What do you know, another quick blog during my lunch break. This seems to be the norm for me, what with a full-time career and a moonlighting business of longarm quilting! The nice thing is, I get to do what I love in the evenings on customer quilts. And, yes, customers have started to arrive! That’s beyond cool for me 🙂
Ok, so the story goes like this. I met a very nice lady who taught a class at my local quilt shop, the Little Shop of Stitches in Miamisburg, Ohio last year. She gave me one-on-one instruction for drafting in EQ7. Now, I know how to draft in AutoCAD, But I really needed to know how to do it in EQ7 in order to create my Mom’s quilt… found in another blog posting earlier.
What do you know, but I got a call from her last week and she had a gorgeous turned edge applique wall quilt she wanted custom longarmed. You see, it is ALWAYS Christmas at her online store, http://www.quiltedchristmas.com and I was thrilled to take in this very special piece.
I used Quilters Dream Blend on the bottom and Quilters Dream Wool on the top and longarmed this with Glide thread.
We commiserated over the areas to be quilted and off I went to tackle this piece. 16 hours and 233,399 stitches later, it was done:
My customer requested that the bird carry a ribbon to the awaiting sleigh, so in went this special treatment. It was my first time “inventing” an object into the quilting and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I can see areas for improvement, but I’m giddy that I pulled this off (but not before practicing on a scrap piece that loaded).
It’s very hard to see from here, but each package in the sleigh got a special quilting treatment and the sleigh has a decorative wavy edge longarmed onto the bough of the sleigh with a scallop placed below it.
Well, my lunch break is nearly over. Thank you for stopping in and reading my latest blog. Be sure to check back in a few weeks for more quilting action and have a great day!