My friend Cheryl and I had an adventure today. We took a road trip to Eddie’s Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, CA to take their “Longarm Certification” class. Lucky for us we were the only two who had signed up, so it was like getting a private lesson. Our instructor, Gail, was great; the class was perfectly paced and I felt much more comfortable using the machine than I had expected. As you can probably imagine, I was a little nervous to operate a big, expensive piece of equipment like this for the first time.
Here are a few photos of me preparing and operating the machine, a 26 inch model made by Tin Lizzie.
I guess it may be a bit of an overstatement to say I “learned how to longarm.” Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I learned how to operate the machine without damaging it. That and loading the quilt onto the frame, which is very important. I’m looking forward to practicing and getting better at quilting the actual designs.
Here is some “meandering clover,” a design I learned by watching Leah Day’s online videos. I had tried it out on my home machine and was curious to try the same thing on the longarm.
I didn’t really consciously realize as I was doing this that I was making some three-leaf and some four-leaf clovers! The momentum of the machine took some getting used to, and I guess sometimes I got carried away in the moment and looped into an extra leaf.
We booked a time to go back and do some “real” quilting with a pieced top in a few weeks, so look for that soon!