Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 17/52

I am very excited to share this new purchase with you:

It's a Baby Lock Crown Jewel long arm. It's pretty intense, but I LOVE having it!!

It is loaded up with Spot On Wide by Robert Kaufman for the back (in Chartreuse), and this giant for the front:
Mod Mosaic ~ top done

I think one of the reasons I am loving it so much is that the quilt I'm working on (my Mod Mosaic) is for me. No one else. No judged shows, no one's baby, no one else's bed. So I feel like it's okay to accept my mistakes, to learn where to go slow and where to go fast, to take my time, and really just ENJOY the ride! :o)

I'm quilting it with "interlocking circles" I learned about over at Happy Quilter/Melissa's blog. (It's easier drawn than quilter...that's all I'm going to say!)

And it's a proper long arm. On a looooong table. :o). We opted for the extension, so the table/frame is 12 feet long, which makes my 90" quilt seem small. :o)  It lives in our basement, so I get a bit chilled working on it at night, but that's nothing a few extra layers can't fix. :o)

I also opted for the larger M-class bobbin over the L-class. I'm not sure of the size difference, but I'm able to quilt a little more than 8 12" blocks with one bobbin, and I know I would run out after 5 or 6 blocks with a smaller bobbin. It's a luxury, I admit, but one I am happy with. :o). And just in case anyone asks, I have not noticed any tension issues as the bobbin empties. It's good from start to finish!

I'm also really excited that the quilt is always there, waiting for me whether I have 20 minutes or 2 hours. I always have snippets in my day, but to start a new project on my domestic machine, or carry on piecing a quilt top, or to make a bee block? 15-20 minutes isn't really that much time! But it's just enough time to go to the long arm and quilt for a bit.

However, I do have other things I'm supposed to be doing!

Like finish this block for our in-guild bee:

And piece my April do.Good Stitches quilt. I'm still waiting on one set of blocks. I've already made 3 extra sets, and don't really want to make another if I don't have to! :o)

And mail out the charms Kelly won over a week ago!

And start working on something old with some of the charms I won from Elisabeth so very long ago. :o)

Plus a million zillion other things craft-wise, and a zillion million other things home-wise. I know you all have just as many craft and home projects, so I just wanted to say that I appreciate you coming here and reading about my life. With the switch to Bloglovin, I am reading a lot more blogs than I used to (they would just sit, languishing in my Google Reader!), but I'm not always commenting. :) I love being inspired by you, though! :)

As always, I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for her WiP Wednesday Post .

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. OMG Your one lucky lady, I dream of owning a longarm! What fun, ENJOY

  2. I love your improv block quilt above...nice job.

  3. Your Mod Mosaic quilt is beautiful!

  4. Love your Mod Mosaic! And the interlocking circle quilting is gorgeous.
    It's nice to be able to quilt for yourself, with no pressure for perfection.

  5. Love your quilt!! I thought it was a ticker tape at first, but now it looks pieced--really nice job! I'm so envious of you machine, I am dreaming of one day owning a long arm!

  6. Oh so jealous of the new toy, want one!

  7. It is great to make use of the 20 minutes here and there to get some quilting done! I love the interlocking circles pattern.

  8. Yay! Congrats again on your new "baby"! I can't wait to see more of your progress! BTW I am going around and commenting on blogs trying to see if I still a no-reply blogger. If you get a chance can you just see if you can reply to this. Thanks dear!

  9. Congratulations on your new "toy". Wish my house was big enough for it!!!
    Love the quilt you are working on!
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