I must thank Jessica Moir of whatshequilts for her encouragement. Jessica owns a HQ Fusion. I took a long arm quilting lesson from her before I purchased my HQ Avante. She has been my ‘consultant’ since my machine arrived. She is ever so encouraging and she directs me to various resources to help improve my long arm quilting skills. I visited her last week and she showed me Jamie Wallen’s swirls on youtube. We were discussing the different ‘types’ of swirls e.g. Angela Walter’s swirls versus Jamie Wallen’s swirls and she urged me to try the different swirls and decide which one I like better. With pen and paper, I doodled swirls Jamie Wallen’s style and I found I like this type of swirls better. See my doodle.
Then I doodled with my long arm machine,
Not happy with the first few stitchouts, I continued to practise. Can you see improvements?
Jessica told me to ‘Just Do It’ and quilt on a real quilt instead of just quilting on practice sandwiches. So last weekend, I loaded one of my baby quilt tops and quilted on it.
It was fun. I did an edge to edge swirls on the baby quilt. As I wanted the quilt to be soft and cuddly, I quilted big swirls rather than small tight swirls.
A closer look at the quilting.
The back of the quilt ….
Overall I am rather pleased. My very first quilt, quilted on the long arm. More quilts to come…