Thursday, July 30, 2015

Progress with my Innova

I've had my new 26" Innova for 8 weeks.  12 days I was camping and I also had some down time when scheduling some adjustments to my machine.   So really less than 6 weeks of time spent on her.  No name yet.   No tattoos either!  Still a bit of a learning curve.  Every machine feels a little different, the weight is different, the feel of the machine as you move it along.  She could use color,  I do miss seeing those pretty decals like I had on my Fusion.
My only customization to the top so far, a cup mounted for my thread snips.  No place to mount my suction cup like on my Fusion and a small magnet seems to slide off with the weight of the scissors.
Differences so far?  Quilting from behind doing a panto,  the Innova glides over bulky seams so effortlessly that I often check mid row just to be sure I'm stitching with thread!   My Fusion would go across bulky seams banging and crashing so loudly sometimes that I would think it surely was broken!   Thick seams have even knocked my Fusion out of time.  My Innova glides right across.
Basting down batting or the edges of the quilt top is so easy!  I used to watch videos where others would just zip along.   On my Fusion I had to walk my fingers along the stitching path, slowly working  the fabric or batting to keep it from pushing the material this way and that.  I love the simplicity of basting edges now.

One problem I did have that has now resolved itself is that the green "start" button was so easy to touch.   And it starts sewing!  Slightly grab the handles to move the head and I would touch that button and it would race off!  Once I even hit the button just tossing the top over and it touched the start button!  But,  that happens much less frequently now, I'm more in tune with how she operates.
I do miss a stitching mode that let's you set the speed and uses the stitch regulator.  The Innova only has manual mode and a stitch regulator mode that stops when you stop, slows as you slow down.  I'm used to working just a little faster,  that speed setting pushes you along to keep the pace and rhythm.  Also for designs like pebbling, fast is good!   Again, I'm adjusting and it is nice to not have to change speed when switching from ruler work back to designs.  I feel like I'm slower though not having that speed set at a good pace to keep up with.  A year from now?  Who knows?  I'm hoping I'll be fully acclimated.
Tension?  While threading is very different,  the tension I feel as I pull the thread through feels and responds just like my Fusion.   I did have to get the tension disc adjusted, but since that no issues with tension. She purrs with any thread, Glide thread doesn't even require a net!  I currently have Invisifill 100wt on for my next project and she stitches beautifully.
I upgraded to have the LED lights and black light options.  Lighting somehow seems better than with the super lights on the Fusion!   Probably because I'm not stitching in a well.  Bars aren't above my stitching area.  2 pluses with that!  Arms and rulers can lay flat. 
Can you see the blue sheen?  That's the black light.   I had one on the Fusion as well, but it seems to light up so much more on my Innova.
I love the way the top and backing load.   I love the lift that let's me raise the top, roller bar and all, so I can smooth batting.   Tops load so much more evenly and straight. 

Love that bobbin winder!   So nicely wound and easy to operate.   And that green container?   That's a goat feeder that mounts on channel fencing.  Works great as a thread catcher.   I also keep my brush for cleaning the bobbin area and my oil in the bucket.  

Electric lift to change the height?  I never want to be without it.   I change height all through the day.  I can lower to reach the top area of throat space,  changing the height as needed depending on where I'm working.  Quiet, smooth, effortless.  Touch of the remote hanging on the side rails.
The handles!   How I love the handles.   Each independent,  adjustable with just a tug.  Front and rear, left or right.   Changing position relative to the task at hand. I can even flip my left hand up out of the way while doing ruler work.  They are so awesome!
see the green button?  easy to touch when grabbing the handles.
One negative,  no control panel on the back.   I do a fair amount of pantos.  Advance quilt,  baste down sides,  run to the back.  And then I'm not sure if I changed from a long basting stitch to the desired stitch length!  So I run around to the front to check the display screen.  I'm getting new habits created.  I'm guessing a year from now I won't care but I do miss that for now.  The lift,  let's me bring the height way up so no stooping over the handles or to see  that paper pattern.  Awesome!
Much, much more but enough for now.  I loved my Fusion.  I have a few areas that is a trade off,  but across the board I'm loving my Innova even more!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Purple Batik Sampler

Samplers are so much fun!  This one was from a class she took but I did not write down the name and I can't remember.  But so much fun!   Fun to piece and quilt translates to a happy quilter and happy client.  I am  handguided, mostly freehand with a few rules/templates for some designs.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Kaleidoscope Quilts

