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Date: 11/1/12 6:23 PM

I was in a very interesting class today with Jamie Wallen. Go to his Gallery and scroll down a little bit to "Rhapsody in Green" OMG the quilt is amazing. And even better in person, photos never really do justice to any kind of art.

Actually, it was a longarm class - I had to go back and look, the course description doesn't say it anywhere! But ooooh I got to play with an HQ Avante oooooo now I want one even more

Jamie said several things which I found worth writing down:
- Practice anything you want to free-motion quilt on paper. Over and over again. It takes one to three hours to burn anything in muscle memory.
- "Be willing to stink at it"
- Likes 40 wt or thinner thread. "If I see fabric, there's not enough quilting"
- Likes Isacord embroidery thread and Superior So Fine in the bobbin with just about everything. He says Bottom Line is too thin for his machine, but admits other machines might like it better
- Likes 80/20 or 70/30 blend battings. He thinks beginners should avoid 100% cotton, because it's "too thin" and you "can't hide your newbieness"
- Loves wool batting, hates bamboo (he says it balls up when you wash it). Loves silk but rarely uses it because of the cost.
- He keeps his bobbin tension much looser than what is usually recommended. I think this is maybe one of the secrets to some of the micro-stitching he does which is amazing.

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Date: 11/1/12 7:15 PM

These are great tips! Thank you for sharing them!!

So glad you had fun! I have yet to even see a real longarm machine (seen a frame-like substitute by Pfaff many years ago in person) or see one stitching. I think I would need a bigger house/sewing room before I could think about a longarm machine.

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Date: 11/1/12 8:00 PM

Quote:
- "Be willing to stink at it"


OK, I think I need to get my mind around this one because I do stink at quilting and I haven't moved past that stage yet. But I may be one of those people with hidden talent... I do not have a long arm and I personally think that it is easier to do with LA. It is more like drawing than quilting under a domestic.

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Date: 11/1/12 10:52 PM

Quote: Honeybee
I think I would need a bigger house/sewing room before I could think about a longarm machine.

This is my problem! The only room we have that we would consider converting is only 14 feet long, and the Avante frame is 12 feet. Seems like it would sort of fit, but I bet I would want more room than that around the ends...

Edited to add: Honeybee, I don't know where in the country you are, but if you have a chance to go to one of these big quilting shows, it's the best way to see a bunch of machines in a short period of time. I think every single longarm manufacturer has a booth at this show.
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Date: 11/1/12 10:55 PM

Quote: Warbler
I do not have a long arm and I personally think that it is easier to do with LA. It is more like drawing than quilting under a domestic.

The mechanics are totally different than pushing the quilt around on the table, and I find it easier for me. Want one!

DH and I seriously talked tonight about fitting it in somehow.

Tomorrow I have Featherweight Maintenance class. Looking forward to it!

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Date: 11/2/12 5:44 AM

I love looking at quilts and am amazed at what talent there is in the world. Thanks for the gallery

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Date: 11/2/12 8:52 AM

His quilts are beautiful.

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Date: 11/2/12 10:17 AM

what a talented guy! Such beautiful quilts......

I am so curious now about what it's like to use a long arm....

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Date: 11/2/12 10:25 AM

So am I, although at this point in time I have no room in my house that could house a long arm frame.That being said, I wouldn't mind taking a class from him. After looking at his gallery, man that is amazing work. Best I've ever seen. The dragon is my favorite.
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