Whew! I just finished up a huge deadline for a yet-to-be-announced project and I feel that I am finally back to the land of the living. When large deadlines loom, I tend to hyper-focus on that one thing. Which means other things fall to the side…..you know, things like blogging, emailing, feeding my kids…..that kind of stuff! Anyways, today’s blog post is a little different! My good friend Mandy has a new class on Craftsy called Creative Longarm Quilting, with Mandy Leins. She has stopped by to let me interview her about it. AW: Hi Mandy! Thanks for joining me, congrats on your new class! Can you tell me what your inspiration for the class was? ML: When I first got my longarm, I was so worried that what I was doing was not right, or perfect, or good enough, and that kind of pressure (usually self-imposed) can be a real roadblock to enjoying your work. Why spend all that money on a machine, and then be too anxious to allow yourself use it? This class is based on the time in my quilting ca
I love, love, love the quilts that my customers send me. I get to see such a range of quilt patterns and it really keeps me inspired and challenged. Today’s quilt is the Busy City quilt, such an adorable pattern designed by Alex Ledgerwood. What makes this quilt even more fun is that I quilted a version of it for her almost 4 years ago!! It’s kinda fun to see how my quilting style has evolved over the years. As for this quilt, Nichole said to have fun with the quilt top. The only request that she had was to incorporate clouds into the sky. I may have gulped when I read that…..clouds have always been a struggle for me. I want them to look like clouds, but not like blobs. It really is a fine line. I opted to make the clouds flat on the bottom and surrounded them with swirls. A close up picture…. I started quilting the clouds and the swirls before I remembered that I would have to fit them around the adorably tiny vehicles. Swirls don’t tend to work well in smaller spaces, so I
I am so so excited to finally get to show off a project that I worked on forever ago! My good friend, Jenifer, asked me to do the quilting for a book that she was writing, “The Modern Appliqué Workbook” (of course I said yes!) This book will show you almost everything that you wanted to know about appliqué and also includes a bunch of quilt patterns for you to try to out your newly found appliqué skills. While I probably won’t make an appliqué quilt anytime soon (hey, I can’t help it….I love machine quilting more than piecing), it’s fun to see the many different ways that you can do appliqué. While I don’t know a lot about how to add appliqué to your quilt, I do have experience quilting quilts with appliqué. One question that I am constantly asked is, “Should I quilt inside the appliqué or not?” Like most questions related to quilting, it completely depends on your preferences. But, for myself, I tend to follow a few of my own self-imposed guidelines.
It just seems that the Swoon quilt (designed by the amazingly talented Camille Roskelley) just keeps growing and growing in popularity. I have quilted a few Swoon quilts and have even blogged about different ways to quilt one. When I get the chance to quilt several quilts made with the same quilt pattern, I try to use different quilting patterns. Not only does it make a great topic for blog posts (like this one!) it also keeps me from getting bored…..which is always a good thing! So when Kristy sent me her swoon quit to work on, I was excited to try to come up with some different ideas for the quilting. When I set about quilting it, I knew I want to use straight lines, like I did on some of the other swoon quilts, as well as incorporate some free-motion quilting designs to create a secondary pattern with the quilting. Since I hadn’t used feathers on a Swoon quilt before, I figure that this was the time to do it! To make the center of the quilt the main focus of the quilt, I quilted diagonal li
Don’t you just love it when feathers just fly off of your machine? It doesn’t always work like that for me, but every once in a while, I find a zen-like moment where they just seem to flow from the machine. I had a moment just like that when I was working on Lisa’s quilt. She had sent me an Amish style quilt with the request that I quilt feathers on it……..what a dream!! When I started quilting it, I really didn’t have a plan. I figured that I would just go for it and see what happened. What ended up happening was a quilt that I couldn’t be prouder of! The feathers ended up being a variety of shapes. In the large cornerstones of the quilt, I quilted a swirl-feather… In one of the blue borders, I quilted a feather swag design… Large triangle-shaped feathers work perfectly in large corners of the quilt. Some bracket-shaped feathers. You know, just for fun! But my absolute, all-time favorite part of the quilt was the center. It was just begging for some cu