Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hip, Hip...

HOORAY!!!

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This is cause for celebration! My Squiggy is back on the frame! I took the machine in for a cleaning and servicing in November and he has been sitting in my family room ever since. I have been too busy piecing and working on other things to even think about quilting.

During the Friday Night Sew In that is in 2 days, I really wanted to start quilting on my cousin's quilt so that I can work on the binding and hopefully get it done quickly. But I needed to be able to test out the machine to make sure that the tension is right.

When I was at work, I thought about trying the machine out tonight while I worked a little on laundry, but then when I got home from work, I wasn't feeling so hot. After a few minutes of down time, a quick conversation on the phone with mom and a short IM'ing session with Regina, I decided that I was almost desperate for clean clothes and that working on the quilting was the logical thing to do.

I loaded up a charity quilt, pink Lava thread in the top and a pink Bottom Line in the bobbin and I went to town! Squiggy was purring!!! I haven't heard him sound like that in a long time! No issues with tension or the bobbin so I got this baby done quickly!

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I didn't take my camera with me to the basement so the first picture in this post is from my phone. I also wasn't able to get a picture of Maisy, my faithful quilting companion, watching my every move of the couch. She did appreciate the quilt once I set it down to get a picture.

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I was afraid yesterday and today that I was going to need to get to bed early both evenings to make up for lost sleep on Sunday and Monday, but I feel like I powered through and I have been quite happy with the things that I have gotten done. I still have quite a bit to do before Christmas, but I think that I can get it done. And if I can't, then the pieces will be wrapped up to prove that work has been done and then everything will be brought back home to work on it. :)

I also feel like I am back with the blogging! I have taken a few pictures in the last week that I haven't shared yet. There has been lots going on! Be patient and I will show it all in the next couple of days! :)

13 comments:

Beth said...

Congrats on getting back to quilting. I loaded a quilt yesterday too..and am about half way done..just ran out of steam tho, so I think I will hit the hay. I canNOT quilt when I'm tired! Pet the pups for me...I'm dog sitting my 'granddog' for 4 days over New years. That will make the total FOUR dogs! Oh dear!

Michelle said...

Yay!!! Feels great, doesn't it? Great job. Glad all worked out smooth for you.

Libby said...

Glad everything ran smoothly for you!! Can't wait to see all your pics! Have a great day Jill!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

Yay!!!!!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Hooray! Sounds like you'll be getting lots done now.

Heather said...

Beautiful!!! And I'm so jealous that you have a long arm at your disposal. Lucky! :)

Stray Stitches said...

Glad to hear that Squiggy is humming along. The quilt you made is darling and I'm glad that it received Maisy's approval.

scraphappy said...

Life doesn't get much better. A freshly serviced machine and a quilt on the frame. Glad you found some mojo.

elizabeth said...

CONGRATS JILL ON BEING ABLE TO USE SQUIGGY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. IT LOOKS LIKE MAISY IS SAYING IS THIS ONE FOR ME MAMA. LOVE THE PRINT ON THAT QUILT. SOMEBODY IS GOING TO LOVE IT. HAPPY QUILTING

Jennifer said...

So glad you got Squiggy going again and that it is all working so well! Can't wait to see what you get done this weekend. I gotta make a trip to the basement tomorrow to get another one loaded.

QuiltSue said...

I'm glad you got Squiggy back and working brilliantly. The bonus for you is that you managed to get another quilt quilted while you were checking that everything's OK. Hope you're feeling OK now and will have fun at the FNSI tonight.

Regina said...

smooth is good!!! :-) (so is clean laundry!)

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

Yahoo for Squiggy working!!! Now you can get busy tonight!