I’m so excited as I have many new quilting designs to share with you! The Crowning Glory patterns I referred to in my last post are now available through Intelligent Quilting and Legacy Quilting. You can see just a few of them above. I hope you’ll go take a look, and if you purchase any of these, PLEASE take some photos of them stitched out on your quilt – I’d love to see them. (And save those photos, as they may just win you some free quilting designs down the road – more on that at a later date!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.