Meet Spike!

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier, I was a bit under the weather, but seeing as today is National Quilt Day, it seemed like the perfect day to introduce Spike to you!

Spike - The Innova - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSpike is a 22″ Innova Long Arm with a standard regulator.  He sits on a 12 foot table that is squished into my studio. It is so awesome to have him here.  Anne and I have already been having fun quilting with him!

First Long Arm Piece - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is the first thing I made on Spike, really just trying to get my quilting legs under me. Trying out lots of different designs and seeing what I like best. I have my first quilt picked out that I want to do on him, it is a sampler quilt so that I can try lots of different designs out and one that is for my home so if it isn’t perfect, no one will know but me!

Last night I loaded some white linen that has been sitting in my stash for 4.5 years to practice on. Capri, my Innova Rep and wonderful new friend recommended drawing out an 8″ square grid to practice in and helped me a lot, less blank canvas feeling. Having a defined space to work in helped me a lot. Here is some of what I stitched last night.

FMQ Sampler - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am having so much fun and Anne is too! I will post a video tomorrow of her on the long arm. As soon as it was set up the first words she said to me were “Mommy, can I please go first?” She had to wait and go second, but she was super excited that she go to long arm quilt. This is the beginning of awesome things for both of us!

Have a great National Quilting Day! Make something cozy!

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10 Responses to Meet Spike!

  1. BillieBee says:

    Spike is a big boy!….:) Hope you are feeling better.

  2. Susan says:

    Perfectly wonderful to see Spike in place! Juding by these two pieces, you are a natural at this. I’m excited to see you start this journey – and AnneMarie, too! I look forward to seeing her quilting soon.

  3. Lookin good. Kathleen Mary

  4. Sounds like both of you have been enjoying yourselves. Your practice pieces look great.

  5. Patti says:

    Woo Hoo! I’m so excited for you! Please keep us posted on your progress, it looks like Anne might be a natural!

  6. Kaholly says:

    I am so excited for you! Anne rocks!

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    Congrats on the arrival of Spike!! I think it is just super awesome that your daughter wants to do this too!! Teach ’em young 🙂

  8. Jo Ferguson says:

    Welcome home Spike!! I’m looking forward to seeing how your partnership progresses.

  9. Pam Jolly says:

    I am so impressed with your practice piece. It is beautiful. What type of thread did you use and what is the name of it? I’d like to use it on a quilt I am working on now. Also, what made you decide on an innova? I am considering getting a long arm and am interested in what led you to an innova. Thanks and have fun.

  10. Connie says:

    Congrats Melissa! I can’t wait to see all the beautiful things you will quilt!!

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