Friday, October 10, 2008

Slow Quilting Start

I woke up this morning and decided to read my email while I ate breakfast. However, my laptop wouldn't connect to the internet. I went to the PC and it also didn't connect. A call to my server and, after a failed attempt at resetting the router, I was told that they would try to fix it from "there" or they would send a technician today, tomorrow or maybe Monday. I was really depressed about no internet for 3-4 days but what could I do?: go out to eat is what. Anyway, when I got back from eating and running errands, my email was back. Whoo Hoo!!!

I am still pretty new at long/mid arm quilting but I did learn some tricks to getting ready for free motion, which I really enjoy. I bought a white board and markers. I draw a reasonable outline of the quilt I am doing and sometimes even the blocks themselves. Then I "practice" different quilt patterns. By the way I quilt better than I draw but I have gotten used to that and don't judge my drawing ability any more. Anyway, I take a picture of the design I decide to use and then have it with me when I quilt. It is amazing how often I refer to the drawing to keep me on track. This is the drawing for the Falling Leaves quilt currently on the frame.
I decided on the small meander after outlining the leaves. I have finished quilting the blocks, done with invisible thread, and now am ready to start the sashing. I think I will be doing the small oak leaves using the Meandering Magic technique. This will be done with a varigated thread that has several Fall colors. Since the borders are very colorful I am only doing loops and swirls because they won't be seen much.
And now it is off to the studio. If I don't get busy I will have used us a whole day with no quilting, only talking about it. GARI


  1. I can't wait to see this quilt done - I find I can usually quilt something if I practice drawing it enough myself.

    You asked about the quilting on my Amish Stripes and Strings - that was quilted with the Circle Lord Swirls template and I used black thread. I never use invisible thread for quilting - I can usually find some thread that I like the looks of even when doing an allover design like this. You can see a closeup of the quilting in this link below:

  2. I, too, am looking at the HQ and live in South Carolina. Do you mind telling me where you got yours? Any other feedback you care to share would be sooo appreciated! Thanks.


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