Every once in a while Jo-Ann's has clearance fabric go 50% off. I go a little nuts, because you can get some really good fabric for really cheap. Well about three weeks before I was going to go use the long arm machine, Jo-Ann's had their clearance fabric on sale. So I bought some fabric that I could sandwich (without having to piece) and practice using the long arm. So this is a cheap blanket but I learned a lot :)
I also should stick to buying batting in 2 yard increments, because buying 6 yards I had a lot of left overs that couldn't be used in another quilt.
I decided I was just going to play. I used some of the designs from my iPad and then kind of experimented. So you can see the lines across, just like when I draw on a whiteboard I cannot make a straight line, I couldn't on the long arm, so I used some chalk and drew lightly on the quilt.
This is where I started. The hearts were difficult for me to do! I will definitely need to practice on the motion of the machine. The second row did NOT turn out how I thought it would! again I am going to have to practice on the motion of the machine. The third row was supposed to be spirals and swirls. Not bad for a first try ;)
Then I tested some straight lines back and forth. Then big loops and little loops.
I added a pen to this picture to show the size of the quilting. This was
Then I played with meandering and more swirls and loops.