Finding the most continuous quilting path around a quilt is sometimes very challenging, especially if you are new to quilting. Personally I love the challenge! And I love to share these techniques with other quilters.
So a few months ago I had the privilege of quilting the sample for one of Lisa Bongean's (Primitive Gatherings) new quilt patterns, called Every Which Way. She made this quilt using her Wool and Needle Flannel fabric by Moda. This fabric is so cuddly, soft and just so wonderful to quilt on.
This clear film comes in two sizes, 20'' x 25'' or on a roll 20'' 12'. Both are available in the shop under Notions .
For the second pass, I filled in all the details. Including the feathers, flowers and the curved connecting designs that can be found in my book Making Connections.
Now if you are interested in seeing how this was quilted, take a look at this video. And as always, I welcome any questions and comments.
Just returned from International Quilt Market in Portland OR. This is the spring trade show for the worldwide quilting, textile & soft crafts industry. Companies come here to introduce shop owners to all the new products. What a great trip!! This was the second Quilt Market (fall of 2018 being the first) I have attended to promote my book
Making Connections, A Free Motion Quilting Workbook.
My traveling buddy was my friend Janel Metsker , who is also a pattern designer. We had so much fun!! Her new quilt, Pheasant Dreams, was hanging in the Maywood Studios booth (I quilted it for her). This was made using the Woolies Flannel line from Maywood.
One of the best part of market is meeting up with my internet quilting friends. They are all strong, determined, intelligent, fabulous women! Who have inspired and encouraged me in my own quilting journey! I celebrate their success!
Christa of Christa Quilts, Dara of Stitched Quilting Co, Jackie of Canton Village Quiltworks, Janel of Nite Owl Quilting, Jessica of Desert Bloom Quilting and Nancy of Masterpiece Quilting
While in Portland OR, I was able to attend the EE Schenck open house. This place was huge! We got a full tour of the warehouse, including the area where they store the quilts that go out to the quilt shops for trunk shows of current patterns. That's where I found my Cozy Essentials quilt (made with Maywood fabric). I haven't seen this quilt since fall quilt market when I gave it to Maywood to send to quilt shops. I have another sample pieced but it just needs some quilting added. I need to get on that!!
My book signing was a huge success too!! Which is the main reason I was at market. I really enjoyed getting to talk to so many quilt shop owners and sharing ideas on how they can set up classes and clubs, using my book to teach machine quilting. To think that my quilting designs and methods will be taught to quilters all around the world is surreal!
To everyone who has bought my books and patterns or taken my classes .... Thank you so much for your support!! I truly love that I get to spend every day being creative and encouraging others to follow their passion!
On this Thanksgiving day I am reflecting on all the blessings given to me by my heavenly Father! Sooo Blessed!! and soooo Thankful! I have everything I need and more! Maybe not everything I want but everything I need.
So on this day, I thought it would fitting to share with you another new pattern called Rich Blessings.
I am a very simple person so I don't have long descriptive stories behind each of my quilts. I create because I have a passion to create! It calms my anxieties and allows me to express my emotions.
The Tucker Trimmer 1 and the V-block trimmer tools were most helpful in piecing this quilt pattern. You can find these tools at Studio 180 Design.
Every day I am grateful that I get to do a job that I love! and for the amazing support from each and every one of you!!! I pray you have a Wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
On the blog today I'm sharing with you one of my new patterns, Cozy Essentials. You may have seen it at fall Quilt Market where I introduced it to shop owners.
I pieced the quilt using fabrics from the Shadow Play collection by Maywood Studios. Such a snugly fabric. Especially since I used Shadow Play Flannel on the back.
This quilt is made up of basic pieced 4" units. Perfect for a beginner but also a ton of fun to make even if you are more experienced.
I used several designs from the Making Connections, Free-Motion quilting workbook, to quilt it. So of course the quilting designs are all connected. One start, One stop and 12 L bobbins full of SoFine 401 (white) thread.
As a special Thank You! I'm offering the PDF version of Cozy Essentials at 50% off through cyber Monday!
