|Stargazing lap quilt|
The quilt sat languishing in my closet for all these years. I just pulled it out last week so I could practice long-arm quilting on it. I'm renting time at my local quilt store, Quilts Like Crazy, and I wanted to practice on something small. I did custom quilting in each block - leaves and swirly feathers in the stars and a back and forth meander in the pinwheel blocks.
For my first ever attempt using a long-arm, I was pleased with how it turned out. It took me 3 hours to load the quilt and quilt 80% of it. I then took it home and finished the rest on my regular sewing machine. All that I had left was some of the back and forth meandering in the pinwheel blocks. Another hour saw those completed.
After using a long-arm, I can already see how much quicker it is to quilt with than either my regular sewing machine or my short-arm frame. I've got another appointment tomorrow (weather permitting) to work on a charity quilt. Then on Friday, I'll finally get started on Twisted Rope.
I'm sending this quilt to my sister. She has a co-worker, Linda, who is battling cancer right now. After my sister, her church and her friends pray over it, my sister will give it to her. This is the label I printed out and added to the back...
Here are the stats for this quilt:
- Size: 46" x 69"
- Fabrics: Walmart and JoAnns
- Batting: Warm & Natural
- Thread: Superior Threads (80%), Aurifil (20%)
- Quilting: Custom - leaves and feather swirls in the stars, back and forth meander in the pinwheels
"Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine"
Mark 14:36 (NLT)