This morning I got up in time to watch Fons & Porter on a near-local PBS station. I didn't catch who the guest was that was demonstrating long-arm quilting. It was very interesting though. Her teaching technique, at least on the show to the hostess (Mary - the daughter of Marianne Fons), was with using a strip quilt and using the strips in much the same manner an elementary student would use the wide-lined paper to practice their cursive skills, using loops, or one letter repeatedly and then using a letter with a variation to it. It was pretty impressive and I have to say that having the quilt, batting, and backing attached on rollers for quilting, sure looks easier than pinning, marking and wrestling a big quilt around on a small machine...most of my quilts are larger than lap size.
Many of you have long-arms and some of you quilt for others (to me that's terrifying - I'd be afraid of ruining someone's hard work) and I barely quilt at all and when I do it's only been straight-line quilting, though I took one class on free-motion quilting - learning both with template and without. Free-motion is all about practice, as I'm sure the same holds true whether using a long-arm or a standard machine. Maybe that's why I prefer piecing. I just haven't taken the time to practice my FMQ enough to get that visual and muscle memory going. If I were ever to get a long-arm, it'd have to go in my living room, there just isn't room anywhere else. Hmmmm, dream list: new home with large, finished basement for long-arm. But then, I'd probably never buy a machine that costs as much as my last vehicle for something that I do just as a hobby.
Shifting gears, it's hard to believe I've been home now for a week, and I'll be leaving again on the 30th. But what I wanted to share, is that I DID bring the treadle machine home with me. I posted about it here and here.
|Arlington Treadle Sewing Machine mfrd after 1900.|
|Cabinet housing Arlington Treadle Sewing Machine|