Come back tomorrow when I share with you another new pattern called Rich Blessings.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
The most common comments I would read is that quilters struggle with choosing designs and figuring out how to move around the quilt. They also want to feel more comfortable or confident in their quilting.
And my favorite comment .....
''This book is just what I need!''
I Love that!!
It is my hope that this book will help you learn the free motion skills needed to quilt your quilts with confidence and to have fun doing it!
Just to give you an idea of what this book can teach you, I am sharing a few videos of how I quilted this quilt top. Consider this a free mini class. The videos are a little longer than I normally post but they are packed with information.
FINAL DAY FOR THE GIVE AWAY
As you may know by now, C&T Publishing is generously giving away a copy of Making Connections to one reader of this blog, as well as one lucky winner on each of the other blogs on the tour. Entry will stay open until the end of the tour on September 15..... That's Tonight. Winners in the US will receive a hard copy of the book and international readers will get an e-book. Be sure to visit each of these blogs for another chance to win.
BLOG HOP SCHEDULE
Friday September 1st
C&T Publishing Blog; @ctpublishing on Instagram
Monday September 4th
Holly Anne Knight Blog; @stringandstory on Instagram
Susan Arnold Blog; @quiltfabrication on Instagram
Tuesday September 5th
Becca Fenstermaker Blog; @prettypiney on Instagram
Teri Lucas Blog; @genqmag on Instagram
Wednesday September 6th
Sherry Shish Blog; @poweredbyquilting on Instagram
Pam Morgan Blog; @sweetlittlestitches on Instagram
Thursday September 7th
Katy S Blog; @katyquilts on Instagram
Laura Piland Blog; @sliceofpiquilts on Instagram
Friday September 8th
Suzy Webster Blog; @websterquilt on Instagram
Bernie Kringel Blog; @needleandfoot on Instagram
Monday September 11th
Jamie Mueller Blog; @sunflower_quilt on Instagram
Nancy Scott Blog; @masterpiecequilting on Instagram
Tuesday September 12th
Sherri Noel Blog; @rebeccamaedesigns on Instagram
Anorina Morris Blog; @sameliasmum on Instagram
Wednesday September 13th
Yvonne Fuchs Blog; @quiltingjetgirl on Instagram
Barbie Mills Blog; @thequiltingmill on Instagram
Thursday September 14th
Afton Warrick Blog; @quiltingmod on Instagram
Kathy Bruckman Blog; @kathyskwiltsandmore on Instagram
Friday September 15th
Susan Arnold Blog; @quiltfabrication on Instagram
Now for a chance to win your own copy of Making Connections, A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. Leave a comment below answering this question ... Do you prefer Traditional quilting, Modern quilting or something in between?
Sadly everyone can't win the give away but everyone can have a copy of the book. Simply order your signed copy here on my website.
Don't forget that I have 2 other books on connecting designs and the grid stencils that are perfect for dividing up borders or blocks into manageable, even spaces. You can order the I Want it All bundle and receive free shipping within the US.
I can't end this blog hop without giving a HUGE Shout out! to C & T Publishing and all the amazing editors who made my book more amazing than I could imagine!!!
Now go practice!
Fabric ... Fabric ... What quilter doesn't just Love Fabric? Lately I have really been drawn to any and ALL ombre fabrics that I see. Well this shopping trip was no exception. Correction ... it really was not a ''shopping trip'' ! I just stopped by my my local quilt store (Merrily We Quilt Along) to pick up One thing.
Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this post. More pictures can be found in the Customer Gallery section of this website.
It was pieced by the ladies at Quilts and Quilts The Fabric Shoppe, located in Branson Missouri. On May 5th and 6th, along with other area quilt shops, they will be having a shop hop. I don't know the details but I'm sure they will be posting all the information on their website.
The area around the applique was my biggest design challenge. Another longarmer suggested chicken wire for the background filler. Hmmm I don't usually do that design because it is so time consuming but it would be perfect for this quilt.
