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Veriegated Threads

These threads can really add dimension to a project. The effect can be suttle or high impact. When choosing the repeat size of the color change, choose an inch repeat. The inch repeat is easier on the eye and doesn't look blotchy on the quilt. Remember you look at a quilt from a far, you don't want the effect of big splatter. The longarm quilting should add dimension to a quilt and be a secondary aspect to the piecing.

Sales Rep

So excited to have become a Sales Rep for At The Heart of Quilting in Beloit, WI selling Gammill Longarm Quilting machines! Love, love mine. My husband will be conducting maintenance for the Gammill machines also. If you live north of HWY 29 in WI and the Upper UP of Michigan, we are your contact for Gammill! Give us a call for a test run on one!

Density of Quilting

Density is the closeness of the quilting design in itself. Not the stitch length of the actual stitches. The density of quilting the longarmer performs on a quilt is determined on how the quilt will be used by the receiver of the quilt. Seldom used or used for show on a wall, to cuddle with while watching TV or as a bed quilt? How often will it need to be cleaned? The age of a person utilizing it? These factors are helpful for the longarmer to determined just how to design the quilting. 

Thread cones

There is much to be said on thread topics. So many options and array of colors. The cone for instance...when the cone has thread wound in a crisscross pattern, it is best to use an upright independent thread holder that stands behind your machine. Why you ask? The thread doesn't get spun around and twisted when coming off of the cone and going through your machine. Traditional spools are meant to be used on an upright peg on your machine top. The spool moves during the unwinding, hence no twisting of the thread.

Backing and Batting , when is too much

Too much backing and batting on the sides of your quilts are not a good thing. Your quilt is sandwiched on rollers (the machine). Every time we roll your quilt to a sewable area the back roller material gets larger (the sewn area). If your sides have too much we have to fold that towards the quilt, so it then becomes "double rolled" on the sides. This causes distortion each and every time it is rolled. Keeping your batting and backing the same size requirements of your longarmer is the best thing you can do.

Tips; Backing Colors

Backing colors....When choosing backing colors for quilts, think about prints vs solids. Choosing prints can hide seams in the backing and coordinate to the front. Choosing solids can give different effects. Wouldn't you like to have a "Two in One" quilt with little work? Solid backings can give you this. With an edge to edge design (one design that runs to all edges) this can be achieved. You see the entire quilting design on the back! These designs are beautiful, ranging from simplistic to intricate.

Borders

You think simply to cut a strip sew 2 strips together and sew on the side and cut the end off. Sew the other side.  How many do this? I know a few. In the beginning I too was guilty of hurrying to get the borders on and thought this was the simplest way to get it done. I did not realize that each side can be different sizes, pulling on the top or border piece can cause too much material to be sewn into the border. Ever get to the end and see you have come up short? You add that small piece in at the end and it'll be o.

The beginning....

I just got back from the Hayward Piecemakers Quilt Show. Great show to attend. Held every year. Best of Show was a primitive quilt done with wool appliques on a domestic machine. My aim is to have a few entries next year for myself.

I will be blogging every so often about tips for better piecing and prep for the final stage of quilting, longarming. Anything that makes us better at what we love to do. I do attend classes to improve my techniques and knowledge on longarming and piecing. With that, I will share with you what I have learned.
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