Longarm Quilting | My Turn

My sweet Jim wrote this post. Take a look. 🙂

Our View From Iowa

Melanie is a fabulous quilter. She understands color, fabrics, threads, design, is a great teacher, and so much more. I am impressed with her creativity and beautiful quilts. You can see her works here.

Quilting the finished front to the back with the batting sandwiched between is a study in patience and concentration. I wondered what it was like to actually run the machine. She set up a narrow strip of muslin and batting, gave me some instruction, and turned me loose.

I now have a much deeper appreciation for her skills. Some things are ‘easy’ like straight lines. She does curves, animals, flowers, leaves, and designs. Hers look realistic and artistic. Mine not so much. I need more practice.

My quilt could be made into a table runner or cut into placemats. It could even hang on the wall as a piece of modern art. I’ve heard quilters…

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9 thoughts on “Longarm Quilting | My Turn

  1. Sue

    While I absolutely admire the skill of longarm quilters who can do animals, flowers, leaves and continuous designs, my own efforts tend to go much the way that yours have, Jim, into more geometric designs, lines and patterns, and not perfectly executed at that. However, in the realm of art quilting these are appropriate. It’s just a different style! I particularly like that you are interested enough to try it out!

    1. Jim R

      I wanted to try it out for two main reasons. First, I wanted to know how it felt to run that heavy machine around over the fabrics and make designs. Mine were simple and basic. But, I got a good feel for the mass and movement. Second, I wanted to know how changes to # of stitches, tensions, and kind of motions might affect the quality of the stitching. I learned a few things.

  2. Kerry

    What a lovely post. I’ve only ever had little tests at quilt shows (funny how I liked the most expensive version – hubby was not interested until this year when I showed him a different one and not as expensive!) but loved the freedom of movement – however awful I was! His main interest is that he has a cup of tea and a chat with the ladies at the quilt shop, although he has chosen a few fabrics with high hopes I’ll get around to making him a laptop cover – and the odd input when I put him under pressure and say “what do you think?” and his usual answer is “oh no don’t make me do that!” But it’s nice to share and get him involved a little.

    Here’s hoping to see some snippets of your husband’s next session – practice as they say. Who knows you may have to share your studio at some stage in the future!


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