My name is Ardelle, and I am a long arm quilter from Camrose, Alberta. This is my blog, where I share pictures, reflection, and insight about the quilts that I work on.
I have been sewing since I was seven years old, and started quilting and free motion quilting in 1997. My love of sewing lead me to take a Bachelor of Education with a Home Economics Major, from which I graduated in 1985. I began teaching quilting in 1997, and opened Quilting From The Heart with my husband Roger in 2000. I started longarm quilting in June 2009.
Besides quilting, I am also the mother of 3 fabulous young women, and enjoy skiing and pottery.
I quilt freehand on a APQS Millennium. At this point I do not have a computer on my machine. I love working freehand! I get to draw on beautiful quilts all day long! Years ago I was inspired by my grade 5&6 teacher, Mrs. Benfield, who was an amateur artist. I set up a “studio” in my parents basement and tried really hard, but just did not produce anything worthwhile, but I sure had the desire. Fast forward 35ish years, and a lot of things in between and here I am drawing with this awesome machine with a 26″ throat, that is mounted on a 14′ long table — this is a serious machine!
In addition to loving freehand work, I also enjoy helping my customers plan how their quilt will be quilted. I love the consultation process, where I ask as series of questions to help me figure out the best quilting plan that will suit the quilt, it’s maker and the intended purpose. I have several aids to help the customer see what the quilting might look like on her/his quilt, which makes it easier to decide what design to choose.