Today marks the one year anniversary of the real beginning of my longarm journey – the day my Innova longarm quilting machine was delivered and set up by Jack and crew at Boersma’s in McMinniville, OR. Previous to delivery, I had taken a one-day class with Capri after meeting her towards the end of September at the Northwest Quilt Expo in Portland. All I really knew was that the machine was fun to drive, and apparently, I showed some talent. Based upon that little information/experience, my amazing husband supported my wild idea of taking a break from my career as a special educator and following my new passion into the realm of professional quilting! What a guy, right?! Continue reading “It’s Been a Year Already?! (How I Became a Longarm Quilter)”
As many of you already know, I specialize in hand-guided free-motion quilting. I love driving my Innova Longarm from the front of the machine, where I can see what I’m doing and make decisions about design placement as I go. A lot of the work I do for clients is custom quilting. I love custom quilting. Not every quilt needs custom quilting, though. This leads me to one question that I get asked: “Do you do computerized/pantograph quilting?” While the straight answer to that is “No,” I do offer what I refer to as edge-to-edge quilting. So I thought I would share a recent project with you, and one of the ways I go about doing edge-to-edge quilting for my clients.
When you are quilting for others, you get a wide range of input ranging from “just do what you want” to “I have this very specific thing I want quilted and don’t want it to vary from my idea even just a little bit.” Between these two extremes, lies my favorite kind of quilting: Collaborative Quilting. I love it when clients come with some idea of what they want, but are open to me putting my spin on it. That’s why I was super excited when one of my clients brought me a pieced top that was primarily negative space, with just a random mini charm square here and there. She had this great idea that she wanted me to execute. She had also made a bird to applique for the top, and she wanted it to be in a quilted cage that I got to design and quilt for her. In Portland style, we were going to collaborate to “Put a Bird on It!”