Plan a quilt edge to edge

The hardest part of piecing this quilt was the black border. Note to self: draft patterns for the whole quilt, not just the fun part. In retrospect, it would have been easier to construct this differently than I did, bit it’s whole now! Now on to the finishing… basting the quilt sandwich isn’t my favorite part: Now for the quilt wrestling: I quilt on a … Continue reading Plan a quilt edge to edge

Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo took over our local convention center for the last several days, bringing several curated quilt exhibits. I saw so many quilts with techniques that I want to remember! “Separated” – a quit by Valerie Luberecki. It was included in the exhibit “Best of QuiltCon 2019” from the Modern Quilt Guild. There’s quite an impact here with just piecing—starting with … Continue reading Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

The quest to quilt the unquilted

I’ve been creating quilt tops for about 15 years. Some of those tops became finished quilts – usually when I wanted to give a gift, like a baby quilt. Many quilt tops languished on my shelves, mostly because I wasn’t confident that I had the skills to finish, and I didn’t want to ruin what I had created. Earlier this year, I decided it was … Continue reading The quest to quilt the unquilted

Quilter’s Playtime Blocks

It’s been months since I’ve had a quilt on my wall. Very excited to get back to my creative routine!  I started these blocks more than 5 years ago, as an exercise in the book, “Quilter’s Playtime: Games with Fabrics” by Dianne S. Hire. If templates and precision aren’t your thing, this book has lots of ideas to get you started making right away.  (get … Continue reading Quilter’s Playtime Blocks

Finally getting the hang of free motion quilting!

Tonight, the free-motion quilting went more easily than ever before. Like it finally just clicked! It takes concentration and I know I will improve with more practice. For a long time, I felt like I couldn’t finish my quilt tops because of concern that I wouldn’t be happy with the quality of the machine quilting I could do. I’m not ready to enter contests, but … Continue reading Finally getting the hang of free motion quilting!

Finally finished! Warm color crazy-patch quilt

I always say that quilt projects will wait for you, and this one really proves it. I started piecing this quilt in March 2012, and just finished sewing on the binding now, October 19, 2018. I’m gaining more confidence in machine quilting my quilts, and hoping to finish several more quilt tops that got stuck in my UFO (unfinished object) pile. View on Instagram https://ift.tt/2NP5VF9 Continue reading Finally finished! Warm color crazy-patch quilt

Quilting with Freezer Paper Stencils

I really hate marking my quilt-tops for quilting. I’ve used washable markers, and it works, but every time I do it, I hate the feeling that drawing on the quilt gives me. Like I’m ruining it. By the time I’m done quilting and can wash out the marks, I have a bad feeling that all the work will be wasted if the marks don’t come … Continue reading Quilting with Freezer Paper Stencils