New Wheels For My Longarm

I’ve had my longarm machine for about 10 years and this last year I think I let the sewing head sit too long in the same position.  When I turned it on a few of weeks ago to practice before loading on a quilt top, at least one of the wheels seemed to have developed a slight flat spot and it did not glide nice and smooth like it should. So I ordered a new set of wheels for it; new and improved wheels as it turned out.

Great instructions with lots of pictures came with the replacement wheels. The estimate of how long it should take to replace them was one hour each for the sewing head and for the carriage for a total of two hours. I have to laugh; yes the actual replacing of the wheels took about that amount of time but that’s like saying Thanksgiving dinner takes twenty minutes, which it can if you don’t factor in preparing the menu, grocery shopping, a lot of cooking time, and cleanup!

Parts

I studied the longarm for a little while trying to decide if it was possible to change the wheels without taking the whole thing apart, not a chance!  So off with the four rollers, the tension bracket, the take up motor, the sewing head, and the carriage.  Luckily I had all the tools and the original installation instructions.  On the original setup the sewing head was upside down and held in place with packing material in order to bolt on the wheels.  I did not relish the thought of turning the sewing head upside down all by myself; so spying a couple of folding chairs nearby I decided just to rest the sewing head on top of the two chairs and I scooched under it very carefully. Success!

sewing head on chairs copy

I managed to lose a special washer in the dismantling process and it took two trips to the hardware store for a replacement.  After almost two days of effort everything has been put back together. I loaded on some sheets just for practice, fired up the machine, and it works great!

It works

Now to quilt those quilt tops I have ready!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Travel Ruler

When I pack up my quilting supplies to take to retreats and I need to use a long ruler I bring along my folding ruler.  It’s something I made a few years ago and love how well it works as well as how nicely it fits in my supply box.

Ruler A

I simply took two rulers; I used the 6″ x 14″ size, placed them end to end, and joined them with duct tape!

Ruler B

They then fold up to the 6″ x 14″ size and I have a cutting length of  28″.  I love it when there is a simple easy solution to a problem.

Ruler C

I also brought my design walls on this trip and this picture shows sixty of the one hundred and forty blocks I need to finish up a UFO.

UFO on Design wall

Enjoy these ideas!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Deli Geese Project – Block #47 – Eva

Here is block number #47 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Eva

47 Eva

Block #47 Eva, uses the Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese Units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Light Flying Geese

Bottom Light Unit

Eva uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese units.
B – four 4 1/2″ squares
C – twelve 2 1/2″ squares background added to B with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
D – four 2 1/4″ squares  background

47 Eva

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Retreat November 17, 2014

I am retreating all this week with quilting friends in New Glarus, Wisconsin! I got up early yesterday (around 4:30am), loaded the van, shoveled snow for an hour before heading out of town. We arrived yesterday afternoon and have settled in for some quilting, catching up on what everyone’s been up to, and just having a great time.

I brought several projects along to work on; one is the UFO I took to work on during a couple of teaching trips. It’s still not done but I do enjoy making these blocks, which is a good thing because the design I’ve decided on needs 140 blocks!

UFO blocks

I have two different sets of churn dash blocks with me that are ready to be set together into quilt tops. They are just positive and negative versions of the same block. I liked both versions and since I have no shortage of fabric in my life and I love to piece blocks I’m making both!

Playing with a tub of 6″ floral squares I’ve combined them with solids. This version has the solids making the churn dash in the center.

Churn Dash A

And this version has the florals creating the churn dash.

Churn Dash B

I’ll also make the next pair of Deli Geese blocks.

Deli Geese

I have a few more projects with me, one can never bring too many to a week long retreat and sometimes I get tired of a project and want to work on something else for awhile.

Hope your week will be as great as mine!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Deli Geese Project – Block #46 – Sullivan

Here is block number #46 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Sullivan

46 Sullivan

Block #46 Sullivan, uses the Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Bottom Dark unit

Sullivan uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – two  5″ squares cut in half on the diagonal
C – four 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
D – twelve 2 1/2″ half square triangles in background (light) fabric cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – four 2 1/4″ squares

Once you have completed these units trim them to 4 1/2″ square, you should only have to trim away from the larger triangle.

BIA Unit

46 Sullivan

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Cut the dark and light 2 1/2″ half square triangles from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting of small triangles

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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A Twenty Year Old UFO!

I have some down time on this road trip so I planned ahead and brought some projects to work on. I dug out a UFO that has to be around twenty years old!  The blocks are 6″ and a variation on the traditional Northwind block.

UFO 1

These are some arrangements I’m considering; grouping them into sets of four that would then finish 12″.

UFO 2
UFO 3
UFO 4

So far I have 52 of the blocks done. I’m not sure what my original plan was for these blocks but I think it may have been for a twin size quilt.

52 blocks

I have some nice stacks of parts all coordinated for blocks and then I have some parts that don’t go with anything!

parts

This box is about is about a third full of the pre cut parts and I have no clue how many there are.  I could take the time to count them, which would appeal to the accountant in me, I could just wing it and make blocks until I run out of parts and design the quilt from what I have, and that would appeal to the artist in me.

Box of parts

Whatever I decide to do I will keep you posted with the progress.  Anyone else out there inspired to dig out an old UFO and work on it?

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #45 – Gilbert

Here is block number #45 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Gilbert

45 Gilbert

Block #45 Gilbert uses the Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Top Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Top Unit Dark

Gilbert uses:
A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – two  5″ squares cut in half on the diagonal
C – four 2 1/2″ half square triangles cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
D – twelve 2 1/2″ half square triangles in background (light) fabric cut from a 2 1/2″ strip using an Easy Angle ruler (see picture below).
E – four 2 1/4″ squares

Once you have completed these units trim them to 4 1/2″ square, you should only have to trim away from the larger triangle.

BIA Unit

 

45 Gilbert

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Cut the dark and light 2 1/2″ half square triangles from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting of small triangles

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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