3 Months ago, Wow!

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.

37311791740_dd1d502c82_z_d

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!

36900759073_994e18bb6e_z_d

The next practice quilt I filled with swirl-hooks and an angular meander which I loved to do.

37311790890_4ff799bed4_z_d

I turned parts of this practice piece into placemats and a few pouches for a friend.

36900758513_3bcc8f8d92_z_d

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.

Quilt 1:

37522450126_989db94c86_z_d

Love the vibrant top that a very kind quilter donated!

I quilted a swirl-hook and had a lot of fun doing it!

37522448756_2f6b9b6d0c_z_d

The purple and tan fabric is the back.

37312159290_27ca572337_z_d

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!

Quilt 2:

Colorful blocks from several quilters.

37312158830_207e1d66dc_z_d

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.

37522445706_60b1b0cc9f_z_d

37522444996_592403b3eb_z_d

37522444496_e04bf72149_z_d

37522443716_f62dc411b0_z_d

37312157270_88e6586c50_z_d

37312157790_090d3a5f16_z_d

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.

Until then,

Esther

 

Advertisements

19 thoughts on “3 Months ago, Wow!

  1. Your quilting is beautiful. I love the pouches you made using the practice piece too. Do you use a panto or are you quilting freehand?

  2. Well, we missed you, but it’s easy to see why! What a lovely toy, and it’s the perfect thing for you and your passion for fantastic, innovative quilting.

  3. I remember when I bought my Innova, I spent 18 hours a day playing!! So glad you started with FMQ – it is so much fun to have TOTAL control over what you do rather than following a panto. You are doing great with your FMQ!! Enjoy having a longarm as your new best friend!!

  4. Those are great patterns on the various colorful blocks. It looks like you are enjoying learning new techniques. Thank you for photographing each and sharing them with us.

  5. Impressive work considering you are so new to Longarm quilting. I am a teeny bit jealous, but I just don’t have the room. Just a suggestion, but why don’t you machine sew your bindings, I do it all the time because my hand sewing leaves much to be desired. Especially being charity quilts, it would be a good way to practice.

  6. Congratulations on your new machine. It looks very professional. It also looks HUGE. I admire you for learning to use it. Hope it will provide many hours of fun during the winter months.

  7. It’s good to see you playing and practicing with your new longarm. So are you completely converted now? No more domestic machine quilting? It’s all very interesting because I have tried longarm quilting several times, and definitely don’t like it. Probably because I can’t do it! We’re drawn to what we’re successful at, right? Glad you are! I’ll happily continue to domestic machine quilt, and wait for the not-often-enough-asked-question: Do you have a longarm? “No.” 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s