Monday, March 20, 2017

My Timing Sucks

Luckily, I'm not talking about any of the timing on my machines, rather the timing of my life in general. I got this brand, spankin' new long arm machine - wait -- I haven't blogged about it yet? Well, no, not really. Because I haven't been able to really use it yet BECAUSE IT'S SPRING BREAK. And there is my wonderful sense of timing.

My Handi Quilter Avanté

My machine got set up late Thursday afternoon and Friday was the first day of a 10-day holiday break (well, 6 days off of school with 2 weekends) where I'm with my 7-year-old 24/7. Yippee!  Don't get me wrong, I love my kid to death, but right now I'd much rather be in my sewing room with my new baby instead. But it will have to wait while we have playdates and plan trips to places like LegoLand, the library, and Ikea.

As you can see from the photo above, it was a bit of a snug fit to get it into my sewing room. While I was at QuiltCon my husband was emailing me floor plans to make sure my idea would even work. I opted for the 10-foot frame and on the left, you can see that 8-inches or so is tucked into the closet! I had the doors removed when we built the house. Before, I used to keep Ikea bookshelves in there with all of my fabric storage so it was just a matter of finding a new place to store my fabric.  But I did lose my large cutting table but I already have an idea of how to solve that problem.

Now I just need to come up with more time in the day to get some time to steal away and practice. Here is the scrap that the Handi Quilter rep loaded on my machine so that I could start practicing on. I wasted no time filling it up.


I'm hoping to get another large practice piece loaded up on frame so I can spend at least 15 minutes every evening playing after dinner.

10 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that it fits in your room at all! Hang in there, and I hope you can get that practice piece loaded so you can sneak in practice moments all week. This is so exciting!

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  2. Don't feel bad...I too have acquired a new long arm, but since it doesn't live at my house I've only got to play on it once...I'm crying. I do have the Sweet 16 so that tides me over :) Hope you are enjoying spring break and can sneak in some mommy/machine play time soon.

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  3. Congratulations Diana. Hope you get to play soon.You are going to have a lot of fun.

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  4. your scrap piece looks good seems you have taken to it like a duck to water, wow you will be able to make massive quilts on this, I am sure you will make up for lost time on it when DS goes back to school Have fun both on days out and quilting

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  5. It's lovely! And I see what you mean about being creative to get it in your sewing space, but it's in there and you will have many happy hours! Your break plans sound great, even if you would rather be sewing. We use IKEA as a playground a lot (my son is 3, so younger than yours).

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  6. Yeah, you got it set up and running. And what's a little wasted closet space, if it means the frame will fit? Enjoy.

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  7. Oh Diana it is like that isn't it? When I first got mine I just wanted to be on it all the time and began to resent Home Schooling!!! The idea of getting another LARGE practice piece is a really good one because once it's loaded if you have a spare 10 minutes you can go straight into it.

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  8. Your practice piece looks like you are already a pro! Have fun with your son...the years slide by very quickly.

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  9. I had a suggestion - build an extension to house the fabric ..., a long arm seems so exciting . Something to look forward to

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