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May 26 2015

Producing Quilts

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I have not made a quilt in so long that I hope I remember how to cut fabric! I have fortunately been quilting quilts on the longarm. I am amazed at all the different quilts that have come to me to be quilted. I am honored that so many trust me to put the finishing touches on their quilts.

I thought about how hard it would be to turn over a quilt that I had put hours into and have a longarmer mess it up. It could happen. Just as a musician searches for their lx 18 to achieve live sound and music replay applications, a quilter pours their heart into each stitch of a quilt. I always take my time and listed to what the quilter expects me to do.

Some quilters want intricate quilting done on each and every block. That is very time consuming and costs quite a bit more to have quilted. When doing custom quilting, I use a lot of different rulers to come up with intricate designs that will enhance but not take away from the quilt design itself.
This is how I quilted a quilt for my Aunt Grace. Aunt Grace made the quilt and I quilted it on the longarm.

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For a common quilt, I might use a pantograph that seems to sit in the background of the quilt. Many times it is hard to follow the design of the stitching as it flows from each block. This type of quilting goes faster and is less expensive. There are thousands of pantographs from which to choose. The type of pantograph I choose, often goes with the theme of the quilt. For instance, with a red, white and blue quilt, I might choose a star and circle pantograph. A quilt made for a cancer patient calls for a beautiful cancer ribbon design. A school quilt might need a tiger paw print here and there. I think you get the idea.

It is fun and I hope my customers are always happy with my vision.

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Mar 29 2015

Easy Binding for Quilts

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I have been quilting for a few years and yet I forget little hints that make creating quilts easier. This is an easy way to put on binding, make pretty corners and finish the end of the binding in a fun and simple way.

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Mar 24 2015

On A Roll

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I have been quilting for customers and finished these quilts.
I used the Tulip Festival pantograph by Lorien Quilting and King Tut Pharaohs Tales variegated thread in top and bottom to quilt this.
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Back of the black background, flowered quilt.
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I used a circle ruler to make continuous curves on this quilt.
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A friend made this quilt using the Missouri Quilt tear away method to make her blocks. She will be donating this quilt to a group that gives them to needy families.
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The quilt below, gave me fits. I had quilted the cherries and decided I didn’t like the stitching. I tore out the stitches and wet the red fabric to get the stitch holes out. The red dye ran onto the backing fabric. Ugh. With the clients permission, and more red fabric, (which I washed), I made new cherries and used a blanket stitch to finish them. While the cherries were removed, I washed the area by hand and was able to remove most of the red discoloration. Most of the thread used was Superior Omni, color buff in the top and bobbin.
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Mar 17 2015

Baby Oh Baby

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It seems that there are going to be a slew of babies born soon. My son and his wife are due to have their baby in May and every time I talk to someone, they mention another baby they know is due around the same time. Is there going to be a population explosion?

I quilted this baby quilt for a friend who’s grand baby is due in April. I quilted it with Superior Threads Omni white thread in the top and bobbin. The batting was similar to Mountain Mist polyester. I love the way it made the quilting pop. The fabric is flannel for both the top and bottom. I sure wish I would have photographed the backing. It is the cutest purple polka dot. The center of the quilt is a panel my friend purchased at JoAnne Fabrics. She used a coupon and I would guess she has about $75 in this beautiful quilt.
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Mar 07 2015

Beautiful Fabric

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I am amazed at how Batik fabric is made. I don’t usually care for quilts made with Batiks but there are a few instances when the look of that specialized fabric fits the bill. One case was in this table runner I made.

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I purchased this kit last summer while in Alaska. It was hard to choose from all the beautiful fabric and kits at Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska quilt shop. I was drawn to this kit because it was a small, albeit a bit difficult to make, and I loved the dog sledders and mushers. I constructed and machine quilted, in free motion quilting, this runner.

Batik is a wax resist application to fabric painting. Wax is applied to the fabric by either brush application or a pen to create detailed lines. Wherever the batik wax is applied, the fabric dye or paint cannot penetrate. In the case of the fabric in my table runner, the dog sleds and their mushers is where the wax was placed. I have seen a lot of batik where swirls and lines were the major part of the batik process. I would love to see the carvings that were covered in wax to make the design in this fabric. For Batik instruction, check out Dharma Trading Co. The pictures used in there instructions really helped me understand the process.

