Here is my pfaff. Those who have been part of my blog from the beginning know that I have gone from a Bernina, Janome, pfaff, Janome, and back to a Pfaff.
I started out doing meandering on my Bernina even doing a king size quilt.
I had a Pfaff midarm in San Antonio, and now I have this Bailey Home Quilter.
I have found that I do not like to quilt on my longarm. I don't mind doing meandering, swirls etc but nothing intricate. I feel I do not have enough control. I need a stiffer arm. I felt the same with my mid arm. I do like the long arm when I want something done in a hurry.
In fact, I am not much of an intricate quilter. I have too much nervous energy and want it done and want it done now. I tend to get bored.....I think I have issues with my mind wandering and my self wandering from project to project.
That being said, I was asked how I did the FMQ on this piece for Wendy's hop next week.
I did this on my pfaff that you see above. I did not use any gadgets or devices.
It is far from perfect but I am happy with it.
You will see below how I formed the circles.
I took freezer paper, took a small plate and drew around it.
Then I placed the shiny side down and ironed it onto the fabric.
Next was just taking my foot and sewing next to the circle. Then I just put my foot next to the sewn circle and went around the inside.
Then I found a smaller circle and did the same thing and an even smaller circle for the center.
After that was done I just filled in the spaces with what ever took my fancy.
I have to say I had a fun time doing this, and come next Friday you will see that I did this six times. I even said to myself that I was surprised I stuck with it for so long and if I could do this six times then I could do this on a quilt. So maybe I am getting more patience?
Who knows but I do enjoy the process and I do enjoy doing these things on my domestic machine. Now the pfaff above has a longer neck but like I said, I have done king size quilts with just the regular neck.
So what do you prefer to do? Use a longarm? Or do you find the comfort of your domestic machine?
I always thought free motion quilting was just that, you guiding the machine to get a desired effect. I don't know if you will call it free motion when you have the machine doing all the work, the program ones? I don't know...any thought?