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Widebacks

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 4:04 PM Comments comments (12)
108" widebacks are here!

Veriegated Threads

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (7)
These threads can really add dimension to a project. The effect can be suttle or high impact. When choosing the repeat size of the color change, choose an inch repeat. The inch repeat is easier on the eye and doesn't look blotchy on the quilt. Remember you look at a quilt from a far, you don't want the effect of big splatter. The longarm quilting should add dimension to a quilt and be a secondary aspect to the piecing.

Sales Rep

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (14)
So excited to have become a Sales Rep for At The Heart of Quilting in Beloit, WI selling Gammill Longarm Quilting machines! Love, love mine. My husband will be conducting maintenance for the Gammill machines also. If you live north of HWY 29 in WI and the Upper UP of Michigan, we are your contact for Gammill! Give us a call for a test run on one!

Density of Quilting

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM Comments comments (22)
Density is the closeness of the quilting design in itself. Not the stitch length of the actual stitches. The density of quilting the longarmer performs on a quilt is determined on how the quilt will be used by the receiver of the quilt. Seldom used or used for show on a wall, to cuddle with while watching TV or as a bed quilt? How often will it need to be cleaned? The age of a person utilizing it? These factors are helpful for the longarmer to determined just how to design the quilting.  The more the quilt is utilized, the denser the quilting needs to be. The higher the density, the more thread used during longarming. Thus higher prices for quilting. When dropping off your quilt for longarming, be sure to include this information to the longarmer. Communication with your longarmer will assist in a quilt they will be proud to give to you and you in turn to give as a gift to that someone special on your list.  Write your post here.

Thread cones

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM Comments comments (8)
There is much to be said on thread topics. So many options and array of colors. The cone for instance...when the cone has thread wound in a crisscross pattern, it is best to use an upright independent thread holder that stands behind your machine. Why you ask? The thread doesn't get spun around and twisted when coming off of the cone and going through your machine. Traditional spools are meant to be used on an upright peg on your machine top. The spool moves during the unwinding, hence no twisting of the thread. The twisting puts stress on the thread and the thread breakage is likely during sewing.

Backing and Batting , when is too much

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (3)
Too much backing and batting on the sides of your quilts are not a good thing. Your quilt is sandwiched on rollers (the machine). Every time we roll your quilt to a sewable area the back roller material gets larger (the sewn area). If your sides have too much we have to fold that towards the quilt, so it then becomes "double rolled" on the sides. This causes distortion each and every time it is rolled. Keeping your batting and backing the same size requirements of your longarmer is the best thing you can do. Not every longarmer cuts these for you. This should be already done when it comes to the longarmer. Remember, the flater your quilt lays, the better end product. Think about purchasing battings on rolls vs bagged. Bagged has folds that don't always lay flat and don't sit well under the quilt. Bulk batting has one fold and lays flat.

Tips; Backing Colors

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (10)
Backing colors....When choosing backing colors for quilts, think about prints vs solids. Choosing prints can hide seams in the backing and coordinate to the front. Choosing solids can give different effects. Wouldn't you like to have a "Two in One" quilt with little work? Solid backings can give you this. With an edge to edge design (one design that runs to all edges) this can be achieved. You see the entire quilting design on the back! These designs are beautiful, ranging from simplistic to intricate. Solid colors are  also cheaper in price at your quilt shops. They come in a wide array of colors to compliment the top. Give on a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Borders

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (125)
You think simply to cut a strip sew 2 strips together and sew on the side and cut the end off. Sew the other side.  How many do this? I know a few. In the beginning I too was guilty of hurrying to get the borders on and thought this was the simplest way to get it done. I did not realize that each side can be different sizes, pulling on the top or border piece can cause too much material to be sewn into the border. Ever get to the end and see you have come up short? You add that small piece in at the end and it'll be o.k.? All of these scenarios can cause ruffling of the border/sashing edges. These are not a longarmers happiest moments. The best way I will share with you may seem a little daunting at first, but do this and you will be loved, loved, loved by your longarmer. Also the flatter your quilt lays on the longarm machine, you as a piecer help create a better finished quilt. So here we go....lay your top on a flat surface (table top, floor), use painters tape (the blue easy peel kind) and tape the corner edges so it doesn't move. Now you will measure in 3 spots, the middle, 4" in from the left and right sides. Take all of the measurements and add them up, take the total and divide by 3. The sum is you "average" length. Cut the borders this length. Fold the strip in half and place a marking pin in the middle of the fold. Fold the quilt in half and again find the center and place a pin. Now pin the ends of the borders to the ends of the quilt, pin the centers. You have two sections, continue to pin one section at a time easing in between pins any fullness. Repeat the other side. Place the side that has the fullness (if any) to the feed dogs of the machine (these ease in the fullness) and sew. Repeat the other side. Now for the top and bottom you will do the same and include your 2 newly sewn side borders in the measuring, repeat the same process. You won't come up short, you won't have waves or ripples. We'll leave those to the lakes & seas!

The beginning....

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM Comments comments (3)
I just got back from the Hayward Piecemakers Quilt Show. Great show to attend. Held every year. Best of Show was a primitive quilt done with wool appliques on a domestic machine. My aim is to have a few entries next year for myself.

I will be blogging every so often about tips for better piecing and prep for the final stage of quilting, longarming. Anything that makes us better at what we love to do. I do attend classes to improve my techniques and knowledge on longarming and piecing. With that, I will share with you what I have learned. My goal is to put up a new tip at least every month. Some new and some that are well needed reminders to us all.

Look for the "Tips" to start in August. Feel free to contact me with questions and inquiries........

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