When Husband and Quilt Show Meet

This is what happens when you take your husband to a quilt show:DSCN4914_wm This was not planned. What was planned was to have his input regarding machines so I would know which one to start saving for. My goal, by the time I retired (but hopefully sooner) was to own one.

Last year when I attended the Iowa, AQS show I did my homework. I checked and tried all the machines took notes, compared features and pricing. Left confused and decided I do very well on my domestic machine and if I were to move to a different machine it would be a sit-down model. I was used to that movement. Using a long arm is very different from a domestic machine in how you quilt.

Domestic machine (after a year of practice):

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Long arm machine (after a couple of hours of practice):

DSCN4916_wmMove ahead a year. I realized that price was the pull on wanting a sit-down machine. So I thought I would look at long arms one more time. So I did. And I was hooked.

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Greg patiently walked the floors with me, while I checked out vendors and tried different machines. He asked all the mechanical questions, pricing, etc. I played. And played some more.

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We left. And talked. And did research. Looked at buying used. Talked some more. Called our dealer in KC. Talked pricing. And bought. Much to my surprise. And delight.

The challenge was finding a place to put the machine. The minimum space needed was 12 x 6. We had a storage room just off my studio that was 13 x 7. We painted, put down rubber mats and I’m in business.

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I will need more lighting and plan to put quilts on the wall and shelving up near the ceiling but I want work in the space before I decide what and how and where.

Now for the learning curve. And more quilts. I am excited about the possibilities on larger quilts, especially when it comes to donations.

Blessed on the Journey, Jackie

  • Sandi Colwell

    Huge congratulations to you and your husband! I know you will put that to good use! So…are you telling me that maybe I just need to bring my Greg to a quilt show? Lol!!

    • Jackie

      Can’t hurt to try???? It was very unexpected on both our parts. A blessing.
      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
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  • Gretchen Firestone

    Congratulations, Jackie! I have a sneaking suspicion that if I took my DH to a quilt show, we would not end up with the same result. But let me know if you need quilts to practice on!

    • Jackie

      Someone mentioned that if he went, I’d end up with one. We both said no way. Unexpected but very grateful outcome.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • Katie R.

    The husbands are getting all the bonus points this month! Congrats

    • Jackie

      Thanks Katie. I would guess so by all the goodies discussed on Twitter. Have fun with your new machine.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • jr.

    Oh this is so exciting, and I’m so happy for you. I have started my long arm piggy bank fund.

  • Pat Merkle

    Congratulations! Have fun! 🙂

    • Jackie

      Thank you Pat. So far, in spite of the learning curve, I am having a grand time.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • Andrea Champ

    Congratulations on your purchase! How lucky that you had a room right off your studio for it- I hope you make many beautiful quilts together. 🙂

  • Les

    Oh how familiar…she ask…”Do you want to go to the quilt show?” Little did I know it was a power tool…I am somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 quilts. It has been a rather unique year.

  • val

    I enjoyed reading about how your got your longarm. I love that we are lucky to have such supportive husbands….

    • Jackie

      My husband is a gem.