It felt so good to have the longarm back up and running, even if only from the front of the machine. I got the invoice yesterday for new back handles and they’re $200 each ($400 total) plus shipping and tax so that’s why I don’t keep an extra set of back handles. They’re big as Texas (almost) so there’s no reason for them to be lost, nor is there any reason why they were taken out of the box in which I already had them packed. The reason they’re so expensive is that they have all the same buttons as the front handles. They run the machine . . stitch regulator, thread cutter, horizontal and vertical channel locks. I’m not complaining about the cost of them . . just complaining about them being taken out of the box and put who knows where!
Anyway . . enough moaning and complaining (for a few minutes)! I love to machine quilt. It’s the final major step of the process . . except the binding and though some love it, I could do without the binding part. I have the most fun quilting when I’m making feathers.
I’ll show you part of the the back side of my piece for the next 100 Blocks issue of Quiltmaker, Volume 4.
Those feathers were fun! For the batting, I used a double thickness of Thinsulate. I was thinking since this is a table runner and may get washed a lot, I’d like to see how the Thinsulate holds up.
And since yesterday was my last day to moan and complain . . really, I’m giving it up — I’m here and I’ll make the best of it, I decided to have some fun with my label. It’s a temporary label and will come off once the piece returns to me.
Vince will never see it so he can’t fuss at me for doing it. It’s done . . the piece is in the mail.
Today I will finish the pieces for the Bears in the Farmhouse border and I’ll pull the green fabrics for my monochromatic challenge top. What’s happening in your sewing room today?