Thursday, May 7, 2009

Watercolor and Quilting

I painted another flower vase last evening. This is the perfect activity for me in the evenings when hubby is dozing in front of the TV. I have a spare desk set up in the TV room and so I've been sitting there painting. This way I'm in the same room as he is, spending time with him, even though he's really tired from work and falling asleep in his chair.


On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to use the HQ16 at my local quilt shop (Sewing Machines Plus in Mandan, ND). I have never quilted anything on a long arm or mid arm quilting machine and I was eager but apprehensive. I learned all about loading the backing, batting, and quilt top onto the unit and then I started quilting. I decided I wanted to do it all free hand even though the machine has designs programmed into it. I knew I was going to quilt a design through each strip on each quilt block. The narrower strips got a simple wavy line and the wider strips got something fancier. I quilted a circular shape along the borders, which you can see in the bottom photo.

I enjoyed quilting on this machine but must say after standing there four to five hours and doing the entire thing in one shot was very tiring for me. Quilting like this is much harder than the professionals make it look and I really give the people who do this a lot much credit for their free-motion skills. I have lots of spots in my quilt where there are little boo-boos, but I'm not going to worry about it and just chalk it up to practice and fun. Thanks Angie for your generosity in letting me use your machine.

12 comments:

  1. You see if you had a longarm of your own you could quilt in mini-sessions.

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  2. I don't see the little boo-boos... The quilt is lovely, as is your new painting.

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  3. Love the flowers ;0) I like to work while Roger sleeps ~ oh sorry, he says he is thinking!

    The quilt is fabulous. I love the way I can see your sketching style in the quilting. Beautiful.

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  4. Terri, i love your watercolor. That's a good idea to paint in the evening, but you must have a full spectrum light to see colors clearly. I have trouble seeing well at night, but then again, you're younger than me! :~)
    The quilting is fantastic!!

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  5. Really nice job with the quilting. Love all the free motion stitchery that you did. That does sound super tiring. Love the finished product!

    auntie jude

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  6. That is a wonderful quilt!

    xo

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  7. Love the painting and the quilt looks fab!

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  8. Love all your stitching,it looks really great! and the painting is so fresh and pretty.

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  9. That quilt is such a strong design, I enjoy looking at it ever time.

    My husband likes to "think" in the evening too:)

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  10. Love your painting. My husband is on the computer a lot so I have another desk in my room that he uses so we are both together in an evening.

    Your quilting is wonderful. I really admire you for standing and quilting for such a length of time. Well done!

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  11. Lovely work as usual Terri. The quilt is perfect IMO, but I have never seen a long arm quilter working either.
    I sit with my laptop on my knee while DH is watching TV in the evenings :)

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  12. Glad you got a chance to get your quilte quilted. Were they able to talk you into buying an HQ set up?

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