Learning To Swirl

January 8, 2011

This has been the most exciting and exhausting week I think I've had since we brought the girls home from the hospital, except now I actually get to sleep when I go to bed.  Back then we were exhausted AND we never got any sleep!!  I have slept like a log this week.  I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!  Thursday was a day full of information and learning.  Jamie wasn't kidding when he said it would be a big day for me!  We spent the majority of the day on tension.  How to fix tension.  What to do if tension issues arise.   It's amazing how just changing the thread can completely change the tension!  Jamie is an amazing teacher and source of information and I was like a giant sponge taking it all in.  I had to end my day of quilting when Jamie left because I had to get back to reality.  Meaning...grocery shopping, housework, laundry...etc..

I spent Friday practicing.  My first day all on my own.  I was a little nervous knowing that Jamie wouldn't be here with me.  I did have a few little minor issues, but I worked through them.  I stayed calm and just remembered everything Jamie taught me.  He told me these little things would happen at the beginning.  I spent much of the day drawing and quilting swirls.  I want to first master a freehand allover swirl design.  I'm not sure how I feel about pantos yet.  I'd like to be able to freehand all my allover designs.  We'll see how it goes. 
I changed my thread to a darker thread so I could really see my stitches.  My swirls are far from perfect, but not too bad.  They are definitely starting to flow more.  Practice is key!!
Underneath the quilt.  I like to make sure my stitches look just as nice from the back too.  Perfect tension!
As you can see, I'm at the bottom of my practice quilt.  Today when I get home from working at the shop, I will be loading a new practice quilt ALL by myself.  Yikes!!

I did some other sewing Friday night as well.  Do you ever have family members or friends ask you to sew or repair items because they just assume you can because you quilt??  My little sis, Kristin just received her "white coat" for PA School, which is really monumental.  She brought it home over Christmas break, so I can sew her PA student patch on it.  No biggie, but I asked her what she would have done had she had to do it herself back at school??  Her reply..."Super Glue."  LOL!
Scooter was very happy I was sewing it on for Kristin too!!
I got it done just in time.  Kristin and Scooter are leaving to go back to school today.  Classes start back up Monday for Kristin.  She will begin the mentoring part of the program this semester.  I'll miss her so much.  I'll miss my little quilting partner too.

26 comments:

  1. Yes, your swirls are looking really good and I believe I saw a very nicely shaped feather on the roll up bar!

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  2. Good morning Ms. Linda. Sounds like the process for learning is progressing at warp speed. You go!!

    Enjoying the blog!

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  3. Your swirls look great Linda! It's so awesome that you have this wonderful longarm. Fun Stuff. That happens to me all the time but with people wanting me to make quilts or do the quilting on a quilt.

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  4. Lookin' good Linda!! You'll have the swirls mastered in no time and on to feathers!!
    Congrats to your little sis!!

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  5. The swirls look great! It looks like fun.
    I get requests all the time to do "little" projects.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  6. I think you swirls look great.

    This practicing sure can use a ton of fabric and batting. YIKES!

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  7. O you are getting on great guns!! I often wondered is it helpful to be good at art for all that free motion work? I love sewing but my drawing is still the same as when I was a pre-schooler! I imagine I would be dreadful at free motion-yours looks great:) Keep going!

    Shazy x

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  8. Your swirls look great! You are doing a fantastic job. Already so proficient! (I'm so jealous!) That is pretty funny about your sister and the Super Glue. I have people (like my hubby) ask me to fix things all the time. He says I have the machines to do it, and I say, "Yea, but I don't do zippers, hems, etc. They are too hard!" haha. I HATE mending. But sewing on a PA patch would be fun. We'll be getting Girl Scout (actually Daisy) patches here soon, so I'll get plenty of practice on that. See you Monday!

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  9. Your swirls look awesome. Relax and go! :-)

    Wishing Kristin a good semester.

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  10. Love Love LOve what you are doing and its really wonderful to be sharing your walk of adventure with quilting. Looking forward to more... swirls are looking great!

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  11. It is great that you can practice first, you are really learning fast and doing a wonderful job. You will be doing beautiful quilting on your quilts, in no time.

    Debbie

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  12. Linda I am so jealous - look at those swirls!!! I could go off you you know!! Hugs Linda x

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  13. Oh Linda, you are off to a great start! Your swirls look fabulous on your first day. You are going to be a natural at machine quilting.

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  14. I've told you from the very beginning your a natural quilter, and it shows. I know your work ethic and how precise you like to be, and I have no doubt your quilting will be unbelievable. You have been able to master so much on your Janome and can hardly wait to see your creations on the A-1. Explain to me what the mentoring part of PA school means. What is she going to learn this semester?

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  15. Thanks Sis! You are the best!! I miss you guys already!

    Hey Patti!
    Mentoring means I will go out into the community and get to work with different PA's in different clinical settings i.e. internal med, family practice, etc etc. Hopefully I will get to do physical exam stuff and actual procedures on real patients!! It's super exciting. This semester we are learning about reproductive health, urology, endocrine, dermatology and musculoskeletal/rheumatology. I am going to be super busy...lucky me!

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  16. Love your swirls. You are doing a fantastic job. I got a close up view and am trying to see how you do them because I want to try that too. Don't know if I can with my small machine, but I'm going to try. What a hoot...super glue. Never thought of that. I usually use masking tape or Stitch Witchery where I iron things on. Love these inventive minds.

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  17. Your quilting looks fantastic - you are such a natural!!♥

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  18. I'm sure you're a very proud Mom. Yes, people ask me to make window seat cushions with zippers because I have a sewing machine. They seem to think quilting and installing zippers are the same thing. NOT! Your swirls are dazzling.

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  19. The quilting looks great. You go girl. Just keep having fun & don't stress. All will be well. Yes i have people assume i can "sew" because i can quilt. But the funny thing is i do know how to sew because my Mum was a tailoress but i don't let on about that. :) Lol. Hugs,

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  20. 5 Stars to you, Linda. You should bind your practice quilts!!!

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  21. Ha ha! I tell people "I quilt, I do'nt sew!" Nice swirls!

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  22. Wow! Your quilting looks wonderful already! And what a big step with the white coat. Last fall my daughter got her white coat for pharmacy. They had a really nice ceremony for it. Only 2 years and 1 semester to go!

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  23. What an exciting journey you're on, the swirls look fantastic. Have fun.

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  24. Your swirls look super-swirly to me, you must be so happy but as for other sewing, I think I've convinced the non-sewers in my family that my machine can't do hems, zips, etc!

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  25. I'm sure you'll soon be quilting like a pro! Your swirls look very good - they are more fun to practise than to sew zipers! ;-))

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  26. Thanks Linda, contemporary is the exact word that I needed! Keep practicing, but remember you don't have to be perfect quilting, just do the best that you can!

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