Quilting the Quilt of Valor

When we left this Quilt of Valor, it had the sashing finished and border added to bring it up to the right size.  If you missed the first post showing the block and how it was made, click on Quilt of Valor. It was loaded on the longarm, and I chose a navy blue thread …

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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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