Yes, it has been 3 months last my last blogpost. WOW! I didn’t even realize it was that long. I will need several blogpost to share everything with you.
One of the most important things that happened these last 3 months, is that my longarm machine arrived! I have been wanting a longarm from the moment I first laid eyes on one in a YouTube video somewhere in 2013.
Getting a longarm in Europe means you don’t have a lot of brands to choose from. I selected the Handi Quilter Avanté which gave me the best quality for my budget. A mayor factor on deciding on this machine was also the fact that the dealer is very very close by.
The first practice piece we loaded on the longarm was a quilt sandwich with black fabric on top. I used a bright yellow neon thread for practicing my first ‘quilting moves’. Here is a little video of the longarm and that practice piece. The link will take you to YouTube. I haven’t figured out yet how to shoot a video while quilting; it is on my to-do-list!
The next practice quilt I filled with swirl-hooks and an angular meander which I loved to do.
I turned parts of this practice piece into placemats and a few pouches for a friend.
Since the longarm was set up this summer, I have been steadily loading several charity quilts. The donated quilt tops were put together by my quilty friends earlier this year from donated blocks. With the longarm in the house I was finally able to start working on the quilts.
Here are the first two (in no particular order). The quilts are not finished yet… the binding need to be put together and I think I will ask my quilty friends to come and help me do the bindings when I get through the pile of tops.
Love the vibrant top that a very kind quilter donated!
I quilted a swirl-hook and had a lot of fun doing it!
The purple and tan fabric is the back.
I have been using the stitch regulator on the longarm and I like so far. Personally I like to work without a regulator on my domestic machine, but with the longarm I enjoy the perks of the expensive machine, ha ha!
Colorful blocks from several quilters.
Deatils of some of my favorite blocks… I put a different pattern on each block and took cues from the patterns on the fabrics or the patchwork pattern.
This last quilt was quilted much more densely as the first one. I have noticed that I like to do dense quilting… like A LOT! 🙂
Hope to write another blogpost soon about the other charity quilts, a special quilt for my friend and several baby quilts.