You'd better sit down for this post...some fabulous quilting here!!!
Jody contacted me recently asking for some help on her first linen quilt as she was quilting it on a long arm...I sent her to my friend, Karen Azevedo, who also does fabulous linen wholecloth quilts on her long arm. I received pictures of the finished quilt and just HAD to share with all of you!
Now remember, this is her VERY FIRST linen quilt...seriously??? Wow. Very impressed! Her story is below...
Thank you for sharing with all of us Jody...good luck at the show! Hugs, Cindy
I have only been quilting for about 2 years. I instantly fell in love with it. It wasn't very long before I realized that I was not going to be happy with just domestic sewing machine quilting. So I purchased an old used frame from a local sewing dealer, with a Juki sewing machine, which I suppose they consider a short arm? Well, all that did was give me a taste of what I really wanted to do with my quilting.
About a year ago, I befriended a nice lady at the NW MQX Festive in
Portland, she was taking a class that I was in, and told me that
she really wanted to purchase a new long arm, but her husband wouldn't let her
until she sold her current machine. Well,
one thing lead to another, and I ended up purchasing her A1-923 Elite long arm
quilting machine. It was a
winning scenario for both of us! So
I am fairly new to the long arm quilting world, but loving every minute of it!
While at the Sisters Oregon Quilt show, July of 2013, I saw one of Cindy Needham's whole cloth linen quilts on display and was in total awe of it. I had previously taken an on-line class from her on design through Craftsy.com. I came home and ordered Cindy's wholecloth linen hand books on-line. Cindy put me in touch with her friend Karen Azevedo, who is a long arm "Linen Lady", and with her help in the long arm basting process the "Caribbean Rose" was born.
The linen tablecloth was purchased from Linens Galore in Philipsburg, St. Maarten in 1996 while cruising the
with my husband, mother-in-law, and Aunt. I put a 108" maroon cotton
fabric underlayment beneath the linen tablecloth. I used Superior Threads' Bottom Line thread
with a size 18 needle. Easter Caribbean
The doily attached to the label was hand made by a dear friend's mother, Delores VanLaningham.