Friday, September 16, 2016

Time to Brag a Bit on My Girl...;-)

I do take her for granted.  Probably more than I realized and definitely more than I should!  Referring to one of my very favorite girls, 'Miss Betty' - my pet name for my longarm quilting machine, in honor of my Mom who not only enjoyed watching Betty Boop re-runs, but who even resembled her!

'Miss Betty' - one of my very favorite girls!
Got a great reminder recently, while being in a fairly heated 'online' conversation about frame quilting systems, and specifically longarm quilting systems.  As with anything, EVERYONE had their ideas of What and more importantly WHY they loved their longarm.

One of my most favorite things I adore about Miss Betty - are her absolutely Beaut-ti-FUL quilting stitches:

And look a little closer - did you notice?

Gorgeous, even stitches w/nice, sharp points and perfect tension!
Did you notice that there is Gold Glide thread in the needle on the Top of the quilt AND white poly/cotton in the bobbin?  Do you notice ANY pokies?  Me neither!

That's what I LOVE the most about Miss Betty - while others talk about how they MUST use the same color thread in their needle AND bobbin to avoid 'pokies', Miss Betty and I rarely do!

And another thing - check this out:

Quilting out a panto - left to right from the back of the machine!
Sorry, it's not the best pic and I'll try to get a better one later however, the point is - Miss Betty can not only quilt pantos from the standard 'right to left' BUT, just as well 'left to right' - we do it ALL the time!

So many longarmers talk about how they can ONLY quilt pantos from the standard, right to left from the backs of their machines.  Miss Betty and I just chuckle when we hear this...  Thanks to ALL you wonderful longarmers out there for reminding me just how good I've got it w/Miss Betty ;-).

And while we were quilting, got our first embroidered block finished up:

Americana Liberty Bell all embroidered out
for a Purple Heart Veteran quilt
Only three more Americana embroidery blocks left to go and we'll be ready to start assembly!

Time for some shut-eye...

UPDATE: 9/16/2016 - another embroidery block finish:

Once my embroidery machine has a chance to cool off, will start on the next block - a hearts & flags block.  This Star & Flag block took 3 hrs., 43 min. to complete!



  1. Nice praise for your machine. I looked at an Avante when I purchased my Tin Lizzy - wish I had gone with the Avante - enough said ;-(

  2. I couldn't agree more! I love mine! I can't stand a day away!

  3. I love my Avante 18, Tilly. I am so glad to see you haven't computerized Miss Betty. I get discouraged seeing all the fancy quilting, I hope to one day be able to do, only to find they have a computer on their long arm. I might be jealous but on the other hand, I still love quilting free hand, using pantos and using rulers.