Thursday, March 10, 2011

Longarm Quilting On My Snowman Quilt

Inside this lovely house is one of my favorite places to visit! It's my local fabric store Pinwheel Fabrics! Love to go in here. She has the most wonderful fabric, lots of notions, quilting classes and everyone there is so kind and helpful. Charlotte has a $5 quilt club that meets once a month. The pieced blocks on my red/white snowman quilt were from the club. I then hand embroidered the remaining squares. I've said all that to bring you up to the reason I'm posting about her store today. I spent several hours there quilting my snowman quilt top on her Gammill Longarm Quilting machine. This was my first time to use it and to be honest, I was a nervous wreck!! I was so afraid I couldn't do it, but the girls told me I could and I did!! It was fun! So much fun!!

You begin by pinning the quilt on and then rolling it up. It was fascinating how it works. The quilt top is on one roller and the backing and batting are on another. This keeps pressure on each piece and it feeds together smoothly. If you look under the quilt top you can see the rollers.

A little picture of me quilting. I used a stippling or meandering pattern. There is a template just above my hand and you follow it with a laser dot. You just guide the machine with your hand to follow the dot. This probably doesn't make sense, but I don't know how else to describe it. I was so afraid to look up that I didn't see the quilting until I was finished with the first row!!

I was worried about stitching over the embroidery, but it worked just fine and I like the way it looks.

My next worry was whether I would like the white thread on top of the red. I could have quilted it with another pattern and changed the thread to red, but I just wasn't ready for that my first time. And, the white thread is just fine with me.

I'm really excited about quilting it and very pleased with the way it looks. Now, all I have left is the binding and I'll be through with one of my PhD projects.
Ahhhhh!! What a relief that this is done!


  1. I know that you had a great day today. The quilt looks great. I would have been nervious too. I am so proud of you. If I lived closer I would do that Quilt block a month.

  2. I can't believe how beautiful this has turned out! I LOVE the way the white thread looks on the red fabric! The contrast draws attention to the meandering design and the result is, I think, stunning. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  3. That is a huge machine! Looks very intimidating too! The quilt turned out great! I love that each square is different. Can't wait to see it in person!

  4. Amazing...what talent you have, and how wonderful that you are enjoying now in December. Just fabulous!!!

  5. Amazing...what talent you have, and how wonderful that you are enjoying now in December. Just fabulous!!!

  6. This is AMAZING! I just love this quilt so much. You are so talented. It must be wonderful to be snuggled into this masterpiece. Congratulations! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Wow! This is fantastic Cathy! I have always liked red on white embroidery...


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