Long arm quilting

Happy Monday everyone!

I finished the top for my mother’s quilt ages and ages ago and I finally got it quilted late last week. I have been wanting to get more time in with the long arm at Sew Modern and this quilt is big, so I dove in!

Mom's Quilt

It’s funny… there’s a part of me that feels like I’m betraying the idea of making quilts on my home machine, from start to finish. Why is that? I need to get over it because the freedom and speed of working on a long arm just straight up cannot be denied. Especially with really big quilts. You’re not going to find me zipping every lil’ baby quilt I make on the long arm, but I think that I’m going to be using it a lot for the big bed quilts.

I have been trying to move away from all over quilting patterns but I thought this quilt, with all of its open negative space, lent itself to one. I’ve seen a couple of quilts recently have that have this sort of stretched out water looking all over pattern and it worked perfectly on the quilt.

Waterish Quilting Detail

I promise it won’t be eleven more months (time flies, huh??) before I get the binding on, finish up and show you the end results.

Oh and thanks so much for all of your comments about Project Runway. It makes me happy that my two jobs/worlds overlap through sewing!

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  • Laura

    August 1, 2011 at 6:08 am | Reply

    I used the same water-like all over pattern for a recent quilt.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lobstervb/5943580206/in/photostream/

    Looks great on your quilt!

  • Alli

    August 1, 2011 at 7:08 am | Reply

    I love the quilting pattern you chose! You did such a good job! :)

  • Emily {creative chicks}

    August 1, 2011 at 8:33 am | Reply

    Um…I, too, feel slightly guilty that I don’t quilt all my quilts on my little sewing machine. But my guilt is somewhat eased now thanks to the lovely long arm quilter I found that charges peanuts for her services. As in $55 for stippling on a queen size. Ridiculous!! I can’t really justify all my hours of tugging and pulling and cursing under my breath for that price! Time is money after all…

  • Mary Anne

    August 1, 2011 at 11:34 am | Reply

    I’ve used that same pattern on a couple of quilts and loved the results. One was done on my little machine, the second I put on a frame. To me, as long as I quilt it, it’s still “mine”! It feels good to get it done, doesn’t it???

  • maman

    August 1, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jo @ a life in lists

    August 2, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Reply

    Oh, it looks fabulous! I’m ploughing through the hand quilting of a kingsize quilt and I have sworn that my next big quilt is going STRAIGHT to the long armers.

  • Raven

    August 3, 2011 at 7:31 am | Reply

    Alissa- That quilt is just phenomenal!!! I love love love how it came out. I’m afraid if I ever tried long-arming……it might turn into some sort of heroin-like addiction. It just looks like so much fun!!
    xo :)

  • karen

    August 4, 2011 at 7:27 am | Reply

    I love what you’re doing on the longarm. How great is it that you have access at you local shop??? I’ve recently started machine binding my quilts and having a similar guilty feeling about it, as if I’m betraying some unwritten rule. I figure, I do everything else on the machine though, why follow this arbitrary “rule” about hand binding? I say go for it on the long-arm, especially on those big quilts. It looks amazing!

  • sew katie did

    August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply

    I felt the same, but wanted the quilting on my Mom’s birthday quilt done in a jiffy. It was pretty fun I gotta say.

  • Rhonda

    August 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply

    I absolutely love the quilting!!!

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