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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

To-Do Tuesday

Rain everywhere but here!

Was yours a fast week too? It was a hot and dry one here. Earlier this week there were showers surrounding us but nary a drop here.

Stopped by my nearest LQS (local quilt shop) Quilt Asylum for the first time since we moved. It's a really cute little place in the middle of a small town about 20 miles southwest of us. Picked up my copy of Jen Kingwell's Quilt Recipes (along with a few other goodies) and have been savoring it for several days. I saved shipping by buying it local!

That's my handyman working hard to put the quilting frame together

Toby is inspecting the frame from below to make sure we did it right

So this happened this past week. The boxes from Handi Quilter were delivered, and I called the store owner to let her know so we could schedule setup and training. They will do it all, but she said if we wanted to, we could go ahead and set it all up and then they could spend the bulk of the time training me. So yeah we did that! She said they will check everything when they arrive to make sure all is in place, then we can spend all the time I need to learn how to use this lovely new toy. They are coming this afternoon at 3:00!

Of course Toby had to give it a go!

Here is how I did on my goals last week:
1. Try big stitch on at least one block of the RBD quilt - NO PROGRESS
✔2. Sew rows together on Exploding Heart - DONE!
3. Continue sewing on DashAlong - NO PROGRESS
4. Continue making embroidery and pieced blocks for Christmas project - NO PROGRESS - not even any embroidery. I was just a zombie watching crime shows at night.
✔5. Leave a little time for Squirrel-spiration - ALWAYS! No actual projects but setting up the longarm took a chunk of time.

Here is what I have in mind for the coming week:
1. Training and practice on longarm
2. DashAlong blocks
3. Embroidery and pieced blocks for Christmas project
4. Big stitch experiment on RBD quilt

Today is To-Do Tuesday, and I will be linking up with other bloggers at Chris Knits to see everyone's progress on their goals from last week. You can find that link right here.


  1. OMG!!! I am so excited for you!!! I wish I was home to play on my Amara, but am back with parents to help with my Dad. Next week for sure! Thanks for linking up with To-Do Tuesday and good luck with next week's list. We want to hear all about your new toy!

  2. oooHH how exciting for you. Good luck & I'm sure you'll master it in no time...xox

  3. Really hot and dry here, too. We could sure use some rain! So excited for you to be getting your long-arm! Hope the set up and training all goes smoothly. Exploding Heart looks wonderful!

  4. So glad you have a great machine for quilting, Linda uh-hu!!! Have fun with your new toy.
    I am sure everything is right as Toby inspected all,LOL.

  5. How awesome that you’re the proud owner of a Handi Quilter. So glad you have Toby to give everything a paws-up. That cover quilt on Quilt Recipes is gorgeous! I look forward to seeing some amazing future quilts!

    1. Hi Mary! Lol on "paws-up". Yes that cover quilt is so pretty. I have several quilts bookmarked!

  6. Great find--a hot book at your LQS! Your Exploding Hearts quilt is stunning! Best wishes for your longarm training!

  7. I love seeing your new toy in place! You will love it and great that you can spend the time learning. Those videos on HQ are so worth it.

  8. I'm so excited for you, and I hope you enjoy your new machine! What fun! Toby looks like he's completely fascinated, too. I haven't seen that book yet, but I like Jen Kingwell; it looks like a good one!

  9. Congratulations! Have a lot of fun with your new toy.

  10. Yea for a new set up for quilting. I've got a big set up but keep thinking it might be time to go a bit smaller. So curious about the width of the frame and how big a harp you have. And, is it computerized? I was never any good following a paper panto. Have fun playing with it. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with it!

  11. A great week!! A new machine and a new book - you will be having projects all over the place now!! Yay!

  12. You are going to love this machine! Enjoy! Of course I am late in reading posts! Hugs

  13. I love checking in with you! I love that Autumn chart too and have had it in my like file for a while. I also have a new Jen K. seems we have similar tastes. :)
    Meanwhile, good luck with the training which will be beneficial all round...good for the brain to learn new things. It will be fun to follow your progress.

  14. What a magnificent piece of equipment! I know you are going to enjoy the heck out of this. I look forward to sharing the journey with you.


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