My machine quilting adventure began in 2007. While helping my husband pick up his car from an auto body shop, I drove past a store called Quilt Yourself. Assuming it was a regular quilt shop, I dropped off my husband and went back to do some shopping. What I found was not a place to buy more fabric, but a place to rent time on a long-arm machine. Fascinated, I signed up for a lesson and was immediately hooked! I now had a means to complete more quilts than I could by hand quilting.
Soon after, I started designing quilt tops with the quilting in mind. Eventually, I designed a “whole cloth” quilt. However, I quickly realized that to complete the quilt with the detail I wanted, I would need to spend many hours (if not days) on their machine, all at a fee of $25 per hour and a 45 minute drive each way to get to their location.
When I added up the cost of the rental time on their machine, I figured that it would cost about half the price of the actual machine. Thus, I started thinking about purchasing my own long arm machine. I did eventually purchase a BabyLock Jewel and it was time to make my whole cloth quilt – a design I called Cream and Sugar. After 32 bobbins of thread and an undetermined number of hours quilting, one of my friends told me I should actually name it Obsessive and Compulsive.
The quilt turned our very nice and has actually won a few awards.
To add some color to the bed, I decided to make a bed runner. Bed runners can pack a big impact in a small package. They are widely used in hotels to add color to a room. While they may warm your toes on a cool night, they would be more worthwhile if they had other uses. As pointed out by one of my sons, “why can’t you sew two of them together?” His statement sparked an idea – a folded seasonal bed runner. Folded, the runner displays the current season. Unfolded, the runner can be used as a thin coverlet when taking a nap or just relaxing on you bed.
If you are interested in making one for yourself – I have a pattern on PatternSpot. Enjoy!