Friday, May 7, 2010

What will I do without my longarm?

My longarm was down for 2 and a half weeks while I was waiting for a machine part. It felt like two months! It was a nice, little vacation but I kept worrying about becoming too behind.

But I'm quilting again and I realized I am lost without my longarm. I finished the quilting on Innell's batik quilt.

Scrappy border.

Scrappy backing.

While I was waiting for the machine part, I worked on a string quilt for myself and a few customer T-shirt quilts.

Did I use the time to clean my home? NO...I noticed on the picture above and below all the dust on the black picture frame on the wall. I am going to use the yellow flower fabric for the backing, it is a very old piece of fabric I have had for a long time in my stash.

Jenny's first T-shirt quilt is all done.

Black border and backing.

I pieced Jenny's second T-shirt quilt and made a scrappy backing from the leftover clothing.

The beginning of Kelli's T-shirt quilt with random size blocks.

Happy early Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

Happy Quilting!


Terry said...

I don't feel so bad now knowing I'm not the only person who has dust on their picture frames! LOL Lovely quilts too. How do you make the t-shirt quilts? Do you back the t-shirts with something to keep them from stretching? I've been thinking about making one but I don't even know where to start.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Millie, I'm glad you got your machine back. I know I missed my little regular machine when it was down and out. The good thing about a quilt is - when you finish it, it's done, but housework you just have to do over and over again. Not much incentive there, is there? ;)

*karendianne. said...

I'm so happy the longarm is back up and running. Gosh but isn't Innell's batik quilt neat!!! Love that.

You cracked me up about the dust. What to say about that, ha?!

Barb said...

I am definitely jealous of your your quilts.

Mary said...

Love my longarm too but sometimes it would be nice to have extra time for piecing. Looks like you made good use of your time and I wouldn't have been cleaning either!

Margaret said...

Amazing pattterns you can do with the long arm , Innell's quilt is lovely and I like your squares of scrappy quilt. And I would like to know how to do a T shirt quilt also, So many t shirts become dusters , yours look much better as a quilt so leave the dust there, there is more from where it came from, Smile.

Linda said...

Hi Millie, Absolutely gorgeous...
As usual your stitching is amazing.

Darlene said...

Oh Millie, dust is just a protective covering for so many things. LOL

Glad you're machine is up and running again and hopefully you'll never have to be without it.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh sheesh Millie....all that time down and you couldn't dust? hee!!! Just kidding!!!
Glad your back up and running again. Enjoy your Mother's Day!!

Micki said...

Your machine quilting is just lovely!

Cottage Rose said...

Happy for you that your long arm is back again.... and those Quilts are all so gorgeous,, I love the yellow fabric in the first photo,,,, gorgeous...... Happy Mother's Day


sewkalico said...

Dust? What dust ;-)
I am so pleased you have your Longarm back!

Zlaty said...

Happy Mother's day Millie!

I am glad your long arm is back and running! Your t-shirt quilts are so pretty and the batik quilt is very colorful!
At my house it always the dilemma sewing or house work, too! :))

I wish you a lovely day spend with your family!

searchfamilies said...

Glad that you got your longarm up & running again, as for the dust well if you do clean it then it only comes back this way no one notices of more settles lol
There is some lovely tops & quilts as usual
Hugs Janice

Laurie said...

I love seeing the dust!! It's amazing how much dust I am finding as I pack - guess I'm not the housekeeping kind :) Your work is so pretty - I really enjoy when you show us the pictures.