A semi-retired professional longarm machine quilter
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.
Your quilting is so beautiful. You really are an artist!
Thank you. I try. Someday maybe I’ll be a “real” artist and get work into a gallery.
Anita, this quilt is called Confetti…it was a pattern in a Quiltmaker issue. I may have to add this to my scrap list…for AFTER all the scrappies I’m working on NOW! HA! Happy New Year my blog friend!
Thank you Beth I didn’t know what it was called. I haven’t gotten that magazine for a few years. I found myself with stacks and stacks of several magazines going unread. I was wasting my money so I let all the subscriptions run out.
Thanks for this post! First off, great job on getting done before Christmas! Was there ever any doubt that you would? 😉 Secondly, thank you for your closeup of the corner design. It has helped me to understand a technical problem for quilting a project I have started.
I thought that you had echoed your leaf pattern, but on closer inspection you have quilted in columns to meet the leaf. A nice optical illusion for echoing, but I think easier to pull off. I will let you know how it all works out for me, or not, as I will be doing this on my little Viking!
I use the column type echo quilting when the border is very large but a large version of a design wouldn’t look good. Your right, it’s easier this way. Be sure to click the photo larger to see more detail. If you need more description please let me know.
Just want you to know that I enjoy reading your blogs. You are such an excellent quilter! I don’t usually take time to comment but just had to this time of year. I don’t feel you have retired at all & maybe that’s good for sanity’s sake. LOL Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012! I look forward to seeing many more wonderful posts from you.
Thanks Jeanie for joining me here. Merry Christmas to you too!
Giggle. My customers won’t let me quit completely. They know me too well. I may groan and complain about short deadlines, issues quilts, and waiting lists; but, in the end I love machine quilting. It’s in my heart and my blood. I guess I’ll always have something on the machine waiting on me. Customer quilts are a great way to practice art without having to store it. When I’m done practicing they take it home with them to store. Retirement, to me, means no longer having a five year waiting list and working 16 hours a day seven days of the week. I quilt now for the fun of quilting instead of for the money to be earned. I’m poorer but happier.