Meet Gertie

Do you ever feel as if your life just kind of “happens” to you? I’m generally a planner, but the forces of nature sometimes change things up. It’s happened to me more times than I care to count, but somehow, the changes always seem to work out better than my original plans.

For the past couple of years, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a bigger longarm for the business, but for various reasons (I’d say fear of spending the money was highest on that list) I just never did it. To make a very long story shorter, in May, with the help of Rob and Judy of Olde City Quilts, I put my money where my mouth is and ordered it.

Then…everything seemed to go to hell in a hand basket. Between floods in Texas at the Innova site to me being felled by a tiny tick to general scheduling snafus, we finally hit August and managed to come up with an installation date. To say I was insanely happy would be an understatement. I mean, this was HAPPENING!!!

Thus began the measuring and re-measuring of the studio to figure out how to fit two longarms in the space, when boom! Someone bought the old one a week before the Innova delivery, and picked it up two days before Innova day. (See, I’m back to that timing thing.)

So I’m please to introduce you to Gertie. She’s named after my 97 year old mom. Mom worked in the woolen mills in Massachusetts as a young woman, and she taught me to sew. It seemed fitting to name my new machine after her. Mom has also said, many times, that no one ever names anyone after her. I’ve done my best to rectify that. Here’s Gertie, on the front lawn, with Rob (from Olde City Quilts, Burlington, NJ) taking her partially apart. Parts of her wound through the house to get to the studio, while other parts were handed up through the window. (With the person doing the handing, standing precariously on a tall step ladder…I’m thankful no one was hurt.)

Gertie was installed on Sunday, so I looked forward to getting to know her better on Monday. Well, at 2am on Monday, I was headed to the ER with Mr. Frolicking Threads, where he had an appendectomy later that morning. Remember that timing thing? Yeah. That. Gertie and I started playing together on Thursday. I see a bright future.