My first real quilt went on the frame a week ago. It has been a very slow go, as this is a full custom quilt done in an heirloom fashion. I designed this quilt in EQ7 and pieced it myself. I took a little time to design the quilting and it is now happening…slowly. Working a full-time career has it’s barriers to the quilting I want to do, but slowly and surely, this quilt is coming along. I’ll post more pictures as the quilting “develops”. For now, I am completely ecstatic over how nice this is turning out. Can you believe this is after just 5-6 months of owning this longarm?
This quilt is Batik both top and bottom and that presented a big challenge to me as my first true quilt. (Feet to the fire, no?). I chased a lot of issues before I realized I was using a ball point tipped needle. I bought some rounded sharp #19’s and that fixed the fraying of the quilt backing on my test piece, but I still had major thread breakage. I finally came upon the thought of lowering my needle bar (which meant it would need to be re-timed) and that did the trick. I’m learning and the stitching is gorgeous on this A-1 Platinum!