A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I’m still experimenting. I like the roses the way they are but I want the quilting to be a major part of the design. So I drew in some ghost roses. Can you see the white lines? I used one of those white marking pens that disappears when steamed. I ghosted in three more roses. You might have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see them better.
Here’s a close up of one of the ghosted roses. I’m going to do some freehand machine embroidery before I quilt the layers together. My inspiration for the embroidery comes from Sarah Ann Smith and Patsy Thompson.
I didn’t get any farther than this because my SIL called to come over for a day of cutting out the pieces for her next quilts. We made quilt kits for her. I have to be very specific, very watchful, and very repetitive with her. I write down everything…. step by step… and then go over each step with her as she does them. A true beginner.
If I’m very lucky I can start the quilting on the roses this morning. I’ll post pictures tomorrow if I get anything accomplished. It would be very nice if I could create the ideas I have in my head. I see things clearly there…. not so clearly when the ideas come out of my mind and into my hands. I want to be good. I have a talent. I just don’t think I have the “gift”. Do you know what I mean? For example any person can learn to play the piano but only a person with the “gift” can be a concert pianist. Any person can write a story but only a person with the “gift” can write a best selling novel. I may have a talent but only time will tell me if I have the “gift”. In the meantime it’s Practice, Practice, Practice. Have fun with it!
I have a customer quilt that needs to be started today so I’ll work until noon on the roses then take it off the machine to start the customer quilt. This quilt is a twin to one I did back before xmas. I had promised I would quilt them both so the quilting looks the same. A different quilter doing the same designs never looks the same.