Monday, 31 October 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Amy over at Amy's Creative Side  is hosting a bloggers quilt festival for us poor folk that haven't been able to get to Houston this year.  I have been to Quilt Market but that was a decade ago and no doubt the event looks somewhat different to when I was there last but I did get to MQX in April this year so I can't feel to hard done by.  



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For Amy's festival I have decided to show something a little different. Its a small postcard I made for my cousin Emma back in Feb 2010. 




Now first up I need to explain something ... I am a longarm quilter and without being too "up myself"  I'm an OK longarmer.   BUT I brought a longarm because I could't machine quilt on a domestic machine.  I tried and failed miserably time and time again. But as soon as I had my hands on my LA it was a different matter. It was like coming home and I felt very very comfortable.  So I left domestic machine quilting well alone  ...for over 10 years in fact. But you see  I am also a Scorpio and I don't accept defeat well, so last year I decided to put things right and teach myself to machine quilt on a domestic machine.  




This small postcard was a small exercise I did to help me practice. It's NOT good but its not too shabby either and I was very happy enough  to make it into a postcard AND pop it in the post for all the world to see.

. More importantly though, this tiny 4" x 6" quilt  gave me the confidence to know that with practice you can achieve anything you want to.  It took me years to build up the courage to tackle domestic machine quilting again but I did tackle it !  

 With a  little determination, perseverance AND most important of all ...an ability to laugh off some pretty awful attempts ....I came out feeling a huge sense of accomplishment. 

 I haven't done too much quilting on my domestic machine since but at least I know I can if I have too!





17 comments:

  1. It's great having a longarm, and the amazing things they can do. But, they aren't the greatest for tiny things like this. You did a great job on it.

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  2. What a wonderful tiny! I love tiny and this is a testiment to what can be accomplished when a mind is set. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. You tackled it and kicked it's butt! She is very pretty :D

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  4. I love vintage ladies in threadwork and yours is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your postcard! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Very nice work Quil :))

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  7. It's a beuatiful postcard, and I'm sure Emma loves it! :)

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  8. that's cool that you made that with thread. great job!

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  9. Not good? Holy SMokes! That's amazing! I could never stitch so artistically.

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  10. I have yet to really tackle FM machine quilting - your story gives me hope! Your postcard is terrific - give yourself some credit! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Impressive thread drawing. That would be a great technique and motifs for a wall quilt.
    Thanks.
    Come see my entries #29 miniature applique reproduction and #31 antique 1850 Bethlehem Star.

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  12. That is beautiful Tracey. I an't even draw with a pencil that good let alone doing on my machine.

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  13. All I can say is WOW!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  14. What a great postcard - very impressive thread play. Love it.

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