini on it though, in addition to the Trip Around the World quilt.
Then there’s this. The hourglass quilt was the very first quilt I ever pieced and it’s finally finished. I’m super happy with it!
I used a layer of Warm and White and a layer of Hobbs Wool on the top and the quilty yumminess is amazing on this one. It’s really heavy and it going to be super warm.
And then there’s this. The APQS Millennium. This machine is amazing. I honestly never thought I’d have a longarm in my house to use whenever I felt like it. I thought I’d be one of those people that had to be content with making the tops and paying someone else to do the quilting, or worse yet, having to hand quilt every quilt I made. I’m beyond thrilled to have this machine. It has all the bells and whistles too. The Bliss Track system, Quiltpath, the Glide stitching, stitch regulator, the automatic quilt advance, a 12′ table and so many other features that I can’t even remember. I know that I got it with everything that it would come with, including the base extender for ruler work. (Which I can’t wait to do, by the way!) It’s super smooth and easy and I’m completely in love with it. Now I’m a quilter. I didn’t want to be a topper. I wanted to be a quilter and am so excited to be able to say that I’m a quilter now. I know that probably sounds crazy to some people but it was important to me to be able to make my quilts from start to finish. From choosing the pattern I wanted to make to choosing the fabrics I wanted to make it with to choosing the backing and binding to quilting it and then binding it. The whole thing. Now I can do all of it and I am so tickled!
This one will be on the machine next. The Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I’m anxious to try some ruler work on this one. I bought plenty of water soluble pens to mark it up with first. Lol!
This quilt is huge. And was THE most frustrating thing I’ve done to date. I don’t know if it was just me or if there was an issue with the pattern itself but there seemed to be a problem with the seam allowances on every single one of these blocks. Several of them had to be made more than twice to get them to work out to the proper size and at one point it got stuck in a box (for months) because I was so frustrated, it was either put it away or throw it away and I didn’t want to throw it away. So, it’s not perfect AT all, there are points chopped off and seams that don’t meet but it’s done. My father loves this one, so I’m thinking about quilting it up and giving it to him, on the condition that it comes back to me at some point. 🙂 I worked soooooooo hard on this quilt and was so disappointed with how it turned out but still, I did it, perfect or not, so I’m proud of it nonetheless. I’m half tempted to make another one just like it to attempt to get the points and seams right, but I’m pretty sure I’d have to jab my eyes out with a fork if I did this one again, so probably shouldn’t.
That big 36″ two tone blue block in the lower right corner had to be made twice. The first one came out 1/2″ too small all the way around. Which is the issue I had with most of the blocks. The one in the upper left corner, the orange and green, had to be made 3 times. I’m thinking I’ll take that two tone blue one that I have left over and make another quilt using it as the center medallion. Or maybe just make a bunch of 12″ and 18″ blocks and do my own version. Not sure yet. First I have to get this one quilted!
So, that’s mostly everything that’s been going on around here for the last few months. I’ll try not to let 7 months go by again. Now that I have the longarm, I’ll be finishing things a lot faster so I plan to have more to post. Today, I’m cutting fabrics for a 2 color quilt that I saw in Amber Johnsons new book, Vintage Vibe. Can’t WAIT to get this one made!
Have a great day!!