A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I finished the last quilt of the year. Got the last step, the binding, done early this morning. Even though I had no real pressure to finish it before Christmas, I did feel I could get it done on time despite the fact I had to stop, take the quilt off the machine three different times, and frog out one of the designs I had started quilting in the wrong place. See the leaf design?
I have no idea what I was thinking at the time. (all three times) The design should have been started in the corner of the block. It should look like this.
Yup, I’m sure glad I have zipper leaders! Easy off. Easy on. The frog stitching was a different matter. My machine is set to do 20 stitches per inch which makes frog stitching very time consuming. Ok, here’s the finished quilt laying on my intake table.
Here’s a close up of the design on the border.
Another view showing the border corner.
I did line dancing on the color side of the blocks. It worked the extra fullness of the blocks in very nicely.
Now that the last quilt is finished it’s time for me to think about plans for next year. Ok, I’ll have a little fun time first then start deciding what will be my goals for next year. I have a whole week of vacation time and at the moment I don’t know what I want to do. Definitely some ME time before starting the new work year. Right now? I think I’ll go read awhile then take a nap before the quilt’s owner arrives to pick it up.
Later today I plan to do the annual maintenance on my machine. I want it done before the new year starts. My machine is a big investment so regular maintenance is necessary to keep it in good working order. My studio really needs a clean up too. Organizing the rest of my house can be started in January but my studio will be put back in use the day after New Year so it needs cleaning before then.
Hmm…. I’m yawning like crazy so that must mean I really need a nap.