Sharon D's Blog

Longarm heaven and guild update

Wow, what I ride it has been since April and the purchase of my APQS Lenni. Such a simple machine, and for me, and edge to edge free motion quilter - just perfect. I named her Margie to honor my mother who taught me to sew when I was 8 or 9. And my dealer, Sheridan Carter in Hendersonville NC is the BEST.

So I'm in longarm heaven. It has been an uphill journey to get the hang of setting tension, but with help from my dealer, I now have figured out how to do that in a way my machine can understand and respond to well. I've acquired zippers for my leaders and 2 quilt sets - which were easy to install and use, and love my grip lite clamps the extra long measuring tape for quilting frames that I use to alert me when I'm too close to the backing roller. Silly me, I haven't taken any pictures. Well that can be easily remedied.

My challenge is lighting. I've left a post on the quilting questions board, so if you have a suggestion I'd love to hear it. Meantime, I'm doing a lot of the guild's charity quilts, and grateful for a steady stream of quilts I can hone my skills on.

On the guild front --- what am I thinking!!! I love my guild so much that I decided to start become more active. Up until spring, I was so overcome with moving and all, I just couldn't add more to my plate. SO, I took the offer of the VP of programs office for 2014 and 2015. It gives me a chance to get to know the educators in the area as well as the members of the guild. Then I said yes to a couple of committees - which which I hope will not be as overwhelming as I think they will be.

But my biggest and most fun self-obligation for the guild is a Quilt of the Month activity. I discovered Jenny Doan (where have I been all these years?) pre-cuts, and super-fast quilt designs and techniques. So every month I will design a quick quilt using pre-cuts and fast construction techniques. At the meeting I'll show how to make the blocks, and hand out  a little 2-page pattern. Of course, that means I have to make at least 1 quilt each month, hopefully over a weekend, so I can show and tell what the quilt looks like made up.

Life here in NE Tennessee is perfect for me at this time in my life. It's my kinda place.