Welcome to I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins! It’s been a while since the last link-up and I hope to see you all back linking up with me on a weekly basis. Please remember that this linky party is about the quilting process. Everything from sketching your quilting designs to lessons you learnt stitching it all together. If you love quilting, this is the place to be
Ironically, as I restart the I Quilt linky party I am also returning to my ‘day job’ for the first time in eight years! This afternoon was my first day back and I was a nervous wreck on the way to the office. I actually had a great time and am really looking forward to working in an interesting area with some really nice, friendly people. Yay! I will still be taking quilts, so please pop over to my longarm quilting website if you’re interested in that
This week I thought I would talk about how I am finding quilting on my longarm This week I have been working on a quilt for my bed – the only bed in our house that doesn’t have a quilt made by me on it! I made the top (above) a few months ago and put it aside to quilt on my longarm.
One difference between a domestic and longarm quilting machine is that you don’t need to baste your quilt. I was looking forward to this as I don’t particularly love crawling around on my knees and poking myself with pins. What I didn’t realise is that the tension is so much better whilst quilting on a longarm as the frame holds everything nice and firmly (in the above photo I am “floating my quilt top”, which means that the batting and top are hanging free and the back is “loaded”/wound onto the take-up rollers). Seriously, I was pinching myself admiring the lovely texture of my SLQ (below), sure the work isn’t perfect as this was my first time using a ruler, but wow, look how smooth that quilt is!
I used a variety of fabric in this quilt top, voile, linen blend and quilter’s cottons. Whilst the voile definitely wasn’t as forgiving as the cotton if I needed to unpick… It really quilted up lovely (the teal border below is a lovely voile.)
I have to say that Angela Walters is a bit of a idol of mine. I’ve read her a number of times saying that if a customer gives her freedom to do whatever quilt design she would like, she always goes with feathers. I really wasn’t sure how to quilt the large outer borders of this quilt and I didn’t want to overpower the beautiful Anna-Maria Horner print (from her Loulouthi line). Feathers in a lovely soft Aurifil thread (2000 in 50wt) have done the job quite nicely I probably went a bit overboard, but I do love to quilt and I really did fall in love with my longarm whilst quilting this beast
Now it’s your turn! What have you been quilting this week? Have you ever swapped machines and had a different quilting experience? Do you have a fall-back design that you use to quilt busy prints? Add your link below and please remember to visit at least 3 other linkers We all love comments!