Cotton Candy Quilting

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Patchwork Posts
One of the things I love most about quilting is the great people I meet and the generous way quilters share tips, tricks and ideas with each other. I will try to post interesting quilting tidbits that I come across here. Please feel free to share your comments, questions and ideas as well.

Once in a while we just want a little a change; so we move the furniture, we dye our hair, we paint a room, we stretch our quilting skills, and go wild with new fabric and colors not in our stash.  


Life constantly presents us with opportunities, we just need to heed them and grab onto which ever one appeals to us for whatever reason.  My life has changed drastically in the last six months.  I have relocated to Arizona and so far love it.  I will miss the mountains, lakes, and rivers in beautiful North Idaho, but I love the challenge of beginning a new adventure in Arizona.  


Relocating wasn’t too bad but moving away from my Idaho friends and customers was very difficult.  My customers became my close friends and I will miss them. I will miss my North Idaho Quilt Guild, but here I have Agave Quilt Guild and already have many friends from being a “snow bird’.  So my transition to full time Arizonan has been fairly smooth.  I felt this was an opportunity I should take advantage of.


My studio is smaller but the machine is the same, I have added a computer system to help with quilting those pesky repetitive blocks.  I won’t say I am an expert with the computer system yet and not sure that is a full time direction in quilting for me. I still love doing free motion and overall patterns.  


I  am still accepting quilts from quilters all over the US and some in Canada, so please contact me if you are interested in me quilting your quilt/s.  My new shipping address is: 11119 E Starflower Ct.  Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 and my contact/message phone is 1208 773 0386.  


Waiting to hear from new and old quilting friends!



More Firsts

The Long Arm Quilting Retreat turned out to be a real highlight for the year so far for me.  I taught classes, which it turns out was a lot of fun and quite rewarding. I met some of the greatest ladies and had a wonderful time at the retreat.  While preparing for the classes, I learned a lot!  The jitters I experienced about actually teaching anyone else went away after the first 30 seconds.  Quilters are such great people; they support each other and are always eager to help one another. This retreat was the first I have ever attended.  I plan on attending a sewing retreat late in September and that will be another first.


Through the Internet I’ve made many friends involved in quilting.  One of them is a fellow long arm quilter located in Texas who sold me my first Singer Featherweight.  I am absolutely in love with that little machine which came to me named “Emma”. My friend has been so helpful with any and all questions I have had regarding her.  He even helped me win an Ebay auction for a walking foot for her.  Now I have convinced my guild into starting a branch off group dedicated to Featherweights.  What fun??!!!!


Going from a Long Arm machine to the small Featherweight can be like walking though history. I also have a treadle sewing machine, which has been my family since it was new.  I started thinking I should get it out and play a little with it too.  I did just that; it needed cleaning, a new bobbin ring,  and a new belt.  I found out they are readily available at most sewing repair shops.  Just as I was feeling great about having all my machines up and running properly I had to put them away and get back to business with the my APQS Millie.  I love creating with the long arm and am rewarded with happy customers.  I miss seeing the surprise and happy expressions on customer’s faces when I do quilts that are shipped back and forth.  In this fast paced and instant world we live and thrive in today, sometimes we miss a little.  I have “met” many customers I am beginning to know well even though they live across the US.  Quilting is the magic that pulls us together.  


When I quilt for long distance customers I involve them as much as possible using the Internet and telephone.  Pictures of proposed designs go back and forth and progress pictures if they wish are forwarded as well.  Some don’t want the progress pictures as they like the surprise of the opening their box and seeing their top now morphed into a quilt.


I’ve made many new friends this year and look forward to continuing that trend and continuing my list of ‘Firsts’ as I journey along in quilting. 


Happy Stitching,


First Times


Do you remember your first day of school, date, or kiss?  Maybe you remember the first time you drove without your parents in the car, or the first time you ate a green food and actually liked it. We all remember our first quilt. Our lives are filled with first times and for me first times are what keep me looking forward to tomorrow.


Quilting is wonderful because every quilt becomes a first time, maybe it’s the first time a block was completed without chopped off the points on the triangles, or all the corners match perfectly, or only one border has a friendly wave in it. Maybe it is the first time an entire quilt is made of Batiks.  Personally, I am still looking forward to making my first 30’s quilt.  I have never been drawn to those fabrics but as I receive more of them for machine quilting I am beginning to appreciate them. They are always up beat and happy quilts; they shine with laughter for me. 


I’ve experienced a lot of firsts recently; I went to a Machine Quilting Conference and was able to take classes from nationally and internationally known instructors.  There was so much talent in one place it was a totally inspiring experience!  I was able to meet people I only know through the Internet and learn new quilting skills.


My most exciting first recently  was the result of a customer entering a quilt I quilted for her into a  judged show. As far as I know this is the first time a quilt I quilted was entered in a show.  It won!  It won the Mayor’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and First Place in the category it was entered in.  I was very proud to have been part of the team on this quilt.  It was exquisitely appliquéd.  It was 130” by 130” before quilting and ended up being 124’ by 124” after the quilting shrinkage.  Most of the quilts I quilt for others are ‘blue collar’ quilts, meant to be used and loved.  A show quilt was a change of pace for me.


Another first coming up is a Longarm Machine Quilting retreat. I will be involved in teaching some classes to beginner machine quilters.  Sharing the joy of quilting is a very awesome way to spend time.  I am nervous and excited at the same time.  I’ll let you know how I make out with this first later. This year is setting out to be full of firsts for me and I can’t wait to see what else comes my way.


