Thursday, 31 May 2012

Free-Motion Quilting Challenge: Photos From My Practise Quilt Sandwich

When I first got my machine up and running I put a couple of old sheets on with some batting and played. I worked on my tension and my stitch patterns. It is very similar to my old set up with a 9" harp on a table top frame, except the handles are easier to work with and a good stitch regulator helps too. I signed up for the Free-Motion Quilting challenge and began working on my Husqvarna Lily. I couldn't get the Designer 1 that my Mum "gave/lent" me to work for me. Now that I have the Avante I have been trying the stitches out on my quilting frame. I know its the last day of the month and I am just submitting my link now but wow the end of the school year is CRAZY!!!

Leah Day's Free-Motion Challenge sample

Another sample from the Free-Motion Challenge for May

These look like peacock feathers!

I love swirls!

Some back and forth patterns.

A sunflower.


A feather that I actually like :)

Who knows what this is?

I traced a template and stitched on the lines.

I filled the center with small swirls.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

What's on my quilting Frame?

Well I finally put a real quilt on my frame. I decided to just go for it and try quilting a real quilt instead of pieces of fabric! I looked through my quilt tops and found one I made a while ago. I have the material to make a second one and try to quilt later. I will be able to compare my skills as they improve.

I quilted a meandering pattern around the jars. I put a line on the jar lid to look like the screw lines. Sharon suggested quilting lines to show the round top and bottom of the jars and I put a crown on the front to match the Mason jars we have at home.
Hmmmmm what to quilt next? I even wound a bobbin on my new bobbin winder and it worked in the machine. I might be catching on to this new system!!!!
I drew my lines with chalk.

It's hard to see but it is supposed to be glass!

I just need to add binding and it will be finished.

The detail on the lid.

The fabric on the back!

A close up of the backing fabric.

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Quilting Patch is Closing :(

I went to the Quilting Patch in Scarborough Ontario this weekend. The owner is retiring and closing her shop on May 27th. Everything I bought was 50% off. I bought some fabric to practise with my HQ Avante and a kit with all the fabric for the front and the binding. We also bought wooden book displays to use in our classrooms and Library. I couldn't make the holders for the price I paid.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Who Said Practise Makes Perfect?

Well I'm trying out the machine! I'm working on getting my tension right. I haven't broken any needles yet but I have shredded the thread once. I keep hearing a noise that isn't there when I don't put the thread in the machine. I have made sure the thread is flossed between the tension discs. A mystery! Well I'll keep working on it for a while before I load a quilt.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

It's Here! It's Here!

Today was the day I have been waiting for. I am excited and nervous as well. I keep thinking what on earth am I doing? I can't do this! Then I think well it's done and it's coming and it's paid for so get over it and quilt!!!

I bought thread and needles to practise with, Leader Grips and 2 pantographs.

Part of the Show package was rulers and the ruler base.

The excited part of me planned where the frame would go. The nervous part of me worried it was too big for the room. I thought oh no! I can't sew in here too, there will be no room!

Well it arrived and the gentleman who set it up was fantastic. The machine doesn't move so the frame is nice and level. He put it in the painter tape box on the floor and made sure I was happy with the placement and set up before he left. I can't imagine doing that on my own. The photos don't really show how long it is. It is set up at 12 feet so it is basically the whole room. Now I need to borrow a heat gun to get the Leader grips joined and I'm ready to start!!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Proud Almost Owner of an HQAvante

Well today I drove to The Quilting Bee in Fonthill today to buy my longarm quilting machine and table. It took 2 hours to get there but that was Saturday traffic I don't know how long it would take during the week. The shop is beautiful and they have a great selection of material, rulers, patterns etc. It is inside a log cabin and it is bright and airy and has wonderful displays of quilts. My sister helped my mum pick out fabric for a project while I talked with Kelly the owner about my machine.

Thursday is the big day the day it arrives and gets set up. Now I have to take apart my table top frame and find a place to store it and my 9" throat MegaQuilter while I wait for a buyer.

I have measured the room the frame is going into and I will definitely have to close up my sewing cabinet while I am quilting. We bought a beautiful 1800's Bonnet chest to go in the room to hide my material and quilting stuff. I hope it still fits in the room. Wish me luck! Too many machines and not enough room!