It’s been a little quiet here on the blog the last few days but I have a very good reason and it’s time for me to share.  There’s been a lot of playing going on at my house. Actually, it’s really work but it feels like play because it’s so much fun. I have been fortunate enough to bring home a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen machine and I’m just so pleased with it.

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen

It has been in my sewing room a couple of weeks and I’ve been spending time getting to know her. I’ve quilted two quilts and have practiced on multiple quilt sandwiches.

I will say, it feels a lot different than quilting on my sewing machine and that is taking some getting used to. The speed at which I quilt on this machine is different than the speed I use on my sewing machine but I like that. I also love the LED lights that focus on the area around the needle; its so much easier to see my stitches.

LED Lights on HQSS

Even though there is a bit of a learning curve, it has been pretty easy to jump in and get used to the little quirks. And it’s so much less stress on my shoulders and arms! The first quilt I did was about 65″ x 70″ and I finished it in two hours.  Whoa baby!

I have lots of projects going on right now and with the addition of a new machine I’m feeling just a bit overwhelmed. (See that mess in the back corner of the pic? That adds to my stress – I hate working in a mess!) So, if it’s a little quiet here just know that I’m still in that sewing room stitching away!

I do have a couple of finishes to show you but the weather has been so rainy and ugly I can’t get good pics for you. Hopefully we’ll have some nice weather soon and you’ll get to see what I’ve been doing.

Now, does anyone have an idea for a name for my newest family member? 🙂

I think this counts as a WIP so I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday.  Be sure to check out all the great projects!