I've been spending lots of hours designing and making a new quilt for the fabric from the 2017 Quilt MN group. Here's a little look at some of the quilting that I'm putting on it--
It's a medallion style quilt, and incorporates the Bear Paw block that is part of our store logo. Medallion quilts are based on some type of center square, then bordered on all 4 sides. I know that a lot of quilters would much prefer to make a rectangular quilt than a square one, so I have added some inches on the top and bottom sides to make it "un-square", yet keeping the look of the medallion.
We will be selling the pattern and kits at Bear Patch starting July 28, and requests for orders can be placed prior to that. I haven't settled on a name yet, and the directions aren't finished. They will need to be proofread more than once before any printing is done. I can show you a diagram of what the quilt looks like but not the real thing yet:
It measures 54" x 64".
If you really want to make it square, it would be easy to modify, and I will probably include something about that in the directions.
Some info about my machine:
I quilt on an A-1 Elite machine purchased 10 years ago. It is all hand-guided, no computer attached, just me! It does have a stitch regulator, which I always use. I have a 14' table, so can do up to about 150" wide quilt. Probably more like 140" to allow for enough room to have the backing and batting extend a bit beyond the quilt top edges. I like to have 5" all around for better freedom of movement. I use an extended base on my machine whenever I need to use rulers, and if I don't have that 5" cushion, the base bumps into the clamps for the sides. That makes a nasty little bobble in the stitching. I also do free-hand without that base, as well as some pantograms. I haven't been using my longarm much during the past 2 years, before that I did quilt for customers, but I found that I was taking on way too much. Having too much on my plate does not make me a happy quilter!
The thread I use is a real hodge-podge of what color and weight works best. The blue thread in the video is actually Isacord (by OESD) and is normally used for machine embroidery. It's lightweight, yet sturdy enough to run on this type of machine. I used another thread, usually cotton, on the bobbin. For most of the rest of this quilt, I used King Tut, Sew Fine and Omni (Superior Threads).
I never really keep track of the time I put into quilting something like this. I never can work for long periods, needing to stop for a break often and then spending time thinking over what design I'm going to do next! And my neck and shoulders ache when I overdo it, so that doesn't help. It's just not something that I can dedicate more than about 2 hours at a time to.