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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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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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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Fixing More Quilt Problems

Now, several more charity quilts later, I promised to show you how I fix some other common problems with longarm quilting.  Once again, the main reason for this post is to educate those that send quilts to a longarmer, but new longarmers may find something useful here. First up, the issue of using sheets as …

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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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Quilting with Polyester Thread

I had a charity quilt to do for a friend, and she gave me the best instructions a quilter can get - "do whatever you want".  Don'tcha love that!  So, time to experiment again. I have been hearing a lot about the polyester threads for longarm quilting (and DSM use too), particularly for use where …

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Quilting Hearts Around

Quilting the Hearts Around Table Topper took longer than I thought.  Click on Hearts Around to see the construction phase.  The main issue was I couldn't decide how to do it.  After taking several free motion longarm classes last summer, I have yet to actually do an entire quilt with free motion.  So, taking a …

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