Quilt techniques

Quilted: Laura’s sunflowers

Some of you may recognize this pattern. It is a variation on Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 mystery. It was pieced by Laura Koppenhoefer, a woman I know from church who I’ve spent more than a few Saturdays making baptismal quilts with. I normally don’t quilt for others, but I made an exception for Laura. She has been bravely fighting a rare form of cancer for years. She has written a book

Quilted: Ghost of Christmas Past

Making the decision on how to quilt your quilt is a very difficult decision. There are all over designs, custom quilting, free-motion, pantograph and computer-aided designs, thread choices, to ditch or not to ditch. The possibilities are endless and the results can dramatically impact the finished look of your quilt. I’ve been honing my free-motion quilting skills on the longarm for four years and am at the point were I

Kaffe Fassett exhibit coming to the Michener

A rare collection featuring the work of famed quilt and fiber artist Kaffe Fassett and historical quilts from the United Kingdom is coming the U.S. this fall and the Michener in Pennsylvania will be one of just two museums to host it. The exhibit, “Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collections of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK” will be on display from

Netflix, hand quilting and an unfinished wedding quilt

Every August I pull out my wedding quilt with the intention of finishing by my anniversary at the end of the month, put in a few hand quilting stitches, miss my deadline and put it back away again until next year. Last year was my fifth anniversary. I had promised my husband I would finish it by that milestone. But with a three-month old in the house, I failed miserably

1,500 inches of binding

Not that long ago I wrote about how the downside of spending so much time on the longarm lately means I now had 700 inches of binding to do by hand. I know there are some who love sewing binding on by hand. I’m not one of them. But I prefer the look to machine stitched binding, so I do it even though it is probably be least favorite quilting

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, because¬†it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Quilt National continues to push boundaries

The first art quilt exhibit continues to push boundaries in its 19th installment, scheduled to open next week at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Beginning in 1979, Quilt National is the preeminent art quilt exhibition, a juried competition that features the work of nearly 90 quilters from around the world. The 86 quilts featured in the exhibit are a mix of graphic abstract work, and more traditional pieces,

700 inches of binding

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the longarm lately. Thanks to my newfound flexibility in scheduling, I’ve been able to spend one day a week at Quilting By-You in Bettendorf, Iowa, renting time on a longarm to finally finish up some quilt tops. Two weeks ago I finished quilting one of my two 2014 Block of the Month Quilts. Then today I loaded my newest, not-yet-released pattern on

Sneak peak

I pulled my 2014 BOM off the longarm earlier this week. There’s still a TON of work to do on it before the big reveal on here (binding, label, hiding threads). But I couldn’t resist showing you a sneak peak of the quilting. Before loading this quilt on the frame it had been a year since I last worked on the longarm. Having a kid will get in the way