Hi Joleen! Happy Birthday!!! I hope you like your table runner! I have to admit I had problems with the quilting in some areas but I hope it won't distract from the design. I think the binding may be a little tighter on one side and made it bow a bit....it was perfectly straight/square before the binding. I wish I could have had a little more time to correct that before sending it off but we are in the middle of harvest now. You might have to wash and block it or maybe give it a good press to get it straight again. Have a wonderful Birthday! xoxox
Beautiful quilt in your avatar. Love the colors of some of your other quilts ( I tend to like bright vivid colors and batiks). I especially liked you multi-colored leaf quilt - very nice! That pattern has been on my "To make" list for quite awhile. I've collected lots of fall leaves colors of fabric for it though!
Jolene, I started out with PCQuilter and moved up to the retrofitted MQR, then move up again when I got the Innova to the big boy MQR. Love it. Been working with the "Teach" mode on the last couple of quilts and will be using it for the one on the frame now. Have lots of HST as part of one of the borders. Did a test pattern and it worked out great.
I also have the Latte designs but have yet to stitch them out. I did play with another digitizer's design similar to the Latte and yes it takes forever to stitch them out not to even think how many hoopings we have to change. I worked with 16 inch blocks at the time.
Yes, I thought the star was probably Judy's or Jinny B. I did Jinny's Crystal Star but waiting for a horizontal spool holder as I want to use metallic thread on it.
Got to run. I gave up on finishing the border so will attack it in the morning. Should have just left it as one pattern instead of splitting it as I did. AW SHUCKY DARN!!!!
JB, I have a computerized system. Innova 26" LS, 12' frame, MQR robotics. I see from your photos you do embroidery too. Its great that we can combine our loves of quilting with the embroidery and vice versa.
I use ProQ Designer program to lay out my quilt patterns. Have a very intricate border I'm working on right now and I've had to go back to the PC to tweak it to do what I want. I cut it into 2 parts to go across the quilt top and its been a pain in my side the entire time. Got the left side stitched out and it came out near perfect for me but now to fit the right side is giving me headaches. I will prevail though as I'm stubborn as a mule.................:-)
Love your quilts too especially the star looking one. Looks like possibly a PP pattern. The embroidered blocks, whose designs/set are those as they look familar to me.
Now back to the frame to get the last section of the border done before I call it quits for the day.
Hi JB! Thank you for your kind words...it was fun to make. My niece was a semi professional ballerina, but decided not to pursue a career in dance, although she does teach children - every year an inner city group does the Nutcracker and she has a part in that.
I didn't use a pattern (except for the tree quilt pattern at the center). I spent hours on the net (Google Images) searching for photos of the people in the cast. Then I downloaded them. I also rented the Royal London Ballet Company's CD - I liked the one with Nureyev, but when he dances the whole show revolves around him and that changes the story. I even froze the DVD at points to photograph the characters (Uncle Droselmeyer was my best shot and I used that). I also printed the figures (or parts of them) onto fabric for the faces & arms, etc. - no way I could draw that. I used several methods of attaching the embellishments - you'll have to decide which are best for you. My Grand Niece & Niece loved it which was the entire goal. I hope this helps - I do work 1 full & 1 part time job, so it took me about 3 months to complete. I hope this helps....Barb