The changes thus far:
- We moved my Handi Quilter Forte longarm machine (the largest item in the room) in front of the front windows and my room looks totally different already.
- My husband installed the High Rise electric lift so I can easily change the height of the machine when I need to sit and quilt due to an autoimmune flareup. Like now.
- He installed three My Secret Drawers which are AMAZING! I have them about 10% full. They are SO BIG!!!
- He installed the High Lightsama over my machine so I can actually see what I am doing.
- I have a saddle stool in front of my machine so I can sit and wheel myself along the length of the machine. I am only able to stand for a few minutes at a time during this flare up, so a chair on wheels is my friend!
I christened my new machine set up by quilting a Sweet Tooth Cutie Quilt. I used scrap fabrics for the fat eighths and set them on gray background. The green border and a green backing (from my Clearance Rack) finished this quilt beautifully. I think this quilt will live out its life with a graduating high school student.
Sweet Tooth is probably the quilt I have made the most times. I wouldn't be surprised if I've made over 30 quilts from this pattern. 40 isn't out of the question either. I love piecing long strips into blocks and I love to quilt the quilt with Ribbon Candy, also known as "the world's most perfect machine quilting design," but that's just my humble opinion.
I finished this quilt off with a simple swirl in the border. When I say "simple" I mean that I used the same gray thread as I used in the rest of the quilt so that I didn't have to cut threads unless the bobbin ran out.
Making this quilt was a balm for my soul. And I I hope it will bring peace to a young man away from home at university this fall.