“How Do I Quilt It?” It’s the big question…….and it has stumped many a quilter, myself included!! You finish a quilt top only to have no idea what machine quilting designs you should use. It’s a question that I am asked often during my classes and trunk shows. So when I talked to Craftsy about filming another machine quilting class, I knew that it was a topic that I wanted to tackle. And now, the class is live on their website! When it was time to put together the class, I was a little overwhelmed. There are so many different ways to go about it. In the end, though, I decided to divide the class up into different types of quilts. In each segment, I talk about a different kind of quilt; sampler quilts, appliqué quilts and more. I give you tips on how to pick out quilting designs and show you some of my all-time favorite designs for quilting those kinds of quilts. All in all, I couldn’t be more proud of the class! Getting a Little Help From My Friends. So that I wou
I finally dusted off my camera and put together a new “Ask Angela” video for my YouTube channel and it’s about rulers. Although it’s not the most frequently asked question I get while traveling and teaching, it’s definitely in the top 10. In this video, I talk about my favorite ruler and how to use them on a longarm. (If you don’t have a longarm, don’t worry! I am working on a follow-up video on using a ruler on your domestic sewing machine!) If you don’t have time to watch the video, no worries! Here is a brief summary: My favorite ruler is a straight edge ruler made by Handiquilter: Tips For Straight-ish Lines: Don’t grip the ruler too tightly or press down too hard. Use the ruler as a guide. A ruler can help make sure that straight lines are spaced apart consistently. This is a preview of Tips For Using Rulers on a Longarm. Click here to read the full post…..
Oops! Before I jump into today’s blog post, I have to tell you why you shouldn’t have me do any kind of technical work on your blog or website. Last week, while poking around on my blog, I realized that I had left my blog subscriber service account paused since September. Which means my blog posts since then (not that there were a ton of them) had not been sent out to anyone that is subscribed to receive them via email. So I unpaused it (after kicking myself for my stupidity), which is why some of you received an email with about 10 old blog posts in it. I apologize for that! Ok, so let’s talk about the one thing that I am good at….quilting. To Plan…Or Not? One question I am often asked is “Do have a plan before you start quilting?” and the answer is no. Usually I have a generally idea of what I am going to do, but I don’t know exactly how it will look when it’s finished. That’s why I love taking the quilt off of the rack, I never know what I am
I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. I have a healthy family and a thriving business doing something that I love! I am also thankful for everyone who follows my blog and encourages me with sweet comments and compliments. And since it’s cyber-saturday, I decided to reward any purchases made on my online store! Free Fabric! Until Monday evening, all orders placed will receive a free half-yard cut of fabric from one of my fabric collections. No minimum order and no code needed! Just place the order and I will make sure that it gets included. Free Shipping As an additional bonus, I am offering free shipping on orders more than $50 (Sorry, discount only applies to US addresses) Just use promo code: FMQ during checkout. What’s New?? If you haven’t checked out the store lately, make sure to stop by. Besides my books, you will find quilt kits and even some fun “Quilting Is My Therapy” products. If fact, I just added this 20 oz cold drink tumbler. It just may be my favorite thing ever!! My
Why I Love Echoing You might now know it right now, but echoing is your friend…..it’s your best friend. At least it’s mine! Echoing, which is quilting around a previously quilted line or an element of a quilt, is a versatile tool to have in your quilting repertoire. Echoing can help highlight quilting designs or hide quilting mistakes. It can help you move around the quilt or make larger space more manageable. Need I say more? Echoing in Applique Quilts Another way that I use echo quilting is in appliqué quilts. Echoing around the appliqué can really help set it apart from the filler quilting, which helps the beautiful pattern shine. A quilt that I recently quilted for an exhibit at the International Quilt Festival is a perfect example of that. Butterflies and Birds quilt by Frances Benton. This amount of hand appliqué on this quilt is hard to comprehend with just a picture. This quilt is king-sized and is completely done by hand. Only the borders are machine pieced. When I took it out o