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Monday, August 31, 2009

Newbie quilter

I am very much a newbie when it comes to actually quilting. I am much better at piecing now than I used to be but quilting and deciding what to quilt where, I have a lot to learn. I've been practicing on muslin on my new longarm which helped somewhat but still doesn't give me confidence as to what design, that I can actually create at this point, goes where.

I've been finding where to buy needles, making new leaders and enders, watching videos and practicing on muslin. Now, it's time to jump in and really learn. First quilt is on the longarm. I decided to use a better quality thread for this. I haven't had any trouble with tension and thread breakage while practicing, but today with the real quilt and different thread it just keeps breaking. So, already my experience level is going up, learning how to adjust the tension. I'm using a panto for this quilt because I just couldn't figure out what to do with it. I like the panto but I can see there is a learning curve here too (at least for me). There is more of a gap than there should be when I roll my quilt. I didn't think thru the alignment part before I started. It still looks good to me for a first try but another thing to add to the lessons learned list.
Have a creative day! janet


Margo said...

You are off on an exciting journey, Janet! A great place for quilting inspiration is Machine Quilter's Resource ( on the web. Also, Sharon Schamber's website has lots of free info for long-armers!
Have fun!

Nancy said...

Janet - Your quilt looks great. I'm fairly new as well and was and still am in awe of these ladies, but they are all so very willing to help and answer any questions you may have. Keep up the good work and good luck with your Mom. I lost my Mom 3 years ago and my very very best friend 2 weeks ago and am having trouble getting motivated myself. Sincerely, Nancy in Calgary

Vicki W said...

As long as you learn something with every quilt, you will eventually get where you want to be! The trick it to avoid having to learn 15 things with every quilt. That's just frustrating!

Lynn Douglass said...

I also want to encourage you with this new adventure. You wouldn't believe what some of my early pieces looked like! EEE GADS! I think you've done pretty darned well for a newby, so keep at it! I enjoyed looking through your blog, too!

Project Patchwork said...

Morning janet, its 7.30am and I'm having a day off and wanted to have another look at your blog. I am very inspired and love the pick a peck of posies (from your earlier work) and your postcards.
Good luck with the quilting. My blog is I am making quilts to raffle for charity, but have several I've done and am doing - one has been in the pipeline for 21 years - my sampler quilt. I'm obsessed with doing everything by hand at this stage - so group work is very satisfying because it gets the quilts made very quickly.
I'll keep in touch with your work.
Best wishes Mandy from Melbourne Australia! =)

Shirley said...

Janet - you are so talented that it will be no time before you are
well in control of your long arm.

It looks to me like you are doing very well.

I hope you still plan on doing art quilts as I really think that is where you shine! Shirley (learningfa)

Carol said...

And then you'll look back on it all and say "I remember when" :)

Keep at it. You'll do great.