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Jan 10 2015

Signature Quilt

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One thing I love about quilting for other people is getting to see what ideas they come up with for their quilts. This quilt is a signature quilt that incorporates blocks made by individual family members. It is a tradition of this family to make a signature quilt for a family member when they get married. I quilted this quilt using free motion quilting with mono filament thread in the signature blocks and ruler work with Superior’s Omni thread in other areas. Each block and border is stitched in the ditch. photo signaturequilt_zpsb208344b.jpg
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Dec 12 2014


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I am looking through my blog so I can find my Pretzel Salad recipe. I make it each year for my quilt guild party. I love the sweet and salty flavor of this yummy salad.

Hubby and I ate at Boondock’s restaurant tonight. It is a local tavern and the food is so good. I had a Po Boy oyster sandwich. It was so good. Fried is the only way I want to eat an oyster.

I quilted three large table toppers today. I am worn out! I have to put binding on each of them. I can’t show a picture yet because they are gifts.

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Dec 03 2014

Pillow Case

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Years ago, I made pillow cases for pillows that we use to throw around when watching television. When I look at the work I did in making those cases, I am not too happy. There are so many loose threads! Today, I learned how to make a pillow case with a French seam. I hope I can do it again because my friend helped me make this one and I was a bit confused. When something is made with a French seam, all the raw edges get hidden in an elegant finished seam. Here is the little travel pillow I made today.
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Instruction list for making a pillow case.
By Janet Wickell
Quilting Expert

Fabrics for One Pillowcase
All fabrics are cut across the fabric’s crosswise grain — from selvage to selvage. Use fabrics that are 42″ – 44″ wide; slight differences in width aren’t a problem, because you’ll trim everything to match later.

Pillowcase body: 28″ x full fabric width

Pillowcase cuff: 10″ x full fabric width

Pillowcase accent: 1-1/2″ x full fabric width

1. Fold the pillowcase body panel as it came off of the bolt, placing the panel vertically in front of you. Remove the selvages from the open side while using your rotary equipment to keep the sides of the panel at a 90-degree angle to each other.

2. Remove selvages from cuff and accent strip.

3. Press the 1-1/2″ accent strip in half all along its length, wrong sides together.

4. Place your 10″ deep cuff fabric on the table right side up, with what were originally its selvage edges to the left and right. Fabric should be its full width.

5. Place the folded accent strip along the top edge of the cuff fabric, raw edges matched.

6. Place the body fabric on top of the pile, right side down, matching its raw edge with the other aligned edges.

7. Pin the matched raw edges together and sew along the entire width (about 41-42″) with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

10. Open up the unit and press the accent seam towards the pillow body.

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Nov 23 2014


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I just finished quilting this beautiful quilt for a friend. I love all the different shades of gray with just a touch of red. I used a ruler to echo the hexagon in each part of the log cabin block. I used the same ruler in the border to make lines both horizontally and vertically and then added small squares to make a retro design.
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Nov 20 2014

Creating with Family

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When my sister visits from Kentucky, we usually make a quilt of some kind. It might be a table runner or wall hanging. We don’t usually have time to make anything large. The year we made our fall table toppers, my sister from Texas was photo shopped into the picture. She rarely gets to be with us when we make projects. That changed last week! My other sister was able to join us and we made Christmas wreath table toppers. We used the small twister tool. That was fun. I have seen a lot of quilts made with the twister tool and admire them. Now, I can say I know how to use the twister tool. We each used different fabric so the toppers all look unique. They aren’t finished in these pictures but you can get the general idea. We had so much fun.

We used the Twister tool to make our block. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 5″ squares and then placing this 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 3″.
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The smaller twister tool is known as the Itty Bitty Pinwheel tool. Make pinwheel blocks by sewing together 2-1/2″ squares and then placing this 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ acrylic template on the seam intersections and cutting out squares, which will finish to 1″

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