Thank you all so much for the encouraging words and wonderful stories! I enjoyed reading them!
Sherri started to teach me how to use the long arm quilting machine here at the office last night. I was extremely nervous, but very excited to get the opportunity to learn. I’m thinking by the 4th quilt I won’t need her to babysit me anymore.
Here we are pinning the backing to the canvas. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, I was trying to retain all the information. So many different little things! This project helps me out too, I figure after 36 quilts, I should be pretty confident in front of the long arm.
After taking our time making sure we loaded the quilt on the machine as tight as we could, we started quilting.
Here’s the back; I love pieced backings. The quilting is kind of crazy, but not too bad for my first one on a long arm.
And the top. I’ll finish the binding this weekend and start on quilt #2 . I am so excited to give this to Dorothy.
I know 36 sounds like a crazy amount of quilts, but I better do it this year – 37 is even crazier! But I’m confident I’ll finish – because I believe it will be the smiles I see when my “quilt receivers” get their quilts that will keep me on track.