Friday, April 24, 2009

New Blooms! New Thread - Yay! And a touch of Whimsey...

Remember those Irises I posted a few weeks ago? They had not bloomed yet, now they're blooming non-stop! So beautiful!
Heather pieced a busy christmas quilt...whimsey turned out to be the most appropriate quilting design. It faded in and out of the fun prints of the fabric and complimented the overall feel and look of the quilt.

New thread! New Thread! New Thread! I was so happy to get it! I always wait too long to order it so by the time it comes I really, really need it! Beige, gold, light brown, and cream are the main colors I seem to use constantly!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I Just Got Back from La Campamiento Beisbol!!!

Hello Everybody! Can you guess where I went for spring break?
I just returned 2 days ago from a week long trip to Mexico! Some of the students and professors from my college were hosting a baseball camp in Acuna. Kids ages 5 and up came and learned how to play baseball all week. I went as one of the interpreters! It was a fantastic experience! Here's a few pics of my team. I had the youngest kids - ages 5-8 - way too cute! ***I will be resuming my regualar quilting posts as soon as I get back into the flow of things!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What the Quilting Process Looks Like...

I am giving a 10 minute speech for my COM class and needed to do a post for it. I will be talking about my long arm quilting business. I also thought some of you would enjoy seeing some of the steps involved in the longarm quilting process. My Gammill frame is 12 feet long. The photo above shows a quilt that, has just been pinned onto the canvas attached to the metal rollers and is ready for the batting to be laid between. After those steps it's ready to be quilted (stitched) together. For sewing at night, I use the light on the machine to see. I ususally have more time to sew at night. Occasionally I turn the overhead lights on.This picture below, shows all three layers of the quilt that I stitch together when I drive the machine over them in a free motion design.
THE MACHiNE....yeeeessss it's very fun to use!!!! I've got the Power! Yeeehaaah!
Me upclose carefully and evenly moving my hands to allow for same lenghth stitches. Any jerking or speeded up hand movements causes uneven lenghth stitches. I regualte the length of the stitches by how fast I move my hands in accordance with the speed of the machine.
Quilting always makes the quilt.