Pink Arabesque

PA_finished93.5″ x 95″. Cotton fabric, soy/cotton blend batting, polyester thread. Designed by me, stitchcoded by Theo, stitched on Behemoth the Quilt Plotter, reverse appliqued and bound by me. The process:

1. Draw vector design in Macromedia Flash 8.
1. Draw vector design in Macromedia Flash 8.
2. Load onto Quilt Plotter and set appropriately.
2. Load onto Quilt Plotter and set appropriately.
3. Stitch.
3. Stitch.
4. Begin snipping away top layer of fabric (because you loaded two top layers before stitching, color on the bottom and white on top)
4. Begin snipping away top layer of fabric (because you loaded two top layers before stitching, color on the bottom and white on top)
5. Keep snipping.
5. Keep snipping.
6. Snip until done.
6. Snip until done.
7. Bind on Davis Vertical Feed treadle (best binding machine evah).
7. Bind on Davis Vertical Feed treadle (best binding machine ever).
8. Include tag.
8. Include tag.
9. Place on Momz's bed.
9. Place on Momz’s bed.
10. Get approval from cat.
10. Get approval from cat.

This is an experiment/prototype. Someday we may sell these, but for now PaleGray Labs is just research & development, consulting, and commissions.

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Anyone want to buy my almost-new 16″ quilting machine?

 UPDATE: SOLD!

sweet16_1

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen (I didn’t name it! I’d paint over the name but it would reduce resale value) sit-down long arm quilting machine. Less than one year old, only 134,228 stitches total.

handi quilter sweet sixteen quilting machine

Includes table, two table extensions, smooth table overlay, open-toe hopping foot (in addition to closed-toe foot it came with), extra needles, bobbins, tools, supplies, manual, documentation, etc.
Purchased May 8 2013 via Lori’s Pins ‘n’ Needles, Paris IL

Selling because I bought a full-frame computer-guided system, and now do any hand-guided work on treadles. It’s a great machine, practically brand new, and just gathering dust in my studio.

Pickup only in downtown Urbana IL. I’m happy to give instruction and let you “test drive” it before buying.

What I paid:
Machine package: $4965.94
2 18″ x 30″ table extensions: $478 ($239.00 each)
Table overlay: $89.95
Open toe hopping foot: $39.90
= $5,573 total

Selling for $4,500 without the separate bobbin winder, or $4,800 with.

 

As seen on Craigslist!

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EmbroiderModder 2 kickstarter launch

The world needs open source embroidery software.

Direct Kickstarter link here.

Some of EmbroiderModder 2’s kickstarter rewards include designs and stitched pieces by me.

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One Fish, Two Fish…

A friend recently refinished my Singer parlor cabinet (pix later) and asked to be paid in quilt. He’s a fish scientist, so naturally he wanted a fish quilt.

Niels fish 2It’s a little over 6′ by 3′ – I haven’t measured it actually. Also the photos are all a bit distorted because I couldn’t shoot it straight on. Instead these are all taken of it lying on my cutting table.

Niels fish 1The technique is Trapplique. The parts were stitched on the quilt plotter. I cut them out, then basted and satin stitched them down with my sailmaking machine.

fish stitchingIt has a sequined and beaded eye.

Niels fish eye

 

The quilt above belongs to Niels the fish scientist, but the most efficient use of materials with this design was to make 2 fish’s worth of trapplique parts in one stitching. So I assembled a mirror image fish for myself:

Fish2_03

Fish2_02

Fish2 tag

I stitched the binding on my Davis Vertical Feed, best binding machine ever.

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