My A-1 is up and running just as smooth as can be!!  Knock on wood.

Jamie arrived yesterday morning and set everything up.  Scott stayed home from work to also lend a couple of extra hands.  It pretty much took ALL day to set things up.  Everything works beautifully!  Tension already looks perfect.  My machine seems to be purring like a kitten.  I am so relieved.  Scott was kind enough to take the girls to dance last night, so I could continue to work with Jamie.  My homework last night was just to play, play and play.  He didn’t want me to worry about how my quilting looked.  He just wanted me to run the machine.  Oh and I did!!

I doodled and doodled…and doodled my heart out.

I am the happiest quilter EVER!

I am just thrilled!  I’ll be honest though, I’m exhausted.  Completely drained.  All the anticipation, excitement and worry just hit me like a ton of bricks last night.  I called it a pretty early night, well for me anyways.  Jamie is coming back this morning to work with me again all day.  He told me to get a lot of rest because today is going to be a really BIG day of learning.  Loading and unloading the machine.  How to do daily maintenance.  AND learning how to fix… the dreaded tension.  The tension is perfect right now, but he said he’s going to mess it all up and I have to fix it.  I’m like, “do we have to?”  I’m of the philosophy “if ain’t broke, don’t try tofix it.”  This is good though.  I need all the training I can get because Jamie isn’t going to be with me, holding my hand every day.  Today is definitely going to be a coffee kind of day!

Thanks for all the fun and encouraging comments.  I enjoyed everyone of them!!  You guys are the best!!


  • Carol says:

    Have TONS of fun today!

  • Sunnybec says:

    If thats the sort of quilting you can do while you are "playing" I can't wait to see what you do when you are "working". Wish my quilting was as good as this…..Enjoy!!

  • Cindy says:

    HOw exciting, Linda!! I am enjoying seeing photos of it all.

    You're a special person!!


  • Lori says:

    You are so cute and look so happy behind your machine!! I hope you were able to get some sleep last night.

  • Terry says:

    Look at that big smile! That says it all! Your quilting already looks pretty good to me! :0)

  • Yvette says:

    I am so green with envy!!! You look so happy and that just makes me smile.

    What great customer service you are receiving! I have to remember this in case I ever get the room to get a LA machine. Hmmmm, do I need a living room? LOL!!!

  • Sharon says:

    I can see the happiness written in your face! Have lots of fun today learning to adjust that tension!

  • WoolenSails says:

    Love that smile:)
    That is great that he takes you through all the steps, that will save you a lot of frustration down the road.


  • Donna says:

    How exciting! You look like you are having way too much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer Gail says:

    That smile is undeniable bliss. Enjoy your new toy.

  • Darlene says:

    Keep smiling – relax and enjoy! You're already having fun.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    You certainly look like a happy camper! My the force be with you. :o)

  • Nicole says:

    You are just the cutest thing ever sitting there at your new A-1! Your happiness shines through, and it looks as if you have picked up the technique right off the bat!

  • Wendy says:

    I'm like you if it's not broken, leave it alone. I know you'll be having a blast today.

  • Linda says:

    Well isn't this exciting. I can see that you are very happy.

  • Anonymous says:

    You are one lucky duck! I can't believe how easy and effortless the A-1 looks!!! How do those handles work? It looks like you stear the machine… Anyway, congrats!!! Where do you live can I send you my quilts to be top stitched, LOL!

  • Anne says:

    How fun…and your work looks like you're a pro already. Can't wait to see a finished project.

  • John'aLee says:

    Oh how exciting for you!! Congratulations. You look so happy!

  • Joanne says:

    No wonder you have such a great smile!! Looks like so much fun!!

  • Denise in PA says:

    What a way to start the New Year! You look great behind that machine o:) I'm just busting with excitement for you! I hope you'll blog lots about your progress – and show photo. Your room looks great by the way!

  • Jeanette says:

    Oh boy Linda, you look so excited & happy in your photo's. Glad you had a fun day with the machine. So exciting. Hope you have a fun day again today & look forward to hearing more about it. Your sewing area looks fab. Hugs,

  • Maria says:

    How exciting to have it finally up and running! Don't dread learning how to fix it when it messes up. That is the most important bit, saves you from pulling your hair out when things don't go as planned.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing what you get up to with it though.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ohhhhhh that looks fabulous! I am so jealous! But very happy that you are having fun :o) You are going to do just fine!

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  • Joy McD says:

    Oh, oh oh!!! Wish I was there to play with you!!! Wooohoooo!!! You are going to have sooooo much fun!!!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Oh, that looks like so much fun! You got the best present ever! And you're going to appreciate that you have learned how to fix that tension. Trust me.

  • Candace says:

    We just returned from a few days away and I see you're already an expert longarmer, Linda! You look so at ease and so happy with your new toy!! What a guy Scott is to give up his space for you, too! He did a fantastic job reinventing the room, too! I am just bursting with happiness for you! And I see we have the same saddle stool to rest our tired "saddles" while we're quilting away!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Look at you go! Your quilting looks great!!! You're already good at it! I know how drained you must feel. The excitement alone would strain me! You look so cute and at home behind that machine. Guess you got over posting your photo! haha. I love it. Hope you had another good day today. I was in meetings from 8:30-5:30 straight. I'm wiped out, too, but not for the right reasons like you. Haha! Just let me know when you're ready for a quilt to practice on. If I can finish that Mary Engelbreit Christmas panel I have, you can practice on it if you want! haha!

  • Michele says:

    I'm glad it's going well and your happy with it! Happy Quilting!

  • QuiltSue says:

    If this is what your quilting looks like when you're just starting, you're going to be winning awards very soon. As for whether you were enjoying it, the smile on your face says it all really – just don't forget to breathe!

  • Joan says:

    I am so, so envious – but so delighted for you. You have some fantastic play time ahead of you. Will be watching ๐Ÿ™‚ No wonder you are smiling!!

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    Oh how exciting for you! I can tell you had fun, but can see how exhausting the whole thing could be. I"m actually glad I don't have one – I would be a basket case!