On The Frame Today – March 30, 2017

Labyrinth Walk Quilt by Deb. Custom quilted with Superior Omni Threads in black, wintergreen and aqua. Hobbs 80/20 batting (single layer). Quilting includes straight line quilting in the dark green and black blocks (and borders) and assorted pebbles in the light green.

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I’ll always be with you.

I was at a quilt retreat this weekend. For those of you who have no idea what that is, it’s when a group of quilters get together and rent out a venue and eat, drink, sew, and laugh. I had a great time with friends who take good care of me (even when I’m sick!). I got a couple of things accomplished, (wish I had done more, but whatever.) and started some new things. At the end of the retreat (which was in beautiful Kennebunk, ME) a group of us walked downtown and crossed the bridge into Kennebunkport to do… Read more »

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Modern Quilt Guild Swap Quilt

I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild‘s swap last year. It was in September or October, but since I’m deadline oriented (procrastinator) I didn’t think about it again until last month when I got the “penultimate nag email”. I had an idea of what I wanted to make, but wasn’t sure and quiet frankly my creativity level is at a pretty low point right now. So Yesterday I went into my sewing room and started to think. As Pooh would say, “think, think, think” while tapping his cranium. My friend Susie was working on a really cool one (follow… Read more »

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Wandering…

Today is a bad day. I’m trying, really trying but it’s still a bad day. I don’t know what makes today different, I seemed to be okay yesterday. But today…today is hard. It’s been 10 days since my husband died…is that a significant number? Is 10 days the amount of days for everything to sink in? Or is that just “my” special number? Will day number 11 be easier? I feel as if I’m wandering…my mind is wandering my body is wandering. My anchor is gone and I’m floating aimlessly. I know in my heart this will get better, but… Read more »

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!)

April was a pretty spectacular month here at Garden Gate Quilting! MQX Quilt Festivals was held April 6-9, 2016 and I was lucky enough to take two great classes and volunteer a boatload of hours! On Sunday the 3rd and Monday the 4th I worked with the photography team photographing every quilt that would hang at the show – 1,783 photos of 420 quilts! It was so cool to get to see them all up close and personal! The workmanship was amazing! Plus the photography team headed by Jeffrey and Cricket Lomicka is the best! On Tuesday I got to help out… Read more »

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Does it Work???

Have you ever watched one of those “consumer reports” segments on the news and think, I want to do that? No? Neither did I, but it happened anyway! My husband Tom saw an “As Seen on TV” infomercial for the Car Cane and was wondering if it actually worked or not. We were out shopping one night and he pointed it out to me. Tom has Parkinson’s Disease, and sometimes has some trouble getting in and out of the car. It was $14.99 which both us us didn’t want to spend on something we had no idea if it worked… Read more »

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Books and Products I love!!

Each year I promise myself that I will get better at blogging and do it more often, this is my attempt for 2016! I’m going to start out with a post about my favorite quilting books and products that I use. Check them out and feel free to leave a comment on your favorite quilting book or product! I don’t have a huge library of quilting books, I tend to borrow from friends! But I will say the books I’m listing below with links are ones I have purchased and LOVE! I am part of Amazon’s associate program so if… Read more »

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Quilting a “modern quilt”

For the second time this year, I was asked to quilt a modern charity quilt. The first was for a guild that I knew I wasn’t going to rejoin, so there was some guilt involved there and the second was for my modern guild (NHMQG) that is going to be at QuiltCon 2016 so no pressure there! There is typically a lot of straight line quilting involved in modern quilts, which on a regular sewing machine is really no problem, but on a longarm we’re talking ruler work. There’s an extended base, a selection of rulers and micro handles involved…. Read more »

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A Little Tip to Make Your Machine Binding a Little Easier!

I recently had a customer drop off three quilts and she wanted me to attach the binding to to the front of each one for her. As she was giving me the tops and backings, she handed me these three thread spools that had fabric on them. I must have looked puzzled, because she said, “haven’t you seen this before?” I told her no, what are they? Binding spools!! I don’t know about you, but when I’m putting binding on my quilts I roll the binding up and sit it in my lap. It usually unwinds, falls on the floor,… Read more »

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