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My First Gracie Quilt!

And the longarm journey begins...

With the start of February, I decided to finally finish the "Among the Stars" top I had started in 2022. This is a Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop) pattern, sewn with some beautiful Blush by Lisa Audit fabric by Wilmington. The blocks were nearly done (I had to finish 2 more of the large blocks and six smaller stars), and then start the really complicated pieced border. By mid-February, the top was done, and it was ready to load on my longarm, Gracie.

I had some struggles with the fabric line, while sewing. There simply wasn't enough contrast in the florals and grays. I tried to help it out by adding in some solid pinks in two different tones, but now that it's done, I realize that I should have added in some of the sage green from the flower stems/leaves, and perhaps a little bit of purple.

Here's a close-up of the pieced border. In reality, those small seams for this very persnickety border made it harder to top stitch than I expected, though I am generally happy with how it turned out!

I decided to do an allover loopy meander for my first time free motion quiliting (FMQ). Not a true "stitch" or pattern, but I like how it turned out.

The process of quilting on Gracie was interesting. It was harder to manage the tension with such a big roll of backing, and with the length of the top, I had to advance the quilt about 7 times, which was surprising!

The whole top was done (and it was labeled and bound) on 2/15. I'm quite happy with how it looks, and think this little bit of quilting words sums up the experience.

Here are a few more photos from this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

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