Sunday, April 17, 2011

Long Arm Practice

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I found a local quilt store that rents their long-arm after you take a class.  I took the class two weeks ago, and went back this past Friday to practice.

I've got to say that it was a TON of fun.  I can tell I need a lot of practice, but boy did I LOVE it!

So without further ado...  here are some pics!  (Keep in mind, this was my first time!)

The whole thing.  I ran out of bobbin in the bottom left.  I was just about done, so I just left it...

The hearts were done with "groovy boards".  They turned out not bad.  The rows of flowers directly below them were "groovy boards" too.  Didn't turn out as well.

I do ok with loops and stars.  And apparently cursive capital "G".  Didn't even realize I did that...

The very beginning.  A little nerve-wracking, but we all have to start somewhere, right?

I kinda liked this star, although not perfect.

And not too bad of a swirly.

These atrocious stars were an attempt at a "groovy board" well beyond my abilities at the moment.
I can't wait to go back again and play some more.  Next time, I'll actually quilt a quilt.  It will be scary, but I've got to just jump in and do one.  I finished a top for my roommate in December, and I think that one will be the guinea pig.  If it turns out horrible, I'll just make her another one!  LOL!  She won't mind...

If you were going to do long arm quilting, what would be your default quilt pattern???  I think mine will be meandering loops!  LOL!



Shay said...

For your first go I think it looks awesome! Seriously. How fun you can rent time on a long arm - you cant do that here.

I'd go with meandering loops too. Nice for free form and if you stuff up here and there people are less likely to notice overall.

You'll have this down pat and make a gorgeous quilt for your friend-I just know it.

Jo Ann said...

I think you are doing a fantastic job. With lots of practice you will have this all down and will be making fabulous quilts in no time.