Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

The last few days

Yes, I have done some quilting when I could.  This quilt is finished.

I stitched in the ditch around all the fire engines and meandered the background with mono thread so that the stitching design didn’t distract from the focus of the quilt.

I did a loop design  on the sashing.  Again, so it would not be distracting.

Of course, there are the fire hydrants on the border.

I had the next quilt on the machine getting it stabilized when I saw this.  Duh!  I had forgotten the owner asked me to fix this before quilting it.
Took it off the machine to fix before doing the rest of the stabilizing.  Things like this are one of the reasons I love the zipper leaders.
I can fix areas and put it back onto the machine to continue quilting with few problems.
It’s now back on the machine.  See, all fixed.  Her thread was thinner than mine but it’s hardly noticeable.

Today is going to be another busy day.

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3 comments on “The last few days

  1. lw
    March 20, 2010

    I'll try coming up a couple of degrees in intensity. I never thought about laying the thread on the top to audition it, but that's a great tip. Thanks!

  2. Anita Estes
    March 20, 2010

    Hmmm…. when you use high contrast threads like a light and a dark you will get contrast. Next time (on a practice muslin) try using two shades of the same color. For example (not necessarily for your quilt) a light blue thread with a medium blue thread or a medium green with a dark green. Go only two or three degrees on color change.

    When I first started quilting, I could afford only one spool of each color thread. I have an on board bobbin winder so I really needed two spools. Using two spools of the same color but only a couple of degree different meant I could have more colors. I used the color that looked best on the top and the contrast color on the back. I hope I explained that so it's understandable.

    Sometimes I use a color thread that at first glance seems totally unrelated to the quilt. Like an orange on a brown top. Or a green on a blue top.

    The colors of the thread are very intense when on the spool. I pull off a couple of yards and lay it on the top like it would be when stitched. The color doesn't look nearly as intense when it's not concentrated.

    Hmm… done is always good! Even a quilt with issues is better when quilted so it can be loved and used. You'd be surprised at how different an issue quilt looks after it comes off the machine. People don't notice the issues anymore. They see a complete quilt. Why? Because you are looking at the quilt from a foot away but everyone else will see it from a distance. Make sense?

  3. lw
    March 20, 2010

    I love how the fire trucks came out. Good save on the other quilt with the forgotten cottage stitching.

    I tried using white thread in the needle and dark blue in the bobbin and I'm glad I used a muslin test quilt, because it looked horrible. No combination of tensions fixed it, either. And the quilt is one of my 20 year old never finished (it was basted but never quilted.) It has a lot of issues with the bias fabrics stretching like the “issue” quilt you had on the blogs earlier. I think the back may look better than the front, sadly, but I'm not giving up. I'm just using your suggestion to do medium, open meandering type quilting.

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