I have SEW many things I want to try! But I have also tried so many over the years. What's new for me?? Well, here's my first "try it".
This time it's Long Arm Quilting. Okay, yes, I started in May, officially. But when I tried to use the Prostitcher on my Handiquilter Amara (aka Vanna), I had NO idea how to get the design where I wanted it. The videos online are good, but I am so glad I had a class with Pam at Pocono Sew and Vac. She showed me how to create the area for the design. So far, I've done pretty well, although the first design size I picked, and made larger, has an error. I texted Pam, and she said you can't make some of them more than 30% bigger. So the last 2 sections with the same design, I picked the larger and made it a little smaller to fit. I'm happy with the results.
Here's a few shots. This is the Island Batik Challenge quilt from March, using the grey solid, black solid, and some purple prints I had. I'm using Hobb's Tuscany Silk blend batting, which is 90% silk, and 10% polyester. Come to think of it, this batting is also my first time using or TRYing it! So far I love the definition of the stitching. It's giving great texture, even for this fairly simple design.
I think it's very productive for me to be able to eat ice cream while quilting.
I love multitasking.
There's a mistake in these corners, but making the design too large is probably what caused it. See the center area between 2nd and 3rd left feather under the heart? I can just take that out later. This was on both top corners. The design came with the machine, in 2 sizes, with a matching block design.
When I tried using the 16" design, smaller, on the bottom 2 corners, it didn't happen, so I know for next time. I'm using Aurifil 2615 50wt thread, and love how it looks. My next step is to do the black sashing and then the borders. I am not sure if I'm going to use free-motion or pick a design for that yet. I'll be playing later tonight, though. There are TONS of designs to TRY, so I'm having fun. My next quilt after this will be an edge to edge design, and I still have to TRY to figure out how to create it and get it to do the size I need. I think I'll be texting Pam again and watching more Handiquilter videos. I should have taken notes!
Thanks again for visiting. I have more I want to try this month, as well. I'll share when that's done!