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I wanna go fast

I have been practicing on the longarm machine at the shop so I can get good enough to do some customer quilts. Nothing fancy yet, just a simple meander. Which is very easy, but it had been a long time since I used a longarm, and was a bit rusty. By the second quilt, my muscle memory started to come back, and my curves are looking like curves again, instead of jagged, over caffeinated chicken scratch. It helped a lot once I found the flux capacitor and was able to turn up the speed. I was going super duper fast, and I loved it! The first quilt had a few spots where the stitches were a bit long, and I had to constantly remind myself to slow down. Longarms have a dial that goes from 0-100, meaning the percentage of  the speed at which it is operating.. I was rockin’ 80. It was totally rad.

I love loopy swoopy designs, and that is what I did on this quilt. After I was done, I wished I had done it a little more densely, but it certainly is enough quilting, as far as holding it all together. I used a variegated Aurifil thread, 50 weight poly.  I used Quilter’s Dream Poly, and I LOVE this batting. I’ve used it before, so it’s nothing new, but it has been a while since I got the “good” stuff. Which is funny, actually, because I recently realized I have been over paying for batting from Hobby Lobby, (even with my coupon) and settling for a lesser quality than what I really wanted in my quilt. This dream poly has a wonderful drape and softness. And the texture actually helps when floating a top on the longarm, because it sort of grips it better. When I was quilting all the way to the edge of the borders, I didn’t have to baste or pin the edge down. The top clung to the batting, and stayed in place very nicely! I used an orange dot for the back, and the leftover bits may become the binding, unless I see a stripe in my stash that will work better. That’s a job for tomorrow. For now, I need to go fall asleep with a quilty magazine stuck to my face. I’m exhausted.

 

9 Comments

  1. lovely work there

    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink
  2. Tina wrote:

    You may find feathers easier to do on the longarm after you get use to the machine. Im glad you’re getting the hang of it all and having fun!

    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink
  3. Diane Rincon wrote:

    Impressive, Daisy! What a good quilt to get your long arm mojo back on on. Please to ignore iffy language. I’m so glad you’re letting us in on your lqs employee adventures!

    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:18 am | Permalink
  4. Sandi Colwell wrote:

    Looks beautiful to me! Love hearing about your work.

    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  5. Jackie wrote:

    Wonderful job! What fun.

    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink
  6. shari wrote:

    It’s beautiful Daisy!

    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  7. DaisyW wrote:

    That’s so awesome!

    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink
  8. SandyH wrote:

    Looks great!

    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  9. Kati R. wrote:

    Such a cute quilt, Daisy! I love the loopy quilting design, it’s so playful. Where do you get the Quilter’s Dream poly for a good price? Pleas share :)

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8:53 am | Permalink