The long arm machine is the workhorse for this queen sized quilt. As much as I enjoy quilting on my Brother sewing machine, the size of this blanket is a bit much to scrunch into the throat on that machine. I put in a brand new needle, oiled it, picked out and installed my first color of 50 weight Gutterman thread. The quilt frame fit everything with plenty of room to spare. I fussed over the sandwich and admired the set up. Now it's go time! Woo hoo!!!
After a few bad starts, breaking thread, and the bobbin thread not being consistently caught, I became quite discouraged. Looking over the machine a few times, I discovered I hadn't threaded the upper thread correctly. I hate it when that happens! Once that was fixed, everything began to work beautifully.
My outer edge will have large feathers running around the entire brown border and there is a cute little over and under wave pattern to fill the yellow stripe. So far, so good!
There is a wonderful blog that I visit regularly called Ivory Spring that has wonderful quilting ideas. I am pretty sure I got this all over pattern from there. Half of my top will be covered with this pretty floral design. Isn't it just great?
The other pattern I will use is a large curved diamond shape with small tulip-like triangles blossoming out from the center of the diamond.
The stitch in the ditch guide has helped keep my lines pretty strait. I am using verigated purple thread in the main part of the top, yellow thread in the yellow stripe, and a brown thread in the border. The results are very nice but sometimes it is difficult to see where I've stitched when the colors are too close in tone.
I began the free motion quilting today and am currently 1/3 done with the entire piece. It helps to be very motivated to get it done. Seeing good progress helps a lot too.
Next month, I will be giving instruction on FMQ at my quilting club meeting, Second Saturday Quilting Club. This lesson will be demonstrated on a table top, portable sewing machine. I am looking forward to bringing the fun of FMQ to others. It has been a wonderful journey for me!