Back in March, my mother and I went to Handi Quilter and took classes learning how to use the Pro-Stitcher (computerized quilting program) on her Fusion quilting machine. Our goal was to quilt at least one quilt each month so we would remember how to do it. This is the first quilt we have done together since taking the class.
I pieced and quilted this large church dash which finishes at 37 inches with the border. It is inspired by a quilt in one of Camille Roskelley's books, although I didn't use her pattern. Then my mom and I quilted it on her long arm machine using a digital clover pantograph which came with her machine. We plan on donating it to a local charity.
It was lots of fun and went surprisingly well. But would you believe that I think the quilting is a little too perfect and even?
I think I really like the wobbles of free motion quilting. They make it seem more handmade. But maybe that is just me. ;)
I bound it in a random green solid which matches the print on the churn dash. The light orange backing is a little brighter than the peach and green churn dash, but the green binding ties it all together. It was a great stash buster quilt.
I decided to call this baby quilt Lucky Churn Dash because the clover quilting reminds me of luck. Plus we were lucky it went so well. LOL.
Quilt Stats #138
Name: Lucky Churn Dash
Pattern: Churn dash from 10.5 inch squares
Fabric: Kona White and others from stash
Amount Used: 3 yards
Batting: Warm and White
Size: About 37 x 37 inches
Date Finished: April 2015
What I learned:
- I don't need to be afraid of my mom's long arm machine.
- I need to remember all the steps when rolling the quilt and using the digital pantograph. (Using the handout from class would have helped solve some minor problems.)
Love this picture. You can see a tiny glimpse of the patch I made on my backing. When I went to square up the backing, I noticed there was a little chunk cut out of the corner. I just added a Kona White scrap to the corner to load it onto the frame. I think it is kinda cute.
I just had to add one more photo. I walked into the family room and had to quickly grab the camera.
Panda was laying down, but only partially on the quilt. Do you think this is a new form of quilt testing? I wonder what was better: the quilt or the carpet?
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. There is something fun for every day of the week.