Play date with George

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Beth Schillig
Beth Schillig
I had a play date with George on Friday, and I invited two of my friends to come over and play, too.

Beth Schillig is so knowledgeable and such a good teacher! She used to sell Berninas. Once she retired, she thought she would do something completely different, but thankfully she gravitated towards quilting. She makes fabulous, award winning quilts. Now she sells the George machine, too, and she wants everyone to love him as much as she does.

Maxine Thomas
Maxine Thomas
Maxine Thomas is an art quilter, too. She and Beth have done a terrific job as the SAQA Ohio co-reps for the last couple years.

Maxine and I both bought our George machines from Beth. Our goal for the day was for Maxine and I to become completely comfortable with George. Beth brought a George along with her and we set it up across the room from mine in sweet hubby’s space. He volunteered to vacate the premises for the day! Two Georges in one room must be too much for any husband to have to tolerate.

SamplesMy secondary goal was to try out a variety of threads. I wanted to know that I could properly adjust the tension no matter which thread I choose to use, so I spent some time going back and forth between threads and fiddling with the machine as needed. To help keep track of which thread I was using, I found it easiest to quilt the name of the thread each time I tried something new. I like quilting letters because the alphabet covers just about every shape and direction that you might possibly want to quilt.

All in all, it was a great way to get to know these two ladies and George a little better. Thanks for coming, Beth and Maxine!

2 Responses

  1. Ed Chamness

    Is the mid-arm machine just for quilting, or can you piece on it as well?