I love these quilts and wish they were mine!  The colors she chose, keeping them monochromatic  and scrappy.   Wow  - Love!   The brown/black received light custom quilting.    Freehand continous curve designs and a little ruler work around the borders.   The blue/purple/green is quilted using a hand guided panto called  "Denise Spirals" by Denise Schillinger.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


This client quilt was a BOM called Downtown, designed by Carol Doak.  Such a fun quilt and I love those colors.  She opted for an all over pantograph called "Rhapsody" by Patricia Ritter.   Hand guided, almost 100x100.   It turned out gorgeous!  She has new quilts planned for 5 bedrooms and a new house in the works as well so she needed budget friendly.  We all love custom quilting but I think this quilt proves that an edge to edge design works beautifully for most quilts.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Garden Wall

This is Sandra's lovely Garden Wall, a Judy Neimeyer paper pieced  and appliqué pattern that lends itself to all over quilting.     I had a hard time deciding whether to quilt all over or start and stop around the applique.   It probably would have been fine to stitch over, it's very "blendy" but in the end I didn't want to take the chance!  This is not stitched in the ditch, it is a tiny step up from an allover design.   I didn't want an awkward design falling directly on top of a flower,  etc. so I started and stopped around the applique and just placed somw curling fill inside the smaller areas.     Handquided panto "FLIGHT of Fancy".
Lovely back too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rustic Stars

This cool quilt is a variation of a Hunter Star.  The star points were cut from charm squares  and top stitched onto the corners,  then the units were joined.  Fast piecing.  The downside is that the star points are not uniform, intersections do not meet in centers, and some edges are straight and some have the zigzag edges.    Rustic!  Well not really a downside its just that  I love to create straight line quilting between the star points, or a diamond grid with straight line quilting which does require precise piecing.   So I opted to try arcs and I think they worked perfectly! 
The back takes on the appearance of wedding ring quilts or a TN Waltz quilt.  I like it!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Man of the Year!

More family events.   It's been a whirlwind the past 30 days!   Our oldest was nominated just 3 months ago by the Leukemia and Lymphoma as one of 9 total  participants in the North Texas chapter for Man of the Year. You win the title by getting the most donations.  We aren't  well connected socialites and Larry did not have any experience with fund raising of this magnitude nor did his staff.   His office assistants became his campaign managers which he called The A Team (for Anderson).    We were able to attend the Black Tie event held in Dallas that would announce the winners but had no expectations of winning.   We were happy to be together and get dressed up!  Tuxes for the guys, dad got to wear his dress blues one more time.  Missing from the group was Larry's wife, Jenny and oldest daughter Julia that were off to a band competition.  I'm sorry they could not be there but Julia  took a 1st place in her competition so that was important for them to be there. 

The announcer started with Woman of the Year and that winner knew big names...and raised over $400,000!!!  We felt then and there that our son didn't stand a chance at winning the title.   Listen to the drummers before the big reveal!

I've tried and tried and cannot get the video to play as inserted into the blog.   Maybe the link will work!   But it doesn't look like it will.   It's on my you tube

Imagine our surprise when they called Larry's name!!!!    His campaign raised about $48,000.  I have a picture of the total but have forgotten at the moment how much.   I was hoping to join my pictures with photos taken by the family but that hasn't happened yet.   So, I am posting some of my photos of the event.     Here's a facebook quote from Larry:  "I still can't believe Team Anderson won the inaugural North Tx LLS Man of the Year title tonight!!!!!‪#‎mwoy‬ I am truly honored and blessed to have the support of so many coworkers (Patty Weimer, Catherine Close), patients, family, and friends that have made this possible!! Thank you so much for all of you who donated to support blood cancer research and patient assistance programs! There is no better cause than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!!! Between the 4 candidates for Man of the year and 5 running for Woman of the year we raised $664,627!!!!!!! Wow! I am done with begging for money for a while though."   He even had the presence of thought to thank me on stage...without me he would not have been there to achieve this.  Awwww.   I'm so proud of him, his accomplishments, the way he lives his life and is raising his family.
Lots of pictures but probably 200 photos that need to be sorted through!   Now, back to quilting LOL!

In his James bond voice and with a German accent... Wagner, Dimitric Wagner


all 9 nominees

The "A" team

Man and Woman of the Year and Boy and Girl of the year.   Did they have the gift of speech and entertaining!    The journey they have been on to be standing where they are today.  They are what this is all about.

And why not, here's Julia in the middle after her 1st place award! 
Julia's Oboe/Oboe/English Horn Trio scored a "1" at Texas State Solo & Ensemble competition in Austin.  All 3 are freshman.