Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Test Drive…

Yesterday I was up bright and early as this was the BIG day…to take my baby out for her first test ride!  Hubby helped me load the machine as she is one heavy brute and then we hooked her up!  There was the Cruise Control to figure out and all the other things to hook up and plug in before we were ready to fly!P1200079

I can see from the pics that the ‘quilt’ was a little loose and sloppy…:o0 !!  But it’s all good…we are learning and we have to start somewhere!

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I found some muslin in my stash and following the video, loaded her on the frame.  Hubby had his camera ready for those ‘first baby step’!  I didn’t realize that he was taking a mini movie! I would have slowed down…and drove more cautiously! :o)  But there were no speeding tickets or crashes!

All in all, I had fun!  As you can see, I have A LOT more test driving to do and a lot more to learn!  There is much more to driving this thing than meets the eye!  So much to check and look out for (darn BLIND SPOTS!!) and so many things to go wrong!  BUT I can see that with one of these brutes you could quite easily bang off a quilt in no time…that is…once you know what you are doing and how to do it!  I know, I know …it all comes down to PRACTICE!

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So PRACTICE I will!

Have a SUNNY Sunday and Happy Quilting!~P

33 comments:

  1. How exciting! Looks like you'll be a natural!!

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  2. Wow! You did a great job! I predict that you will make many gorgeous quilts on that thing! I'd love to have one. Did you have any problems with the back? That's what I always wondered about. I'm too old and fat to crawl under that thing and check it out. How does that work? Do you have mirrors to look? Or, do you send your hubby under there? See...these are the wacky things I think about...the top looks awesome! Can't wait to see what all you do with it!

    Cheery wave from Bev

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  3. You are catching on really fast! You did an awesome job. Isn;t it fun? Looking forward to seeing all the amazing quilts you finish and then quilt yourself!

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  4. Wow.....you did really well for your first time......is it easier that it looks....I wish they were cheaper so I could get one....it looks like fun.....

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  5. Well done, Paulette! You'll be able to do amazing quilting with your lovely, new machine. Glad for you! Happy stitching!

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  6. Look at what you did!! Are you sure you haven't done this before?
    Your work looks wonderful from where I'm sitting. =)
    Have fun!!

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  7. Are you sure you didn't get a speeding ticket?

    I'll bet you can give Mario Andretti a run for his money!

    You go girl! We'll be seeing those quilts come off the machine in droves now. I'm so excited for you.

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  8. Paulette--you are doing extremely well!! And I'm not kidding!! You have round loops instead of square loops--that's hard to do your first time out! Another hint, don't distort your quilt backing with the side clamps, they are there to support only, not stretch.

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  9. WOW! Pretty impressive for your first time! Most people start with meandering, and you start with leaves and flowers. You're a natural. Can hardly wait to see what creative quilting you produce! Have fun practicIng.

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  10. Great video! Looks to me like you are a natural at it! Love the leaf pattern in the last pic!

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  11. It looks like you are going to move on to the "real" thing in no time. Just think of all the piecing work you can do in the desert and bring home to quilt. What fun!. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow Paulette, very impressive. I didn't realize it was all free hand work...means you have to think really fast.Obviously the machine is the next step for you as a quilter.

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  13. All I can say is 'wow!'. You did an amazing job, and what a complicated design to tackle first! With such an impressive start, you'll master that baby in no time at all.

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  14. you are a natural!! I have a suggestion and you may already know this...there are clips at the end of stretchy tape that you clip to the edges that are not rolled up. it keeps the top a little taut when you get to the side edges. how am i ever going to keep up with you!

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  15. Wowser! Megamega exciting! You're going to have such fun learning and playing and doing! I'm delighted for you!!

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  16. You're going to have so much fun and it looks like you're a natural, Paulette!
    Cheers!

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  17. Beautiful work and only your first try, you seem to have the knack for quilting. You make it look so easy to just go for it, really tempting me, lol.

    Debbie

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  18. Well, your off to a great start Paulette, your going to master this in no time..watching you fly around that quilt top like that is amazing for a first time..love the leaves..
    Julia ♥

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  19. Hi there! Greetings from Kamloops. Your friend Delores was in the shop the other day and told me about your blog. Turns out we have chatted before.
    Happy quilting--it looks great!

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  20. I think you have more fun than anyone I know, lol! Your leaves look wonderful. ENJOY!

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  21. Looks like you're already a pro! Love the video!

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  22. Gonna have to start working on a thread stash!

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  23. Such fun to read (and watch) your new adventure! You're going to be the master of that machine in a short time!

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  24. Looking at the video and the pictures, are you SURE you haven't done this before? It all looks brilliant.

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  25. Looking good so far!! I had a friend who took on quilting charity quilts to get her practice - a win win for all.
    Have fun!!
    Lush

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  26. wooo hooo! Looks good to me... you will be a pro in no time!!!

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  27. I think it already looks fabulous!

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