Recently when a member of Taupo Quiltmakers came to drop off a quilt she asked to see my machine. As a result of that she asked me if I would be prepared to show other club members my machine and how I go about loading a quilt. “A day if the life of a long arm quilter” was born.
Six Quilters came to spend the morning with me. I had prepared a calico whole cloth quilt to put on my machine. I showed the ladies how I do that and talked as we went about backings, battings and why your long arm quilter asks for a generous amount of backing fabric.
I had marked a Star on point in the middle of the fabric, setting triangles and a narrow frame around that.
Firstly I showed the ladies how I baste the quilt sandwich from top to bottom before I start to quilt. Then I moved on to show them how I do ruler work. I stitched out the Star, the setting triangles, the pumpkin seed shapes in the middle of the star and the narrow frame around the center..
From there I moved onto some free motion quilting. Filling in the spaces between the pumpkin seeds, one of the setting triangle feathers and the curling ribbon in the narrow stitched border.
After that the ladies took control and all had a turn at the machine.
When the ladies departed I went back and and stitched pearls around the star, completed the feathers, filled in the balance of the background and bound our quilt.
I think we made a great team effort. What do you think?
Thanks for popping by
PS Once it was completed one of the team got to take the quilt home.