My first longarm quilting

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

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

Perhaps it makes a better beard.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

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3 comments

  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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