A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
Over the past several days I’ve been working steadily on the last quilt of this year. Started off that the customer wanted me to finish the piecing. I did that and was ready to put it onto the machine when she called to say she had another piece of fabric to put down the center of the backing. Ok, got that done and it went onto the machine. Oops! It’s too big to fit the machine. I asked the customer and she said to cut off the borders a few inches. Done that and it still just barely fit. Here’s the leader at one end. That turtle fabric is the added in piece down the middle.
When I had that finished I worked to get it completely stabilized. Stabilizing is stitch in the ditch around parts of the quilted pieces. Just enough that it doesn’t shift around when quilting the designs. While doing the stabilizing I hand sewed some seams that didn’t quite get sewn in the piecing process. There were a couple dozen little places like that.
I decided to do a zig zag design to follow the piecing. After doing one whole row, in the center, diagonally from corner to corner, I hated it. The pattern did not come out even and left several large gaps that simply would not do at all. So there was a couple of days of frog stitching. Ooo, I do hate frog stitching.
After all the piecing was done I put the binding on. The only thing left to do is put a label on the back. She has an embroidery machine that she uses to make those.
Now that all the quilts are done it’s time to take a few ME days. The owner of this quilt and I are planning to have lunch at her place in her tree house one day. Not an actual tree house but it’s the upstairs of her home that is surrounded by large trees. The branches of the trees are so close to the windows that squirls and birds will sit and watch her quilting. That’s why she calls it a tree house. I guess I’ll go start my holiday break now. A thunder storm is coming through so I gotta get off the computer. It’s possible we could loose power.
If I don’t get a chance to post for a few days…. I hope everyone had a happy, safe, warm holiday.