Custom Longarm Quilting
This is a wedding quilt I designed, pieced and custom quilted for my nephew and his bride. I used the Metro Rings pattern and the Quick Curves ruler to make the double wedding ring blocks.
How to pick quilting designs
When deciding on the quilting motif, it helps to know a little bit about who the quilt is for. My SIL said the couple were young hipsters, so I tried to keep that in mind when deciding on the quilting design. He plays drum in a band and they both have tattoos and ride motorcycles so I wanted something more graphical so I went with a Celtic/Egyptian/Art Deco feeling.
Most of the pictures were taken while this was on the longarm, so you may see chalk marks, unquilted areas and batting with no binding on the edges.
I quilted the solid blue corner areas as if they were pieced:
You Should Name Your Quilts!
You should definitely name your quilts - it will help you remember them and picture them in your mind. The large triangles in the border represent the Tennessee mountains where the couple live so I named this quilt Wedding Rings in the Tennessee Mountains.
I used a combination of stencils, longarm quilting rulers and freehand quilting.
This is the 4-patch posey quilt that I made in class at Quilter's Market a long time ago. I wanted to wait to do the quilting until I felt more comfortable with my longarm machine. I really like this top and didn't want to mess it up, lol.
After looking through my books for some quilting motif ideas, Sally Terry's Terry Twist seemed like a fun way to do something special with the blocks. I have some of Sally's books and have taken a few classes from her, but I didn't have her special ruler. Instead, I used Ronda Beyer's Double S ruler and I think it worked pretty well. Here's Ronda's ruler lined up along the curve that I just quilted.
All the swirly, feathery bits in the blocks and borders were done freehand and it was great practice. Because the fabric is so busy, you can't really see the quilting unless you get close or look at the back.
I was pleasantly surprised when I turned the quilt over - isn't that awesome!
The quilting motif is much easier to see here on the back:
Here's a closeup of the freehand feather/swirl quilting:
On the right side you can see the star shape that I quilted with the ruler and it's ready to have the freehand feather/swirl design quilted around it:
Below is a closeup of the piano key border with the freehand swirl design.
I'm glad I waited to finished this until I felt more comfortable quilting with my longarm. But don't wait too long to finish your quilts so they can be loved! This one definitely has some boo boos, but that's okay. I had fun and learned a lot.
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!