Food for thought. Recently I read a post on a Long Arm Facebook group that started me thinking about my backing choices and the bobbin threads that are going to appear. A customer of the person posting had wanted this long armer to match the bobbin thread with her backing fabric not with the top… Continue reading Backings and Bobbins
Do you doodle or do you draw? How seriously do you take the need to draw to improve your quilting? Recently I took a class from Jamie Wallen who challenged us to draw three or four times a week. Jamie said that drawing for 45 minutes is like three hours of machine quilting,… Continue reading Doodling or Drawing?
My husband is putting a hydraulic lift on my quilting machine for which I am one thankful lady. So while my machine is tied up I decided to go ahead and quilt my one and only "mini" I made. I used Studio 180 Design's Love Link Pattern and the Wing Clipper tool to make 1/2" x… Continue reading Love Links and Polka Dots a Good Combination
So the quilt top is done, now what? I have my bag of tricks, multiple designs, some I have learned by some great quilt instructors, other designs I have created by doodling. I have picked up some quilting designs looking at architecture, tiles or antique plates or trays. I've seen new designs in someone… Continue reading The Quilt Top is Finished, Now What?
It takes a lot to get me to stop quilting to organize my quilting space, let alone my home. A few months ago Hurricane Hermaine came through causing a lot of damage as trees fell down on neighborhood homes. We were very fortunate to not have any real damage. We did, however, lose power for three… Continue reading Hurricanes, Puppies, and a Drippy Sink
I get so excited in those "ah ha" moments which I had just the other day. I had a quilt hanging over the kitchen banister. It was one I recently quilted and had tried all kinds of new ruler and free motion designs to the point of overdoing it a bit. That's not what caught… Continue reading It’s the Value that Counts
Back in March, the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors along with Deb, Sue and the rest of the Tucker team got together to test a couple of new patterns, "Wish Upon and Northern Neighbors". I just finished my Northern Neighbors quilt top. I used all batik fabrics. There were hundreds of flying geese in this… Continue reading Northern Neighbors, Oh Canada!
I've not wanted to share the Hunter's Star quilt I made until little Isla arrived. Her family did not want to know the sex of their fourth child. Having always known this time they wanted the surprise factor. However, the way my niece announced her pregnancy was toe text me while I was at a… Continue reading Isla Mae Has Arrived
What a stunning wall hanging Deb Tucker's "Trade Winds" pattern makes. I used richly colored batiks, and the Studio 180 tools to put this together. The Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star ruler creates stars with all your those perfect points. The 4 inch and 6 inch were used in this quilt. To make the border I… Continue reading Trade Winds
SEA GLASS Finished "Sea Glass" today. I quilted it with a pantograph that included seahorses, conch shells, star fish, and fish with bubbles. The pantograph was a good way to learn to quilt the designs, but I didn't like losing control of where the designs landed on the quilt. I am also opposed to the… Continue reading Sea Glass – the finishing