“Do you do runners?”
Two people asked me this question in one week. Sometimes when you know a longarm is really HUGE you’re not sure if you can quilt smaller pieces.
You sure can!
This was a holiday runner from a customer and her second time making this pattern. She wanted it done fancy – which is my specialty!
It’s my favorite thing when someone drops off anything for me to quilt and says to go nuts and just do my thing.
I had a lot of fun with this one, using white in the top and bottom, but for the top thread used a super fine 60w thread. It’s my favourite for dense quilting with a lot of backtracking and tracing.
Lucky for me, once I had the backing on, the runner was narrow enough it fit in the available throat space on my machine so I didn’t have to roll it back and forth.
The other interesting thing with using a longarm and small pieces like this is that once it is basted, I can start anywhere I want. You don’t have to start in the middle and work your way out.
I basted around the edges, then did one border, worked my way to the inner border, outlined it. I then finished the remaining borders and snuck back to the inner border.
Then I outlined everything inside and worked my way generally from left to right. It wasn’t until I was done that I realized I never broke the thread or ran out of bobbin thread. The entire piece is done in one go!
I love this so much and so does the owner. When she showed it off at our guild meeting, she said “I’m so happy with this I like it more than the first one I did!”