March 01, 2012

What's on the Long Arm

It's a UFO!

 This is a quilt top I pieced from the block's my friend Jane gifted me for my birthday several years ago. There are only a few donation tops to do, and by-gosh, by-golly. I've taken a Spring Break of sorts and I'm  quilting some of my own tops. Yeah!

Jane's blocks became a larger quilt top than I anticipated, and I probably should have let someone with a wider frame complete it. It's beyond queen size--but, not quite king size. My leaders are 94" inches, and the backing on this quilt is hanging about 4 inches off the edge of the leaders on each side. As is the batting. The quilt top is only hanging over about an inch on each side. Because my long arm is made in such a way that I can move in very close to the ends of the frame side supports, I've managed to quilt in this tight space left at the edges of the quilt.
Arm base of the Prodigy Quilter is approx. 3 inches wide and can roll within 1 inch of the side support. This is sure helpful when doing this quilt.
My side clamps are wound around the side supports of the frame as there is no place left to attach them to the velcro. It's that close. 
To complicate finishing this quilt just a tad more, I wanted to use the Circle Lord Baptist Fan template boards---and I ran out of "board".  So, I've extended the design by drawing an extension of the pattern onto a piece of paper and taped it to board. When I get to the end of the board I drop the stylus tip onto the paper and finish the last baptist fan curve from the pencil lines.
Good or bad, it's on the frame now, and I'm in it for the long haul!
---more later.


Linda in Calif. said...

Wow Angie, this is turning out beautiful. That quilting design really brings out those blocks. This is my first time to your blog - I see you are from Somona County. Did you know Jennifer Chiaverini just wrote a book called Sonoma Rose? Anyway, nice to meet you.

Purple Pam said...

What a great quilt. You deserve an award for persevering on this "a little too big" quilt.

colleencl said...

Angie you are just so clever! I think it looks great ... BTW, I just saw the chocolate cake post and look forward to giving that a try this week ... oh my, where have I been that I've never heard of it!?