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Thread: My First Quilt off the long arm...whew!

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    My First Quilt off the long arm...whew!

    This has been a busy spring for me. Yard work always takes over my live in the springtime! Something wonderful came into my life last month! We finally bought a long arm!!! Oh my, I am so intimidated by it, but I've been practicing on my 'uglies' (fabric I bought so long ago and now I wonder why did I buy that???) So I decided I needed to take the bull (long arm) by the horns and make a quilt that I could use. DH and I live in a house that is too big for 2 people but we love it here and it's great for company.(My 3 DS, my DD and my Mom were here for a quilting fest for over a week! What a blast we had! Anyway when it's just the 2 of us, we turn off central air and use room air conditioners in the rooms we normally use. I wanted to hang a quilt in the entryway to block cool air from going into the formal living room and dining room. It took less than 2 weeks to complete it. You can probably tell that I 'ad libbed' it together. After it was pieced, I decided I didn't like the stark white with the black and red, so I mixed up some watery brownish craft paint and painted it. That improved it a lot!
    Quilting is mostly just stipple and circles. I'm finding it difficult to make rounded shapes and things tend to get squared off and my circles have flat tops! I did see some improvement by the time I finished it, so all in all I am happy with the results. This one will probably become a 'picnic quilt' someday when I have time and proficiency on 'Lizzie' to make another one!
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    It's very pretty. Enjoy your new long arm.

    What program do you use to put words in your photos?

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]

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    Congratulations on your new machine! I really like your quilt for the doorway!

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    Your doorway quilt is a work of art and coordinates so well with the wall color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Your doorway quilt is a work of art and coordinates so well with the wall color!
    Love the quilt and envy you your Tin Lizzie, just color me green.

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    It takes a bit to make friends with your longarm. The second quilt will be faster and easier than the first and the 100th will be an absolute breeze. I love the quilt.
    DEB CAVAN

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    nicely done
    Nancy in western NY

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    Nicely done.....you are well on your way. You quilting looks great!

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    Cute quilt and the quilting looks great. I love how you're using the quilt, too. I've used sheets for backing, too. It turns out nice as long as I don't use a 100% polyester sheet. Last thought, if you get tired of the front you can just turn the back to the front.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    very nice!!!
    QUILTNMO

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