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Jan 17, 2011

Yippee! I did it!

Jan 17, 2011
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On Saturday, we had our first sew-in for CMQG.  I already had arranged it with my husband that he was watching the kids for a big chunk of the day....  and I had just finished my class on longarm quilting on Thursday....

So I jumped at the chance to quilt on the long arm machine while at the sew-in.  I brought my quilt from That Girl's Quilt Along - which had pretty much reached UFO status.

Here's the result!

 quilt top - basic letter Ls

This was my first experience quilting on a frame!  (I learned on an HQ Avante, which I incidently learned is actually a mid-arm machine.)

Once I was able to get over my nerves, it was great.  With each pass, I felt my shoulders loosen up and my quilting was more curvy.  Before I knew, it was done!  It took about one hour to do all the quilting with 2 thread breakages to slow me down.  Still, I think that's fast.  But more importantly, I enjoyed it.  Can't wait to get back there and try some more.


quilt back

By all means, I am a rookie.  But I am so encouraged to try more. 
Gotta love the stitch regulator. 
And the freedom you feel steering the needle over your canvas.

I recommend giving it a try if your LQS offers this...

The only thing I am disappointed about is that I missed most of the girl chat going on in the back for the sew-in because the frames were in the front of the store.  :(  Next sew-in, I don't want to miss it!
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5 comments:

  1. Cool! Great job, AnneMarie!! And yes, I think one hour is definitely fast :)

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  2. Looked great in person, too!

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  3. YAY! That sounds like fun! Looks great.

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  4. It looks wonderful! Isn't the long-arm fun! Plus, no basting, and you leave with a finished quilt in a few hours! What's not to love??

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  5. Awe...I'm trying not to be jealous! =) IT's beautiful and one of these days I'll do mine too!

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