22 November 2013

A Finish

I have  been busy practicing quilting on my longarm quilting, but I have managed to get a few things completed this week.  

I completed a pair of small curtains for my parents. They are 12 x 3/4" x 19 1/4" each.  I used some Heidi Grace fabric I had in my stash and some Moda Tranquility jelly roll that I had in my stash too. 

I finished up my first of two custom memory quilts for a customer.  I decided to stitch in the ditch so not to take away from all the shirts.  The back is army camouflage flannel.  This quilt is super snugly and has some weight to it.  It is 60" x 96". The binding is Kona Black.  I hope they love it. 


Today I took some time to make Pat Sloan a block for her birthday quilt she is making.  My block finished up 11 3/4" square.  I hope she likes it, put it in the mail today.

Now to finish up the back for my Prism quilt hoping to have it loaded up on the longarm tomorrow so I can start stitching.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Abby

14 November 2013

Hopeful Threads November Project

Kristy from Hopeful Threads and her friend Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs are gathering small quilts to donate to the NICU at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.   The nurses give quilts and blankets out to the kids when they come in.  How nice is that?   

I took a few hours and whipped up these two really simple quilts.  One for a boy and one for a girl.  I used some Alexander Henry Prints that I had in my stash and backed them with some flannel also from my stash.  This was really just an excuse to be able to load it up on my long arm.  I kept it very simple since that is all I am good at so far.

Boy Quilt - 33" x 34.5" - I did a simple all over meander design.

Close up shot of quilting and I used some multi colored dot flannel for the backing.  


Girl Quilt - 32" x 33" - I did a simple all over loopy meander design.

Close up shot of quilting and I used some flannel with little mice parachuting for the backing.



Now to get these in the mail so Kristy and Melissa can delivery them to the NICU.

Thank you for stopping by.

Abby

12 November 2013

Juki TL-2200 QVP

Well this year I got a very fantastic early Christmas present.  My very own long arm quilting machine.  




Now I did not test drive the Juki but the price was right for entry-level long arm quilting machine.  I test-drove all the bigger machines at a quilt show in Grand Rapids last year.   This machine came out a few months after that show.  I thought I would share with you my thoughts on this machine.  


I bought the machine over the phone from Sewing Machines Plus in California.  The reviews for the store were good with excellent customer service and I agree.   

The TL200-QVP is an 18" horizontal throat space and 10" vertical throat space.  It also does 2200 stitches per minute and uses the double capacity "M" style bobbins.  I got the 10' frame but you can get a 2' extension to make it a 12' but my room is not big enough for that.  You can find more detailed information about the machine here

The Grace Company designed 
the frame for this machine for Juki, the frame and rails are steel.  The frame was easy to put together following the instructions except they wanted you to put the handles and a few other items on before you put the head of the machine on the table.  This seems silly so I waited till I could set it on the frame.
  
The frame needs to be level and the instruction manual only says use the leveling legs to level the frame so the machine does not slide. I recommend setting a level on the frame as you adjust the legs. Not really clear in the set up. 

This machine and frame does not come with cloth leaders so you need to purchase them at the time you order or source them somewhere else.  I only paid $89 for the Grace Start Right Cloth leaders for the 10' frame.  Grace Frame has the Fabri-Fast slot with tubing to install the leaders. I also ordered Leader Grips to just speed the loading process up.  I ordered them here


To finish the machine off you will also have to install the stitch regulator, handles, thread stand and a few other small items. Then you are set to go.  Getting the tension correct was the hardest as the manual does not give enough information but a quick call to customer service and it was all sorted. 


I loaded an almost queen size practice quilt on the machine. I did not find the manual overly helpful with attaching the layers to the leaders.  I found a You-Tube video that walked me through it and I could pause as I worked on each step.  

I like Manual Mode the best but will practice with the stitch regulator modes to become better.  I did try out the stitch regulator in Cruise Mode and I have trouble with going to fast and it beeps at me.  Here are some pictures of the first week of practice.  I am going to bind this and leave it in my sewing room for my pups to cuddle in.  I am a bit sad that my pebbles are not has good as they are on my domestic machine but I will practice to become better. 



Here are some closeups:


My mom came over this week and had a small play too.  Then of course the boys had to have a go too.  

Overall I think this machine is going to work out very well. The only things that I wish it had was channel locks and a throat base extender.  I think I can work work around both of these items.  The throat base on he Juki machine is wider compared to other similar models.    Be sure to check back as I will be sharing the quilts as I finish them.   I already have another practice quilt loaded up and ready to go. 

Thank you for stopping by. 


Abby 





10 November 2013

November Lucky Stars BOM

Finished up my November block for the Lucky Stars BOM.  


There is one more block left and then I have to figure out a layout.  I have no clue how to lay it out.  I have them arranged on the design wall right now and it just is not working for me.  More playing will be needed. 

Another note my labels to attach to my projects arrived from JJlabels this week.  They are awesome if I do say so myself. They are 1" x 2.5" poly cotton.  



Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

06 November 2013

Another Quilt Top and an early Christmas Present

I finally finished putting together my Impromptu Quilt, as always I start way to many projects at one time.  First blogged about it back in August



This is roughly 90" x 90".

This week my Christmas present arrived.  I know it is early but my husband is never one for waiting till December.  

It weighs over 200 pounds and came on a pallet.  The very nice UPS Freight man dragged it up my gravel driveway on a pallet jack.  



This shrink wrapped pile of boxes turned into a Juki TL-2200QVP.  Best present ever!



Now my room is officially full.  I had to stand in the doorway to get a shot of the whole machine.  I finished assembling it today and just have to work out a tension issue.  I plan on doing another blog post in the next day or so, talking more of the machine. After I finally get to play with it a bit.  I am super excited!

I am hoping by year end I will have finished two customer memory quilts and at least a quarter of this stack of quilt tops that I have been shelving for a while. I think there are 12 piled up in there.  Some with backs already pieced and some that I will have to make backs for.  But first I will practice on my whole cloth that I have loaded before I touch anything that I really care about. 


Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby