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Quilting Arrows


I had a couple of vacation days last week.  I accomplished a few things, but not as much as I’d have liked.  My wonderful computer savvy son came over and showed me some things on WordPress to make my blog better.  I learned a few things and will put this knowledge to use as I get better at this blogging.  I was using Blogger (Cajun Quilting), but it seems to me that WordPress will give me more room to grow if this becomes something I continue to do more in the future.

I’ve figured out that if I continue to advance with this I will need to be taking better pictures.  With the holidays approaching it is possible I can convince my husband that a good camera is what I will be asking for from Santa.  At this point I’ve only been using my camera phone.

My son also suggested that I use a free photo editing program called Gimp which I downloaded yesterday.  Wow, this is also going to a journey to learn as well as my quilting, but with just a little contrast and brightness adjustment the picture is a little better.  So here I go to You Tube, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

On to my actual quilting project,  I’ve been free motion quilting on my Janome 9400.  It is way too early in my journey to invest in anything more than a domestic machine at this time.  I’ve completed most of the red arrow blocks.  Hopefully soon I will begin to get better at it.  I am still quite wiggling around with it.  I try to line the edges up, but soon find myself straying off the path.  Please take a look, and let me know what you think.

Arrows Quilted

As always, I encourage you to provide me with any suggestions or constructive criticisms on my journey.  I only want to get better at this and I need all the advise I can get.

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14 thoughts on “Quilting Arrows

  1. Hi Cherie,
    I think this quilt is just beautiful! I just love the fabrics and the pattern you chose. I started following you on WP. I also think your pictures look great. I’ll have to check out that app called Gimp. I definitely need work on my photos. I’m heading over the read your earlier posts. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. Cherie, I have used a little Canon Sure Shot for years. My husband upgraded his Canon Rebel, and offered me the old one. After playing with it for some time, I realized I just needed a point and shoot camera that was small enough to fit in my purse. I upgraded my 5 year old camera to a newer model of the same with better specs. It’s under $200, and the pictures rival the Rebel.

    Gimp. My computer programmer kids also suggested to me to go that route, and I tried. It was a fairly large program, if I remember, and has a steep learning curve. I use Picasa 3, which came with my computer, and it is quick to learn. It also seems fairly intuitive to a beginner. It doesn’t have some of the fancy add on’s you find with other programs, but you can take your pictures to PicMonkey to manipulate things like frames, adding text or overlays, etc., and just use their free version for most things.

    Quilting and blogging can become very pricey if you don’t keep it in check. The little things add up, and that’s not counting your time. Take it slow, and ask around what is working for other people getting started.

    My first quilting machine I purchased was a Janome 8400, and it’s great for FMQ. In all honesty, I found FMQ easier to start with than SLQ, but that might be just me. If you’re struggling with some technical problems with domestic machine quilting, try a Jacqui Gehrig class from Craftsy. I learned a lot to help me get started. There are many forums elsewhere for domestic quilters, and you might want to join a few if even just to read how others have solved problems you might be having too. And of course, to ask with specific help.

    And now, may I say, I think your quilt is very beautiful. I love the pattern done in those colors. Hang in here if you love it, and don’t be afraid to ask different bloggers about what they use. I became quite a pest to a few in the beginning, and they were very kind to share what they knew. I’ll always be grateful.


    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. What wonderful advice. I googled the Canon Sure Shot. I think it might be the way to go. I was looking at the Nikon Cool Pix, but this one is less expensive and looks easier to use. I need all the simplicity I can get.

      I intend to look up the Picasa 3 online also and see if I can get it on my computer. I agree that Gimp is big. All I could really figure out so far is the brightness and contrast.

      I am having tension issues in my bobbin and have tried everything to correct it. I will take a look at the class to see if I am missing something. I may have to resort to just using the same color thread in the top and bottom if I don’t find a solution.

      I hope you won’t mind if from time to time I reach out to you for further guidance. You have been so helpful. I really appreciate it.


  3. Quilting Arrows looks fantastic! I am also trying to figure out where I want to go with blogging. I am still using Blogger but am thinking of making the jump to Word Press in the near future. I’d love to hear more in a future post about the pros and cons of making the jump. Happy sewing! Andrea

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  4. Your quilt is lovely! I’m so impressed! I also use my Iphone to take my blog pictures (lost my camera somewhere in my house!). Your pictures look great to me. I am planning on signing up for the free photography classes Apple offers at their store! Thank you for sharing your journey!

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  5. Hi and welcome to blogging! First, your quilt is awesome…the colors, beautiful, the piecing is precise! Sure your quilting is the tiniest bit un-straight, but man, look at it! Perfect compliment to the piecing and very very nice. As was said earlier, sometimes straight line quilting is the hardest to do! Take it slow and your quilting lines will get straighter in time, believe me. As for blogging, yep, photos are all the thing. You’ve already made the best decision to invest in a good camera. Use natural light whenever possible (that’s very hard to come by in my house) and your photos will shine! Thank you so much for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss! We’re so happy to have you.

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  6. Welcome to blogging and to quilting. As a former user of LiveJournal, TypePad, and Blogspot, I can tell you that WordPress is the best way to go. I’ve used it in free and paid mode for quite a few years, and I always use the html tab, not the visual, so things go in where I want them, and I can make them click-to-enlarge or not, as I choose, very easily.

    I could not enlarge your picture to see what you were talking about with the wandering from the path, but it looks good from what I can see. To be clickable, it needs to be either an attachment or a media file. On my older version and the paid version, that’s a button on the right sidebar when you add a picture. I don’t know where it is in the newer version, because WordPress hasn’t made me change my ways. =)

    One thing to remember before judging yourself too harshly is to stand back and look from a distance. When you are in the process, and focused on every stitch you’re making, it’s easy to become discouraged with the imperfections. However, when you stand back, you find that, just like a life, the distance obscures the faults you thought were so glaring and the whole is beautiful.

    When I was learning the longarm, one man kept telling me it’s all ppp – practice, practice, practice! And he was right. The more you do it, the better you become, so keep going and you will be happier and happier with each quilt. You have a great sense of color and design, judging by this picture, and practice with the quilting will make you more skillful as you go. This quilt would be welcome on my bed right now, with no further improvements. =)


    1. Thanks for telling me about the pictures. I’ve updated the post and will use this method going forward. I appreciate and suggestions you can provide while I’m on this journey.


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