Featured #battgirls- (June 2014)
Flourishing Palms/ Linda Hungerford
Fast forward to today and you’ll find that Linda has covered a lot of ground and had a lot of quilting experiences since 1976.
|If you've read this magazine, most likely you've|
read some of Linda's work!
You can visit her blog for tutorials on quilting techniques, binding methods, etc.
Linda's experience with free motion quilting:
She first began free motion quilting in 1998 and was very disappointed with her results. However, after hiring a long arm quilter one time and realizing she’d break the household budget having all her quilts quilted for her, Linda tells us why she decided she had to quilt her own quilts.
“At the time, I was quilting on a mechanical Bernina 830. That’s the one in the red case. It’s a beautiful machine, but from constant running it would overheat and then completely stop working! So it could cool down, I’d have to walk away from it for at least 20 minutes before I could quilt again.”
To solve her problem, in 2001 she bought an electronic Bernina QE153. She justified the expense by promising herself that she would never use the services of a longarm quilter to complete her quilts.
“That promise made me the quilter I am today,” says Linda. “I haven’t yet achieved perfection, but I continue to learn and improve. As I’ve begun to enter my quilts into competitive shows, I’m finding that the batting I choose to use makes a big difference in a quilt’s final appearance.
So what advice can an advocate of free motion quilting on a home sewing machine give to others?
“It’s a skill that anyone can learn, but it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to do it well. I’ve seen too many quilters give up before they’ve really practiced. Those who make a commitment to it, and continue to try will get better,” says Linda, who is a testament to that determination.
Linda's Quilters Dream Batting go to:
This lovely scrappy quilt, Love Links, was gifted to Linda's nephew and his bride on their wedding day! Love Links contains more than 100 prints from her fabric stash in a limited color palette of yellow and green with hints of blue and orange. Linda choose Quilters Dream Poly in the thinnest (Request) loft for this refreshing quilt.
Using the Dream Poly is also ideal for show quilts! As many times as they may be folded, shipped and juggled around, this batting hardly holds creases and wrinkles. And with little to no shrinkage, you can wash and dry with no worries.
|Backing is Ikea's "Britten Nummer"|
|Using variegated thread, Linda quilted the|
bride and groom's names.
|Even using our thinnest loft, you can still|
achieve slight definition to your quilts.
Keep up with Linda/ Flourishing Palms
Looking forward to your submissions. :)