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.
6/13/2012 11:35:19 pm
I was at the post office when they opened this morning. Think that I may be a little bit excited? LOL
6/14/2012 12:00:50 am
6/15/2012 10:58:35 pm
Here is a short story about my quilt. (hopefully I will be brief) It's called Blue Betty and the designer is Darlene Leosh. It was featured in an issue of Quitlers World magazine in April 2009. I subscribe to the digital version of the magazine and by doing so, I received access to back issues to Feb 06. I have no idea if that was an error, but I'm not complaining. I have made two quilts from these issues so far and I'm sure that I will do more. OK, back to the quilt. One of my sisters called me recently to see if I would donate my time and expertise to make a quilt for her to donate to be auctioned off at a fundraiser in March. I'm always ready and willing to take on new projects, (especially when someone else is paying!) LOL So that is the story of this quilt. I wanted to make something a little more modern. I think that I have accomplished that. It's unlike anything that I have ever seen. (kind of weird) I just hope that it brings in some money for the school.
6/15/2012 11:04:07 pm
I love to hear the stories behind the quilts. Thank you!
6/18/2012 08:21:27 am
Yikes. I see a lot of wavy strips. I sure hope it pulls out for you and doesn't cause you fits.
6/18/2012 09:18:06 am
You and me both!!!
6/18/2012 09:30:34 am
Get plenty of sleep the night before you attempt mine. I promise that my next one will be of a better quality fabric and not so many pieces. Did I ever tell you to NEVER attempt to hold me to any of my promises? LOL I'll leave you alone now for a while. :)
6/18/2012 02:25:16 pm
I took a closer look. I don't expect any problems whatsoever.
7/19/2012 05:37:58 am
I received my quilt back in today's mail. It's absolutely lovely. I am so pleased with all of the workmanship and the turnaround time was half of what the wait time is to get it done locally. I can't thank you enough Linda. I will work with you again in a heartbeat.
7/19/2012 09:03:56 am
Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you are happy with it.
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