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Quilting With A Pro

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Here’s a sneak peek at my new quilt. I’m very excited I am about this. I pieced this super easy “stash quilt” last Friday night and so happy to see how cool it’s shaping up with the help of a local longarm quilter.

Here’s the back story: After years of tempting fate by jamming more fabric than I ever should under the arm of my sewing machine, trying to quilt scrappy little quilts at home, I finally decided to take my quilting up a notch and collaborate with pro.

So, today, I took my latest quilt top to a professional longarm quilter whose identity I will reveal in my March 23 craft column. The experience was pretty cool. However, I had to fight the urge to ask to take over the controls. Seriously, I really, really wanted to take control of the 14-foot machine and do the quilting myself. Don’t get me wrong, she was doing an excellent job and I would have surely made a mess of it. It just looked so fun to doodle large swirls with thread all over the quilt.

In the end, I didn’t ask to try it because:

A) It would have been a tad ridiculous given the fact that I’m paying her to do the quilting.

B) It wasn’t worth the risk of possibly breaking her machine, or the public humiliation of having to disclose that event publicly in my column.

C) I probably never would have left her basement.

D) It would have surely fueled a new obsession with quilting machines.

Truth be told, I’m already kind of obsessed. I started entertaining the idea of someday buying one about five years ago and even floated the idea of my dad getting into long arm quilting. I know, it’s a bit of a stretch given the fact he has no interest in quilting. But I love fiber art so much that I often find myself matching up people I know with the craft I think suits them best. (It’s silly, I know.) Unfortunately, my father doesn’t share my crafty vision for his future. Ah, well, maybe he’ll come around… (I’m kidding, Dad. I respect your decision not to become a longarm quilter.)

Check back here March 23 for more quilt photos and to read about the talented mystery quilter who is transforming my quilt from average to fabulous. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

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Comment from Terri
Time: March 14, 2008, 4:47 am

I wish you had asked to try it! I had been planning on asking you if you wanted to, but lost track of that thought after you got here. Actually, I lost track of a lot of thoughts after you got here………..lol

Comment from Nancy H
Time: March 14, 2008, 5:32 am

You couldn’t have picked a better quilter to represent! I have grown up in the LA community with this LA’r. Not only is she an excellent quilter, she is also very well respected among her peers. She has really come into her own. :)

Comment from Alessandra
Time: March 14, 2008, 6:23 pm

It looks beautiful Jennifer, it really does!
By the way, I’m doing better. :)

Comment from Alycia
Time: March 15, 2008, 1:39 pm

I understand how east it is to become obssessed! The quilt looks pretty ;-)

Comment from Kari
Time: March 16, 2008, 9:32 am

Ohhh, from the sneak peak, I know I am going to LOVE this quilt. Can’t wait to see more.

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Time: March 19, 2008, 12:05 am

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Comment from Jen Eskridge
Time: March 22, 2008, 5:36 pm

I’m posting on an “old” entry, but I wanted to let you know that some long arm/quilters in the area may allow you to rent time on the machine. You go in, and quilt it yourself. There’s 30min + prep and the time for you to actually quilt- but its SO fun!!! Call her back and see if she rents- jen

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