To-Do Tuesday

To-Do Tuesday 4-7-15 | A little surprise

Happy Tuesday! My week went quite a bit sideways on me, as Mister surprised me with an anniversary present one month early. Actually, he surprised me with telling me what my present was going to be one month early. It arrives on Wednesday. While I’m at work. Wahhhh!!

Juki 2200 QVP-S Sit Down Free-Motion Quilting Machine
Juki 2200 QVP-S Sit Down Free-Motion Quilting Machine  Image Credit:

So, what is it? He bought be a Juki 2200 Quilt Virtuoso Pro sit down machine. What the what?! Yeah, that is exactly what I said. I’ll write all about it after the machine comes in and I take a bunch of pictures. And play with it for a while. I didn’t get the extension leafs. The right and left leaf are 15″ wide, and they’re $350 each. 30″ of space for $700? That’s a little much for me. I insisted that I would pay for any extras for the machine… and I’m being a bit frugal right now. For the moment I’d prefer to butt a table up to the side for some extra support for my quilt. Maybe they’ll have a great sale eventually. In the meantime, Mister [aka Jack-of-all-trades] is busy trying to come up with his own plan.

Juki 2200 QVP-S  with no extension leafs
Juki 2200 QVP-S with no extension leafs  Image Credit:

Needless to say, knowing this is on its way required a reorganization of my already cramped space in our joint hobby room. There may or may not have been some snappishness on my part as I moved everything around and realized I have WAY too much stuff. The Mister may or may not have uttered the dreaded words, “You know, it really looks like you are at the point of needing to sew more things than needing to buy more fabric.” And then, “I bet a lot of husbands say that to their wives, don’t they?” I may or may not have replied with, “Oh, I actually have plans for most of all of that fabric. I just need to finish the Iron Man quilt and then I can get to it….”

I wonder how many times we’re destined to repeat that same conversation? I’m sure you quilters with more quilting years under your belt will let me know. I think we’ve had this conversation once a year since I started quilting 3 years ago.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Set up the new machine! EEEEK!!!
  • Play with the new machine. A LOT. A WHOLE LOT.
  • Get back to working on the Iron Man quilt.
  • Do more weeding.

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6 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 4-7-15 | A little surprise

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m still in the “I can’t believe this is real” place. It’s supposed to be delivered this afternoon. I can’t wait to start playing!


  1. Wow wee – that is a wonderful anniversary surprise! Christine, you are going to have a blast with that! I love how it isn’t gi-normous.
    Isn’t it ridiculous when manufacturers charge so much for simple things, like leaf extensions? They could sell a ton of them if they just priced them reasonably. You and Mister Brad will figure out something even better on your own, I am sure!
    Sorry that I do not have a to do list this week.


    1. Thank you, Lara! I can’t wait to get it and start playing with it. I really like that it’s not huge too. Brad really thought the whole thing through! I agree about the manufacturers charging so much. I felt guilty at first about NOT getting them, since it is functional, but I just can’t justify that cost myself. Brad has definitely been coming up with some good ideas. We are supposed to get the machine/table delivered today and that will give us a better idea if we can add something to it ourselves or if it’s just better to buy some extra fold-away tables to push up against it.


  2. Wow! That is a great anniversary surprise! Congratulations! Brad is a keeper for sure! I want to hear all you have to say about it once you get to playing with it. I’ve had a Juki TL2010Q on the radar to check out. But it might be a while! So, I’d love to hear about your Juki 2200 Pro!

    Don’t tell the Mister, but I’ve been clearing out some of my fabric by making pillowcases. I’m realizing I’m just not going to get to all those delicious plans for quilts in my lifetime! But, I am using the fabric, or getting it to good homes where it will be used. Plus, my style has changed a lot. I love brights now, but used to be drawn to the dark Thimbleberries type fabrics.

    Happy stitching! I’ll post my list later today.


    1. I’m still blown away, Sharon! He definitely is a keeper! I was looking at the Juki TL2010Q a while ago myself. I ended up with a very similar machine, the Brother PQ1500, simply because it was a lot less and parts were more easily available if something happened to it. I love that machine, it’s an absolute workhorse! I’ve heard amazing things about the Juki TL, so if you decide to get that one I am sure you’ll love it. I’ve heard the cost has gone down now too and isn’t as much as it was when I was looking at them.

      I may be making some pillow cases myself too! I’ve been going through some of my fabric recently and wondering when I’m ever going to use it. Pillow cases would be a great way to use it and not be wasteful.

      Have a great day! I will be visiting your blog shortly!


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