Irish Lake Quilter

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Charity Quilts and.........






At www.maryquilts.com I found the quick strippie quilt that Mary likes to use for charity quilts. I think I've found a new favorite too! This goes together in a hurry, doesn't take a lot of fabric and looks great when done. So, I've gone through my stash, pulled out the fabrics for children and have cut many of these and have all but 2 of them put together. I particularly like the brights - they are so cute IMHO. They will go to Project Linus as soon as I get them quilted and bound.

And...last week I purchased a used Gammill long-arm for doing all my quilting. The machine was located about an hour from the cottage, 4 hours from home so getting it home was a bit dicey between snow storms, but we managed OK. It is now set up in the basement. I could have set it up in Chris's room (he has moved to the city) but my Mother's instinct said 'no'...and when he was home, Anne told me he said "I think I'm losing my room to Mom's sewing". Those home ties are still there so for now, I'm OK in the basement. It is finished and bright with lots of room.

We're going back to the lake for a week while Jim works on inside electrical and plumbing. I'll go to quilt club, Lolly's in Shipshewana, go to a long-arm class offered at a nearby shop and try to get some sewing done as well. And, I will try to curb my enthusiasm for getting home to take a spin on the machine. Excited? Yesssss!!

9 comments:

Kathy Wagner said...

Congratulations on your new machine! Very exciting!

Libby said...

What fun to add a long arm to the family.

swooze said...

Oh congrats on the new machine. Look forward to all those finshes!

Jan said...

Your PL quilts are wonderful! Have fun with your new machine! I used to live in Goshen, so have many fond memories of Shipshewana.

Sheila (Glasgow MT) said...

Thanks for sending me the link to your blog. I'm very excited for you with your new machine. Good luck.

Alycia said...

Yay you! Are you enjoying your machine yet? Especially when it is cold outside?

Mary said...

These are so cute! I just love how these quilts turn out. I have one cut out myself but haven't gotten it sewn together yet.

Have fun with the Gammill too!

atet said...

Oooh -- congrats on your longarm purchase! Those little quilts are adorable as well (and what great projects to practice with on the longarm!)

Helen in the UK said...

Love those strippies!! Particularly the one where you have used different accent strips. I'm trying to co-ordinate fabrics to make one myself and hadn't thought of using different accents - duh!! Thanks for the inspiration :)