Sunday, January 20, 2008

Moving along on the quilt front!

It's been quite the week! Wednesday I took Bernina 180 to the dealer. She really doesn't like bulk and we've been having a tension problem. All my quilts in waiting were pieced with that machine, so that's really putting a damper on my quilt production. I'm hoping to have some news by Monday.

In the mean time, I have been working on machine quilting the Pine Grove quilt. I'm using a orange brown Mettler variegated thread. It doesn't show much on the blue paisley fabric. I'm basically looking for an effect when I wash the quilt.

Now that I have used a longarm, I can feel the difference between the two methods. Gosh my shoulders hurt! Of course it might be because I really over did it yesterday. I have all the blocks quilted in the ditch and have done at least 13 of the blue strips. I much prefer moving a machine as opposed to moving a queen size quilt!

This coming Tuesday, I booked some time with the longarm dealer. I was hoping to have a top finished but I guess that will have to wait. I haven't had the opportunity to practice since my course. I'm really looking forward to getting some practice time. I do have a couple of tops that only require an outside border, so I may just use Bernina 1090 for that. If not, I'll just bring some fabric to practice on.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

11 comments:

Libby said...

Using a long arm is a great way to finish up your quilts - and doing the work yourself is an added bonus. Enjoy your time there *s*

Guðrún said...

Of course your shoulders hurt, you should take this in steps but I know it is hard to stop. I hope your Bernina will recover soon.

Darlene said...

Wow, you've been busy! Slow down - you're going to seriously hurt yourself. :-)

Ginger Patches said...

I sew on a Bernina 1230 (pretty old) and that's one of my biggest fears, what will I do if I have to leave it at a shop for more than getting it cleaned! I don't want to piece on anything else. I am looking forward to seeing how the renting the longarm time goes...it's something I've thought about doing.

Wendy said...

I have a few tops that are waiting to be quilted....my least favourite part. You are lucky to find a place you can do it yourself. Don't over work your arm thou.

atet said...

Lovely work -- and I'd say take a nice hot bath and get your shoulders feeling better!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The quilting on the pine grove quilt looks pretty. Good luck with the long arm, that is exciting! Take good care.

Cheryl said...

Looks like you are doing great and getting lots done! I'm jealous :-)!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I like what I see of your quilt. Looks pretty. Is that trees I see?

Julia said...

What type of paper do you use to mark your quilting motifs on?

Nicole said...

How fantastic that you are able to work on a long arm machine! Some day I would love to experience that.

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