Tuesday, July 07, 2009

My IQ Day has Arrived

I'm up early because we have to drive down the hill (37 miles) to drop off my Trailblazer for service. I only trust Bill Clark and his people with my cars. I'm fussy. Well, I think a lot of folks are. When you find the right guy for the job, you want to stay with him. No substitutes will do. So we'll get the car dropped off at 8:30, then go have a nice breakfast. I might even unpack some of the boxes in the garage. This move has taken too long.

All of this is just marking time, stalling, until Helen and her husband, Tony arrive to install my Intelliquilter computer on my Gammill Optimum Plus. I am so excited. I had to find a welder to fabricate 2 extensions for my light-bar. $60 for 2 6-inch square tubes that fit perfectly into my light bar, thank you very much. It only took me 15 mintues to find the welder in our small town and he had them ready the next day. So the machine is clean and timed to within an inch of it's life. I have a practice piece for testing the IQ stitching later. The studio blinds are open for lots of morning light. The air conditioner is sitting at 78, ready to be called into service. Helen and Tony are from the Las Vegas area so they are no strangers to heat. But I bet they run their air conditioner all day long there. We just have a thermostat and it decides when to come on and go off.

OK, I'm just blathering on. I am so excited to get this quilting robot. I plan to use it for some of my edge-to-edge work and to record some of the blockwork I do and save those for later use. But mostly, I am looking forward to sitting down while the machine does the quilting.

****Update**** It's here. I love it.


Terry Quilts said...

I'm Sew excited for you, I'm saving my pennies so I can add it to my G Premier +. Beings you have a gammill I'll be watching how you do with this system.

Lesley said...

you are going to love computer assisted quilting it's the best. Congratulations Linda

chrisee said...

Your countdown has finished.....you have your IQ...congratulations!!! Just wondering how you chose IQ? Did you look at a Statler stitcher? MANY happy days ahead for you.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You did good! Now I want to come play at your house! HUgs, C

Mary Beth said...

Congratulations, my friend! You needed this!! I want to come play too...maybe I will cave in and actually like computer quilting gadgets.

Angie said...

Hi Linda, The IntelliQuilter looks wonderful on you machine. I know you are going to enjoy it so much. I love how you store your thread up on top of the light bar! How clever! It has been fun seeing your sewing space too. Helen and Tony installed my Intelllistich. They are very knowledgable and did a great job. That was over 2 yrs. ago, and I've never had an ounce of trouble with my Intellistitch. I still try adding your blog to my favorite blogs so i can keep up with your postings, but it reverts back to your older blog title and January entries. Don't know why.

My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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