longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilting

Tearing Myself Away From My New Toy

I hope all my American readers are having a Happy Independence Day! I should be using this holiday off from my day job to be cleaning up this messy house around me, but instead I’ve been playing with my new toy that arrived just in time for this three day weekend.  I purchased a practically brand new Circle Lord , and a few extra templates, from a fellow longarmer, that has gone to a computerized set up.  So far, I really like the Squircles (the square templates you use to make circles), and I think I’ll get a lot of use from them.  I tried the Featherz template briefly, last night, and can tell that will take a bit of trial and error to get right.  The Gingko template is pretty cool.  I’m having troubles getting my stops & starts to match up neatly, and not look so messy.  Lots of thread snipping…I know some of that will just take practice, and getting comfortable with it. 

I’m hoping to find a way to use it on my Storm at Sea top, which I’m just about mentally geared up to quilt now.  Hopefully, I will start on it this weekend.  Cross your fingers for me!

I feel I must apologize to everyone who was offended by the snake in my previous post.  In my defense, I never even considered that it would be so upsetting to some.  I have never been afraid of, or disgusted by snakes, even as a small child.  In fact, they fascinate me.  Can I promise to never post anymore snake pictures, ever again, on my blog?  Hmmm…no, I can’t promise it won’t ever happen again…but I’m sure it will be a rare event. 🙂 But I’ll try to warn you not to look if you don’t like snakes!  And just out of curiosity, did anybody like my snake pic?

And, on that note, I do want to share with you some old pictures of me.  This first one was taken when I was 15.  The snake belonged to friend of ours.  It’s an Indian Rock python, measuring 6.5 ft.  (DO NOT SCROLL DOWN ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE A SNAKE) 😉



The next photos are one year later, I’m 16 and the snake is 7.5 ft.

If anyone is still reading at this point, have a great holiday weekend! Remember to be careful with those firecrackers!  And Happy 8th Birthday to my sweet Liberty Belle (Libby).

Now I must quit playing for awhile and do some actual housework.  Will I get it finished before I go back to playing with my new toy? I seriously doubt it!