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Marla Southers
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  • Mount Vernon, IL
  • United States
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Hi! I am a wife, mother and nurse who wishes she could be a full time quilter.I have a calico cat named Miss Kitty. I have done several quilts in the past several years and want to do more. I love Connecting Threads! I have two wonderful machines: A Viking and a Bernina and love them both.Looking forward to getting a long arm soon. My husband is very supportive of my quilting passion and my children humor me!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, hand quilting, machine quilting, knitting, gardening
My pets are awesome!
Miss Kitty, my calico cat

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It's a boy, no it's a girl, no it's Innova!

Posted on July 29, 2010 at 8:30pm 8 Comments

Well it arrived today! At least in parts. Ha! Parts is not even the word for it. I think DH counted over 300 bolts alone and just sighed. Actually he is in pretty good humor. Why do men see parts of something as a great challenge? To me it is just plain scary. We had ordered only 10 ft poles as the bedroom I am putting it in would accommodate that ok but 12 ft will make it very tight. Guess what?? They sent 12 ft poles. DH is pondering over it and don't know if we will try and work with this or… Continue

Big Day Getting Closer

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 9:13pm 8 Comments

Getting close to the big day! Today I had the carpet cleaners come and shampoo my daughter's old bedroom as it definitely needed it. Expecting the delivery of all the parts to my long arm machine on Thursday. I am so excited. My DH will have to put it together first. I sure hope there is an instruction video with it as I don't have an inkling how to set it up much less load a quilt on it. I am sure I will getting on here a lot to ask advice. It is an Innova. Not to many people have heard of it… Continue

Coloring My Hair

Posted on July 17, 2010 at 7:36am 9 Comments

Here I sit waiting for the magic of color to work on my hair. I looked in the mirror last night and told myself that I would not venture outside my house again without doing this. Waited too long this time and noticed that I am looking my age (just turned the big mid century mark). Guess I should be glad I have hair!!

My oldest step daughter is moving out so now that bedroom will be free for my newest member of the family. It has been bought and paid for since the quilt show…


Just sayin Hi!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 6:01pm 8 Comments

It has been so long since I have been on here I am almost embarrassed to do so. A lot has happened over the past few months. I lost my job of 10 years ago last fall but found a similar position with another company. I really like the new job but have been working my you know what off trying to do a good job. Guess I am just scared that I could get laid off again. Oh well. I have been squeezing in sewing time when I can and have the energy to do so. I really need to get a new camera and learn… Continue

Fellow Quilters Are The Best!

Posted on October 4, 2009 at 9:01am 3 Comments

I am just wanting to send out a big thank you to all of you who responded to me yesterday about my being unemployed. You are the biggest support group I have ever seen. Certainly better than some of my family! I feel truly blessed to "know" all of you. Everyone have a wonderful Sunday!

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At 7:20pm on August 5, 2012, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Grace is my sister-in-law's great grandmother.  My sister-in-law has one of Grace's show quilts - the Return of the Swallows.  It is made up of tiny flying geese units about 3/8" x 1/2" in a bed-sized quilt.  One of Grace's granddaughters is our neighbor and she has two of Grace's quilts - one is a forerunner of the petit point, only with larger pieces.   I hope you get a chance to see some of her quilts.  

I'm glad you like your Innova.  I think of investing in a longarm so often because, like you, I want to finish my own quilt tops.  There's about a dozen waiting to be quilted right now.  With the cost of paying a long-armer to finish them for me, I could have a good sized downpayment on my own machine.  Maybe someday, Lord willing.  

Let me know when you are heading to Nebraska.  

At 2:05pm on August 5, 2012, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

PS: How do you like your Innova?  

At 2:04pm on August 5, 2012, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Grace Snyder's petit point flower basket quilt is at the Quilt museum in Lincoln, but it may not be on display at the time you are visiting.  You may have to write them and request a viewing.  (It would be worth it.)  I would love to meet up with you, but I'm on the opposite end of the state from Lincoln.  I hope you have a great trip and enjoy the International Quilt Museum.  I have been there twice and it has been worth the trip both times.  If you go to their web site, it may tell you what will be on display during the week you are there.  If you are passing through the central or western end of the state, let me know.

At 4:26pm on April 3, 2012, Cecile Lavas said…

Lovely quilts, Marla.  How do you find the time to fit such beautiful work into full-time nursing? 

At 5:41pm on November 21, 2011, Karen Smith said…

Hi Marla,

Happy Thanksgiving....maybe you could use your baby over the long weekend....

I have tried Superior( bought at the quilt show..lower price but CT is still a better buy)...When changing the tension...remember you need to move it more than your regular sewing machine....I have used lots of colors and types of thread...even the spindal type of thread....but most of the time I use CT...

I know several friends( NON Innova people) that have tension issues all the time.....But with my baby...I sometimes forget to check the tension....and she is just fine!!!

Hope you get some time playing on her...


At 6:19am on November 18, 2011, Karen Smith said…

HI Marla,

I have the Innova...love it and have done over 40 pieces....

Are yo loving yours???  I took some classes in Atlanta Ga at the Georgia Quilt show in Oct this year....Wow!!  loved them and got a lot of knowledge from them...




At 8:47pm on February 16, 2011, Anita Chick said…

Sorry for the delay in responding.  No, I only did the tops.  I took them to someone else to have the quilting done.  The class I spoke of is through Quilt University at www.quiltuniversity.com They offer many different classes.  Check it out, I'm sure you'd find something you would like.

At 8:31pm on February 5, 2011, Peg said…
Hi Marla,  My machine is here and almost all set up - just need to do the encoder wheels for the stitch regulator.  I hope to get some practice fabric loaded on tomorrow :)
At 11:33am on January 22, 2011, Peg said…
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABMLongarm     you will have to become a yahoo member to join the group but it's free and just takes a few minutes to fill out the info.  There's lots of good information from the site members.
At 6:02pm on January 21, 2011, Peg said…
Marla - I'm so excited about the Innova  - can't wait for it to get here.  Are you in the Innova Yahoo group?  I feel like I'm learning lots of tips from there too. How long did it take your DH to put yours together?  Any tips or problems with that.  DH went to the shop with me to order it and looked it over and decided he and DS could put it together - hope so!

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