I have been sewing non-stop for the last 2 months and yet very little of it has been done on my long-arm machine. I have a stack of quilts waiting patiently for me to get quilting! This week I took a deep breath and dove right in.
I was a little hesitant at first. No worries! Once the first edge was tacked down I was off and running. Seriously. I start off Quilting so fast! Quilting to me is so flowing, I have to remind myself to slow down. My machine has an alarm which lets me know when I am moving the machine faster that the stitch regulator can keep up. Well, let me just say that think was constantly chiming.
Once I reined in my speed, I developed a nice rhythm and pumped out two quilts. I am happy to report that the space ship quilt is FINISHED and bound. It was deployed on it's mission at 1300 hours yesterday! I hope the little guy is just as excited to receive it as I was to send it.
Funny how things start. I had a plan for quilting this quilt. I was going to just do a simple meandering star pattern over the entire surface. I should have known. This quilt has been such a lesson in creativity why would I think I could do just a simple all over design. I started with the stars and then progressed on to a ton of other designs.
I used many patterns from the Free Motion Quilting Project and many old stand-by's.
What started out as a "simple" all over design turned into over 10 different quilting patterns in 6 different thread colors. But let me just say, "This quilt totally rocks!"
The alien windows are quilted in a stipple.
I tried several new patterns. A square maze and a triangle maze on a few different spots.
This block was done using a pattern I typically reserve for water. I think it makes this planet come alive.
Here is a Echo Flame which gives such a great illusion of Blasting OFF!
I tried 3 different patterns on the stars in this quilt. The Super Daisy from the FMQ Project, The Echo Paisley and my version of the Echo Arch.
As you can probably tell I am just a little excited about this quilt! I cannot wait to hear about the Birthday boy's reaction. Happy Birthday Ian!