Thursday, June 4, 2015
Batik Dragons: A Custom Finish
I know I have mentioned this before, but my mom teaches the granddaughters to quilt when they turn 13 years old. She always used the original Turning 20 pattern. We watch for fabric sales at our LQS, and go buy kits for quilts that they can choose from. We always buy half yard cuts instead of fat quarters and then buy two different borders and two different backings. Right now my mom has about 5 different kits the girls can choose, which is really good because two more just turned 13 this year. We have found it to be much easier to give them a few choices than to take them shopping for fabric when they are old enough.
The oldest granddaughter made a batik quilt which matches the one above (with a light teal border and backing.) Hers was quilted on her aunt's longarm (my sister-in-law's sister). One of the reasons why my mom bought her long arm was to make it easier to finish the granddaughter quilts. Two years ago two granddaughters made their quilt tops, but neither one wanted theirs to be the first quilt quilted on the Fusion. So I pieced this quilt top for my mom.
This quilt top has waited for two years for my mom and I to learn how to use her long arm. Luckily my nieces didn't have to wait that long. I quilted both of their quilts on my Tiara a year ago. You can see R's quilt here and C's quilt here.
After successfully quilting three quilts on the Fusion, we were ready to quilt this one.
It went really well, and we are now both really excited about the long arm machine. We used a loop and star digital pantograph which came with the machine.
I call it "Batik Dragons" because there are dragons in the border and on the back.
Due to the nature of batiks, I wasn't able to match the design exactly when piecing the backing. However, I was able to keep the dragons in rows.
The back is almost as much fun as the front.
I bound the quilt by machine for my mom with a navy blue batik. It adds a nice finishing touch to this custom quilt I worked on with my mom.
It is really nice to exceed our goal of one quilt a month quilted on my mom's long arm.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see what other quilts are doing.