I long arm quilted it in spirals, one of my personal favorite long arm quilting patterns. I’m not good at doing straight lines or regular shapes like scallops on the long arm. The machine is too wiggly for me to do those to my liking. (Okay, maybe I’m too wiggly) And I like free forming things like spirals, flowers, feathers, leaves and the like more anyway. So there.
The only danger on the spirals is getting carried away making them. I don’t have a stitch regulator on the long arm – it’s a old used bare bones basic one (I’m not complaining) – and I find going around the bigger curves I’m tempted to zoom around too fast, making the stitches there too big.
Note to self: Long Arm stitching stays more constant when not hopped up on caffeine.
Straight lines and regular shapes I’ll leave to quilting on the standard machine, though this quilt would’ve been a bugaboo to quilt (or wrassle) on a standard machine. It’s 87″x72″ before washing.
The back is this friendly fish print from Brandon Mably named ‘Gone Fishing’. I wish I’d had enough fabric to match the fish print along the seam line, but I had just enough to cover the back, leaving some fish decapitated and others tail-less. Poor fish. Oh well. They look happy nonetheless.