Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Tidy Up Tuesday - The Longarm Edition - The Beast Finds a New Home

Welcome to another edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  I wasn't sure how long it would take "the crew" to install the longarm once the components were carted up to the studio last week.


In the meantime, I decided to occupy myself by sorting some scraps.  Thanks, Diane H., for giving me something to do while I waited!!  That bag is nearly empty and everything is sorted (vaguely) by color:

What does THAT have to do with the longarm, Joyful???

Nothing, but this is a quilt blog.  Shouldn't there be fabric in every post?!  :o))

Here's how the room was left last week:

After tripping over the black metal piece in (in front of the shiny silver part) all week, SOMETHING had to give!!!

On 2/20/22, that something meant that DH and I began the (re)assembly process of my longarm quilting machine:

It didn't hurt that one of my friends texted to ask when I would be "back in business".  (Thanks for the prompting, Candy!!)  Her question flipped some sort of switch in my head, so when DH was looking out the back window on Saturday asking which yardwork project he should do first, I snapped and came back with the following:

The next OUTDOOR project you should do is the one up those stairs in the STUDIO!!!

I'm pretty sure he got the hint.

What happened next???

Nothing.  For a few hours, but then we got to work:

Before too long, it was time to cook dinner, so we took a break:

After dinner, I cleaned (with an old T-Quilt remnant and isopropyl alcohol the rails which were filthy with aluminum shavings (oxidation? outgassing? I can't remember what it's calledand a fair amount of dust from sitting in the garage for these last few months since the move:

When DS2 came home and assessed the INCORRECT order of operation his father and I had completed:

He  said Ugh! and collapsed in a puddle (at our ridiculousness.)

The rails came off and the carriage went on...

Followed by the machine head:

It's a happy day:


I'm SEW tired and there were still a few details to finish up:

DS2 took care of that this afternoon and now I'm ready to rock and roll.
Maybe tomorrow?  I worked today and I had to get a bite to eat before this evening's
(Virtual) Evening Quilt Bee meeting.  The point is that now the machine is ready whenever I am!!

Thanks to all of you who provided encouraging words over the past few months, as I waited for this day.  I knew it would arrive eventually and it finally has.  I am oh-SEW-happy!

Until next time...
Let's go QUILT!!!


  1. Woo hoo. All systems go....what a great feeling.

  2. Congratulations! It must feel good to see it all ready to go, rather than all in pieces.

  3. Whoop Whoop! So happy for you. Enjoy! ;^)

  4. YAY!!! I'm sew happy for you. Enjoy!!! ~Jeanne

  5. I'm so happy for you, Joy!! Isn't it wonderful to have a 'youngun' that's so savvy?!!! Enjoy!

  6. Oh boy, let the fun begin(again)! So happy that you got it all set up:)

  7. Oh, so happy to hear you and your crew got it all put together!!!

  8. How wonderful!!! You will be back to working on the frame as part of your regular quilt work again!

  9. What a great team! How exciting to have that machine all set up and back in business. A job well done.

  10. Hip Hip Hooray! How lucky you are to have an in-house crew capable of reassembling the longarm. Nothing holding you back now.

  11. Hooray! What's first up on the machine, now that you have it re-established?

  12. Such good news! Good luck with your re-assembled longarm. Let's hope for no tantrums since it has missed you so.

  13. Yea! So glad DS2 remembered the correct order and that you are up and running.

  14. Hooray for more progress in the right direction! Hope all goes well with starting up and doing some quilting.

  15. Sew happy for you! What fun to be (finally) back in business after such a big move. 😉

  16. Yay Joy! I know you are happy to have that aggravation over with!


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