Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HONEYMOON WITH GERTRUDE!

Needless to say that the honeymoon is not over with Gurddie....need lots of practice but.... Here is my quilt finished (no binding yet).
My bed is a king size bed and this quilt fits perfectly.  Has a nice over hang.

This is just a sample of the quilting I did.  Of course, I have to show you the good stuff.


I did learn that.......when the machine pulls and makes ugly stitches (yes....it is the machine), that it is off track.  Duhhhhhh....

Learned that the prewound bobbins last longer.

That before I start stitching I need to check to see how much room I have to quilt....this is a mid arm....not much room and sometimes I would get square head circles.

I learned that all I have to do is click the poles, I was trying to use the button to release the poles but you just move the pole clockwise and it will release (wish I had figured this out sooner).

I also have an on and off switch (which they call a speed regulator).  This gal has a need for speed and this little guzimo was not cutting it.  So I used the foot pedal and had to move it every time I hit the middle.  Minor inconvenience.

I also learned that my left foot is heavier than my right.....

I am guessing that I spent about 4 to 5 hours if that much quilting.  I only worked on it intermittently through the week.  It took longer to learn how to mount it.

I did do a king size quilt on my Bernina....even with the frustration of the Honeymoon, it was wonderful being able to just sail away.

I was thinking that Jeanette was right, I should have went smaller but.....now that it is done, it will go on my bed.  Won't matter what my husband does to it....or will it????  HUMMMM

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I just had to show you this fun scissor holder a friend sent for my birthday!!!




Isn't that the cat's meow????  Matches my fuzzy slippers!

26 comments:

  1. Well done Barb! It looks fabulous! :0)

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  2. Very funny...matches....your quilt is gorgeous.

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  3. Your quilt looks wonderful Barb and so does your quilting!!

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  4. It looks good in the photos. Maybe you should bring it and come visit me. Those scissors are seriously H-O-T!

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  5. Looking good! Did you use a pantograph or is that all freehand? You've learned a lot in a short amount of time. Prep is always the time killer, isn't it? We just want to get to the GOOD stuff! :)

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  6. It looks good to me Barb...I really wish I had room for one!

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  7. I wondered how you were doing with your new toy. It does take a lot of practice. I don't understand the left foot thing. Do you control it by a foot pedal? I have a button at the top by the handle that makes it go. I'm sure the more you use this the more you will like it. You did a great job for your first time. Enjoy!

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  8. Hi Barb,
    Looking good! Your machine looks VERY similar to mine...Grand Pfaff 1200. I am having so much fun with mine too!! Love your Curly-Ques! Will have to try that. Now that I have the frame loading down (takes awhile to get that, doesn't it!) I will be stitching my fourth charity baby quilt!
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  9. Looks like you learned a lot. Now the big trick is to remember them the next time. lol

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  10. Way to go Barb. I started too with a king size quilt. Now years later I am still learning, gaining self esteem with practice and you can do it attitude. great finish!

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  11. Looks good to me! Nothing wrong with a long honeymoon.

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  12. What kind of machine did you get? It looks a bit like my Janome 1600DP...but there is a Viking and a Pfaff that look very similar. I am being nosey 'cause I am still toying with getting a frame for my machine. I know I can always use my sister's APQS long arm but I hate having to always ask. It would be nice to have a machine in my house.

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  13. Glad to see you are having fun with your new toy. I love quilting on my long arm as long as the tension doesn't act up. It was a long learning curve but worth it!

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  14. Looks great!!! I learned about those squares curves too!! LOL Love the scissor holder!!

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  15. Wonderful! You did a great job for your first time. If you learn from it it's a good thing.

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  16. That really is a big one! Pretty stitching! You will have that baby all broke in soon I am betting! Cute holder too!!!
    Hugs,
    Lola

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  17. Looks like there is a teeny bit of a learning curve with your new machine. The up close and personal stitching looks great.

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  18. Look what you did! Great job and I see your beautiful special fabrics.

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  19. I have a rail fence that I started a year ago, but I only have a few pieces cut! I need to pull it out and finish it!

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  20. ooooo--Look at all those yummy Samoan fabrics!!! Your swirls are looking good :)

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  21. Looks like you and Gurddie are having fun dancing with thread. Beautiful. I'm very impressed. Great job. I think you are going to be a natural longarm quilter!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  22. Great job Barb! Glad to see you are developing a close relationship with Gurddie :*) Your stitching looks fantastic to me!

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  23. You and Gurddie are off to a great start! Here's to a long and happy relationship together!

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  24. Beautiful quilt! Love those polynesian prints.

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  25. LOL - you and Gertrude are having too much fun together. And I'm with you on that stitch regulator - I like to go fast too!

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