celebrating 9 years!

9 years ago today, I bought my longarm machine. I can’t believe it’s been that long already.  I’ve learned a lot over the years. Back when I started we didn’t have all the videos and books that are out there now. A friend of mine Angela, (Angela, from Meadowlyon designs) has the same machine that I bought, so she helped me get started. When I had questions I would ask her. She was a big help!!

I have enjoyed the last 9 years and I hope to have many more years doing what I love! I think I’ll go quilt!! Have a great day!!


Mom’s quilt

I was off work today and I planned on getting the quit finished that’s on the machine. HA!HA!HA! It didn’t happen!!! All I have left to do is the borders. You’d think I would finish it!! Instead, I started my day off visiting Bonnie Hunters blog and website. That got me motivated to go cut some charms squares up for a quilt. Every time I read her blog or go to her website, I end up starting another project. After cutting fabric for awhile, I decided to go quilt on the quilt that’s on the machine. I did quilt for a few minutes and finished the last 2 blocks on the quilt. Then I did one border and took it off, turned it, put it back on for the last 2 borders. I did half of one border then decided to work on my Mom’s quilt. I had the rows sewn so I put the sashing strips between them and added the borders. Here it is

I bought the kit for this, but I didn’t care for the whirlwind blocks that were in the kit, so I changed it around. I bought extra fabric that wasn’t in the kit so that I could make it the way I wanted it. I had extra little blocks so I put them in the corners of the border. I like the way it came out. Now to get it quilted………. I do have time, as I plan to give it to Mom for Mothers day. Well…..I’l have time if I ever finish the one that’s on there now……LOL!!!!!


slow week

I’ve been slowly getting a few things done this week. I have so many things to do that I need to go at full speed but this last week I just haven’t been able to get in the mood to quilt.  After the lock in all day last Saturday, on Sunday morning I loaded a quilt and worked all day Sunday quilting it. My legs were killing me on Monday!! Being on my feet the entire weekend was too much!! Anyway, on Tuesday, I loaded a wall hanging and finished it on Wed, then Thursday I loaded a large quilt. It’s still on the machine. I just don’t want to do it. I keep forcing myself to go down and work on it. I keep doing other things even when I plan to quilt. Like today, I’ve been sewing on a quilt top that I’m making for my mom. It’s the Wizard of Oz fabric. I need to finish the quilt on the machine so that I can quilt my challenge fabric quilt for MQS.  Oh well, I don’t feel like quilting it either. I guess I better go work on something……

Hope you’re all getting more done than me!!


mystery lock in

Well,  Sharon and I hosted our 7th annual lock in on Saturday. It’s the 13th one that’s been held. Janel hosted the first 6 and Sharon and I the last 7. This year Sharon designed the quilt for the class. She wanted to do stars so here’s what she came up with. Hers is the lap size. I did the full size one. (of course mines NOT quilted LOL!) Everybody seemed to have a good time again this year. A few of the ladies had to leave early but the ones that stayed the whole time, all completed at least one block. I took pictures of them with their blocks and border fabric so if you’re interested in seeing the variety of fabrics they used you can view them on my webshots page.  We had 2 of the ladies that made the lap size and they were able to get their quilt tops completed. (not the borders)

Show and tell was great too! I didn’t count the quilts shown, but I bet there was close to 40 quilts brought in and shown. All from past lock ins. Except one that a lady wanted to show. It was a t-shirt quilt made from Harley t-shirts. It looked great!! I took pics of show and tell too.

I’m still trying to recoup from our busy day. It’s a long day and a lot of work getting ready for it, but it’s so much fun!!!

You can see all the blocks and quilts at

http://community.webshots.com/user/alwaysquilts      in the lock in 2008 file.

I guess that’s it for now. Have a great day!!


polkadot night at guild

Tonight was my guild meeting and we had our polkadot challenge quilts due. We had 14 quilts to vote on. It was hard because they were all good! Mine ended up taking 3rd. Yeah!! They didn’t have to be quilted, but I decided yesterday that if I didn’t quilt it for the challenge, who knows when it would ever get quilted. So I quilted it yesterday. I did a quick all over on it.

The last picture is mine. sorry, you have to see it twice. I can’t figure out to get the 2nd picture off! Oops!

That’s it for now. I need to get off here. I have one more day before the lock in. Then maybe I can get back to normal! Or at least slow down!!