I got to spend a day playing with this baby learning about longarming. The class was an intro/beginner class. We learned about loading a quilt on the frame, batting, thread, tension, etc. Since I have my midarm on a frame I knew a bit already. But I wanted to know more. I’m not sure I learned much. I did learn what floating means. I learned how loose the quilt should be on the frame. I learned how to lock when starting and ending. But the best part was talking with the ladies and playing with the machine. I enjoyed it. Compared to my Bailey, the long arm is so quiet and smooth. It has a needle up and down button and a bunch of amenities that the Bailey doesn’t. The Bailey is a very simple machine but it works. As much as I enjoyed playing with the Avante and the show prices are phenomenal, I kept my head and stuck with Bailey. He can do what I need right now. He’s not perfect and I have a lot of trouble quilting with it right now but I want to continue to try working with it before I completely give up.
Until the next Road, I’ll try to work with Bailey. And while I’m trying, I’ll research the other machines so I can be prepared next year.
And I met up with Dori of Hobbies up to Here for lunch. She’s just as lovely in person as she is on the podcast! I can’t wait to meet up with her and Katie at QuiltCon.
I ended the day with a final bout of shopping. Tomorrow (Saturday) is my last day at Road and hopefully, I’ll be too busy to shop. I made sure to get everything I wanted today so that tomorrow I can concentrate on my activities. I’ll be attending a couple of lectures in the morning. In the afternoon, I’ll be working my Guild’s table selling raffle tickets for our Opportunity Quilt. Then I’ll be meeting with a friend to walk with her as she checks out the quilts. My friend is not a quilter but she enjoys coming with me to look at quilts. She’s more of a knitter and but maybe I can talk her into quilting with me. 🙂