Bringing Baby Home

by Nicole

When I worked on Stringtastic, I had a feeling that it would be the last quilt that I finished on my domestic sewing machine. Over the five long nights that I spent quilting it, I had visions of how much quicker it would be if I had a long arm machine.

I started doing some research and thought that it would be another decade before I could save enough money to buy a long arm machine. Even the used machines weren’t cheap, still I kept looking online, hoping for a good deal.

I found one that seemed promising, but when I contacted the woman she told me it had already been sold. BUT, would I be interested in another model, that was a bit smaller and half the price?!?



And so that’s how I came to be the mama of this baby.

Of course, they don’t make car seats for babies like this, so this is how my baby travelled home with me.

I’m calling her, “Gammie.” I’ve got her settled into her new home nicely.

I got a bit creative with moving things around my sewing studio so that there would still be room for a bed for when grandma visits.

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Beth December 9, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Congrats Mama!!!

Carol E. December 9, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Have fun with Gammie!

Lori December 9, 2012 - 10:43 pm

That's amazing!! Congrats, I can't even imagine how excited you are!

Gertie Pye December 9, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Oh my goodness this moved very quickly from pipe dream to total reality! I hope you have lots and lots of fun practising on your new machine. If I were Grandma I'd be happy on the couch as long as I could have a play on Gammie! 😉

Marjorie's Busy Corner December 9, 2012 - 10:58 pm

Well good for you!! We were looking at one last week…and if I had the space for it; it would be mine too…but no room for it. If I win the lottery; and build a bigger home….this is coming home with me….haha….Enjoy it Nicole.

Paige December 9, 2012 - 10:59 pm

Ahhh, so exciting! I can't wait to see what you'll create!

Debbie December 9, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Very cool! And gee, it looks big to ME! Can't wait to hear more about your using her….

MB in MI December 9, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Congratulations! You go girl!!

Michele December 9, 2012 - 11:29 pm

Woo hoo! Yay for you! You're going to have so much fun!

Books_Bound December 9, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Wow! Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

Andi December 9, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Welcome to the longarm sisterhood!

Jenny Squawk Scheidt December 9, 2012 - 11:48 pm

We were talking about you at the sew-in. Everyone was shocked when I mentioned you got a long arm. Also, did you enter any quilts in for QuiltCon?

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting December 9, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Very exciting!!

West Michigan Quilter December 10, 2012 - 12:05 am

Wonderful. I'm so happy for you. I'm also envious. What a fantastic find. I know you'll have lots of beautiful quilting for us to see and I'm looking forward to it!

Katy Cameron December 10, 2012 - 12:09 am

Have fun with your new baby, and so glad grandma doesn't have to sleep in the garage ;o)

PS, I'd have been screwed if I'd had to fit that thing in my tiny car lol

Denise Barrett December 10, 2012 - 12:14 am

A big congratulations to you! How wonderful! When the price is right, you just can't pass it up, especially if it's something you have dreamed about. Your quilts were amazing on the domestic machine, so I can't wait to see what you will be making with the long arm. Great news and Merry Christmas!

Crickets Corner December 10, 2012 - 12:44 am

Congratulations on your new baby, looks like you're in for some fun. Can't wait to see what you do with her.

Adrianne December 10, 2012 - 1:07 am

Awesome! Can't wait to see what you quilt up with the new baby. It would be so great to hear how you find learning to use the long-arm, and how your quilting experience is different. I bet there are quite a few domestic sewing machine quilters out there who would love to know more about quilting on a long arm!

Valerie December 10, 2012 - 2:14 am

Ack! You did it!!! And…when can I come over?! I'm so excited for you. Rumors where circling around the sew-in today that you had bought one. Yay!!! Congratulations!

Needled Mom December 10, 2012 - 2:39 am

Oh…how fun. Happy quilting.

Ellie Q December 10, 2012 - 2:54 am

That's fantastic! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Terry@ a quilting blog December 10, 2012 - 6:51 am

So happy for you Nicole…enjoy your new baby!!

FleurBleue December 10, 2012 - 8:09 am

You're going to have such fun!

Fiona x

Joy December 10, 2012 - 8:24 am

Oh I am so excited for you…. and I cant wait to see what you do with it. Congratulations. 🙂

Shankevia December 10, 2012 - 3:39 pm

I am so Happy for you. Even if I had the money to buy one. There is know room for it in the house we are renting. However, nest year when we begin looking for a house of our own. A large enough room for my quilting is a must.

Kelsey December 10, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Yay!!! So exciting! You'll love having one 🙂

Megan December 10, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Woohoo!!!! I'm so excited for you, and I KNOW you'll put this puppy to such good use! Have fun enjoying your new toy!! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I feel like the situation warrants all this adolescent punctuation.

Fiber of All Sorts December 10, 2012 - 9:59 pm

EEEP! I would love a deal like that! Love it!

bloomingpoppies December 11, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Wow!! Welcome home Gammie and congrats on your new "baby" Nicole! I can't wait to see all the quilty goodness that comes from you two! Enjoy!

Chez Roo December 12, 2012 - 7:31 am

So exciting – congratulations! Can't wait to see what you make with it!

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Amanda December 12, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Oh, how exciting! I can't wait to see how it goes!

ann December 12, 2012 - 10:48 pm

I am totally jealous while at the same time absolutely thrilled for you. Can't wait to see the masterpieces that roll off your dear sweet Gammie. Congrats on the new addition. December 13, 2012 - 8:06 am

Thanks for sharing my joy, Ann! It a treat to have this baby home!

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