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Free motion quilting: Swirls and circles

I put a secret quilting project on the longarm last weekend. I can’t show you too much of it because it still needs to bound and gifted, but I can … Continue Reading →

Block of the Month

It’s going to be a sewing weekend!

This weekend I have zero plans. No in-laws to get the house spotless for. No closets I feel the need to organize. No events I need to attend. That means … Continue Reading →

Free motion quilting

Friday progress report: Practicing new free motion quilting patterns

Every time I rent time on the longarm machine at Quilting by You in Bettendorf, the shop owners ask what crazy plans I have. Occasionally I use one overall pattern, … Continue Reading →

Edge stitch your quilts before quilting,

Edge stitch your top for a better quilting experience

When I finish piecing a quilt top I have a one final step before it is really considered “done” – sew around the edges with an eighth-of-an-inch seam allowance. I … Continue Reading →

Blue and white quilt

I’m spoiled by the long arm

Occasionally quilting really frustrates me, and now is one of those times. When I first started quilting I finished everything myself on my home sewing machine. But then I discovered … Continue Reading →