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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Are You a Perfectionist?

I am not. That’s not to say I don’t put out quality work, I just won’t sit there and tear out a seam 45 times and re-sew it until it’s perfect. Not gonna do it. Which brings me to this blog post. I have a granddaughter now (Elsa), she was born on December 27 of last year and of course she’s the best granddaughter ever. Last month we spent Thanksgiving with my son (Erik) and daughter-in-law (Sarah) and of course the baby Elsa. Erik asked me if I could send his and Sarah’s Christmas stockings to them and I immediately… Read more »

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Have you been challenged???

My friend Marie of Marie’s Creative Space loves a challenge! And her challenges sometimes turn into my challenges, because she asks me to quilt some of her challenge quilts! Recently I quilted her quilt for the Hoffman Challenge and while it didn’t win, it was picked to be part of their traveling exhibit! Pretty cool, huh? On this quilt I tried to mimic the fabric in the solid fabrics. And around the 3-D flowers in the center was a simple background fill to make the flowers “pop!” Then there was the Modern Quilt Guild‘s “Michael Miller Challenge” where we were… Read more »

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Product Review

In general, anyone who sews by machine is going to need (at some point) a seam ripper…For years I used the ones that came with my machines until I discovered the world’s greatest seam ripper! I kid you not, this puppy is GOOD! I present to you, the Clover Seam Ripper! It is SHARP! It is ergonomic. It doesn’t roll away! This is seriously the best seam ripper I’ve ever used – and boy do I use it! Next time you’re at your local quilt shop, pick one up and take it home – I have a feeling you’ll love… Read more »

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On Being Creative…

In December of 2011, a group of seven quilters formed the “Creative Conglomeration” and for the next 11 months offered up challenges based on color. Some of the challenges were basic (use seven shades of green), and some were very specific (use this piece of fabric and the theme is…). I had a ball completing each of the challenges – even though I was lucky to meet the deadlines! Fast forward to October 2013 – Nine friends decide to take a trip to MA to hear a lecture and trunk show by Victoria Findley Wolfe – we were in awe…. Read more »

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A New Machine!!

But first, a brief history of my sewing machines…. 1984 – I inherit my mother’s no-name sewing machine. (my dad was friends with an import/exporter so I have no idea where it came from, probably called a Zinger or something like that.) 1988 – Sears Kenmore – my mother’s machine just died…stopped working. Gave it to a friend for her sister who’s house had burned down – her husband oiled it and it ran fine…who knew?!? 2002 – I want a Papillon. Husband says no more pets. I put my name in at the shelter saying if they ever get… Read more »

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Thread, Thread, Thread…

I spent the past week at the MQX Quilt Festival in Manchester. It was a great week filled with lots of fun and lots of learning! More on that later. What I really wanted to do was talk thread. I have been using mostly Signature 100% cotton thread in my longarm for the past 12 years. I don’t have any problems with it, the colors are great and well, it’s predictable. The past few months I’ve been paying attention when someone would ask another machine quilter what kind of thread they like/use. Quite a few said they love Glide, while… Read more »

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Building Up Friday – Double Trouble

I began my journey as a machine quilter in 2000. I was looking into longarm (LA) quilting machines and a friend told me about an online “list” or newsgroup. Through there, I met Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke. They already had longarms and were hosting a get together for LA quilters and wanna-be’s in Sunset Hill, NH. That wasn’t too far away, so Tom and I signed up. I got to try my first LA there (you didn’t see them at every quilt show like you do now!) and was hooked. The rest of that story is history…but here’s what happened… Read more »

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Building Up Friday!

Today started off as it usually does, came downstairs and started reading emails but that’s when it changed…I got a snarky email which put a ding in my day, then the replies and such and then I got an email from a friend advising to give it over to God and get on with your day and she was right. So I decided, instead of tearing someone down, I was going to build someone up today! So here it is: I have several very creative friends…mind boggling creative…stand in awe creative! One of them is Marie. Marie has such a flair… Read more »

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