I usually audition different designs using my clear plastic over the top and dry erase markers. This quilt had a farm theme so it really needed something different than the typical flowers and feathers. I came up with another connecting design that reminds me of the barbed wire typically found on the farm. Then I modified the feathers to have a spiky feel to them.
My favorite way to quilt is with one color thread over the whole top, connecting all my stitching lines. It does not bother me if the fabric color changes and the thread becomes contrasting. I love the contrast! But because I wanted the quilting to just show as texture, that meant I had to change thread colors.
Yep! Spent way too much time on this one...but it was so worth it in the end! I Love Texture!!
Please share with your quilty friends and leave me a comment if you were inspired by this post.
Well for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about let me explain......
When I first started quilting in 2002, like many other quilters, I would take a large piece of muslin and quilt it to death. Trying out every design I could think of. I wanted to get good enough FAST, so I could start quilting for others. Because my ultimate goal was to quit my carrier and stay home with my two babies. So 3 weeks after I got my machine I started quilting for friends and family, who had been waiting ''not so patiently'' on my list. One year later I quit my carrier. Yay!!
I know......what does this have to do with a binder?......I'm getting to that part ;)
would practice) So with the aid of my zipper leaders, I started quilting small samples that I could put in a binder. This became a great resource for both my customers and myself.
It has been many years since I have added to my collection. So recently I quilted up the 9 samples below. These are all based on my stencil grid designs found in my Delectable Diamond Design book or the Making Connections book and some new ones I am working on. I'll post more about those designs later.
*Leftover muslin, white or light solid fabrics for the top. Cut 9'' x 11''
*Scraps/leftover batting pieces. Roughly cut 10'' x 12'' or larger. Collect all kinds/brands of batting. Wool, Poly, Cotton, 80x20, 70x30, 50x50.....Legacy, Quilters Dream, Hobbs, Warm n Natural...Whatever you have.
*Design ideas. Draw a sample on paper or mark pages in books of designs you would like to try.
Now if you want to practice designs that use a stencil, then mark the stencil onto the practice fabric at this time, using a blue water soluble pen. The designs should be no bigger than 8'' x 10''. Center the design, keeping in mind that you will be trimming this piece down when you are finished.
When you are ready to start quilting the samples, find some darker fabric for the backing (I like a solid color so the thread will contrast and you will get to see the design clearly) You can quilt 9 practice pieces with 1 yard of backing. Load the backing fabric with the cut edge pinned to the leaders, not the salvage edge.
I hope you will create one of these books of quilted samples, then share pictures on FB or IG to inspire others. Be sure to tag me, I would love to see what you have created. @foreverquilting #bookofquiltedsamples
Some quilts are truly a labor of love, like this one. Such a simple design but yet when I first saw it I had no idea how I was going to quilt it...absolutely no idea!
As you can see from this before picture, there is so much empty space. The quilting possibilities are endless. I knew I wanted to do something different but still be able to incorporate my connecting designs and the curved crosshatching that I love.
Pattern is called Brunswick Sampler. It was a block of the month through the Sew Sweet Quilt Shop in Brunswick, MO. The quilt was designed by Shelly Pagliai, of Prairie Moon Quilts, and pieced by Klonda Holt.
2 layers of batting - 80cotton/20poly and wool
10 colors of thread - a mixture of So Fine and Glide
13 different rulers
6 days of quilting
More pictures can be found in the Gallery.
WOW! Another quilt finished and another blog post. I'm on a roll....
This quilt is called Hailey's Star and the pattern is by Angela Walters.
If you are in the Branson Mo area, you can see this quilt in person at Quilts and Quilts The Fabric Shoppe. They have kits available.
I used the double bracket connecting design and the grid was marked at 3".
On the back you can see one of my piano kee designs and a fun/easy coordinating 2" border design (don't have a name for this one yet). The 16" QP Edge ruler really came in handy for the long straight lines.
More pictures can be found in the Gallery.
Please leave a comment below if you like hearing more about the quilting and seeing more pictures & videos. Thank you for sharing with your friends.