There’s a way. Remember my first quilting machine?
Rona Duncan is another MO quilter and she sent me this picture of her machine.
This is the exact same machine that I started on. Only someone had done a really ugly paint job on mine. Rona also sent me a couple of pictures of a quilt she’s just completed. (Click to enlarge)
And the back side!
Here’s a little blurb that Rona sent me:
My friend LouAnn Christie in Oxnard, CA and I, Harrisburg, MO, wanted to make a quilt for a mutual friend for her wedding. I had always wanted to do the quilt “On Their Wedding Day” from the book “Say It With Quilts” by Laura Nownes and Diana McClun. LouAnn pieced some of the blocks and the pieced border. We decided to add the additional border and adjust the size of the pieced border. I used the quilting in the pattern as a reference and added trapunto in the feather wreaths and feather border. This quilt was executed on a non-stitch regulated machine and all work was performed from the back of the machine with rulers and a lot of blue markings.
For those of you who have longarms or even mid-arm machines and are struggling, stop what you’re doing. Look at the machine Rona is using.
- There’s about 8-1/2″ to 9″ of space in the throat of that machine. By the time you get some of the quilt rolled up in that throat, you end up with very little quilting space.
- The machine has no stitch regulator! No needle up or down . . it stops wherever it wants to stop.
- That machine feels like you’re riding on a freight train (I guess . . I’ve never actually ridden on a freight train) whereas most of the longarms now feel like you’re riding in a Toyota Highlander (that’s real smooth for those who haven’t ridden in a Highlander!).
If Rona can do that fantastic quilting on that machine (and she obviously can!), think what she will do when she gets a bigger, newer machine! And, for those of you with machines and you’re thinking you can’t do feathers and gorgeous quilting . . oh, yes, you can! So, you can surmise that if you’re not doing feathers and custom quilting, it’s because you don’t truly want to do that kind of quilting.
I’m so impressed with what Rona has done with that machine. I suppose it’s because I know first hand how difficult that machine can be. All I can say is WOW!!