One Monthly Goal
First, my One Monthly Goal is to finish the baby quilt from April's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge.
I've been waiting for my new long arm. At first I was hoping it would be delivered April 22, but Fred, my salesman from Pocono Sew and Vac wanted to order the complete package from Handiquilter. I'm getting the Amara with Prostitcher. He had the Amara in stock, but not the computer part, so it made sense. He called on Wednesday, April 24 to say he may be able to deliver the 25th, definitely by the 26th. We worked out a plan, since I'm over 2 hours away from his shop, but I won't shop anywhere else. Bob, the owner, sold me my first machine when I was 6, and he was the manager of the Franklin Square Singer store. Plus, it's a great deal. Oh Thursday, Fred called back saying that FedEx LOST 2 pallets of his order from Handiquilter. Of the 6 boxes for me, only 1 arrived. They got 5 out of 18 boxes ordered. So, while Handiquilter and FedEx were searching, I was crying. Fred was leaving on a 2 week vacation and Saturday was the last day he could deliver. If it didn't arrive before he left, he got Handiquilter to agree to send the whole replacement order directly to me, but I would need a way to get it in my house. One box weighs 88 lbs. Help!! We had an idea, but would need to speak to the UPS driver. They all thought it would be delivered by Friday, May 3rd. Nope, it's due Monday and Tuesday. So, all the anticipation of the machine, and it's still not here. My son was going to come down this weekend to help me assemble it, but since the tracking showed Monday, that didn't make sense. So, it's still not ready. And I am not sure when I can get it assembled, as I need help. Then I need some practice time. After that, I hope to do this quilt.
On the second news front, there's a blog hop.
My day is May 10th, and you will be able to see the whole tree skirt I'm making then. I don't think it will be quilted by then, because of the issues with getting my Long Arm. I am having fun working on the design, though. It involves that block in the lower left corner of the above photo. Please check back to see the list of participants and things they've made. It started last week, and there's a chance to win some fabric and thread.
Here's another teaser for my version.
Third, I did get the Monthly Color Challenge for May done. I used my Accuquilt GO! cutter and the (very old) 6 1/2" HST die to cut the blocks. Easy peasy! A few minutes and I was done. I need to catch up with March and April. Maybe I can figure out the dies for those.
I noted the size strip and number of pieces per strip on my dies. It's handy! Just copy the info from the packaging, and use a sharpie.
So, thanks for stopping by. I hope to share photos of my new long arm soon. And then have time to learn how to use it. By the way, FedEx did find the 2 pallets and they arrived at the store April 30. Not that it helped me, but at least Pocono has the supplies they ordered for their quilt show next weekend. If you want a Handiquilter with ProStitcher, I know where you can get a deal. Just tell them Maryellen sent you.
I'll be back for the Blog Hop! Thanks.