Houston… here I come!

Thank you all for the comments about what you like to listen to while quilting.  I enjoyed reading all of them.  I am going to have to try the audio books.

I am currently getting ready to go to Houston and hopefully the rain won’t pose a problem for getting in.  At the beginning of last week, I set a goal of finishing a quilt before I left and I am proud to say, I did it!  Here is a picture…. this is one for my book…. thank you to Barb and Mary  for donating the fabric from their new fabric line…. Lavish.  They are debuting the fabric at Market as we speak in the Island Batik booth!

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I am happy with how it turned out.  I challenged myself not to use feathers and I actually did not use any.  Yeah!!!

I am leaving for the airport in a bit and can’t wait to meet up with all of you!  This is my first year teaching at the show and am looking forward to it.  I will be setting up my classroom tomorrow around 10am if anyone is free and wants to help load machines for my Monday class.  🙂

See you all soon.

 

Bonding time!

As many of you know, I have recently become a HandiQuilter Ambassador.  My new Fusion came to me in May and I was quite excited and ready to jump in.

Now, those of you who teach will understand…. I don’t get a lot of time to quilt.  😦   I know, you are all thinking, poor Lisa.  A lot of my time is spent on class preparation and developing new classes.  My online business also keeps me hustling.  So while I had a chance to play a little  once I got it set up, I didn’t have a lot of time.  This past week, I got a chance to quilt!  Yeah me….. Here is what I was working on….

Lots of fun!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Crunch Time!!

I will be on vacation next week.  Yippee!  Golf, Beach and Family! Doesn’t get better than that.  But in order to have a good time I am working like mad to try and get some things done.

I will filming my iQuilt classes the last week of August which requires, lots of prep work even though I have taught these classes tons of times.  But I am lucky that it helps me get to know my new HandiQuilter Fusion!

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Having fun and I’m almost done!

Then its on to the next class…. make sure you watch for the launch of iQuilt!

Quilt on, my Friends!

Lisa

Changes….

Whether it is a new haircut, new school or a new machine, change is always a little scary.  It was time for a change in  my studio and I’m absolutely thrilled.  As some of you know, I have sold my A1 to a wonderful couple in Delaware who assure me she will have a great home.  It was bittersweet as I have been quilting on her for 10 years.  That is a LONG time.  We produced many beautiful quilts together…. these are just a few.

But it was time.  Many of you have asked over the last several months what machine I was going to get.  I looked at them all…. Innova, BERNINA, etc…. I have settled on

HQ Fusion

There are many reason why I chose this machine and it would take me forever to go into all of them but to touch on a few….. I have used HandiQuilters in my hands-on classrooms for a while now and have never had any issues (this is huge when there are so many people using the machines.  The Fusion is the midsize machine and I love the added bit of throat space I get vs my A1.  It is a little bit heavier but not by much.  The people that work for HandiQuilter are top notch.  I haven’t met one person who I haven’t throughly enjoyed.

As with any new machine, there is a bit of learning curve.  Since it is a little heavier I find that my feathers either don’t close or I over shoot.  This will work itself out as I use the machine more.  I tell you this so you don’t think that there isn’t a getting to know you period.  I also have the ProStitcher which as of yet  I have not used… I’ll have to wait till after my Canada trip.  I am looking forward to exploring this new tool.  I am not a computer newbie as I had the IQ so hopefully I’ll pick it up quickly.

Here is some of my work on the Fusion…..

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I’ll post more pictures as I go.

I am excited to be a part of the HandiQuilter family as an ambassador!

 

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa