Monday, April 8, 2013

Tumbling Blocks on Long Arm - WIP Wednesday

This is my second attempt quilting on a long arm machine. I just love it how fast we can get the quilting done. But definitely there is learning curve for free motion quilting on Long Arm. My FMQ skills on Home sewing machine(HSM) did come in handy though since if something didn't work, I went with the flow and changed my plans.

This time I allocated 4 hours for quilting and went alone(last time I took my 18month old baby/toddler with me).
Hmmm that should have given me ample time to finish this quilt(52x72 inches). But the setup alone took more than 2 hours and I got to quilt only for little over an 1 1/2. Looks like I was more productive going with the  baby than alone. Since, I am returning after 2months I totally forgot how to load the quilt and had to wait for help. Hopefully next time it should go faster.

Actually the quilt looks much better in person than this picture.
I will try to get more pictures once the quilt is completely done. I have to go back to finish this one, may be another hour of quilting.
Tumbling blocks quilted on a Long Arm
Linking up to WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced blog.



Happy Quilting!
Malini

13 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous... I love the flowers and loops!!! Just another learning curve to overcome with practice:-)

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  2. Doesn't everything always take longer than you think? I'm quilting one quilt now and it's taking me twice as long as I thought to quilt it. Looks great though.

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  3. Looks really good. I'm shocked at how long the setup takes. No one ever mentions it!

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! I think the setup issues if only for first time users like me. Since I didn't know what to do and was waiting for someone to show me how to load the quilt.
      But once you get used to the steps, I would guess it should take about 15-20mins for loading the quilt.

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  4. Congratulations! It always feels good to be moving forward on something - even if it takes a little longer than you want. It looks great!

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  5. Wow...even with setup issues, I can't imagine finishing the quilting so fast. I'm learning FMQ on my home machine, and it's much, much slower than that!

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  6. I've never used a long arm - it looks like a lot of fun though- good job!!

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    1. Thank you, yes it was lot of fun!

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  8. So pretty! Love those bright, crisp colors!

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  9. Malini, I'm so jealous because I haven't gotten to try the long arm quilting machine yet! I live in L.A. and have access to a couple, but still need to take the class. Great job!! Really pretty!

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