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|Posted on September 5, 2020 at 6:33 AM||comments (359)|
I am very pleased to announce that I am now the UK dealer for the sale of the fabulous Innova longarm brand of longarm quilting machines.
ABM International is an 80 year old business based in Texas USA and they manufacture not only longarm quilting machines but also the huge manufacturing quilting machines used in commercial applications.
Now you are able to buy the machines in POUNDS STERLING ! Ring Janette today for up to date prices.
The range of machines start with an 18" freehand machine, 22" freehand machine, 26" freehand machine M20 and M24 new series machines. They can be on a small 5 foot frame width all the way up to 14 feet. All of these machines you can add a choice of two computer systems to. Navigator or Autopilot.
More information relating to the machines are available on Innova longarm website.
click on the link above
M24 with Autopilot available to view/demo at J-Quilts
|Posted on March 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM||comments (197)|
I am now settled into unit 2C after moving from 3C on the 9th February. MIT has been a long few weeks moving three longarms, desks, shelving, and countless bolts of wide back fabrics along with jelly rolls and layer cakes etc.
Business resumes as normal.
|Posted on January 1, 2018 at 12:36 PM||comments (171)|
Happy 2018 to all of my lovely customers
It has certainly been a busy year this year and I have quilted lots of my customers beautiful quilts, one big show quilt of my own, and a couple of little projects.
A couple of New Years resolutions. Make more time for my personal quilting, and don't leave my show quilt to the last minute. Endeavour to be home on time each night from the studio. Drink more water (that's never going to happen) lose a few pounds (that may not happen either!) and blog more!!!
Just before Christmas I was finishing up lots of allover quilting and a few custom quilts.
A peak of a couple of the custom jobs which I will detail in another post!
Pieced by Amanda WILLIAMS and Julie Smith
|Posted on August 27, 2017 at 4:19 PM||comments (123)|
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:46 AM||comments (275)|
I often get asked to quilt a quilt ONLY in the ditches, so that the quilting is not visible.
This is certainly not the cheapest quilting option, costing more than a general allover quilting design, purely because of the extra time that ruler work takes.
Stitching in the ditch on a longarm machine involves the use of acrylic rulers to guide the machine in a straight line which gives much better results than purely freehand moving the machine. This is a skill which takes time to master and thankfully I mastered the ruler skill early on in my quilting career.
Now if recent offensive comments towards longarm quilters on a well known U.K. Forum are to be believed then we are actually the spawn of the devil that we dare to quilt a hand pieced quilt! Therefore please do not believe such "opinions" because mostly they are based on lack of knowledge about the longarm quilting process.
These two beautiful hand pieced quilts by Cynthia are great examples of the style quilt that suits stitching in the ditch. Although officially there is actually no "ditch" to speak of when there is hand piecing involved, or if the seams have been pressed open, and in these cases I must stitch slightly to one side of the ditch so as not to add stress points to the hand or machine stitching.
To stitch in the ditch is much easier when the seams are pressed to one side and the stitching is then stitched on the "low" side of the ditch.
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 6:21 AM||comments (0)|
I spent Easter bank holiday weekend making myself a quilted jacket after having recently taken an online class on craftsy by Mary Ray.
Ever since I started longarm quilting 7 years ago, I have wanted to make myself a jacket after first seeing some made from sweatshirts on the APQS forum when I first started learning how to longarm.
So as I had a long weekend to "play" with I decided I would attempt to make one.
|Posted on April 8, 2017 at 8:46 AM||comments (201)|
This lovely quilt was pieced by Gill Taylor from scraps of floral fabrics. I have custom quilted it for her freehand on my Innova longarm machine, using curved rulers for the circles, but mainly freehand quilting. I love quilting free form feathers.
If you click on the photo it should hopefully make it a larger view.
It was a lot of fun to quilt.
|Posted on April 6, 2017 at 2:36 PM||comments (206)|
|Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:59 AM||comments (0)|
I was recently reminded on Facebook that it has been one entire year since buying my Innova longarm machine to add to my arsenal of business equipment here at J-Quilts.
In 2015 I had tried out Fereets machine at Sandown and fell in love with it. It just felt right. The right height, the right feel, and of course not to mention the positive reviews in the USA with people switching to Innova. Anyway later on in 2015 I was fortunate (lucky) enough to win best of show with my quilt entered at the festival of quilts. So I waited and put the prize money towards an Innova just before the tax year 2016 was over. Amazing service and three weeks after ordering my lovely machine arrived. I built it myself mainly, with some help from my husband. I'm a "just do it" if I can kind of girl!
I'm still loving this machine for my dedicated freehand work machine.
|Posted on January 22, 2017 at 6:28 AM||comments (4)|
Everynow and again, I feel like making something fun, so I decided that I wanted to make myself a sewing machine mat. I had seen some ideas on instagram for simple mats that drape over the table, but I decided I wanted a fitted one to fit over my table and to take advantage of both sides of the table. Anyway one thing always leads to another, so I also wrote a pattern for it and uploaded it to craftsy.com and to my website for sale. I will also be adding it to my collection of workshops that I will run from time to time at my studio.
I also made a pincushion cube, and a thread catcher is now in progress.