Dealing with Quilt Issues

You know, I don't ask for much when I agree to do longarm quilting for charity.  All I ask is that the quilt have 8 inches of extra fabric both lengthwise and crosswise on the batting and backing.  Particularly when I am quilting for charity (and by that I mean for free, no matter which …

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Quilting Minuet

Quilting my mystery quilt, Scrap Dance Minuet, was the most difficult and time consuming project I have ever attempted.  I really wanted to do a custom job on this one, with emphasis on the on-point tesselation between the blocks.  So, last time I had finished taking out the ditch stitching and began drawing out patterns …

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Blue Hurricane Quilt

I have finally finished the last quilt I will do for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, a lovely top of blue fabrics pieced by Darlene Cooley.  It reminds me of the ocean.  I loaded it with a lovely Quilter's Dream batting donated by Susan at Desert Sky Quilting. It is a neat pattern, with strips …

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Batting – What NOT to Use

Doing quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, I went far beyond my original goal with more tops and backings sent to me than I had batting available.  Thanks to some kind friends, I was gifted with several to help fill the gap.  One of them was a raw wool batting that I have not …

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Quilting a Foundation Pieced Quilt

This beautiful quilt top was brought to me for quilting and presented a number of quilting challenges.  The top maker was a local quilter and she wanted it to go to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  She did a wonderful job with the piecing in pretty pinks and greens.  Since I have run out of …

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Centering the Back on a Longarm

Recently I was asked to do a fun kid's quilt, with trucks on the front and a city street print on the back.  The quilter put borders around the back panel, and asked me to center it on the back.  This is a bit harder than it sounds.  When the backing is loaded, and the …

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Let’s Talk About Marking Quilts

When I posted on Sunday about marking the Orizuru quilt with gel pens, there were several comments related to their use.  I didn't go into detail on the pens at the time, and I should have.  I was going to just talk about the gel pen on the next Orizuru post, but instead, let's talk …

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Freehand Loop Quilting

A friend called recently to ask me if I would do a charity quilt she volunteered to do.  Someone else had made the top, but wasn't able to quilt it due to health reasons.  So, my friend volunteers after no one else in the club she attends would do it.  She wasn't feeling well either …

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How to Use a Towa Gauge

If you are a longarm quilter or you use a computerized embroidery machine with a bobbin case, a Towa gauge is either in your tool kit, or you have probably heard of it.  I have to admit that for several years I resisted buying one.  They are not cheap, and I just couldn't see the …

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Nancy’s Quilt and Cyber Monday

The blocks on this pretty quilt were completed by a friend who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Nancy was one of the bravest women I have ever known. I am not sure many could endure what she did, the way she did, with grace and a determination to live her …

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Be My Neighbor – Quilting the Beast

After the flimsy was done, I measured the quilt.  It came out at 70 x 96 inches, quite the beast!  So now the decision was how to quilt it.  From the beginning, I wanted to do a cloud fill in the sky parts, and individual motifs and designs on each house.  I needed to decide …

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Another Lesson on Measuring Borders

Recently, I was discussing borders with a lady after her quilt was done.  I asked if she had measured the borders and she said yes she had. But they were too big, and it occurred to me that I have not yet talked about why you need to measure a certain way to get the …

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Loading the Longarm

A lovely group of ladies in town make larger quilts every year to give all at once to a deserving charity.  This year they are making twin size quilts for Mainstay, the local women's shelter.   It is difficult to quilt that size on a DSM, so I have agreed to do the quilting on six …

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