The Quilting Biker
I'm so excited to be able to offer longarm quilting services and am very happy to sponsor the London Modern Quilt Guild blog!
My quilting life began in 1994, with a log cabin quilt. My second quilt was a blazing star for my youngest daughter - she helped decide on the final colour arrangement. I had learned to sew in the local 4H club, but didn't really enjoy making garments - something often seemed not quite right. The world of quilting was entirely another matter - I was quickly and completely in love with the colour and design options that were available in quilting.
For many of my first quilts, I finished them with simple straight line quilting with my walking foot, and some with lines of fun embroidery stitches. Lots of quilts were completed, but there was also a pile of quilt tops stacking up, waiting for me to be ready to quilt them. I took classes in free motion quilting on a domestic machine, and a few more tops were compelted, but even more quilt tops were added to my growing pile of tops.
My first adventure in quilting on a frame, began in 2009 with a mid-arm (Pfaff Grand Quilter 12), and I upgraded to a machine with a longer reach (Pfaff Grand Quilter 18.8) two years later. All that room under the needle was wonderful, and I had great fun developing free motion and ruler work skills. I also belong to the Chatham Kent Quilters Guild and have enjoyed quilting some of their Comfort Quilts. My pile of unquilted tops just kept growing.
Along the way, a small library of quilting design books was acquired and loved, and I've also enjoyed taking a number of online classes. And adding to my pile of unquilted tops.
Over the last two years, I have been researching my next chapter, trying out all the new long-arm machines I could get my hands on. A decision was finally made, and my new Bernina Q24 is in the house! I added the Bernina QMatic (robotic quilting) component, giving me lots of options. This beautiful machine also has manual pantograph capability. Never one to follow a traditional path, I had not done any manual pantographs before this new machine arrived.
I draw inspration from many famous quilters such as Jamie Wallen, Bethanne Nemesh, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Angela Walters, Judi Madson, Cindy Needham, Deborah Poole, Tracy Russell, Kelly Cline, Karlee Porter, Carla Barrett and so many others. I have tons of fun trying out new styles and designs.
My favourite quilting is free-wheeling with free motion quilting, and combining that with ruler work. My goal for Q4 2017 and all of 2018 is to doodle every day, to build FMQ skills.
My new business, "The Quilting Biker", is up and running. I welcome new clients and look forward to working with quilters to respectfully bring their vision for finishing their quilts, to life.
I also offer Quilter's Dream Batting and a handful of wide backs.
I would be thrilled to provide a quote for your quilting project. Check out my Facebook page or BLOG
Or you can Email me at mclaren.linda <@> gmail.com Thank you!