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. READ MORE...


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. READ MORE...


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. READ MORE...


My (Quilting) Secret Revealed!

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Well, no one guessed my secret from this post! There were some great guesses as to what my newest quilting related venture was – retreat center, book, line of fabric. I wish I could do ALL of those things – they all sound like fun and anything to do with quilting excites me. But here is what my new venture actually is: READ MORE...


Come Visit the Quilt Show With Me…

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This weekend I attended the Brookings Area Quilters Guild 10th biennial quilt show. I belonged to this guild for several years, but as it is an hour’s drive to attend meetings, I let my membership lapse a year or two ago. So it was great to attend and catch up on the happenings of the members I ran into, view the beautiful quilts, explore the offerings of the various vendors, and attend the luncheon/lecture. READ MORE...


I’ve Got a Secret!!

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I’m so excited! I’ve got a secret. It’s a fun one, I promise, although I can’t tell you about it just yet. But it DOES have to do with my journey as a quilter.

In case you didn’t know, I started quilting as a hobby back in the 1980s. My first quilt was a hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilt-as-you-go log cabin. This was back when we had to weave our own cloth and carve our needles out of animal bones… READ MORE...