I added some "seeds" and some labels to the watermelon topper to finish it up. (Link goes to original post)
You may be interested in this next part if you have a Sunshine 16 midarm quilting machine or are thinking of purchasing one. I've had mine for 2 years and had difficulty with it. Recently I found another owner (Ronna Gilani) who lives about an hour away and she kindly invited me to her home and gave me some pointers.
|Ronna and me. You can see Ronna's quilts at Dancing Lady Quilts on Facebook. She will have a booth at the Piecemakers of Southern Alameda County Quilt Show in Newark, CA Links included to Ronna's facebook page and info. on the Piecemakers quilt show.|
|When I got home I loaded one of my purple sampler quilts. One of my main problems is thread breaking. Ronna's Tip #1 is to use Glide thread and she gave me a spool. Sure enough you can see that I was able to start quilting swirls right off the bat.|
|I was able to quilt the whole thing in about 3 hours. The pattern I attempted to follow is from Wendy at Ivory Spring-- her Thread Talk #12 Swirly Swirls. I love to see Wendy's thread talk tutorials!|
|Ronna encouraged me to move the machine in a very controlled motion to make sure the stitches are very even and I knew that, but I like now that when I start going too fast and the stitches get long, I hear Ronna's voice in my head, reminding me.|
Needless to say, I went online and purchased a bunch of Glide thread. It's polyester and shiny and fine to the touch! I've included a lot of links in this post and want to clarify that I do not sell or make any money or get any compensation of any sort from posting to this blog. Links are FYI only.