Tuesday Tip – Measure Twice, Cut Once

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‘Measure twice, cut once’ is a phrase I originally heard watching woodworking and home improvement shows like ‘This Old House’. But the same adage applies to quilting.

To save yourself a lot of heartache (not to mention fabric), never, Never, NEVER assume a quilting pattern is 100% correct! EVERYONE makes mistakes, and especially in the case of FREE patterns you find online, there are often errors. Sometimes it’s a simple typo, other times the math has not been checked carefully and you may find yourself short of fabric or having cut some pieces the wrong size. READ MORE...


Freehand Baroque Swirls on batik quilt

Yes, I’m Back Quilting Again!

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I know I’ve been really quiet lately. I needed to take some time off, recharge my batteries, and do something other than quilting for a while. Part of what I spent a LOT of time on (WAAAAYYYYY more time than I thought it would take – now I know why website designers charge what they do – it’s a lot more work than you think it is!) is designing this new website. I hope you like it, and if you find something isn’t working the way it should, please let me know so I can fix it. READ MORE...


Edge-to-Edge or Custom Quilting? Part 1

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When deciding to work with a longarm quilter, or quilt your own top on a standup frame system, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to have your quilt custom quilted or finished with edge-to-edge quilting. How do you decide? And what exactly are the differences?

Edge-to-edge quilting, also known as overall quilting, ignores the pieced design of the quilt top. A random, usually repeating pattern is stitched on all portions of the quilt. Sometimes this is done from the back of the machine, tracing a paper pattern called a pantograph (panto for short), with a laser light or stylus. An overall design can also be worked from the front of the machine as a freehand design – in effect the quilter is ‘doodling’ on the quilt top, making up the design as she goes. READ MORE...