Friday, November 16, 2012

...and it worked!

I know, you all think I'm nuts.  I am... but it's good!

A long, long time ago I started a quilt.  Really?  Really!

Let me start with the fact that I have learned a lot since then.  I guess that is one of the main reasons why I never finished this quilt.  Because let me tell you, I have put a lot of heart and soul into it.  It is entirely needle-turn applique.  Made drawings and doodles -- some by myself, some by others, some tweeked... and no, at this point I don't even remember which ones -- yep, it's been THAT long.  I started this while my son was in middle school - he's almost 20 now.  The applique would keep me busy while I was waiting in parent-pickup line.  That was a lot of waiting which resulted in a lot of applique....

So, what did I learn... don't use cheap fabric!  My appliques are all done in quilt-shop quality fabrics.  The background fabric is cheapy stuff... real cheapy stuff.  It almost feels slippery, like it has a waxy coating.  Fast forward... see, that's why I never finished this quilt.  BUT... I have reason to finish it now and was very unsure how this cheapy fabric was going to behave when quilted.

I just threw a scrap up on the Gammill and tried some stitches and viola... wonderfulness!  It quilts just fine -- THANK GOODNESS!  With as much time, love, effort, etc. that has gone into this quilt, it would have been a sin to just toss it.  Here's a peek at those stitches

I can't really share much more about this quilt, except that it has a specific purpose and I'm hoping to quilt it soon!  Stay tuned for details about this one!


  1. Karen, I am just beginning to learn my longarm. How did you get started and what would you suggest for a beginner?

    Thank you and welcome to my fb page.

    Debbie Montgomery

  2. I cannot waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit to see it! Sometimes that cheapy fabric quilts just beautifully and sometimes it doesn't. You're pretty much a genius for thinking of testing a scrap!

  3. Ooooohhhhh!!!! The suspense!!! :) Can't wait to see what you're coming up with!!!!