Here’s my second attempt at machine quilting with my longarm machine. I’m almost finished with it as the part at the bottom is the border. I did some experimenting and had some trouble with thread breakage. I didn’t have any trouble with catching the fabric on the rollers this time 🙂
Here’s my first quilt quilted on my quilting machine. It’s a charity quilt for my guild, Circle in the Square Quilters. My mom was here this past week and gave me a refresher course on how to load the machine as well as a few other important tips………it was all the “push” I needed to get going!!
Here’s the charity quilt off the machine followed by a detail shot of my first quilting attempt. I’m fairly happy with the results and learned several lessons. Lesson 1) Do not quilt too closely to the rolled parts of the quilt as the needle can and will catch the fabric on the roll and Lesson 2) The red button will stop the machine and should be used when the needle catches any fabric on the rollers 🙁
Here’s the progress I made at the workshop. I know it’s not even half a completed block but I’m always slow in classes and I’m pleased with how well I did sewing the two curved seams. Now I’ll focus on cutting the New York Beauty arc template more precisely and I’ll be happy :). It was a great class and I will continue working on this quilt….I want to become comfortable with curves so I’m looking at this as my practice project.
Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville shares photos of old quilts and I love looking at them so I’m sharing this unusual block done with half square triangles (might be simple using large hst and cutting them similar to Delectable Mountains methods).
I’m taking a workshop with Toby Lischko and these are the fabrics for the project. The main fabric is one of the ones from Hancock’s of Paducah in my previous post. I pulled the two purple fabrics from my stash and purchased the black polka dot, aqua print and the green ginkgo leaf background print from Jackman’s Fabrics, a local quilt shop with three locations in the greater St Louis area. The background piece was a lucky find. It was in one of the charm packs I picked up at Hancock’s of Paducah and it seemed perfect for this project. Mind you, the charm packs were on clearance so that means they’ve been out for a while, so what are the chances of finding the fabric? Pretty good as I found it the first place I looked!!! 🙂
I finished my first block of the Folk Style Sampler (from Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vols. 12 & 13). The pattern calls for “cut & paste” (my term for fusing the pieces) appliqué but I prefer the look and durability of turned appliqué. I have a 45 min ride on the MetroLink to & from work and try always to have a hand work project to keep me busy. I’m guessing this project will take about two years to complete even though there are only 9 blocks total because the borders are appliquéd as well. It was started Aug 2007 so we shall see how long it takes 🙂