With the re-launch of my quilting services, I decided to make a few videos. So far I have a binding tutorial, and one about how to get your quilt ready for the long arm machine. I have got a couple up, and a few more on the way. Have a look, and if you have any feedback or something you would like to see, or a question I can try to answer I would love it!
Jenny Sews on Youtube
Just wanted to share a picture of her quilt once it was quilted. This picture was taken with my camera sitting on the floor, and I was cracking up at our little faces just peaking over the top. This meander stitch took her about 5 hours, and she went very fast. The quilt is about 105 by 105, (that is approximate, I can’t remember the exact dimensions). That is pushing the limit of the largest quilt that will fit on my machine.
My sister in law came to quilt today, so I thought I’d take a couple of pictures of the process and share what it’s like to use a long arm machine.
This is the quilt when it is first loaded on the machine. This is the reason you need the back of the quilt and the batting to be larger. The front will lie on them, and may travel as you quilt it. The extra space keeps you safe from going off of the edge.
Isn’t her quilt magnificent? It is Moda’s Nest Fabric, with nesting stars. I may have died of cuteness, but then I wouldn’t have been able to help her use the machine. She is an unusually fast stippler. This is a large, king sized quilt, and she stippled it in less than five hours. If you are thinking you can do that, I would pause and try it first. I am pretty sure I could not do it that speed, and I’ve had a lot of practice. That is the fastest I’ve seen one done on this machine.
I love that she hand stitched a little inscription here. Always sign your work, friends.
This is what the edges of the quilt look like when it comes off of the long arm machine. The quilt is ready to be trimmed, and then bound. There is a line of stitching around three sides of the quilt, and the fourth side is basted together. I always trim these edges so the stitching will be inside of the quilt binding. Up in the corner of the photo is a non matching scrap I used to test tension. That’s the other reason you need the backing and the batting to be bigger. Long arm machines need the tension adjusted if there are variances between sizes of battings, threads, etc.
Any questions? Shoot me an email, or comment.
In my non-sewing life I am a realtor, and one of my awesome clients gave me a bunch of eye spy quilt kits already cut out. Well, I have some nieces who live so far away, and it drives me crazy that I only see them on the internet. I knew where this quilt had to go.
I combined a couple of them so I could make it bigger, since they are growing girls. I made it checkered, with predominantly colored and then mostly white blocks. It worked out great.
I played and played with how to quilt it, and finally settled happily on this floral pattern. This quilt is about 60 by 67 inches, and it took about two hours to quilt on my machine, not including time to load it and unload it.
Then I decided on polka dot binding, because you can’t really go wrong with that. I hope they will love it and feel a little hug from me when they wrap up in it. Thank you, Linda! Now I have to decide if I want to try to drive all that way and give it to them in person, or mail it …
Many, many years ago, when I was eighteen years old, my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister. She thought it would be a great idea for me to see the baby be born, since I was likely to eventually be a mother myself. My mom had had several good experiences with epidurals, and thought that watching a calm, pain free birth might help me not be afraid when it came time to have my own kids.
When the birth night came, my mother called me to the hospital. This was her eighth child, and the doctor had given her a treatment to get her labor going. She progressed quickly, and when I got there my mom was ready for an epidural.
While they were inserting the epidural, my mom progressed extremely rapidly. After the epidural was in, my mom began screaming in pain, and then began bearing down to push the baby out. I would say this was about a half hour after I got to the hospital. My baby sister made an exciting entrance into the world before the epidural took effect.
I decided that if it hurt like that, I would NOT be having children. Six years later, I did have my own daughter. Let me tell you, it took well over an hour. Over sixteen, in fact. But I am getting away from the real point of this post, which is that another eighteen years later, my baby sister graduated from high school. So I made her a quilt. This is a rainbow zig zag, because she has a colorful personality. I put a zebra print flannel on the back, and bound it in black.
Unlike my sister when she was born, this quilt was very late. Thankfully, she graciously accepted it anyway.