Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lenni -- Who?

Mr. Squash and I had a great time in Portland last week! In fact, we had so much fun that I will have to make 2 or 3 posts out of our adventure! Our main reason for traveling so far away was for me to attend the NW Quilt Expo and check out longarm machines in person. I began the first day by riding Portland's fantastic MAX light rail to the Expo Center. I got there early so I could spend some quality time with the great gals at the APQS booth. They were so much fun and I even got to play with their two Millie's (short for Millennium).

In to time at all, I was convinced that I didn't need to visit any other longarm vendors that day! I had pretty much made up my mind before the show, but just needed to talk to APQS folks in person and have a few more questions answered!
I decided that the smaller version of the Millennium, Lenni, was the machine for me. Lenni has a 20" throat, stitch regulator, a laser and so much more! They took my photo next to the Millie and showed me where Lenni came from - see my hands surrounding the middle of Millennium? Of course the lense snapped when I blinked, but you get the idea of how happy I was! I also ordered a turbo bobbin winder and micro-stippler handles. I'm now just waiting for a shipping date!!!

The quilt show was great as well! It wasn't too big, and not too small! Vendors were set up in amongst the quilts which made for a nice break here and there! Tomorrow I'll show you some of my other purchases, and some more quilts. Here are a few of my favorite quilts!

This quilt was incredible! Each strip is only 1/4 inch wide - and the placement of color was exquisite!
I was blown away by the detail in this appliqued quilt! Another quilt with so much detail, and great use of color again!
I love stars --- and these colors!
Another stunning applique quilt!
More stars and more colors I love!
Dresdens combined with applique and lace - beautiful! Stephanie, I was thinking of you here!
This quilt is a Stack and Whack - can you believe it?
Dear Jane....you are incredible in Daiwabo shades!
Yup - you know why I included this one - great fall colors! What struck me more than anything else was the fantastic quilting on each of these quilts! You can click on any of the photos to see more detail. I wonder if I'll ever get this good on my Lenni?

20 comments:

onlymehere said...

How wonderful for you! I'm pretty jealous but my day will come! I'm sure that you'll be fabulous with the quilting aspect. You'll have to share your journey of learning to do it with us.
Cindy

Stephanie said...

Lenni will be a wonderful addition to Squash House. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous quilts. Say do you like earthtones? :o) You know I love all things dresden.

Conni said...

Congrats on the new addition to the family! Lenni will be quite at home at Squash House.

Marj said...

Congratulations on getting a Lenni. Thanks for taking us along to the quilt show. I am in love with the feathered star quilt.

Darlene said...

Congratulations! You are going to have so much fun with your new 'toy'.

Cindy said...

I see your favorties are easily MY favorites as well. I noticed that in Sisters too. LOL

Oh, how fun, a Lenni in your house...I'm SO happy for you, Candace. You certainly are deserving.

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats on your new Toy!

ferne said...

Thanks for the quilt show Candace! I'm sure you will have quilts in shows one day soon!

Sherri said...

Beautiful quilts at the show! Congrats on Lenni...I'm sure you'll be quilting amazingly in no time!

AnnieO said...

Glad your decision was doubly reinforced by great folks you met. That always helps when the enthusiasm you feel is the same you receive! Thanks for the quilt show, there are many many wow quilts you showed :)

Ulla said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you wil like your adventures with Lenni.
The two starry quilts were my favourites too, and the other quilts just amazing.

Shakerwood said...

Congratulations! I'm sure Lenni will feel right at home!

CJ said...

Ohhhh, I'm a bit green with envy. I am just starting to think that I do want a long arm machine rather than get a quilting frame for my sewing machine. Anything you can pass along to make my choice easier would help immensely!

Jackie said...

Congrats on your new acquisition! I hope he arrives soon. I stopped by the APQS booth at my quilt show and said hello. I can see why you've selected Lenni.

QuiltSue said...

Congratulations on your big-buy.

Thanks too for the quilt-show. I love all the autumn colours too, so was blown out by some of those yoou showed us today.

pratima said...

Congratulations!!! Wish you many happy moments with Lenni :)
Thank you for sharing the pictures from the show. They are amazing!

Mary said...

What beautiful quilts! Thanks for the show. Waiting for your Lenni has to be hard. Congrats!

Sharon said...

Good for you. As for getting good at it, of course you will. Take classes, buy workshops in a box. Pam Clarke has some great tools. And remember when you are looking at some machine quilted quilts that there are computer generated designs that would be very difficult free hand. And if we wanted all our quilts perfect we would send them to a factory!

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations! how cool. I know you will make some beautiful quilts after you learn the machine.
Wow, some talented quilters on that side of the US.

Chris said...

You will love having a dedicated quilting machine. I have the handi-quilter and love it! They take up a bit of room, but when you're ready to quilt, you can "go to it" right away! Congratulations!