Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'll be quilting today

Quilting  today

Here is my quilt this morning, just waiting for me to get back to it. I was quilting last weekend and then a week of no sewing.

Quilting detail

I am quilting mostly lines, free hand - no computer, no channel locks. They are intended to be industrial, with some wobbles and imperfections. It is best to intend what you do and I have loads of imperfections - good thing I love them. Too perfect is not my thing on a quilt.

Quilting detail

On the orange bits I am sort free hand echoing the curve. You can see my nemesis in all this free hand quilting, going around the low volume curved edges - totally industrial wobbly. I am adding several passes to show that this is intentional.

Quilting detail

This ariel view sort of straight line quilting is something that I love and have done before. I was inspired by many folks, but especially Krista Withers and Carolyn Friedlander. In fact it looks something like Carolyn's fabrics too, but I first noticed it on the quilts in her book.

Quilting detail

I have had a lot of thread breaks so far. I am using 100% cotton Superior Threads King Tut and if I turn that right to left corner too fast it just breaks at the needle. I will mend in those ends later and no one will be the wiser. This style of quilting uses a lot of thread too, I am thinking I might have to change to another spool for the middle as I don't have enough of the one thread for the whole quilt and then can come back to this one for the bottom third - again, my hope is to make these things intentional, even retroactively.

I am planning to quilt today, and do some chores too, and take a walk I hope, I need to get back into walking fitness for QuiltCon - are you going?

Best,

Leanne

12 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful! And your quilting is stunning!

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  2. I can't wait to see this all finished.

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  3. It's going to be beautiful!! About the King Tut breaking...I quilt with it all the time and the only time I have ever had it break was when I expected to be able to go 3,000 SPM! You may have something going on in your bobbin area if it only breaks going a specific direction - is your timing just a bit off to where the needle is coming down directly on the top thread when making the stitch and cutting it? I only have to time my machine once every couple of years, so I may be off on that one! Or there is a burr somewhere in the bobbin race. Have you talked to your tech support? I don't know what kind of machine you quilt on, but with my Innova, I have free, 24/7/365 tech support that I can call for problems like this. Hope you figure it out - so frustrating to keep breaking thread!

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  4. Leanne, it's a beauty! Well I love orange so that caught me eyes right off, and I'm a novice FM quilter so imperfections are me. Perfect is not a word:)
    Enjoy more quilting time today. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Hi Leanne! Your quilting looks so exciting! I love of course the colours and the deisng on your quilt but the industrial feeling is very impressive! x Teje

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  6. Hi I am very new to longarm quilting and just wanted to ask you why you float your quilt top? What are the pros and cons of floating it? I love what you are doing! Thanks.

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  7. The quilt looks great. Have a lovely weekend!

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  8. I really can't get enough of this. I love your Instagram feed too!

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  9. This is about the coolest ever. I love your industrial quilting here and so many patterns!

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  10. I am a huge fan of free handing around curves, too, and I like the term "industrial quilting". I am very excited to be going to QuiltCon - not too many days left!

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  11. Looking forward to see it finished. It looks really interesting already.

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