When I first started longarm quilting I went a little nuts and bought a bunch of quilts off Ebay to "practice" on.... Of course some of the ones I got were way to precious to just "practice" on so they got hoarded away in my studio for years. Recently I have started quilting one of the most beloved of these:
The snowball quilt, all hand pieced with Vintage fabrics and Feedsack. sigh.
I started by figuring out my design using dry erase markers on a sheet of plexiglass:
If you try this PLEASE mask the edges of your plexiglass. ask how I know?
I don't transfer this design onto the quilt top. It is just a tool I use to work through ideas, figure out scale density and design.
Then to the quilting!
I used my IQ for the circle quilting, the rest is done freehand. I decided to quilt non stitch regulated for a more organic stitch quality. Of course no one is going to think it is hand quilted but I prefer the look to the uniformity of stitch regulation for this one.
Batting is Dream Orient, bamboo/silk blend ...another sigh.
Thread Superior So Fine
It isn't done yet, but hopefully I can make some progress this weekend!
I may be getting a wee bit ahead of myself but I received these gorgeous feedsack scraps from Marilyn, the lovely spidedcoffee on Flickr!
Happy Mothers Day, enjoy a beautiful weekend!