Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My First adventure with a Long Arm

Yup you read that right...I got over my fear of ruining a quilt when quilting it and with a little help from my friend Angela (and a little push) I was successful!

I decided to stipple this quilt and even though I looked tense and at times oblivious to the outside world (or the 6 others who were in the room at the time) I was as relaxed as I get.

I was petrified that I wouldn't know where to go with the needle and would have a quilt full of points when I changed directions, but that wasn't the case at all. Once I got my rhythm the curves followed. What do you think? Here's 2 close ups of the quilting.

I have to tell you that this was by and far the easiest quilt I ever finished. An hour or 2 to quilt it and then all I had to do was bind it. Here's the finished quilt. It's a Jelly Roll Race Quilt made from a Veranda jelly roll I won from FatQuarterly during a Talkin' Tuesday chat room. If you haven't check out these great sites you really should.

What are you working on this week? Believe it or not I am going back to the Long arm machine (my new favorite thing in the world) and finishing another quilt, just trying to decide which one to do.

Till next time


  1. Looks like you did a fabulous job. I really want to learn how to use a long-arm (my dream is to have my own!). Were you at a LQS? This weekend I worked on some bee blocks - no sewing for me.

  2. Very nice job now you will be a pro at it in no time...

  3. Lovely quilting, Sharon. Julirose

  4. Awesome job!

  5. You did such a great job! I'm really intimidated by the thought of trying to long-arm - but then, I'm still a new-enough quilter that I haven't gotten a free-motion foot for my machine, and am still doing stitch-in-the-ditch & 1/4" to the side of seams for my quilting. Glad to hear you enjoyed long-arming and that you are doing it on a second quilt. Can't wait to see pictures :)

  6. Great job!! I think you did awesome. That's what I need to do is jump in. hehe. I love your jelly roll quilt. Great colors. Veranda is gorgeous.

  7. Great job Sharon - wish I'd stayed to see you! Angela's great with taking away the fear factor! Thanks to her I was ready for Christmas a little early. Waiting to see your next longarm quilt!

  8. Great Job, can't wait to see what you do next.


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