Jackie says: You may recognize this pattern. You did one for Michelle Binder previously. I loved her quilt so much that I asked her to help me to locate the pattern. My daughter helped me to enlarge it a bit so this is probably slightly bigger than Michelle's.
Aug 13: The quilt has arrived and has the top nicely marked.
Sept 14: Prepared the backing for loading.
Sept 15: Loaded the backing. I am using Quilter's Dream Cotton batting which is softer and thicker (more loft as they say) than Warm & Natural & supposedly has better "drape". Next I will press the top & load it. Oops. Think I'll program IQ first so Jackie and approve the density while I work on the top. And the quilt is loaded. And basted. And quilting the first row of 10 15-minute rows. I am quilting this much smaller than ever before plus this is the version that takes the longest because it has a double tip on the flowers. No more pics until done. Got more than 1/2 the quilting done. Will finish tomorrow.
Sept 16: Finished.
Jackie tells us about her quilt so be sure to read her comments.
Comment from Jackie (moved here):
I did a google search this morning for "longarm quilting service". The first site that I clicked was this one. After a quick glimpse of the site, I fired off an e-mail to Linda asking a few questions. Needless to say, had I taken the time to really search the site I would find the answers to all of my questions. Before two hours had passed my phone rang, and it was Linda calling me ready and willing to answer my questions and give me the guidance that I was seeking. We had a nice conversation and I felt like I was talking to a longtime friend.
Three e-mails and two phone calls later I am shipping my quilt top out to her tomorrow.
The "Smiling Quilter" has me smiling. I can't wait to see her work.
My reply: Sorry it took me so long! LOL. Thank you so much for your kind words. Let's quilt!!
June 13: First contact. Did a quick EQ7 so I can show Jackie what various patterns will look like. Can't do that until the IQ computer is free.
June 14-15: IQ pattern overlays so Jackie could make a final decision.
June 18: Quilt top arrived.
July 12: Checked the IQ pattern and quilt dimensions. Preparing the backing for loading. When I started to load the backing, it was wider than my canvases so I had to cut off 4". Started loading the backing.
July 13: A Friday, I might add. Finished loading the backing. Spent a long time preparing the top & got it loaded too. Ready to start basting tomorrow. I expect the quilting to take me at least two days because this pattern doubles back on itself. The stitching time alone is about double what most quilts require plus this quilt maxes out my table width. It is big. It is also beautiful & I look forward to working with it. My preparation leaves me with a good feeling that all will go smoothly. We shall see. The gotcha will be making sure all dark threads are clear of the white areas so they don't show through. I will be searching for and trimming dark threads with every roll of the quilt.
July 14: I started the first row and everything looked good. Even though I checked for dark threads showing through I could not see them until the area was stitched. Yuck! After the third one in a row, I took out almost all of what I had stitched so I could unroll the quilt and get close enough to trim carefully. This quilt with this issue may take me well past the weekend. We shall see. HA! Finally got one row done! Only took me 5 hours!
July 15: Quilting.
July 16: Still quilting. And quilted. Will ship tomorrow.