Sunday, January 13, 2008

I don't practice on muslin

Not that I think there's anything wrong with practicing machine quilting on muslin but I just feel its wasteful of MY time. Sometimes I'll practice on paper, then on a strip of leftover backing at the bottom of a quilt, and then jump right in on a *real* quilt. Other times I'll pull out one of the panel quilts I keep on hand for this purpose. (When I first got my longarm I practiced a lot on panels.)

Haven't those of you with the Pajama Quilter DVD been itching to give Dwirling a try? I have - so I pulled out a panel and had some fun this afternoon. Now all I have to do is bind it and it will make a nice little donation quilt.

18 comments:

Judy said...

That looks very cool!

deb said...

I have to say that you make me wish for a longarm quilting machine. I just love what you can do with it. Meanwhile I keep Verina very happy quilting my tops!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I can't wait for Chris to get her dvd and start using these techinques on my quilts! Your dwirling is SOOOO cool!

Laurie said...

that looks good mary! I have only tried the wonky feathers...maybe i'll try dwirling next!
hugs
laurie
ps...i'm glad you mentioned that dvd...i just love it as it is my style of quilting

~Joan said...

Mary, how far apart did you put your lines? I did a baby quilt with them about an inch apart. I'll make them closer together next time. I got the DVD because you recommended it. I got a personal email from Dawn Ramirez herself after I posted about my wonky feathers! I was shocked!

~Joan

julieQ said...

Looks like cool topography in a way...love it!!

JulieQ

Colene said...

I haven't tried the dwirling yet. I did try the wonky feathers yesterday, and was pleased witht them. I also tried her little 5 petal flower, and it turned out really cute. A panel is a great idea. I have one hanging around I think I will try this on it.

Tracey in CT said...

Your quilting looks great!! I've seen so many posts recently from you and several other quilters about this DVD that I ordered it last week...it just arrived yesterday, and can't wait to try it! I have a little pile of panels just waiting.

Robin said...

I was talking to my husband and mentioned that since I only piece a couple of quilts a year, I would have to buy a bolt of muslin to practice on my mid-arm machine. Not an hour goes by, but I come to my computer to read my favorite blogs, only to find your title line that says "I don't practice on muslin." Were you that fly that was on the wall when we were talking? Thanks for clearing that up for me. It makes sense. I'll have to get some panels.

Karen (Misiz C) said...

Dwirling looks like fun. I might have to get a copy of the DVD. :c)

ForestJane said...

Oh, that looks so cool... :)

If I had the room for a longarm in my house, I'd get one, you're making me so jealous.

dee said...

love, love, love this pattern. Very cool.

Irene said...

That looks so cool! Keep that up and your Circle Lord will be collecting dust.

O.K. - I've resisted temptation long enough - I'm ordering the DVD today.

JudyL said...

Looks great! I think you're having too much fun!

Deb said...

Looks great. Nice you're having fun with it.

GailM. said...

oh, I ordered my DVD on Dec 30, and it was sent out on Jan 3rd. I should get it any day now.... I can't wait to get it.... You are so inspiring... Great work and keep up the samples.

Quilting4U said...

Mary, I love seeing your work, you are such an inspiration to me! This quilt looks great to me!I have done LA quilting for 3yrs now and I always LOVE to learn new things! I ordered this DVD and can't wait to start the wonky feathers, yours look wonderful!
Thanks for sharing!
Chris

Vera said...

I got that CD in the mail yesterday. I am going to have to try that dwirling. It looks easy and fun..