A few weeks ago, two friends and I took the class to
begin learning to longarm quilt at a shop in our area.
You can take this introductory class and then rent their
longarms by the hour.
Last week I quilted my first quilt on the longarm.
The instructor said to not bring an heirloom or a treasure.
And she said "dogs need quilts, too."
I have been saving the perfect quilt for this adventure.
This one was made a couple of years ago
and is probably the ugliest quilt I've made.
It could not get any uglier,
so using it for my first longarm adventure was a no-brainer.
So the fun began....
They start us out on the hand-guided longarm,
so I was trying to make swirly flowers.
Some turned out really well and others... not so much.
I learned that I'm going to have to think about where I am
and where I need to travel next as I am quilting.
A few times I got stuck in a corner and had to travel over already quilted
areas to get out of it.
The good news was that the thread I chose blended in so well with the
fabric, my mistakes don't show up very much.
The bad news was, I had a difficult time seeing where I had been.
It didn't matter too much, though, since you can't really see the quilting.
The thread even blended well on the back.
This quilt was a major blunder as far as fabric selections go.
I should not have used the gold as a background fabric,
but my friends dog will get a quilt from my mistake.
I had a BLAST using the longarm and have my second session