Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hopscotch quilt

This quilt is kit is available at the Roelof's store in Sioux Center.  The pattern is called Hopscotch, from the book "Modern Quilts" by Emily Dennis. 

I quilted this one with the Square Spiral pattern.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How does it work?

When I meet someone new, and they ask, "what do you do?"  I tell them, I finish quilts on a long-arm machine.  Often, at this point, I can see the question mark over their head.  I can imagine they are picture the quilting frame they remember from their Grandma's house, with me sitting by the quilt and a needle in my hand.  So, I made a video of the machine running to show how it works.

The backing, batting, and quilt top are all loaded separately.  The tablet mounted on the front is a computer that is connected to 2 small motors that move the machine to stitch the 3 layers together in the chosen design.  The frame is 12 feet wide.

I can also disconnect the computer and guide the machine by hand with the handles you see on the front.  I mostly do computer-guided designs, however, to avoid the strain on my neck/shoulders.

Batik quilt

Quilted with the August Rain pattern.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Pinwheel quilt

Quilted with the Criss-Cross pattern.

Batik quilt

Quilted with the Garden Path pattern.

Black/white/red quilt

Quilted with the Dynasty pattern.

Red white and blue quilt

Quilted with the Anchors pattern.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Blue & white quilt

Quilted with the Flourish pattern.

Americana quilt

This quilt kit is available at the Roelof's store in Sioux Center.  It's called Stars & Stripes from Coach House Designs.  Here is the pattern cover:

I quilted this one with the Star Sparkle pattern.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

T-shirt quilt

Quilted with the Meander Squared pattern.

T-shirt quilt

Quilted with the Slope Intercept pattern.

Triangle quilt

Quilted with the Square Maze pattern.

Hexagon quilt

Quilted with the Argyle pattern.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Patriotic quilt

Quilted with the Allegiance pattern.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Contact info

I will be unavailable between Feb 2-7, so if you have a quilt to send my way, please wait until after the 7th.  Thanks-

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Flannel quilt

Quilted with the Gala Vine pattern.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hexagon quilt

Quilted with the Argyle pattern.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thimbleberries quilt

Quilted with the Bramble pattern.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Gray/red quilt

Quilted with the Navajo pattern.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Tips on how to apply borders correctly

If you're struggling to get your borders to lay flat, here is how to avoid that.  

Do not just take a border strip & start sewing it on.  Often the edge of body of the quilt has quite a few seams and bias edges, and it can stretch.  If you just add borders without measuring, you'll get extra fabric in the borders, and they will not lay flat. 

Measure through the center of the quilt, and cut the borders to that length.  You can measure with a tape measure, or save time & just lay the border strip across the center of your quilt & cut at the same length as the quilt center.  

Then, using quite a few pins, secure your border strip to the outside edge of the quilt, easing in any extra fabric that may be along the edge of the quilt.