At a recent JoAnn's sale I picked up two long arm quilting books.
Mindful Meandering by Laura Lee Fritz
Quilting Inside The Lines by Pam Clarke
Obviously I had to try out my new techniques. Fortunately for me I never seem to have a shortage of quilts to practice on thanks to quilting family and friends.
This quilt was done out of Theater t-shirts my sister had kept. Mom made them into a quilt when she came for a visit this time. I quilted musical notes, bass and treble clefs in a sheet music pattern all over. This turned out well, but I really need to study more of Jack's sheet music prior to my next attempt.
This is a ready made quilt panel I purchased of the bolt at Hobby Lobby. They had several designs in both boy and girl patterns. I love that they are flannel, chenille, and terry cloth. So soft! I quilted a leaf pattern around the border. For the body of the quilt I used a meandering Banana Leaf pattern that turned out Fabulous!
I am sure you all recognize this quilt top. Thanks to a friend and die hard OSU fan, I have quilted about 12 of these this year! This one is for Mark! I have had this for about 6 months and now I am finally quilting it! Only another 6 months and it should be bound! (Yeah, yeah, the shoemakers kids don't have shoes either.) This was fun to quilt. I used a different pattern for every border and and fabric in the quilt. Lots of practice here. I didn't change thread color, which I usually do but I am happy with the results. Most importantly, Mark is too.
I also quilted this solder quilt, which mom graciously offered to assemble for me. I just did a basic loop meandering. I was experimenting with polyester batting, which I rarely use and wasn't sure how that was going to work out. It is a little "puffier" due to the high loft of the batting but I was surprised the polyester worked out well.