I have something new in my quilting life – a longarm machine!
I’ve been dreaming about one for years, and finally took the plunge. I decided on an Innova 22″. I’ve got a lot to learn, and I want to become proficient at it yesterday! I’m keeping my HQ-16 Sit-down-table machine for now, just in case I’m too slow learning this machine.
I needed to make some practice quilts, so I found these strip set pieces that had been abandoned in my scrap bin:
Each piece has the same multi-color batik on top, and the other squares were assorted fabrics. So I put them together like this to make some matching 4-patches within the blocks:
This is not intended to win any design awards, but only to use up the scraps for a quick quilt (I’m reminded of why I abandoned this project in the first place). I still had yardage for the border, so it finished up like this:
Now the challenge was to quilt it on the longarm! I wasn’t ready for pantographs or ruler work yet, so I did a free-motion design, just like I would do on my sit-down machine:
It turned out well, but I look forward to improving my skills. This quilt has been donated as a charity quilt, so I hope it is well-loved by someone special. Stay tuned for more of my longarm quilting adventures!