The Homesteader

I told you the other day about the new toy that is sitting in a box in my garage.  Which made me think that you needed to know a little of the background of how this all came to be……

About 2 years ago (my how time flies) I bought a longarm quilting machine from a friend who had upgraded to a new fancy schmancy machine with a computer and all the bells and whistles.  This machine is a very, very basic one.  No stitch regulator.  No needle up/down position.  The needle just stops wherever it wants to stop.  Very basic.  But it was a such a good price that Dear Hubby and I thought we couldn’t lose.  And it would give me a chance to see if I even liked quilting on a longarm.

And here it is!  I’ve actually said that it’s sort of like a featherweight on steroids.  The pretty cover on the end makes me think of a FW – and of course, the black color too.  I must admit that the first few months Dear Hubby played on the machine more than I did.  He was determined to learn to quilt feathers and he practiced and practiced.  Let me just say that our feral cats in the backyard are totally spoiled with quilts in their shelter!

When I finally took possession of the machine from Dear Hubby <grin>, I went to town with practicing myself.

I learned to do loops with stars……

And loops with daisies.

I made a quilt for a friend’s Great Dane complete with dog bones.

I did swirls…….

…..and Dear Hubby helped me set up the machine to do pantographs on the front side of the machine.

And although my first practice feathers leave a little to be desired and I thought I’d never get them right…….

…. I’m pretty pleased with the feathers I did on this practice piece!  Along with wishbones and swirls and paisleys and pebbles.  I’ve come a long way and I’m having such fun!

I’ve been watching lots of YouTube videos on free motion quilting and that got me hooked on Angela Walters’ videos.  I became a big, make that huge, fan of hers.  And in July……

…. my quilting journey took me to Alaska, where I took classes with Angela along with my sweet sister, Pam!  See?  We are her biggest fans!  And we have the shirts to prove it!

So my journey has taken me to a longarm quilting business and now a new machine.  That will be set up in my house soon by Angela and her hubby (shhhhh…. don’t tell anyone.  I fear the quilting paparazzi will show up at my house!)

In the meantime…… this sweet machine that got me started really needs a new home.  When I got home today, pulled into the driveway and opened the garage door…..

……I was greeted by the sweet Homesteader…. moved to the garage to make room for the new machine.  It truly needs a new home!

So if you want to try a journey into longarming and need a sweet starter machine, please let me know.  I’d love to give this one a fabulous new home with a quilter who will have as much fun learning as I did.  It’s really been a fabulous, fun ride!

And it’s only just begun………


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11 Responses to The Homesteader

  1. Love the story, and the new machine, I am sure you will get more “you” time on this one, and the Homesteader has given you a head start, now you know you enjoy this so much. I have an ancient Gammill, that is really a short arm, on a wooden frame, and once the handles are rewired, should be all set to go.

    • Barb says:

      I’m planning lots of “me” time, Jean! Especially because I already have 5 customer quilts lined up and waiting. So excited for this new adventure! Sounds like you will be right there with me on your Gammill. I hope you have discovered all of Angela’s many great teaching videos! So much to use for our benefit in online videos these days!

  2. Peggy says:

    Can’t wait for you to get set up and started…….and my quilt gets to be the first one off the new frame!!! 😊

    Have fun and ENJOY!!!

  3. lindafranz says:

    Congratulations, Barb! It sounds wonderful.

  4. Connie Kresin Campbell says:

    Congrats on your new machine! Looks like you and your husband have really learned how to make beautiful feathers, I have taken a couple of Angela’s classes online and she is great. I tried putting my domestic 15-91 Singer on a frame but the harp distance was too small and it was easier to quilt with it back in the table. The Homesteader looks so neat!

  5. Lavonne Crews says:

    New to quilting and would love to have a starter long arm quilter such as a Homesteader. Is your Homesteader still for sale?

  6. Frances Carpenter says:

    My husband bought me a Homesteader quilt machine also. Before I ever got to use it, he was diagnosed with cancer. He passed without my ever getting it set up. We purchased it used and upgraded the frame to a two pole system, but could never find the poles. It’s been 5 years. Is there any information that you could offer me in getting my machine set up and ready to use? Thank you

    • Liz Reece says:

      Ms. Carpenter, there is a Homesteader yahoo group they are no longer in business from what I understand. There are pictures and probably numerous group members still watching the group page that could offer a lot of answers. I have a homesteader and have used it for a few quilts, it is fairly easy to set up, go to the yahoo group page and look at photos. You can get poles cut at lowes, you will need the pole ends for sure. I have a different frame than Barb had. If you have specific questions I might could help.

      • Frances Carpenter says:

        Thank you. I’ve contacted Quilting Solutions for PDF files on frame construction should be emailed soon.

    • Steve says:

      The company that made Homesteaders is called the Quilting Solution. They no longer make the machine, but are still in business as a shop and can provide information.

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