IQpicI have a new toy!  Yea!  I love toys and this one is fabulous.  It's a computerized component to my longarm quilting machine from Intelliquilter.  OMG it's fun.  I also purchased the Art and Stitch software package so I can digitize my own quilting designs.  Right now I'm still working on converting all of my paper pantographs into digitized quilting files.  The best thing about the computerized system is that there are truely no limits.  When I was working with the paper pantos, the size of the paper pattern was the size of the design on your quilt.  Not any more.  After I get the paper patterns digitized, I can stitch out the pattern in any size to fit any quilt.  Isn't that great?!

I also enrolled in a few digital quilting pattern clubs so every month my library of available designs grows.  So far I've completed over two dozen quilts with the computeried system.  I love that I can do custom work in blocks, borders, and sections of a block with pinpoint accuracy.  Plus, I can see everything on the screen before I sew it onto the actual quilt.  I can edit and change designs at will without being limited to the paper pattern.  When I want to do free-hand work, it's very easy to change from the computer driven system to the manual system.  With the new edge rider wheels, the machine glides like an ice skater on a fresh rink.   Did I mention that I absolutely love love love my new toy!!!!! : )

<<< Here is a picture of the IQ as it just finishes booting up.  This is when the excitement begins and the creative juices start to flow.


This is a picture of a recent custom quilt that I programmed into the IQ and stitched out. It was absolutely gorgeous when it was all completed.


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