Saturday, February 09, 2013

The beginning of a new LONGARM STUDIO !

Well friends,  I know I have been missing and not 'active' here for awhile, but I've been doing a lot of thinking and needed to figure out what I wanted to do without the distraction of other blog inspiration.  I don't know if that makes sense, but sometimes so much inspiration is distracting and sometimes a bit daunting too.    People are just so darn productive and talented!

I have decided to learn and become a longarm quilter alongside my usual designing and piecing.   I absolutely adore the quilting process and cannot wait to develop my skills and become amazing at what I do so that I can share my process with you.   :-)    I have purchased a longarm machine and it will be delivered within the next week or two!  Wahooo!!!

Names of my home business have been haunting me - I really cannot figure it out - if you have suggestions...let me know.  I want something a bit urban/hip/modern  yet don't want to detract from the traditionalists either -  I hope to learn lots from them!

My business will be a developmental one - and I want to share my process with you.  Hope that's okay!

For now, I need to say thank you to my husband, who willingly gave up his future man cave and giant screen projection tv to house our new big ass long arm machine.

Here are some before pics of my future longarm studio/business space:

The longarm machine is going to fit in this space.  We've sold the couches and the tv we are storing for someone for now.  See that big projector screen at the top?  yep.  my husband rocks.  
We will most likely be painting this area white to brighten it up and get some better lighting.  It is a basement and a little dark. 

On the other side of the space is my sewing area which is as is.  I didn't clean or decorate for you.  Sorry.

My sewing area which will also change around. 

Our basement is a walk-UP basement so this is the hallway to the outside.

There's Trent getting ready to assemble some storage cabinets for me.   In that space I plan to have storage and a bigass cutting table in the middle.  where the treadmill is, I'm not sure what will be there.

I also need to put a design wall somewhere.  I finally get a real design wall!

Whoops - gotta go,  need to make sure Trent doesn't assemble these upside down!  LOL

Stay tuned for my series of setting up my longarm quilting business.   I plan to post photos and videos of setup of studio,  arrival of my bigass machine - assembly process by ME!  and everything thereafter. The joys and the pains and everything inbetween.  

If you have questions or there is something you are interested in reading about during this process, please let me know.   I'll also continue with my regular quilt posts as well.....that won't change.


  1. My oh my, Andrea, you are well on your way to a profitable home business and a load of fun for you in the process. How wonderful for you that your husband supports you; I am blessed that way too.

    Good luck, I look forward to seeing you as you build this up to productive status...

  2. Is 'bigass' the brand name of the longarm then? ;-)

  3. Good Luck with your new venture. Im sure you'll be able to make it a success.

    LOVE that work space!

  4. Looks like a great set-up! All I could come up with name-wise is "Stitch With It" (like 'stick with it' but with sewing… and 'with it' as is in you know what you're doing stitch-wise and/or are hip, fresh, modern.. lol) If I come up with anything else, I'll let you know. :-)

  5. So exciting...I'm so glad I'm not the only one taking over the basement.

  6. Hi Andrea,
    Congrats on the longarm! Picking a name can be fun, you can spin off what you have already (something like Millions of Threads) or use your location in your have endless choices.
    I wanted to mention that I am returning to school for graphic arts (I am also a quilter, which is why I follow your blog)and I am looking for some side projects to build a portfolio. I'd be willing to work with you on some basic branding - business cards, blog banners, etc, at no cost (really, I am not selling anything :)). If you want, contact me through my quilting website and I can give you more info.
    Good luck with the new machine!!

  7. Gee, I was going to suggest The Bigass Woman Cave but Millions of Threads sounds good too!

  8. This is so exciting! I'm behind on blog reading and just spotted your series of posts about the new machine. I just tried a long arm machine at QuiltCon and it was really fun!

    All the best! (did you know Angela Walters just did a series on how to have a great business as a longarmer?)

  9. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.


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