longarm

Ditching a quilt

No, I’m not throwing out a quilt, I’m stitching in the ditch. This was one of the first quilt finishing techniques I learned and quickly gave up when I started free motion quilting. But sometimes you just can’t get away with skipping this step, and that’s the case with my 2014 Block of the Month pattern that I loaded onto the longarm this morning. No, I don’t own a longarm

Craftsy class review: ‘Help! How Do I Quilt It?’

I enrolled in one of Craftsy’s newer quilting classes, “Help! How Do I Quilt It? A Machine Quilting Manual” by Angela Walters last week to get some ideas for quilting my 2014 Block of the Month quilt. I have never quilted anything so large in anything other than an all-over pattern and wanted to do something special for this quilt with 11 different blocks and five borders. I definitely got

Feather fail

I gave feathers a try for the first time on the longarm, and as you can tell by the feathers going in two different directions above, it is safe to say it didn’t go so well. I’ve been taking Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers by Angela Walters on Craftsy. I’ve taken other classes from Angela on Craftsy and she is a very good instructor. She makes feathers look so easy. I

Virtual Show and Tell: Ombre crib quilt

The ombre crib quilt is officially done and gifted. I almost didn’t think I’d get it done in time for the baby shower on Saturday, the quilting powers that be seemed to be against it happening. A friend of mine is have her second baby. We’re from the same town, went to junior high, high school and college together. After school we both ended up staying in the Quad-Cities and

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, with one thread. But most of the time I’m trying out new stitches, techniques and changing thread half-a-dozen times. That was the case this week when I brought my chevron lap quilt in to practice some of the new stitches

I’m in love with Craftsy

If you haven’t checked out Craftsy, you need to right now. The website offers dozens of classes you can take online about all kind of crafts, from baking to furniture painting to, of course, quilting. I rent time on a long arm machine once a month to practice and improve my skills. But practice only takes you so far before you need to take a class. So I enrolled in

Jungle baby quilt reveal!

It was the morning of my sister’s baby shower, and I showed up at my sister’s house with a cardboard gift box. Instead of giving her the present, I locked myself in the nursery rearranged the room, much to the┬áchagrin of her uber-friendly beagle, and staged a photo shoot with the jungle baby quilt I’ve been working on for her son. Nobody really finds my behavior weird anymore. They get

Finishing my own quilt on the longarm

I’m quilting my triangle boot camp quilt tonight at Quilting By You in Bettendorf, Iowa. It’s a great place because there are three longarm machines that you learn to use and rent time on. Before Quilting By You, I always quilted on my home sewing machine, which was OK for crib-sized projects, but is a big pain for anything larger. So last night I prepped my quilt for the longarm