Having the longarm is a wonderful tool, but there is, at least for me, a big learning curve. August - December 2009 I quilted 18 quilts. Many of those quilts were small donation quilts that others had pieced. This year I have only quilted 4 quilts, so I want to get back working on quilting to improve my skills.
A couple weeks ago, I decided I needed to learn a new free hand design. I reviewed all my longarm dvds and decided to practice Nicole Webb's bottoms up hearts. I have a couple dvds of hers, but I also saw this posted on youtube
My first attempts looked more like droopy, sad hearts. I have learned from many other quilters, that it is important to draw on paper to practice. I practiced on a piece of muslin also.
I have also loaded a practice quilt, so below is my 5th quilt for this year. I am doing the bottoms up hearts in the blue border, but they don't show up in the pictures. I am getting better.
http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/ I just freehanded the swirl in the center.