Half-square triangles are a staple in the quilter’s repertoire. HSTs can be put together in a multitude of ways to create many striking quilts, but a favorite of mine is the Pinwheel, a simple 4 patch of rotating HST. Pinwheels in a variety of sizes can add an interesting design element to a modern sampler… Continue reading Pinwheels…aka HST
Choosing a color scheme for your next quilt project may be a nerve-wracking process for some quilters. I recently heard that one person lets the shop staff choose her fabrics because she has no confidence in her own ability to select a pleasing color scheme. Don’t be afraid of color! Yes, there are some theoretical principles… Continue reading Choosing colors for quilts
My True Blue Quilts banner has become a free motion quilting sampler. I tried to use different styles of quilting in each section so that I can talk to customers about what kind of custom quilting I offer. Today, let’s take a closer look at stitching the curves in the top border. Option 1 –… Continue reading Free Motion Monday #5 – Curves
Let’s take a closer look at the side borders of my True Blue Quilts banner. I stitched two types of flowers over the nine-patch design. The stems and leafs are similar. I use a meandering vine with leafs quite a bit as a border fill design. On the left I stitched a “Swoop V” flower. The… Continue reading Free Motion Monday #4 – Flowers
Hello Friends! Thanks for joining me for this peek at the process of quilting on a longarm. First, you may be wondering – what the heck is a longarm? I explain it as an industrial sewing machine. It is about four feet long, mounted on tracks on a 10-foot long table, and I stand in… Continue reading Behind the Scenes – Loading a Quilt
I am still following the free motion quilting plan for the QOV quilt on my longarm. I started the blue section with simple parallel lines in the border. I hope to move on to binding today. In the meantime, let’s look at my store banner again. I used lots of different free motion quilting designs… Continue reading Free Motion Monday #3 – True Blue Banner
Quilt tops sit in the unfinished pile when we don’t know how to quilt them. The question is what design to use? I try to consider the final destination/use of the quilt and the time available for the quilting process when I am settling on a design. This is my current longarm quilting project… Continue reading Free Motion Monday #2 – Swoon Quilt
The typical image of a quilter is the retired grandmother who spends all day cutting up fabric and sewing adorable quilts for her multitude of grandchildren. The reality is that young quilters exist too, but many of us have full-time day jobs so you won’t find us shopping at 10am on Thursday mornings. Since time… Continue reading But I don’t have time to quilt!