Meanwhile, keep making your own quilting "First Times" meaningful and fun.  Contact me if I can help you with your quilting needs.


Happy Stitching!


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Quilt Guilds:To Join Or Not To Join?

All the years I’ve been quilting, I’ve never joined a Quilt Guild.  I’ve heard horror stories of insider discontent, political unrest, power clicks, and even cheating to win awards at shows.  Now all that sounds perfectly awful and I’ve steered clear of joining for fear I would be unhappy and wasting my time. 


The local quilt guild puts on a show every other year.  It’s always a great show and the quilts are fantastic. In a weaker moment at this year’s show I walked up to the sign up booth and handed over a check and filled out the form. I am now a card-carrying member of an organized Quilt Guild! An enticement for signing up was each new member’s name went in to a hopper and if your name was drawn they made your name badge for you.  Never being a lucky person I wrote that off immediately!  A few days after the show I receive a call telling me I won the nametag!! Pinch me! I still can’t believe it!  This is a good start, everyone is friendly and open to boot!


I decided if I was a member I should become involved in some of the activities offered.   I decide I would like to work with the Charity Quilt Committee.  They meet once a month for three hours at the LQS (local quilt store) and hand tie, bind, and label donated quilts.  Surely I can offer three hours a month.  I’m sure they also piece but not at this regular meeting.  The quilts are used by; local emergency agencies, homeless shelters, and my favorite charity: Hospice.  I’m sure there are more but I’m still learning about the guild.


I was a total failure with the hand tying, I have a thumb that won’t even open loose jar lids anymore much less poke a needle threaded with double crochet thread into and out of a quilt then tie a square knot!  I quit after an hour, I offered to machine quilt a few quilts for them as Hospice asked for machine quilted donations because they are washed often and hold up better if machine quilted.  I came home and iced my thumb and arm to reduce the swelling. 


The next experience was the annual meeting in which quilts and sewing items are auctioned off to raise money for guest speakers and teachers for the guild in the coming year.  It was a wonderful and fun experience!  Dinner was a huge potluck where the desserts became my main meal!  I was made to feel welcome at all times and got to meet people I have something in common with, I could talk “quilt” and no one nodded off!  There was a high energy in the room, lots of laughter and giggles.


Long arm quilters lead a solitary quilting life while we work.  We can’t just pick out our huge machines and haul them to a get together.  We work alone and only see other quilters for drop off and pick up.  At times, we only converse with customers via email and projects are shipped back and forth.  So joining a quilt guild may be a perfect solution for making new friends and finding a social life! Unfortunately the tying quilts didn’t work out for me and I’ll still be quilting alone for the Charity Committee, but I’m sure I can still go and maybe thread needles for them.


If you have hesitated, I say go ahead and join a local Quilt Guild! Just being with so many quilters at once was inspiring!



Approach to Quilting (and how much to invest in it)


Blue Collar, Store Window, or Prom Quilt?

Blue Collar Quilt ~ Hard working, tough, and dependable

Store Window Quilt ~Just for show and visual enjoyment

Prom Quilt ~ Best dressed but still functional like a prom dress or tuxedo


Once we get a quilt top pieced, we have invested a considerable amount of planning, time, energy and money. All those trips to the fabric store(s) just to find just the right shade or combinations of fabrics for the quilt, the decision on pattern, and most of all the enjoyment we have experienced with the creation of a piece of art..


When we set out to conquer a pattern or a group of blocks we like, we have a picture in our minds about how we think this should look at the end of the process.  When you do have such a vision, let your long arm quilter know and see if it is indeed something that can be accomplished. For example, maybe you see nothing but feathers, or shamrocks in an overall pattern, geometric designs in rows, circles, etc.  Your long arm quilter will be happy to plan the quilting with you and give you options to choose from.


It’s a good thing to consider how the quilt will be used and then put it in a category to help with the decision about the quilting phase of your project.  If it is to be a baby quilt, TV throw for cold winter evenings, or just a heavily used quilt, then you have a Blue Collar Quilt.  One of the best treatments for this type of quilt is a basic overall pattern. This will hold the quilt together during its life of use and love, hold up better with frequent laundering and is the most reasonable cost wise.


If you have made a beauty to be used on the guest bed, more for show than use, you have the Prom Quilt.  For this type of quilt a more custom-quilting job may be just the thing, perhaps with a different treatment on the borders to show off the center or to accent the beauty you have made.  On the other hand, if your quilt is a wall hanging or a show quilt, you have the Store Window Quilt.  This should have the best quilting and most times this requires total custom quilting approach.  This will be more expensive, but the outcome will be more rewarding.


Another huge consideration is how much of the quilting will show and add to the look of the quilt.  If a quilt is very busy and without open areas, which will show the stitching, don’t pay for a custom job.  The quilting won’t show!  A texture will appear and add to the appeal of the quilt, but actual designs will be lost in the busy fabrics.


If the quilting is to be an important component of your quilt, learn to think about quilting as soon as you are picking out fabrics, try to “see” if stitching will show on the fabrics or not.  Looking at quilt projects this way will help you decide on fabrics to use and it will help your choice of what fabrics to use in the more open areas which may show quilting.  Most of all enjoy your project and be proud of every completed one!! 


Finding the right balance of cost vs. use of each quilt is rewarding and practical. Let the proposed use of the quilt help guide you in decisions about style of quilting and how much to invest for quilting.