Monday, February 27, 2017

Quilters, Start Your Engines

 Hello Everyone,
The backing is made and now it's time to get Prairie Flower loaded onto the long arm.  I put a roll of film over the blocks, and with a dry erase pen, started drawing what I think I'm going to quilt.

I was going to cross-hatch the beige area in this quilt, but then I remember that cross-hatching would look like horizontal and vertical lines on a block which is set on point.  Back to the drawing board, and I came up with this.

This should make the red squares pop along the outside border.

The outside triangles will look like this. 

The only part of the quilt I actually marked is the black setting squares.  I used a Sewline chalk pen.  It doesn't rub off easily, has a nice sharp point, and I can see it!
So that is my quilting plan.  I may change my mind once I get going if I don't like the look.  It is going to be an intense week of quilting.  Nothing about my long arm is computerized, so I will be driving my machine across the top of the quilt. I had to learn to dance with my machine.  I take the lead and orchestrate the dance.  Hopefully I don't trip over my own two feet!



  1. Love your quilting plan. Will be beautiful!

  2. Your quilts are always so pretty - how fun to come back to blogging at a time when you're starting to quilt one!

  3. Such a great post! I love how you showed your thought process as well as using the plastic. What kind of a machine do you use?

  4. Just curious as to what BRAND your machine is? And, I have seen your beautiful work. How long did it take to learn to "drive" your machine? Any lessons? And is the machine easy to maintain?

  5. Can't wait to see the finished quilt "

  6. Wow, that looks ambitious! I am in awe of longarm quilters. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  7. That's some pretty intense looking quilting!! It'll be beautiful: you always do such a lovely job on your quilting. And It would be nice to have the answers to NMSue's questions: maybe someday I'll have room for a longarm. :-)