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If you have inquiries about the longarm or making a special quilt, including Wedding quilts, Graduation quilts, Baby quilts, Tee-shirt and Jersey quilts even that snuggle up and read a good book quilt please contact me at 604-992-8737 or email 6avelongarm@gmail.com.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Thimble Blossoms

Turning a Dresden plate into large Thimble Blossoms made this a modern quilt with a traditional beginning.

Spiraling out from the center of the 24 inch blocks was fun and interesting to do.
Especially when I started at the top of the quilt and continued down, using only the guide lines on the ruler.

I had originally thought I would place a nice square in the center, but as I continued on changed my mind to the spiral.

So glad I did as it created an interesting feature in a otherwise blank area.

Another wonderful quilt Emilie.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


You can have so much fun with hexi’s. 

With 6 points you can make flowers, humps and bumps, or in this case a few straight lines and you have double diamonds.

Using a white fabric to frame the main center of the quilt meant I could change the topstitching to frame the piece a little more.

Add a solid binding brings your eye from the outside to the center.

This cute little quilt of Emilie’s is sure to be a show piece on the table or hung on a wall.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Mabel’s Embroidered Quilt 4

The main body of the quilt was fun as well.

As you all know I love circles and had fun with them in Mabel’s quilt.  Making them spill off the border and ripple into the center.

Using the embroidery circles featured in the quilt top as an additional starting point for another set of curving circles.

Then adding a lot of straight lines to keep the quilt modern and very classy.
This included radiating lines moving out from the embroidered pieces.  In order to maintain the integrity of the antique embroidery pieces each was stitched around but not topstitched through.

This helps to make them pop and really show off; very like trupunto.
Thanks Mabel I had a great time working on your quilt.  It turned out beautifully.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mabel’s Embroidered Quilt 3

Now that it is all done, here comes the fun part; you get to show off your work a little bit.
With the borders, I ended up making each different.  

Turning them into an extension of the quilt and not just the quilt frame.  It was easy as the grey thread really shows up on the black fabric. 

All the corners have the same shapes in them only one has one of the V shapes instead of two.

It was an opportunity to use shapes from in the quilt it’s self.  The diamonds came from the far grey fabric lines and don’t you just love the back and forth squiggles in only half of the diamond shapes.

Everything fit together so well as I was topstitching away.  Marking as I went.

Mabel did a wonderful job of keeping all the measurements consistent and all the lines straight making my job so much easier.  
Back of one border

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Mabel’s Embroidered Quilt 2

It is one thing to have everything all put down on paper (or in the computer as it is) and quite another to make it happen on the quilt.
There are variations of lines and sizes on the quilt so you always have to be adjusting or using the fudge factor to make things look perfect.
I’ve learnt over the years that playing or marking by eye was usually better and a lot less stressful than trying to make everything absolutely perfect.  Something we all are not.
I know many longarm operators that will set the quilt out over a table of floor and spend days marking it but for myself I have found that marking the quilt as I go is much easier.  Both on my mind and my back.

Many times that means using a variety of marking tools and on Mabel’s quilt this is definably the case.  From a white wax pen for the dark fabrics, a blue water soluble for the lighter, a frixion pen for the medium (make sure to test this one first as it will leave a thin white line after being ironed on some fabrics. ALWAYS check first) and a chalk pen when nothing else seems to work.

When marking I also like to make a variety of tools to use.  If you are going to be making a lot of the same shapes, cut them out of card stock or I like to use the plastic template sheets and then keep them for next time as well.

Then with a sturdy pin, a ruler and a straight edge you have the perfect tools to make rays, and radiating lines.

Having all of my drafting tools from years ago (yes back in the old days of pencil and paper) has been a real help in the marking of quilts; from circle templates to triangles, S rulers and rulers.  Each making life much easier.
Looking pretty nice!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Mabel’s Embroidered Quilt

Mabel was given a collection of antique embroidery medallions from a relative living in the UK.
Over the past month or two we had been sending ideas back and forth via email and the phone.
So for the next few posts I thought we would follow the process from the beginning designs both loved and rejected to the final topstitch quilt.
I love showing everyone the process and the advancement on the project.

Using the clear acrylic board it is easy to place on the quilt, draw with a dry marker, change your mind, erase, and try it again.  It also works well for taking photos to email when the quilt owner lives far away (Mabel lives in the Kootenays).
This was the first idea that immediately got rejected as Mabel did not want flowery but something more modern yet classical.  I have a tendency to like circles and scrolls where Mabel preferred straight lines and geometric shapes.

So I loaded a photo of the quilt into the computer CAD program so I could play and come up with an idea a little closer to what Mabel had in mind.
Even then after talking with her and deciding more was better this is what happened.  It’s pretty cool.

So stay tuned for some of the longarm hints and tricks in the next posting.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Quilting for the Lions Gate Quilting Guild

Quilting for shows
Over the last little while I have longarmed a number of the quilts to go into the Lions Gate Quilting Guild, June 10 &11. 

 And in accordance with the rules the quilt cannot be shown for this year until after the show.  So do not forget to check out the blog after June 12 to catch up on all the quilts (I have a few in there as well) that we’ve missed over the past few months.  They are wonderful, with a variety of color, sizes and designs. The quilt show from 2 years ago was pretty amazing and this year promises to be even better, and in such a beautiful building.

Well just a little sample.
Hopefully we will be able to see a few of you there.