Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tina's Giggles quilt

I had a visitor over the weekend. My sister Tina came up and together we got her Giggles quilt done, or at least almost done since she has to still add the binding.  She also brought a 2nd top to be quilted, a Christmas gift for her father in law, but since she's keeping this Giggles quilt for herself, she decided this was the better one to do first before she quilted the one that will be a gift.

Why did she want to do them herself?  She actually wanted to see if she likes longarm quilting.  She had a feeling that she would and she was right.  In fact, when I'm ready to upgrade to a bigger machine and frame (I've had the itch for a while now), she wants to buy my Penelope from me.  That will be a Win Win for both of us.

Here is her finished quilt.  It turned out really nice.  I did the first 2 rows so that she could watch and she how I moved the machine and then she did the rest, with only only getting her started on each new row.
For the back she chose a solid Sage Green fabric and it is fun to see how the quilting shows on it.
I picked the Dainty panto for this one and the design was perfect for complimenting the motifs in the fabrics.  Thread for the top was my favorite Silver Glide and we used a matching Sage Green for the bobbin.
As for that 2nd quilt that she brought with her, she quilted that one too but I can't show it to you yet.  You see it is still on the frame with 12 inches and one more row still yet to be finished.  She was quilting along while I worked on something else at my domestic machine Lucy when we both heard a loud noise.  After a little investigating, this is what I found.
A broken belt meant no more quilting for us.  Ugh!  With so little left to finish.  To say that we both were not the happiest of campers is an understatement.  I'm waiting for a call back from Steve Dekker to find out what type/size belt this is and whether or not I can get it locally or if he has to ship me one (actually 2 so that I have a spare), and then I can finish that quilt up for her fast.  Needless to say that I'm going to find out what other spare parts I should keep on hand so that I don't run into this type of problem again.

6 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. Oh no!!! I hope you can replace it quickly. Her quilt is beautiful.

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  2. oh hope you can fix it soon. already ready for an upgrade? didn't you just do the upgrade on it?

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  3. Your sister's quilt is great. What a pain about the broken belt though. I hope it gets sorted soon.

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  4. Oh no...THAT is such a bummer. Fun to hear you are upgrading though and you have Penelope sold...a g ood win win for sure!

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    1. I'm not upgrading yet Val. I'd sure like to and am trying to make my final decision as to which one I want but it is probably at least a year off. Plus it will have to go in the basement since a bigger frame won't fit in my studio so some work will have to be done there to get the area ready. Who knows if I'll get lucky again and find another awesome deal like I did with Penelope but I'm certainly thinking about it a lot.

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  5. That really did stink! The Giggles quilt now has a pretty purple border and is on my blog. Thanks again for kicking me out of my comfort zone. I had a great time.

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