Crown Royal Quilt with Crowning Glory Pantograph quilting designs by Andi Rudebusch

Paper or Digital Quilting Designs?

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So while I’ve been quiet on the blog lately (well, okay, for a very long time!), I’ve had my nose buried in my computer creating new quilting designs and learning how to digitize. I recently purchased a wonderful program, Art and Stitch, which is just for digitizing quilting and embroidery designs. This program can do SO MUCH, but it also takes a while to learn all the neat features. So I’ve been splitting my time between doing tutorials to learn the program, and putting my new knowledge into practice by working on new quilting designs.

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quilting pattern grab bag

Quilting Pattern Grab Bags = Big Savings for You!

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Can you imaging paying just $3 or less for a new, unused quilting pattern? For a limited time, I’m offering Quilting Pattern Grab Bags where *I* choose the titles, and *you* reap the savings. You don’t need to spend $8, $9 or $10 on just ONE pattern. With this special sale, you can get 4 or 8 new patterns at a deep discount!

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Rasdak 2016 Finish

Cycling, Remodeling & New Quilting Designs Released

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I haven’t worked much on new quilting designs lately, and I’ve been quiet for several reasons. First was a week-long vacation. Hubby and I participated in a 7 day bicycle ride across South Dakota called RASDAK.

This was the first time we did something like this, so neither of us actually rode the entire 525 miles, but he did ride about 360 miles and I did about 210. Every night we would camp in a different town with the other 140 or so riders, and get to learn some of the culture and history of the area.

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Smoothing the Quilt Sandwich

5 Tips to Keep a Quilt Straight on the Frame

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Is there a secret to keep a quilt straight on the longarm frame when rolling?

In order to keep a quilt straight when advancing during the quilting process, there are several things you can do to ensure your backing, as well as the entire quilt sandwich, is rolling square and straight, and staying that way as you quilt it:

1. Be sure the backing is square.

Bring two opposite edges of the backing together (selvedges if they are still intact), and lay them on the belly bar of your machine, with the fold hanging down.

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Baby Bricks Quilt Side view showing Ebb & Flow pantograph quilting design

‘Baby Bricks’ – A New Baby Quilt Pattern

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A few years ago I designed a quilt called ‘Bricklayer’. I made it out of ‘brick’ reds, browns, and creams, and the design reminded me of the brick home I grew up in, hence it’s name. It was a great masculine quilt. It’s sometimes hard to find quilt patterns for men. I made kits and sold patterns, but I never marketed it much as I always had in the back of my mind that this would be really cute in a smaller version for a baby quilt as well.

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A Quilts of Valor sampler quilt with pieced backing, showing the quilting pattern Stars & Stripes by Quilter's Niche. I donated the quilting on this quilt.

Should Longarm Quilters Do Free Charity Quilting?

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If you are a longarm quilter, especially one who belongs to a guild, you have probably been asked to provide free charity quilting on one (or several) charity quilts. These may be quilts that are donated to a fund-raising auction, given to victims of fires or other disasters, used for Quilts of Valor or other veterans groups, Project Linus, or any number of other community service, or charitable groups.

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