Friday, January 14, 2011


After Bruno and I worked so hard to get my quilt loaded on the new quilt frame........

Something went terribly wrong.  I have to be really honest and tell you that it was operator error.  In my vast concern to be sure everything was just right on the frame..... I forgot to put the presser foot down.  Yipes.

I did eventually get into a sort of rhythm with it though and I think I'm getting the hang of it.

My stitching is not perfectly uniform and I'm still nowhere near where I'd like to be on proficiency.

And mind you, this is with the machine set at turtle speed.  LOL  Oh well, I've been having a lot of fun figuring it out.  (Yes, muddling again!)  It's fun to learn something new and to have a new toy to play with.  I so appreciate my beautiful daughter and her roommate for buying me the frame and Mr. Muddling for buying me this super-fast new machine.  I'm a blessed woman.

And speaking of blessed, would you take a look at what came in the mail this afternoon from my friend Margaret in Australia!

She said she had gotten this little guy for a present for me for next Christmas and then decided not to wait.  I am so glad!  Isn't he the cutest?  He will have to get acquainted with Gina and Homer.

And look at this chicken and rooster stitchery she made!  Does this lady know me or what!  I love it. 

I have some beautiful fabric that Karen sent me in October that would look super good with this couple.  Hmmmm......ideas swirling. 

So, some new things learned, some (lots of) goodies in the mail, some new toys and ideas for more play.   THAT's a good day!

Hope you're having one, too.

Hugs and kisses,


Exuberant Color said...

it looks like you are having fun with the quilting. I suggest a faster speed because then you can move the machine easier and with better rhythm.
I like the chicken stitchery!

*karendianne. said...

How fun to be muddling through. I love it. I'm excited to watch you develop! :) Elaineeee.... You know I love that chicken stitchery. How perfect!

Margaret said...

Always something new to learn, they say fear comes from insecurity. You have mastered your new machine and frame . I am happy for you so you must be happy too. I thought you would like the Roosters with attitude. I made one for a friend and she said it was her striding out in confidence. Cheers Margaret.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Oh goodness, you are so very brave! Hang in there. Karmen

Millie said...

Elaine, congrats on quilting your very first quilt on the new frame. With practice you will get better. You are doing good!

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like you're having a wonderful time Elaine. The good thing about that kind of oops is they're usually pretty easy to pull out. Think of all the fun you'll have with all your new goodies this year -- Yipee!

Anonymous said...

Muddling through is usually pretty exciting, take care and keep on having fun. And, we love sharing the results with you, so thanks for sharing.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Your quilt is lovely. It looks as though you are having a lot of fun. You are so talented. How wonderful to have good friends. The gifts are so nice.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's always great to hear from my blogger friends.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

It looks like you are getting the hang of working with your new toy! Love your chicken couple gift. Can't wait to see what you make with it! blessings,Kathleen