A Good Day — I Picked Up Five Quilts from My Long Arm Quilter!

My log arm quilter texted me yesterday to let me know that the five quilts I left with her on Aug 24 were done and ready for me to pick up. I’ve made 20 quilt tops during the pandemic and these are the first that have actually be finished.

Here’s the first one. This is an Aboriginal fabric quilt that will go to my brother and his wife.

I just LOVE how this turned out. It’s always exciting to see a quilt top turned into a finished quilt.

Look at all these amazing fabrics! The colors and designs are so amazing!

The photo below shows the quilting. The design is called Malachite. It’s basically a squiggly sprial that was quilted using a light gray thread. It’s pretty perfet.

Here’s a look at the backing. It’s pretty special too!

The next quilt is this one that will be a holiday gift. This is so happy and cheerful!

I really love that border and the binding! What a great choice!

Oh man… look at that border and binding!

And the quilting was done with a dark yellow/golden thread in a floral pattern. I love the way this turned out.

This next quilt is a scrappy batik wedge quilt. It’s quilted with a musical instrument design. it’s for someone who just started their first job as an elementary music teacher. It’s hard to find the musical instruments.

These photos show the quilting a little better.

It’s a fun and casual quilt, which I love!

Last up is another Aboriginal fabric quilt. It’s almost exactly the same as the other, but there are some different fabrics here and the backing is different.

Good grief! That’s so gorgeous.

I’m in the middle of making another 100 greeting cards with the Philip Jacobs brassica on them. I will easily get them done this weekend. However, I provably get much done in y sewing room as I’ve got another weekend of sheep on tap. I’m really looking forward to some time outside and just having a grand old time with the dogs and some friends.

I spent a few minutes last night playing with the Philip Jacobs print scraps. I found a design that I’m having some fun with. But it just drives home the fact that I don’t have the patience for all that handwor

It would be fun to do a set like this but it’s really slow!

I’m going to give some more thought to my new denim bag this weekend. I’d like to get some measurements taken and have a good idea of what I have to to do make this bag.

I have a few photos of Frankenbags to share, but I’m really tired and I have to go to bed so I can be on the road tomorrow morning before 7 an.

32 Replies to “A Good Day — I Picked Up Five Quilts from My Long Arm Quilter!”

  1. Unfortunatly l cannot see the pictures. Why?

    Den lör 25 sep. 2021 08:28agilejack skrev:

    > agilejack posted: ” My log arm quilter texted me yesterday to let me know > that the five quilts I left with her on Aug 24 were done and ready for me > to pick up. I’ve made 20 quilt tops during the pandemic and these are the > first that have actually be finished. Here’s the” >

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    1. I love seeing my quilts done for the first time! The process of quilting and binding really transforms a top. I had so much fun unfolding these with my long arm quilter. And she loved it because I was so excited and vocal about it!

      Anne

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  2. Your quilts will be so cherished, my gosh they are gorgeous!! May I ask what batting you use? I struggle with batting that seems to thin and wimpy and want a little more loft to make them actually a quilt if that makes sense. Suggestions please! 🙂

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    1. Patricia, I totally agree with you about thin batting. It just looks “flat” and doesn’t show off the quilting that we pay a lot for.
      I discovered wool batting. It has a higher loft and was sold by the yard off a big roll in my quilt shop. Wow, what a difference! And crease marks from folding are a thing of the past too!

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    2. I’m not sure what she’s using. It seems like a pretty standard cotton batting. Nothing unexpected. Someone mentioned that a wool batting gives a little more loft and heft to a quilt, but I’ve never used it. Sorry I’m not more help.
      Anne

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  3. My quick way to do circles is place fabric face down on some interfacing and sew completely around the circle. Cut with pinking sheers around the circle. Put a small slit in interfacing and gently turn right side out. You can now stitch this by machine with a straight stitch and it will have a finished edge.

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    1. You are much more advanced than me! I’m just cutting circles out of the scraps of fabric I have with heat and bond on the back and I’m fusing them to a card!!! I’ve never done much applique, but I’ve seen the method you describe. I should give it a try some day!
      Anne

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  4. Wowow! I can’t stop going back for another look at those quilts! The Aboriginal quilt is spectacular! And the Batik one…just sooo beautiful…(that border!)
    The lucky recipients of these quilts will be so grateful : )
    You have an extaordinary talent, and you always inspire me!

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    1. Thanks Maureen! I’m really happy with how those Aboriginal quilts turned out. Those fabrics are really something. I’m glad you appreciate my enthusiasm for that batik border!!! It’s so good!!!
      Anne

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  5. Just love seeing your completed quilts. I have some aboriginal fabric and could never decide what to do with it…wa-la. They are all beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Patricia! I’ve really enjoyed working with those Aboriginal fabrics. They are really gorgeous. It’s a pretty simple quilt design and the fabrics are doing all the hard work!
      Anne

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  6. Hello Anne – I just love your blog posts AND your incredible work!! I’m nowhere near as fine a quilter, but I do revel in your work!! Would you mind telling me the name of the pattern you used for your Aboriginal fabric quilts (yours and your brother’s)? My daughter worked in Africa for two summers and brought us home a lot of fabric – I’d love to make her a very simple quilt that showcased those fabrics. Your pattern would be perfect! Thanks so much for your wit and wisdom, your wonderful dogs, and your incredible creativity!

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    1. Thanks Grace! You’re very kind.

      I didn’t use a pattern for the Aboriginal quilts. It’s just 10 inch squares with a two inch sashing and 2 inch cornerstones. I made a few blog posts about making this quilt. here are some links:

      https://agilejack1.com/2020/03/15/finally-cutting-into-my-aboriginal-fabrics/

      https://agilejack1.com/2020/03/23/aboriginal-blocks-assembly/

      Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about my construction.

      Anne

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    1. Wanda;

      Haha! Yes! I have my long armer do my bindings. I just love a hand sewn binding but my hands just can’t take it. She does a good job and is very reasonable in her pricing.

      She told me her teenage daughter loved my Aboriginal quilts so much that they bought some of the prints at a quilt show so they could make one. They had one fabric that I had never seen, so I stopped at a fabric store on the way home and they had it!!! So I bought six more half yards!

      I can’t wait to see what you make!

      Anne

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    1. I have seen those. I’m actually just fusing left over fabric to a card… I wanted it to be a quick project and it was taking much longer than I had hoped! I really should try some Applique. I’ve only ever done a couple of raw edge wall hangings.

      Anne

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    1. I could do that, but I’m just fusing the circle on a blank greeting card… using up some fused scraps that were left over from my Brassica greeting cards. I thought it would be a good way to use up those small scraps, but it was a little more time consuming that I thought it would be.

      Anne

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  7. Anne , Your quilts are beautiful ! It just amazes me of all that you get accomplished ! I’m working on another Frankenbag, those bags are quite addictive and fun ! Niki

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    1. Thanks Niki! I’m amazed at how much I don’t get accomplished and how much goes unfinished! It does feel good to get some quilts all finished and ready for the holidays!

      Anne

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