My new Gammill arrived!

Yes, I now have a beautiful new Gammill Classic installed and working at my studio. I’m getting to know my new machine and learning the ins and outs of how “she” thinks. Next week I’ll be taking a class on maintenance and business issues which shold be informative. I’m pretty comfortable with the machine given that I’ve been working on a Gammill Optimum for ten months, but each machine is different.  Rumor has it I need to name my new machine, but I haven’t come up with anything “clever” yet.  Any suggestions? Photos to come soon!

Innovations Longarm Convention

New technique learned from Pam ClarkeI spent several days in Tacoma, Washington enjoying the weather (who knew?) while attending my first longarm convention. There were longarm manufacturers, vendors, a quilt show, and lots of classes for the taking. Out of the five classes I took, I really enjoyed the ones given by Pam Clarke and Sue Patten. Skill combined with humor and intelligence in these two women who really made the learning fun. I’ve already put some of my learning to use in my latest longarm quilt adventure (thank you to the lovely quilter from Eugene, Oregon who made the quilt)…see photo above.

Blackberry Jam Raffle Quilt

The Blackberry Jam Festival is a small town festival in Lowell, Oregon.  Every year for the last five years we’ve created a quilt to be raffled off to support the festival.  All the monies from the sales of tickets goes toward the town of Lowell in some way or another: to support the costs of the free family festival, for the parks, for the schools.  So if you like what you see, please support the efforts of the Lowell Pine Needlers who put the quilt together!  You can buy tickets through the festival website at: http://www.blackberryjamfestival.com.  You don’t need to be present to win!2009 Raffle Quilt And thank you for your support!