A few weeks ago Marc and I took a course at a local quilt studio, Whirls n Swirls Quilting Studio run by the lovely Tracey, teaching us how to use their APQS long arm quilting machines. Yes, I managed to convince my man to join me in learning to quilt on a a long arm. He has tried a bit of piecing and quilting on my domestic machine but it really isn’t his thing yet still he was willing to try this type of quilting – I’m very lucky and I actually think he’s better at the mechanics of operating the long arm than I am. For our lesson we quilted on a quilt panel that they supplied and then donated to a local charity.
Today we went in to quilt a quilt I had pieced. I picked a long finished quilt top from the Wedding Dress Blue blog (I love Deanna’s patterns) called Calico Rose to quilt as my first long armed quilt. Why start with something small when you can start big?
Here it is folded in 4 and not yet quilted:
It took us four hours to quilt – a fraction of the time it would have taken me at home. It was also so much easier doing it on the long arm rather than fighting getting it through the the the throat of my home sewing machine. My shoulders, back and arms are loving the decision I made to do this at Tracey’s studio. It still needs to be trimmed and binding to be made for it. I’m wavering back and forth between solid black binding and scrappy colourful binding. I’ll decide while I get prepared for quilt retreat starting at the end of the week.