My longarm quilting progress is so satisfying! Many of you have been kind enough to ask me how I am getting on with Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, so I have a few photos here of our joint efforts.
The first huge quilt that I have completed on Minnie was this one which is queen size. It’s a reversible quilt so I needed an overall design that would fit with the design on both sides of the quilt. At the top of the block you can just see the scallops that I alternated with the diamonds. For the diamonds I used the chevrons on my stylus pattern board once and then went back to the beginning of the row and quilted the same chevrons, but moved along by half a chevron so that the second chevrons combined with the first ones to make diamond shapes.
Stitch in the ditch quilting
I think I have already shown you the butterfly meadow quilt that I completed on Minnie using a combination of stitch in the ditch quilting with some flowers to fill in the gaps.
This one has already been sold, so let’s hope I can begin to claw back some of the costs of Minnie with some more quilt sales.
Longarm quilting progress – Free motion quilting
The quilt that I’m working on at the moment was intended to be entirely free motion quilted. I marked diagonal lines within the squares to give me a guide and then quilted a flower in each of the larger squares. You can see that my petals aren’t all the same size as each other, but overall I was pleased with how they looked.
For the filler quilting in the white parts of the quilt, I used simple loops. Start with a small loop, then quilt back and forth a couple of times to add progressively bigger loops. I find that this is an effective form of quilting that really is very easy to do.
The reason that I said this quilt was meant to be all free motion quilting is because I left some of the smaller squares unquilted, thinking that it would suit the design. However, now I feel that they were slightly too large to leave unquilted and I’m thinking about what to do. The idea that I’m tending towards is a French knot in the middle of these squares, but I hope I’ll be able to show you the completed quilt next week – along with some more of my longarm quilting progress.
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