Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew excited!
My LQS Always in Stitches just made my year!
Saturday, we took Ben and went to Noblesville, IN.  There are several stores we like to browse, shop and ogle!
The town had ice sculptures all around the square.  It was a beautifully sunny day, but only in the low 20's.
I love having our kids along for "adventures" in antiquing and shopping!  Ben found a WWII Air Force coat he was quite intrigued in.
I found my Christmas present!
Always in Stitches is now offering certification classes to rent and use their HQ Avante' longarm and their Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen free motion quilting machines!
I'm asking for a class and the time to go quilt!
How fortuitous that Christmas is coming up.  How handy that Tax Season Saturdays (hubs works all's just me, the kids and the pets) are on the way.
Don't bother calling me on Saturdays, 'cause I won't be home!
I love the HQ16!  I've test driven it several times, but it's a hefty investment and it does need some space.  Not as much as a longarm, but it would require significant shifting of stuff that just isn't practical or possible right now.
There are quilt tops I would love to quilt on this machine.
Rose Star Quilt
The Linens Quilt
(when it's finished! LOL)
While I was drooling and dreaming over the thought of using these machines, I managed to find some fabric.
A 5" charm pack of Heather Bailey's "Lottie Da".
Oh the colors!  Makes me want Spring now!
"Honeysweet" from Moda.  Oh, so soft, feminine and sweet!
Work continues on the winter tones quilt.
I have over 20 blocks now.  It's super easy to sit down in between helping kids with their school work and make a couple of these. 
This was the Pinterest color-way that inspired me.  Such calming colors with a pop!
Hope you had a great weekend and stayed safe and warm!
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  1. Now that is a great Christmas present!! Lucky gal!! All those quilts patiently waiting to be quilted are just 'gawjus'!! I love how you make your fabrics sing a melodious song with pattern and colour!! Oooooh....those "Lottie Da fabrics"....makes my heart go thinks that I will need to go and get me some!!

  2. Congrats on finding the perfect present for yourself:)
    ooooh 20 degree weather--BRRRRR! Your son is making me cold looking at him with that light jacket on:)

  3. You've some smashing quilt tops there. Your photos made me feel cold too then I look out of my window and see there's a snow blizzard here! Not looking forward to my journey to work this morning!!! I've wanted a Sweet 16 for some time but once I started work at my LQS and realised that it's not quite so quiet as my sewing machine (and my husband already complains about the noise level from that) I'm not sure I can inflict it on us in our apartment, especially as my work area is in our only living room, of course space again is another issue entirely :D

  4. That sounds like a fun Christmas present. I have only played on a long arm once or twice. It looks like lots of fun. I am sure you will enjoy quilting your beautiful tops.

  5. What pretty quilt tops you have made and getting them quilted with what you will learn from taking the machine quilting classes will transfer to your shortarm quilting machine and visa versa. I know, as I have a Gammill Longarm and everything I practiced on the shortarm before going to the longarm made the learning curve so much easier. Yes, it's an investment in time, money and space, but so worth it. I wish you luck in your class and a successful future as a machine quilter. You'll love it!
    Visiting from Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday
    Sue CollectInTexas Gal

  6. WOW! Your Rose Star quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! So glad you posted that on Quilt Story!

  7. the rose star quilt is awesome
    LeeAnna Paylor

  8. I love those log cabin blocks!

  9. The rose star quilt is lovely. Good luck on getting all those tops quilted

  10. Great idea for a Christmas gift!!! Enjoy. Lovely quilt tops you have all ready and waiting ;-)

  11. Love your rose star quilt - Do you know where the pattern first originated?

  12. You have some really beautiful quilt tops there, I love the higgledy piggledy and the rose star is AMAZING!

  13. Beautiful tops! I have an HQ Avante. You are going to have a blast learning on one! Have fun.

  14. Really like your Rose Star quilt.

  15. those are some pretty tops! what a perfect gift those classes and the time to quilt would make for you. great idea! I hope you get it.

    is your rose star quilt EPP? if so, please link it up with the next "in hand" EPP link party this Saturday at my blog. hope to see you there!


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