Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Came Early

Christmas came early to me this year.
back in this post i told you that my neighbor offered me a quilting frame.  her sister had given it to her & she not only didn't have room for it but isn't into quilting.  she sews but she doesn't quilt.

it took me awhile to get it all the way set up & ready to go.  life has been busy & some other things have come before getting the frame set up.

but, its up now & ready for a test drive.  i will admit i did have it in a different location & once i realized i would need to be able to move around the frame i decided to move it.  that meant moving a bunch of other stuff as well.  some of the stuff i have gotten rid of so all in all it wasn't a bad thing to do.

i got the leaders on it last night.  in the process i learned that i have them going the wrong way but i also learned that it really doesn't mater.

i have some play fabric loaded on it now.  sorry no pic of that.  so, the next step is to plug in the machine & take it for a test drive.

i still am in shock that this was given to me.  i have been wanting a frame for sometime now & just haven't gotten around to getting one.  now i know why that was.

so, a question to you readers.  i would like to do something nice for my neighbor who gave me this & i am looking for ideas.  a friend of mine suggested a quilt but i am not sold on that idea yet.  what would you suggest i do???

hope you all have a great weekend.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh you lucky duck you! I'm looking for a good sale and you have one free. It doesn't sound like this lady is a 'quilt' person. What is something she does like or maybe collect? I would add to her enjoyment.

Sarah Craig said...

Lucky girl!!! Maybe one of the Jim Shore Christmas angels - since she was such an angel to you?

Mommarock said...

Oh yes, I think a very simple wall hanging would be wonderful. Or a quilt that coordinates with anything. Simple neutral that coordinates with anything. That would be GREAT. Focus on the quilting, not the color to show that the quilting is the focus.. as that is what you are thanking her for.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co said...

Wow! That is amazing! It looks like from the pic that your regular sewing machine sits inside of it somehow and then it becomes a quilting machine? Can you tell I've never looked into this? :) Congratulations to you. Sorry I don't have any brilliant ideas for your neighbor . . . what about a nice dinner at your house and then a gift card to dinner out??

Megan said...

Hooray, Ann! I'm so excited to see what you make with it!!! I second Dana's idea - everyone loves a nice meal.

Stray Stitches said...

How wonderful! I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful quilting. For your neighbor, I think Dana's idea of a gift card to a dinner out is a fantastic idea.

JustPam said...

What a great gift. Congratulations and enjoy!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I would make her a quilt to cuddle in, since she will never make one for herself. Then I would also get her a basket made up of stuff that she does like to do, and also include some giftcards to local hobby shops and or restaurants too. I keep having a dream this happens to me, but hasn't happened yet. I will keep wishing! I need a frame bad, the quilt tops are piling up and I don't have money to send them out, and most of them are king size, and I won't do them on the domestic...nope not going there.