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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Longarm Lust

So I maaaay have played hookey from work at some point and then maaaay have taken a longarm quilting class at a local quilt shop.  I maaaay have LOVED every minute of it and maaay be obsessing (at this very moment perhaps) about how I can get my hands on a LAQ machine of my very own.

I quilted what I'm calling Faux Feathers (I couldn't seem to get the shapes right on the "real" feathers) ...

... something the pattern we were working off of called "Water" (though it looks more like spirals and scribbles) along with some stars, a heart and some curly cue meandering along the perimeter of the star block (this is the back of the quilt).

Then I did some pebbling and guess what?  I can!  This style is nearly impossible for me on my home machine but with the LAQ it was easy peasy.

Here is my pebbling from the back of the quilt.  I'm really quite in love with it. 

This pattern was called "Olives" and you can really see why.  After lots of practice on the dry eraser board and my pimentos came out almost perfectly.

And last but not least, here are my "Roses".  Sort of a spiral beginning with some petals around them.  Kind of a fun design, right?

Now I'm just left with one question.  How do I justify (and afford) my own???


  1. You don't need to justify having your own longarm! Do you ever hear a man justify buying a quad, boat, truck, jet ski, snow mobile, motorcycle or an large tool in his garage? NOPE! Best of all a longarm doesn't use gas and requires little maintenance. And when you develop your skill to a point where you can quilt for others it will MAKE you money. My longarm has paid for itself many times over.
    So justify the purchase....I think not! If it makes you happy go for it :)

    1. Thanks Kathy! I'm going to buy one, I know I am (I want it real bad - LOL), now it's all about timing. I'm plotting as we speak ;)