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

9 comments:

  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.

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

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  3. Lovely quilting, Sharon. Julirose

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  4. Awesome job!
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  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 :)

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  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.

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  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!

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

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