Saturday, February 7, 2015

Well, today is February 7 and I am so totally behind in both blogging and posting. I guess I'll start with all the exciting things that have been going on in my quilty life.
In October of 2014, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, I bought a Statler Stitcher for one of my Gammill long arm machines. I was then so busy that I was unable to find 2 days for the installer to come and gut my machine. This finally happened in January. Kyle, spend a total of about 14 hours gutting the machine and installing the cpu and controller ( and all the other things , I have no idea) , changing out the track system and installing creative studio on the cpu. The first time that he hit the button and that machine head moved on its own, I was in awe and totally in love with this whole idea. The first thought in my head was " when can I put a Statler stitcher on my other Gammill?". Two weeks later I spent two days with a wonderful instructor named Jami, learning how to use creative studio and the Statler Stitcher. I came home full of hope and realized that I knew nothing. I could barly turn the thing on, so I printed out the 280 some page manual and took it to my regular day job to try and relearn a little of what I know is somewhere in my brain.
All that being said, today is the day that I'm going to turn that monster on and try to make it my own. I will succeed , I just don't know how many trys that it is going to take.
Without further waiting:
 I made a pattern for and made 4 sandbag covers. This was in preparation for an outdoor show with my daughter and her handmade jewelry. I used heavy weight black denim, added ties which secured with Velcro and put a drawstring closure at the top. When all was said and done, I silk screened her logo on them. That canopy tent was going NO WHERE. I don't think there is that much call for sandbag covers or I would put out a pattern for them. I'll keep that on the back burner for now.

Last week, I did all the paperwork and photos to try and get two of my new quilts into a juried quilt show in Hampton, VA.  I should here back about that most any day and will post more information as soon as I learn the outcome.
The rest of the day will be spend playing, I mean learning, on the Statler and trying to catch up on my weekly projects.I'm sure that I have done so much more than I remember but until I figure it out...Keep on quilting.

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