A Quilt Worthy of A Hero I know a real hero, not a celebrity…..not a successful person, a real life hero. My brother, Nate is a hero in the truest sense of the word. If you are friends with me on facebook or instagram, you may have seen that Nate was critically injured in a motorcycle accident last week. He is a loving husband, father of three young boys, a Kansas City Police Officer, a veteran and probably one of the funniest guys you would ever meet. He is in ICU battling life-threatening injuries. To say that this has been a hard week for our family would be an understatement. But in the midst of the darkest week of our lives, we have been surrounded and overwhelmed with love and prayers from all around. It has sustained us as we have gathered around him. Nate isn’t just my brother, he is a part of this quilting community as well. His wife, Jessica, who is my sister, has worked for me for several years handling travel and coordinating events. If I have been to your guild or quilting group, it’s becaus
One of the most common questions I am asked is how to use rulers when quilting on a sit-down longarm or a domestic sewing machine. It’s asked so often that I thought a video tutorial might be helpful. Below is a link to the video. Here’s hoping that you find it helpful for your next project! Why use rulers? Free-motion quilting with rulers allows you to quickly switch between straight lines and free-motion quilting designs. There is also an incredible amount of differently shaped ruler templates available. Knowing how to use them will give you so many more options when it comes to machine quilting your quilts. Tips for Machine Quilting with Rulers If you can’t watch the video, or don’t have time to hear my not-so-funny jokes, here are a few of the tips: Make sure that your machine has a foot that is made for quilting with rulers. It should be high enough that your ruler won’t slip over it. Contact your machine manufacturer to see what they suggest. This is a preview of Machin
One of my most popular classes, Techniques for Quilting Negative Space, is also one of my favorite to teach. Whether the negative space in a quilt is small or large, the machine quilting designs you choose can really highlight a quilt. But sometimes, it can be so overwhelming! Usually the problem isn’t a lack of quilting options, it’s the fact that there are so many fun ways that you can go with the quilting. You could think that since I teach this class a lot, and that I have been a professional machine quilting for many years, that I would never get stumped by a quilt. While, I would love for you to think I am perfect, that isn’t the case at all. I get stumped all the time! To help get you motivated to tackle that project you have been putting off, I have put together a 4 part blog series on different techniques for quilting the negative space. With each post featuring a different quilt and a different technique. My hope is that by time you have read through the series, quilting the negative space on yo
This is one of my favorite times of the year…..fall leaves, crisp air and food, lots of food. I hope that you have an amazingly wonderful Thanksgiving Day wherever you are! Thanksgiving Holiday Sale I have had an online store for a while now. But this year, for the first time, I am having a big Thanksgiving sale from now until Saturday. So, if you need some quilting therapy, check out these sales!! *Use the promo code FABRIC to get 20% off Fabric bundles and Quilt Kits. *Use the promo code PATTERN to get 20% off all Patterns *Use promo code BOOK to get 10% off all books, even preorders! All Large Aurifil Collections are $94.95, regular $109.95 (no promo code needed) If that wasn’t enough, we are giving free shipping on orders over $50! No promo code needed! Read more… This is a preview of Quilting Therapy Sale!. Click here to read the full post…..
Wanderlust [won-der-luhst] n. a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. Example: Angela Walters feels a sense of wanderlust when it’s been awhile since she has taught a quilting class. I think we can all relate to a sense of wanderlust, whether in our quilting life or beyond. My friend, Mandy, knows that feeling as well! And now, I am cheering her on as she celebrates the release of her new book, Wanderlust Quilts. This projects in this book are inspired by classic art and architecture….which isn’t surprising because she went to archaeology school. She really knows her stuff! The projects are a great mix of modern quilt designs that leave space for the quilting to supply the details. Even if you aren’t a quilter, I am sure that you can appreciate the beautiful aesthetic of the book! Mandy challenged her friends to share places that inspire them creatively…..talk about a challenge! Of course, I have been inspired by many things, from wrought iron to bathroom floors (I a