Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Long Arm Quilt Report

I had the most wonderful weekend!
My birthday gift from my brother and his wife this year was to get to spend a weekend quilting with Patsy -- my sister-in-laws mom.  She has a beautiful, historic home out in the country, and a long-arm quilting machine!  So I spent the last three weeks busily sewing quilt tops together, but really had no idea what to expect when using a long arm.
 The learning curve was huge, and setting up the quilts on the long arm takes forever.  On the first day, I think it was 2 o'clock by the time I actually started quilting!  I'm happy to report that I quilted THREE quilt tops during the weekend (the second 2 went much faster, once I got the hang of the set up, bobbin loading, etc), and I'm so happy with how they turned out. 
For my City Sampler Quilt, I used a feathers pattern for the quilting -- the machine is set up so that you can move the handles to the opposite side of the long arm, and use a laser pointer to follow an all-over pattern.  It was really weird to be looking at the laser pointer and not at my quilt while quilting, but I just love the result.  I would never be able to free motion quilt in this intricate of a pattern on my machine.  For my next two quilts, I moved the handles back to the front of the machine, and free motion quilted my own designs.  It's harder than I thought!  But again, I love how it looks -- and these 2 smaller quilts were speedy -- finished in no time!

I'll be spending the next few days (or weeks?) sewing on binding!

(Linking up to WIP Wed at Freshly Pieced)


  1. Awesome gift, and it looks like you had a really good time!

  2. Seriously, I'm more than a little jealous! Sounds fantastic.

  3. What a fabulous gift! Looks like you had fun :o)

  4. what fun you had and wonderful quilted quilts at the end of it

  5. Such a wonderful gift to get to spend the whole weekend doing something you love! your quilts came out beautifully, good luck with all the bindings. :)