1st Practice piece off the Gammill

1st Practice piece off the Gammill

Here is the first piece taken off the Gammill Statler Long Arm Quilting Machine.  The machine has been deemed a male and has offically been named “Ezekiel”.  He and I have spent a couple days together since finishing up my week at my real job.  I wanted to share with everyone the original practice piece that I did; I am going to put a binding around it and hang some place in my sewing room.  Tinkering with several different aspects of the computerized stitching capablilites, made for an interesting original piece.

I am looking forward to sharing many more quilted pieces with you in the future.

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The Gammill Statler Optimum…has arrived

The Gammill Statler Optimum…has arrived

It is here and I continue to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming!  The scheduled arrival date came one day early without any complaint from me.  The delivery, setup and initial training made for a long day for all involved.  However, my excitement kept me from feeling exhausted until I finally shut down the lights and then I didn’t think I would make it to my pillow.  To shed a bit of light on the matter, I have been battling a severe cold over the last few days and just feel like my head wants to explode.  Beyond that little matter, nothing was going to stand in the way of my Gammill being delivered.  Of course there are pictures; there always must be pictures to commemorate such an occasion!

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I have decided that this new arrival has to be a boy, considering it has umph and considerable power to tough through the largest of quilting projects.  I am at a loss for giving him a name…any suggestions?

Thank you for sharing in this exciting time for me; becoming the owner of one of the elite longarm quilting machines is a dream come true!

Waiting, argh…

My previous post with the necktie quilt, was the last quilting I have done.  My sewing room currently stands mostly empty and waiting is now the name of the game.  So for those of you that are not in contact with me daily here is the story.

I decided it was time to upgrade my longarm quilting machine.  After weeks of mind bending deliberation, my choice fell on the Gammill Statler Stitcher 30-12 Optimum.  To break it down for those who are not familiar with machine lingo, it is just a big sewing machine on a 12 foot long table.  In my eyes it is the “cream de’ lacream” (sp) and every time I think about owning it, I get shivers.  Yes, I may be sounding a bit childish in my verbage; but that is how I feel about having another of my dreams about to come true.

The new machine was ordered on March 8th and was tentative for delivery in about four weeks.  I still had my Nolting Fun Quilter that was for sale on the well-known Craig’s List.  I had not received a single call for two weeks and then got three calls within two days.  The first showing brought its new owner to light, within a few hours it was taken apart, loaded, transported and reconstructed at its new location.  That evening although delighted with the sale of the complete Nolting machine and frame, instead of just trading in the machine; I was not sure if I felt happy or sad that my first longarm machine was gone.

I contacted my Gammill dealer to alter my invoice since I no longer had a trade-in on my new machine; then, several days passed when I got the bad news.  My new machine was delayed due to bad weather and would be an extra two weeks out.  I was bummed…making the best of it, I decided to attempt to complete a few UFO’s (unfinished objects) in my sewing room.  I decided on a new technique for making fabric note cards, purchased the needed fabric to finish my “Kwik Krazy Quilt” pattern, reorganize the stuff on the book shelves to more efficiently hold my quilting items and be more diligent at the process of completing the “Octagon Flower Bed” quilt for my mom that I am hand quilting.  Speaking of hand quilting, I totally give credit to those with healthy backs who can undertake this task for more than an hour at a time.

Back to the main subject, so here I sit typing this post and thinking that my new machine is still two weeks out.  The telephone rings and it is the Gammill dealer calling to tell me that she had info that I was probably not going to like.  My heart sank in my chest as I asked using all the strength I could muster, what the news was?  She said that she just checked on the machine and it is going to be delivered on Monday.  OH MY GOODNESS, that is only three days away!!  Her laughter rang in my ears, as I expressed my joy at her joking about the bad news.  The new machine is currently scheduled to be assembled in my Sewing Room on Wednesday, which is only five days from now; not two weeks!

Now, I ask myself what I will do with my mind over the next five days so that I don’t go crazy with excitement?  Until next time, BEE Happy!bumble bee2