Quilter Blogs

Have you heard of the website called “Quilter Blogs”?  With all the web surfing I do, looking for good quilting scoop, I don’t know how I missed them before, but I did.  Head on over to their website to see what quilters are talking about at http://www.quilterblogs.com/.  Their sister site, Quilter’s Daily Special, offers special deals and codes for deals that quilters want.  You can find them at http://www.quiltersdailyspecial.com/daily-deal/.  This site is also where I found out about a fabric website that finds fabric for you via links to other websites.   If you are making something and are down to the wire and then find that you are short on a fabric, you can go here and do a search for it – http://www.findmyfabric.com/.   If you are a quilter or a fabricaholic, you will love each of these sites.  Have fun!

 

 

Black Friday Specials

There’s still time to do some online shopping for your favorite quilter, embroiderer or sewing enthusiast… and at great discounts!  Sew Cal Gal has posted a list of websites that are offering discounts and the codes for each discount.  Head on over to http://www.fingertipshopping.blogspot.com/2012/11/black-fridaycyber-monday-deals.html and check out the great savings.  Many thanks (from ME) to Sew Cal Gal for doing the leg work for us!!!

Longarmers like extra backing and batting

Longarm Quilters like for their customers to provide extra batting and backing for many reasons. One of the reasons is because our quilting foot hits the grippers holding the sides of the quilts, so it is very difficult to stitch within 3+ inches of those grippers.  However, for me, the biggest reason we like extra fabric  is because the backing and batting draw up during the quilting process. Another reason is so that we can accurately provide good stitch quality and tension for your quilt. Longarm machines are so finicky when it comes to tension; much, much, much more so than a domestic machine, that it can be difficult to achieve good tension and good stitches. So, most of us will test out the tension and stitching on a side piece before we add it to the quilt.  If you look closely at this picture, you will see the side border of the quilt I was working on.  There is about 6 inches of extra backing and batting.  I added a 3″ wide piece of fabric  at the side of the border and tested my stitches there with each thread change before stitching on the actual quilt.

She’s “cute as a button” at MQS

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been at Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS) and figured I’d better get something posted before I forget.  I have been attending and volunteering at MQS for the last 3 years and have loved every minute of each show.  I am sad that it will be moving to Wichita, Kansas next year but it’s only about 3 1/2 hours away so I really shouldn’t be too sad.  I just won’t be able to volunteer like I have in the past.

MQS, along with the other big quilt shows, is a chance to take classes from big name quilters as well as the lesser known, but equally talented, quilters.  It’s also a chance to meet friends you have made online such as through Facebook.  For whatever reason, I did not take many pictures at all this year.  I had my camera with me all the time, but only managed to take pictures of the first class I took.  That was with Sue Patten.  She has a lot of energy and is a fabulous teacher as well as a very creative stitcher.  She has variegated threads figured out to a science ~ WAAAY over my head, but I took her class anyway.  I don’t think I will EVER have her talent and knack for figuring out how to get variegated threads to do what I want on both the front and the back of the quilt, but yesterday I did manage to put certain colors of the variegated thread I was using in particular places on the quilt I was working on.  Here’s a shot of Sue with one of her quilts.

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I also managed to meet a couple of friends I’d only chatted with online.  Here is Kelly Hanson and me.  Image

Isn’t she cute as a button?

Everybody needs a PayDay

Everybody needs a PayDay

Memories from my childhood visits to the gas station vending machine… We didn’t have much money at all, but Dad would let us splurge when we accompanied him to get gas for the car at 29 cents per gallon. Every day was a pay day when I got one of these.

Everybody needs a PayDay

Memories from my childhood visits to the gas station vending machine… We didn’t have much money at all, but Dad would let us splurge when we accompanied him to get gas for the car at 29 cents per gallon. Every day was a pay day when I got one of these.