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Jan 10, 2011

The First Step in Learning Long-Arm Quilting

Jan 10, 2011
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signing up for the class!!

Ok, so I have to admit, I stacked my 2011 goals list with a class I had already signed up to take.  Nevertheless!  I am very pumped to finally learn long arm quilting.

One of the local modern shops (this one also hosts our MQG) rents time on an HQ Avante.  She provides the thread, oil and assistance until you have the confidence to set things up on your own.  Last Thursday was my first (of two) classes.


We learned the basics of how the machine works, some basic maintenance, how to attach the leaders to the quilt, how to thread it, etc.  Next week we will load up a quilt and be set loose to practice!

Here's our homework:

(trace samples on paper)
Although I've never really done it myself before, I've seen suggestions to practice your technique on paper.  Apparently, it's all about the curviness and wrist action.  This is great practice for me because I've basically limited myself to straight line quilting until now!  Can't wait for class next week!

(practicing on my own - tougher than I thought!)

Great practice of fine motor control for four year old boys too....  :)

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7 comments:

  1. How exciting! I can't wait to see what you'll do in your next class!
    I'm very new to sewing, but I do hope to accomplish at least not 1 but 2 quilts this year :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    hugs, margie

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  2. How fun! I love free motion quilting on my home machine but I would love to learn how to long arm too. I can't wait to your quilting!

    Jennifer :)

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  3. Fun! Can't wait to see more!

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  4. So fun! I would love to learn long arm. That's interesting that you practice on paper. I may do that for free motion stippling on my own machine! Can't wait to hear what else you learn!

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  5. I always practice drawing my quilting patterns first, it always makes them better (memory motion??). Can't wait to hear about how you like the longarm!

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  6. Neat, thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to see how your next session goes :)

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  7. so exciting! Peg and I are taking our first class tomorrow! :D

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