Saturday, January 05, 2008

Fun? YOU BETCHA!


Not only do I have a great family, I have a great group of quilting friends! One of my friends, CCCat, recently bought a long arm machine. She has graciously allowed me to learn to quilt on it. Yesterday I quilted one of our HeartStrings quilts, start to finish....I needed to warm up for my boot quilt. When I went home last night, I practiced "quilting" patterns. The pajama quilter recommends practicing on a white board. I don't own a white board, but I do own a 6 ft. mirror. I put it on my table and doodled away! Here are my practices.




CCCat does own a white board and I practiced more there....
This is the picture you are waiting for.....my quilt on the machine. We spent 5 hours working today. Together we set it up and I quilted. It is just over 1/2 done. I don't know how long
was actual quilting time but we only took breaks to roll the quilt, wind another bobbin, have one bit of trouble with the a knot and have a standing snack of nuts. We won't win any speed races but it's tons faster than my home machine. Also, she has only had her machine since Sept. and this is the 3rd time I've ever touched it. Yesterday was the first time I'd even been exposed to loading the quilt so I was still learning/remembering today.
I don't know what in the world I was doing with my chin, but I must have been concentrating like crazy! It's funny, the movement of long arm is exactly like the movement of pushing the quilt around on my home machine. If you are a competent home machine quilter, you will more than likely be able to use the long arm.
Here is a closeup of the quilting. I tried like crazy to not have to move this so you could enlarge it but no such luck. I inadvertently deleted it and had to move the picture after it reloaded. The pattern seems to be the one I resort to when I can't figure out what else to do. I did however, learn a new flower, wrote words in the quilt and have mastered the leaf! That middle flower didn't come out like I'd hoped but it still looks good kinda wonky.I'm going back tomorrow to finish and once it's bound I'll show the entire thing.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

That's your first quilting on a longarm? Wow! My first 10 didn't look that good!

Elaine Adair said...

I am green with jealousy!!1 arghhh. and fortunately, or unfortunately, there is NO room in my house for a long arm - I truly don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing. YOu sure did a GREAT job for being a newbie!

Beth said...

I think it looks GREAT! I just got the Pajama Quilter Reloaded DVD about 3 days ago. I have already worn out a dry erase marker..oh, and my dh made me go and buy a low odor one! I found my white board at GoodWill for about $3. I did have to get some dry erase cleaner, but I like to really clean it up once in awhile anyway...have fun!

Jen said...

Oh do tell, how does the dry erase markers work on a mirror? To me a door mirror would be the perfect shape for practicing because it's about the same width that I can do on my frame.

Your quilting looks fantastic! I bought the PJ Quilter too and really really need to get some practice in.

jillquilts said...

Your quilting looks great! I can't believe it was your first time on a long arm!

tami said...

Wow lucky you. It's great to have a friend with a longarm. :c)

Valerie said...

That looks fantastic! I'm so jealous - I need a friend with a longarm! Even more I'd love to have the longarm and be the friend every quilter wants to have! Lol*

Mary said...

Looks great, I'm heading off to load a quilt and do some Wonky Feathers. Looks like Dawn is inspiring us all these day's.

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