Yesterday morning I had the absolute pleasure to get to teach Miss A how to quilt using my longarm. We started out with a practice piece that turned into a nice sized blanket for her American Doll. As you can see below, it would also make a great table runner!
We talked about how to choose a quilting design and we practiced drawing swirls which are inspired by the print of the backing fabric.
We had to play around a bit with finding the right sized stool for her to stand on to see the quilt. We started with something a bit too tall, and I didn’t like to see her so slumped and hunched over trying to see what she was doing, so we found a happier, lower stool to use.
We ran my long arm with the stitch regulator turned on, which makes creating rounded shapes a bit more challenging, but that way she could stop at any time to take a rest and think about what and where to go next.
I was very impressed with her test piece, and she was excited to jump right in and start quilting her quilt!
To begin, she started with the swirl and wavy line patterns that she practiced on the mini blanket. However, she started to think about each individual block and created custom designs for each block. It was awesome to watch her creativity and progression.
She was a natural! It was a lot of fun to just quietly watch her play and explore with the machine.
The lighthouse block was a favorite. She thought about what shingles might look like and quilted that along the top of the lighthouse roof. She also started varying the quilting pattern between the water / sky / sailboats and really enjoyed looking at the back of the quilt to be able to see the block detail because of the change of quilting patterns.
I was a bit nervous about how my machine would behave, but it all went very smoothly. Miss A was able to complete about 40% of the quilting on her quilt along with making the mini blanket. On Thursday afternoon, Mr. L will get a chance to practice and get started on his quilt.