March 24, 2017

Finished or Not Friday a linky party | My New Handi Quilter Fusion ProStitcher!

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My almost finish is setting up my new quilting studio!  Purchasing a longarm machine last week required major house rearranging, and what a week it has been.  I'm still not done fine tuning where everything goes, but here is my new quilting studio!

And just so you know, since the picture doesn't show the right end of the frame, NO, there isn't any space to move around the end with less than 6" to the wall/window, and YES, I have to crawl under the machine morning and night to raise and lower the curtain because this is, after all, our master bedroom!!  I get to wake up to this happiness everyday!

The longarm took over my entire sewing room, so most everything had to be moved out.  Below is a picture of what used to be in this room.  All of this, minus the small, white cabinet on the right, had to fit into a room 3' narrower and 3' less deep than this, plus I added another stack of bookshelves to double the shelving in the new room.  That room is still under construction, and I'll share it with you next week.

My new machine is a Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher, which is a computerized 24" machine on a 12' table.  I was so fortunate to find this machine on Craigslist in like-new condition at an amazing price.  You probably heard me shriek after my son and I loaded it in the van and began the drive home!

After some free motion quilting to get the tension just right, I couldn't put the fun off any longer and turned on the ProStitcher and followed along with a Handi Quilter video.  Quicker than you can imagine, this fun circle design was being quilted out.  It . is . a . dream . come true!!  {I covered over the names I had quilted in my playing.}  Yes, I do have one of the leaders on wrong and will correct that.  The machine is a lot bigger than it looks in this picture, if you can imagine.

In case you're wondering, below is my beloved Mrs.Singer, on whom I have quilted for the last six years.  She is a Singer 31-15 with a patent date of 1896 which means she was built in an unknown year between 1896 and 1930 when this model was no longer made.  Someone along the line added her to a longarm frame before I purchased the getup in 2010.  Mrs.Singer resides in the shop, but there was no way I would put my fantastic new machine in the shop, especially since I have time to sew, dance, read a book, clean a toilet, etc. {all things that take place in the house} while the machine quilts.  So it was a no-brainer to put the new machine in the house.  Mrs.Singer was well loved in the years she served me, and I have the highest regard for her.  RIP Mrs.Singer.

Most viewed link from last week!

Two links from last week tied for the most viewed.  Jann's Brick Quilt

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Craftsy is having supplies sale this weekend!  Last year I bought the True Colors Table Runner quilt kit below and made a table runner for my mom and a wall hanging for my sister, and I still have enough triangles left to make a baby quilt!  You can see both of those quilts at this link. This kit is on clearance and is a great price per yard and makes far more than the table runner pictured.  And there's lots more quilt kits and fabric on sale!

It's your turn to share your finish {or not}!  What's welcome at this party?  
  • Any in-progress or finished project made with fabric, yarn, or thread is welcome!  
  • Projects from this week only!
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Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

That looks like an impressive addition to your sewing room, and I like the quilting you were doing when you took the pic. I did link up this week, but it sees to have disappeared. Now I'm not even sure I clicked the right link, I am a right numpty with technology and so easily confused.

Loris said...

Congrats on your new machine! You will continue to enjoy and love using it. The circles look beautiful. Just think of the time and energy saved and you still come up with gorgeous quilting! Hope you can figure out a space someday to alleviate the crawling under the machine but hey, we do what we have to for this wonderful luxury of a machine! Enjoy!

LadySchep said...

Wow, what a huge machine/frame! I've never tried quilting on a longarm before, but maybe one day I'll actually finish enough quilt tops to justify buying one...

Liz said...

Ohmigosh. That is SO. EXCITING! I'm in the process of looking at longarms myself. I'd love to hear what your thoughts are on HQ Fusion after you've warmed up a bit with it, which is definitely one of the frontrunners in my hunt! Congratulations on such a magnificent purchase.

Shannon said...

I am soooo excited for you! I just love the circle quilting. Computer quilting is so cool! Congratulations!

Susan said...

Looking good! Congrats on finding a barely used longarm - may she live a long and happy life with you!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Myra, I hope you haven't given up on the Postcard from Sweden Quilt Along. I'm ready!

Rebecca Grace said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so excited for you! I just put down a deposit on a long arm machine YESTERDAY, so now I'm faced with that same challenge of figuring out how to rearrange my studio space to make it fit. I really want to add the computer robotics piece eventually, but decided to start with just the machine. That circle quilting design is adorable, though... Maybe "eventually" will have to come sooner rather than later!

Jen said...

How exciting! Congrats on the new machine! That practice quilting looks amazing and I am very jealous. :)

Marie said...

Oh wow! The excitement in your 'voice' is palpable. She's a beauty!!

Kim said...

Congrats on your new machine! Looks like so much fun.

O'Quilts said...

Wow...good for you....congratulations

Quilting Gail said...

Congratulations on your new quilting machine!!!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Yay for you!!! Those circles are dreamy alright! Too much fun. So happy for you!

Sarah Craig said...

Congratulations, Myra! Love your new machine - what are you going to name her?

But oh - that wonderful old Singer! What a treasure! Have you looked on the Singer site to find out the manufacture date? Usually you can narrow it down with the serial number from your machine. Just google "how old is my Singer sewing machine?" and it will point you to the site.

Thanks for the linky!!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congrats on the new machine. Have fun playing.

Jasmine said...

Yeah! I'm so excited for you. Have fun with your new machine.