Monday, December 24, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas...

I have the best Christmas present a quilter could every ask for... not only did my wonderful husband buy me a Gammill Classic Plus Longarm Quilting Machine, but he created a new room for me to put it in adjacent to my current quilting room.

HERE"S WANDA!  Named after my grandmother who was an superior seamstress, she would appreciate this wonderful longarm quiting machine and 14 ft. frame.

Lovely Wanda, my wonderful Gammill Classic Plus 26" Long Arm Quilting Machine!

My wonderful husband took our nasty,dirty old workshop and remodeled it into this fabulous longarm quilting room just for me for Christmas.  I couldn't ask for a better space to quilt in - great lighting, wonderful storage, nice cushy carpeted floor, lots of electrical outlets, and even satellite TV ready!
From this gross workshop
To this marvelous Quilting Studio!

I am truly blessed this Christmas, as I am every day of the year.  I'll post a video showing the before and afters, with tips and tricks on how we were able to do this room on a tight budget.

Loads of shelves for thread, pattern books and more!

My antique Rocker and Footstool got a facelift too.  Now I have a
comfortable place to sit, relax and regroup when I'm doing a marathon quilt session.

To every quilter out there, Dreams Do Come True!  Never give up your dreams, they ARE within your reach.  Merry Christmas, and HAPPY QUILTING FROM LINCOLN HOUSE QUILTS!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Finish Line is in Sight

Walls painted, electrical wiring done, ceiling tiles installed, ceiling lights installed, carpeting is laid, and is waiting for glue to dry and trim the edges.  All we have to do now is set up my Gammill!  Today is the day!

Right now she's in  my other quilt room, just waiting to be brought in, and assembled.  I can't wait for her to be set up.  I'll put a quilt I did as a class in my quilt guild on her first, after I test her out on some muslin to make sure everything is operational.  I'm so excited!

Of course I'll be doing a lot more decorating, but right now the goal is getting the frame and machine set up and working.  The fluff comes in time.  I still have about 11 more fabric boxes to make, and rocker and footstool to re-upholster and other odds and ends.

This is truly a dream come true for me.  I've wanted this for five years, and I'm so blessed to have a family that supports my dream, and a husband who can do anything, and is sooo good to me.

He asked me yesterday what I wanted for Christmas - I told him "You've already given it to me!"

Monday, December 3, 2012

Slow but steady wins the race...

Okay, so it's taking a LOT longer to redo the new room for my longarm than I thought.  Of course, my husband says if we're doing it, we have to do it right (thank goodness!), but that means more electrical outlets, new ceiling lights, new ceiling, one redone wall with press board, carpeting, and while we're at it (those are dangerous words!), lets cut a hole through the wall so you can go straight through from your other quilt room to this one!  YES!  I have a DOOR!  This will make life soooo much easier than having to go all the way around the basement to get in this room.

Shelves before - my dad made
them to hold paint.
I have painted the shelves and the corner cabinets I purchased, I still have some stenciling to do on the cabinets, but they're gonna look great.  Free shelves, and the two cabinets were $20.00.
Shelves after, much better.

These were in good shape, but
ugly  colors when I bought
them from  a charitable
resale shop - Gross!

I'll be doing the room in black and white with touches of color for fun.

And most importantly, we had to wrap all the pipes with silver insualtion because the pipes were gross!  The insulation stuff actually looks pretty cool.

So, the work continues, still a lot of work on the ceiling since there are so many pipes and wires and things we have to cut around.  Then the electrical outlets will go in, and finally the carpeting - medium gray, low pile with rubber backing so my legs don't die as I'm standing, quilting all day.

Check back soon and I'll have more "as we go" photos, and when it's all done, I'll make a video and show you everything, and how to save money on lots of things we're doing!

Happy quilting, ya'll!