I've been working more hours each week and slowly adjusting back into the schedule of not being home all day...I'm exhausted every night and don't get much quilting done, but with Christmas looming nearer every day and two quilts needing finished for gifts, I decided today to dig in and quilt one.
I didn't get as early of a start as I wanted, but I'd forgotten to get my batting out of the package last night, so I did chores around the house for a while and let it relax a bit.
So at around 10:30 this morning, my longarm looked like this:
I'd ordered green thread and it arrived Monday so I was excited all week to get started on this quilt. I crossed my fingers that the thread would behave (with this machine, I can definitely tell a difference in thread quality - it will sew with everything I've tried, but the better the thread, the less trouble I have) and got going.
It went well. And I got braver as I went.
Two M-size bobbins later, around 4:30 (which included a phone call from my mom and take-out from Wendy's for lunch), this is what my longarm looked like:
Quilt done, removed and trimmed, ready for binding!
I had fun with those swirlies in the checkerboard. I've loved them since before I got my longarm and am so excited to be able to do them reasonably well. Now I have to learn how to cover a quilt with them - so far I've just done borders.
I'll get a better photo and show the whole quilt, but since it's a Christmas present, I don't want to spoil anything just in case this blog is found by the recipient!
Did you quilt today?