Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Loving the growth

Practices to application

I'm doing this quilt for one of my clients.  I am doing it for free because I want to do a custom quilt.  Now I'm not much into doing custom work and want to gain some experience in the trade.  I do a lot of longarm computer work since I have a Statler.   The Gammill Statler  Stitcher is a blessing but also a crutch.  I love my machine and I have practices for the last several years but now its time to leave the practice fabric and do a quilt and trust your practice.  Sometimes you have to take a step of faith.  

Learning to stitch in the ditch is a skill in it self. 
I stitched every edge of the quilt.  I loved it I got a ruler and for the first time I learned how to work the machine with a ruler.  At first the nerve of doing it on such a lovely quilt then confidence grows as you keep working on the quilt and you see you are getting better.

Quilting the center.  I am learning how to work from the inside out.  I quilted all the white with the swirl feather.  I did the center with a circular feather and trying to highlight the beauty of the quilt.

I am learning what marking tools work the best.  I was told that clover is one of the best white marking tools I didn't get much success.  The pen wouldn't mark I don't know if the pen is old.  I'm using a white pencil marking tool and it seems to work okay.

 On the sides I place a design on the quilt to try to bring out the geometric lines of the quilt.  I'm adding some beautiful lines to fill the space and it has been fun.  Trying new quilting designs  and fills to make this quilt a stand out.

The center of the quilt. I love the texture of the fill. 

This is the side of the quilt the fill is different and will give the out side of the quilt a different texture. 

I hope you enjoy this learning experience with me.  I will post some more as the quilt comes to the finish point.

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