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Like much of the country, we've been snowed in here in the NW. I live in Portland, OR (work in Vancouver, WA) and we are not used to this kind of weather! Our schools close when there is an inch of snow on the ground and we had over 14" the week of Christmas! We've had 2 weeks of roller coaster weather with ice, wind storms, freezing rain and lots of snow. While it did make last minute holiday gift and grocery shopping tricky, the plus was having some extra unplanned sewing time.

I took some time to clean my basement sewing room. It was the temporary staging area for gift wrap, so it was really messy. It took me at least an hour of cleaning before I could find all the components to finish a holiday wall hanging, but I did it! It was halfway machine quilted, and then needed crystals heat applied and a curved binding sewn on.

Next I'm going to unearch my HandiQuilter 16 (a mid arm machine) and work on adjusting the tension so I can get going on some unquilted tops. Check out my UFO quilt along to see mine and others progress on finishing old projects.

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Comment by Mary-Ann on January 1, 2009 at 3:22pm
I love the snow stories! I lived in Massachusetts most of my life and recently moved to southeartern Virgina. I have to admit though I don't miss the snow & ice. I have a Bernina Artista 200. I love to incorporate embroidery with my quilting sometimes. I am very interested in the HQ16. A local quilt shop recently became a dealer and I haven't had a lot of time to check it out. Maybe it will be my goal for 2009!
Comment by Kathy Marlowe on January 1, 2009 at 9:53am
I have a Pfaff Grand Quilter and the Grace frame. Got it a year ago and have decided that my time is too short to do all the practice, practice, practice to do specialty quilting following designs, but I am really good at free form stippling, putting in words, and throwing in the odd design features free form. Hearts are really easy to work in. I have taken a couple of machine quilting classes and those are going to help me do more non-pattern quilting. And, Gayle, I would say you definitely need to have a machine dedicated to your quilt frame or else you won't be able to make tops as a break from quilting! Okay, so many of us have more than one machine! I have the Pfaff, a Janome 6125 that sits down in my table, the Janome Jem Gold that I take to quilt group and classes, and then I have a 1923 Singer Red Eye treadle machine. I have used it some, but it is more decorative, but I would be able to sew in a power outage.
Comment by Gayle/La. on December 31, 2008 at 3:07pm
I am relatively new to quilting. I am really wanting to learn to machine quilt ,but,I have no idea which machine to get or is it which frame to put my machine on.I have a Brother and I have the walking and darning foot for it. I also have a feeling that there is more to it than having a machine with the right foot. Have you any suggestions?
Comment by Connecting Threads on December 31, 2008 at 9:38am
I'm truly a beginner at machine quilting so I can honestly say the key to it is practice practice practice. The longer I stay away from it, the worse I think I am. As soon as I force myself to try it again, I rediscover that I love it and that I'm not as bad as I think.
Comment by Sue Bruner on December 31, 2008 at 7:43am
Hello All - I am new to this site. How exciting. I just began quilting nearly 2 years ago and I LOVE IT! Problem is...never enough time! I purchased a machine quilting system from a lady that upgraded to a gammil. I love my system, but really wished someone held a class on these (home version quilting systems) I have yet to find anyone here in Arizona. Bummer! Any pointers on improving machine quilting skills would be GREATLY appreciated.
Comment by Kathie Jones on December 31, 2008 at 7:16am
I am from Colorado and under about 4 feet of snow. Quilting is a life saver. I have a Quilters Edition Bernina and I just love it. Does everything it can do to make me look good. I am hoping to learn how to use the free motion feature this winter.
Comment by Connecting Threads on December 30, 2008 at 9:34am
Hi Janet,
It sounds like I'm in very good company! Thanks for joining. So the Bernina 830 is on your wish list, huh? Nice!
Comment by Janet Alberts on December 28, 2008 at 6:29pm
I will check in on your UFO quilt along. I was doing two block of the month projects plus other stuff. It is so out of control. So ironic; my basement sewing room has also become a gift wrap area. Still much cleaning to do there. I wish I had gotten the HandiQuilter; instead got this other little quilting frame that I am not too pleased with and all I can do is tie quilts with it. Oh well, Bernina 830 will be here in about three months.

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