This is Carla's robotic quilting machine. It was working away as we were cutting, sorting and pressing fabric. It would stop at the end of the row and wait patiently until someone would come and move it back to the beginning again. It is much faster to quilt by yourself, but it sure is nice to be able to walk away from the machine and do something else too.This is Betty. She used to teach at my high school and is now retired. She always brings cookies :) I like Betty...a lot! The lady in the background takes the leftover pieces of fabric and turns them into the most wonderful creations. No pattern, just her imagination! (Carla, what is her name?)
Sorry, dark picture, but the lady on the left, I just had to give the worst time to. She loves to talk. Her name is Josie and she worked that Accuquilt Studio cutter the whole time. She was cuttting quilt kids for 4 hours! I kept telling her she wasn't working fast enough. There was a 12 year old there who is the sister of one of my students. She and I were pulling fabrics for more quilt kits. We would pull about 5 kits for evey one Josie would cut. By the time we were done, Josie was so far behind us. It looked like she hadn't done anything! Plus, a lady came to the meeting and left with most of the kits Josie had cut. We told her she couldn't take any of the old, stale kits, she had to take the fresh cut kits that were just made today. Poor Josie. She just couldn't keep up with all of us. She had a great time getting teased! She loved being the center of all of the attention...I hope! She was a great help in getting lots and lots of boxes for me too.
Thanks to everyone who has helped with this huge project. The end is near!
I am hoping to have a final count of the quilts that are done by this weekend. There are still about 100 quilts that need to be quilted so the project will go on into June, but please don't send any more quilts after May 31.