Over the weekend, I was inspired to try out some beautiful block designs I purchased last May 2010. When I saw Joan's quilt, she & I began discussing longarm pattern options. Suited for block designs, we started playing. Joan selected the patterns and the layout from two Donna Kleinke sets: Dogwood Beauty & Forget-Me-Knot. I stitched a miniature sample of her quilt layout. I not only had lots of fun but gained valuable experience. I also found a couple of errors that could have had a disastrous effect. This time it merely snapped the needle off & I was able to stop the machine before any damage was done. Below you can see how the patterns are connected to built the whole stitching pattern.
These are pictures of the sample being stitched. I am stitching the block outlines on this sample. Those would not be done on a real quilt.
Feb 08: I tried a sample of King Tut cotton thread. It is thicker than the Bottom Line polyester thread I usually use. It should show off a design more & has great potential for whole cloth & detail work. My experiment was quite successful I think!