My first longarm quilting

My very first longarm quilting project ended up looking like this:


Well, at least the thread is pretty, right!??

Perhaps it makes a better beard.


Where did that feather come from?? I think that’s why I’m not so big on men with large bushy beards. You never know what you attract in your chin muff.

Okay, so where did I go wrong? I forgot to check the tension!!!! The top tension looked just fine. It was beautiful. The variegated thread was gorgeous in my Kaffe Fassett quilt! I was so mesmerized by the quilting and the fact that I was doin’ it all freehand on my longarm that DUH….neglected to crawl underneath the machine to check the tension.

It was a horrible mess. I had quilted nearly 1/2 the quilt before I thought, “Hey, maybe I should see what the other side of the quilt looks like.”

I’m keeping the mass of tangled thread…..right on top of my machine. This will serve as a constant reminder to double check.


After 3 days of picking out every single stitch (on the couch while watching Game of Thrones) – I put it back on the longarm and finished it.


Ta-da! All the fabric is Kaffe Fassett. The original pattern is actually from Craftsy – Flower Garden Quilt┬ábut after cutting out some of the pieces, I decided to not follow the pattern exactly. I wanted more space in between each of the squares.

I’m loving the quilt – it’s bright, happy and best of all, IT’S DONE.

The center 4-patch is one of the machine’s designs. The rest of it is free motion. Here’s my very first feather on the quilt.


It’s wiggly woggly, but I’ve been practicing everyday!

I’ve currently got the Dizzy Kaleidoscope on the longarm – almonst done…..




  1. Monica Eggleton says:

    What are you up to in your quilting world? I am still playing around with various quilt squares from Craftsy classes. I now have thirty something, and have started the sashing around each block. This will be king sized when done, so I will quilt each square separately as well. Unfortunately I now see the concern other classmates had with losing their points when block finished out (not enough seam allowance). I just don’t know how that can be changed when I make block again, do you know? I speaking of half square points, points on stars, and tips off one side of flying geese.Love your square quilt.

    • jaden says:

      Hey Monica!
      I’ve just come back from a weekend in Miami and actually met up with Craftsy people. They want me to teach a cooking class – now I’ve got to come up with a good class people will like!

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