I have not made a quilt in so long that I hope I remember how to cut fabric! I have fortunately been quilting quilts on the longarm. I am amazed at all the different quilts that have come to me to be quilted. I am honored that so many trust me to put the finishing touches on their quilts.
I thought about how hard it would be to turn over a quilt that I had put hours into and have a longarmer mess it up. It could happen. Just as a musician searches for their lx 18 to achieve live sound and music replay applications, a quilter pours their heart into each stitch of a quilt. I always take my time and listed to what the quilter expects me to do.
Some quilters want intricate quilting done on each and every block. That is very time consuming and costs quite a bit more to have quilted. When doing custom quilting, I use a lot of different rulers to come up with intricate designs that will enhance but not take away from the quilt design itself.
This is how I quilted a quilt for my Aunt Grace. Aunt Grace made the quilt and I quilted it on the longarm.
For a common quilt, I might use a pantograph that seems to sit in the background of the quilt. Many times it is hard to follow the design of the stitching as it flows from each block. This type of quilting goes faster and is less expensive. There are thousands of pantographs from which to choose. The type of pantograph I choose, often goes with the theme of the quilt. For instance, with a red, white and blue quilt, I might choose a star and circle pantograph. A quilt made for a cancer patient calls for a beautiful cancer ribbon design. A school quilt might need a tiger paw print here and there. I think you get the idea.
It is fun and I hope my customers are always happy with my vision.
We got a ton of snow dumped on us during the night. The weather man said it was coming but I didn’t want to believe him. I am so tired of worrying about whether meetings have been canceled and if I should risk getting thrown into a ditch if I venture out.
I have been working on a customer’s quilt. It is a Mary Engelbreit design called Recipe for Friendship. My customer doesn’t like all over random quilting so I did a lot of intricate ruler work on this quilt. I really like it even though it took a lot of time to quilt.
I love to work on baby quilts. They are small enough that if I want to try a new pattern of quilting, it goes quickly. I recently quilted these two baby quilts for a customer.
I used the Rambling Rose pantograph on this one.
I used a continuous curve in each block and feathers in the borders of this quilt called Baby’s Tears.
I have been quilting steadily for the past few weeks. Accomplishing so much and then whammo. Tilly, the longarm decided to throw one of her hitch pins. She has to go to the longarm hospital and wait while a part is ordered. I am so sad.
At least I was able to finish three quilts before this happened. I finished a mystery quilt in yellow and peach and a purple trip around the world quilt that my mom made. I also quilted my brother in-law’s t-shirt quilt.
When I put a quilt on the frame, I try to look at the whole quilt and plan how to quilt it. Mom and I just put my cousin’s quilt on the frame.
I have started by putting lines in the small borders, mom put flowers in the large outside border and now, I am working on what to do in each block.
I am taking a break from quilting on the longarm. I need to get on the computer and read about celebrity gossip, and politics to keep abreast of what is going on in the world! It also keeps my back from breaking.
I have been checking my amaryllis plant to see if it will bloom as pretty as my mom’s plant did last year. I need to stop looking at it. Hers blooms and she isn’t even home in the winter time! This is mom’s amaryllis blooming beautifully.
I bit the bullet and quilted a quilt for someone other than my mom or myself. My cousin made this beautiful quilt and was brave enough to let a beginner longarm user have at it!
Picking out a quilt pattern is like picking out a diamond engagement ring, there are so many variations from which to choose. I have watched quilting videos and practiced on a dry erase board until I felt confident to put the stitches into the quilt. Big gulp!
I finished this quilt and got it back from the lady I hired to do the longarm quilting on it. She did a beautiful job quilting it but now that mom bought a longarm, I can quilt them myself. It is so much fun quilting on that machine! It is always better when you have your own equipment. Whether it be sewing machines or computers, having control over your own work is so much better.