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Watson 04-06-2021 03:12 PM

First Quilt on My Long Arm
I learned a lot on this, my first quilt on my long arm.
I learned that I need to leave more backing around each edge...left with less than an inch of backing at the bottom. Just made it!
I learned that I need to start off as quickly as I mean to go on...otherwise I get long stitches and that I need to move slower, especially around curves, in order to keep my stitches somewhat even. Also, that I likely shouldn't have chosen Minky backing for my first try. It wasn't easy keeping it tight without stretching it and not sagging on the edges of the quilt.
I also learned how not to pin a quilt to the leaders...because I did it twice on one end and three times on the other!
I did the FMQ on the foxes on my domestic machine.
All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out.
PS.....photos won't attach. I'll try later.

sewingpup 04-06-2021 03:42 PM

sounds like it was a successful first run! Congratulations! I haven't had a quilt on my long arm for about a year and wondering how I will do. I usually try and have about 3-4 extra inches of backing and batting on each of the four sides. The thicker the batting, the more fabric seems to be eaten up while quilting. I also like a little extra width on the backing and batting so I can place a piece of scrap fabric down one side to check my tension on.

Watson 04-06-2021 10:58 PM

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Here is the quilt. I figured out what I was doing wrong on the Upload.


jmoore 04-07-2021 02:58 AM

Nicely done Watson...I like the FMQ wood grain design you chose. All in all it sounds like you are enjoying your LA and have now conquered your first quilt. I can’t wait to see more of your quilting projects.

pocoellie 04-07-2021 03:02 AM

Adorable quilt and a great job on the quilting.

rryder 04-07-2021 03:41 AM

Well done, Watson. Sounds like you are enjoying having a frame system!


MamaLinda 04-07-2021 03:54 AM

Simply darling, love the foxes and what a perfect piece for backing.
Your quilting skills are amazing, especially as a first go.

Joset 04-07-2021 03:57 AM

fantastic you did a great job on your first one.

Tartan 04-07-2021 04:04 AM

Sew cute! The minky may have been a tricky selection for backing but who could resist that perfect fabric!

QuiltMom2 04-07-2021 04:11 AM

Great job especially for first try and with Minky no less! Look forward to all your quilts to come.

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