Monday, February 17, 2014

14 Hour Sewing Marathon....


I hope you all had a great weekend!! I had a long weekend because of the holiday and took a little trip up to my mom's house and we had a mini sewing retreat! :) I went up on Friday and stayed until Monday.  We had three quilts we had to get done and ready to quilt for Monday.  

I have never ever in my life sewed for such a long period of time!! Saturday we literally sewed 14 hours straight.  This was more sewing than I do in a week! I generally only sew for like 5-6 hours a week, so sewing for that long was a bit much!  It was nuts, and I can honestly say we may have been a bit delirious by the time it was all over! :)  All of that sewing paid off! We got all three quilts ready to be quilted on this lovely machine:


Our friend Kathy has a friend that has one of these long arm machines. She took us to her house and we got three quilts done in three hours.   Here is my scrappy stars quilt on the machine.  I have quilted on a long arm once before, but this machine was different and way bigger.  I was a bit intimidated, but my friend Kathy walked me through every step!  

I decided to do figure eights on the quilt.  I am way more comfortable doing curved designs, rather than straight lines on the long arm machine.  I thought about doing something more intricate and doing more than one design on the quilt, but I just felt I should stick with something I knew I could do!  Once I feel like I am more comfortable with quilting on a long-arm maybe I will branch out a bit and try some harder designs.  For now I am happy with my figure eights!

I left all the quilts with my mom "the binding fairy" so she could bind them for me! :)  I can't wait to get them back and show them all to you! 

Talk to you soon,

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12 comments:

ChristaQuilts said...

Your figure 8's look great! You are right - it is much easier to quilt curvy lines rather than straight lines, no matter what type of machine it is!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Not fair! You have a binding fairy?! JEALOUS! Congrats on your super productive weekend : )

Anonymous said...

I like the contrast between all the hours to get ready to quilt and then three quilts in three hours.

Sarah Lizzie said...

Wow..what a fun weekend!! How wonderful to have quilted three quilts in three hours!! I must say that I love the design and colours of your quilt. Your quilts will look superb after your binding fairy has worked her magic!!

Sabrina said...

Wow! Congrats on getting so much done. That quilt and your quilting look awesome!

Connie said...

Now that looks like a lot of fun! How neat to also have a "binding fairy"! Thanks for sharing.
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Andrea Turner said...

It's so cool that you have access to a long arm quilting machine. Several local stores in my area sell them, but none rent time on their machines, and I don't know anyone that owns one I could borrow. I can't wait to see your finished quilts.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Love that you and your mom share the love of quilting!!! I usually "retreat" once a year and it truly is delirious fun!!! So glad you had a great time together. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your finishes!! :)

Melia Mae Quilting said...

That quilt you are working on is gorgeous! I love the pattern and the colors! I am so jealous of your sewing marathon!!!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

It sounds like a fun weekend. I really wish my mother had some interest in quilting and that we could share some sewing time together

Lorna McMahon said...

Sounds - and looks - like you had fun! Your figure eights look great and that backing is perfect. What a compliment to all those pretty colours in the top. Can't wait to see the big finish!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

I've never quilted on a longarm, but I really want to try it sometime. Your figure eights look great! Hooray for lots of sewing time. Sometimes, I need that kind of escape!

I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation