How to quilt using your embroidery machine


This is a basic tutorial for simple quilting in the hoop without marking your quilt top.  It is good practice if you ever want to move on to doing special designs in specific shapes, blocks and spaces. For any design you decide to use I recommend doing a test stitchout on a sample quilt sandwich before doing it on the real thing.  This is the best way to test your tension! Materials needed: A basted quilt sandwich – mine is {Read More}

Free Pattern Friday – Serger Quilts

Serger Quilt

With my new serger in the house I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it when I make quilts and I’ve found a few nice patterns to serge up quick quilts. The 6 hour quilt is all done on the serger and it creates a reversible quilt in the end. You can make it as large as you’d like. I think I’d add a traditional binding on the outside once the rest is finished though. Great way to use up those long {Read More}

41 – Juanita Yeager, Swap Blocks, Leftovers, New Toy


I attended a lecture and workshop with Juanita Yeager, art quilter. What a great experience! I worked on my blocks for the Scrappy Trip Around the World swap Playing with some leftovers from my snowball blocks I have a new toy!! I did a jelly roll race quilt Stitched on my first t-shirt and a messenger bag Commission work Babies are coming! (not my own) Fixed Rainbow Insomnia’s label Finish-a-long goals for 2nd quarter Made curtain tiebacks Thinking of doing {Read More}

Border Anxiety and Weekend Finishes


So I finished stitching all my blocks together on the snowball quilt late Saturday evening. It’s always nice when good movies are on the premium channels so you can get lots done without having to find something to be on in the background! Water for Elephants is on HBO now so I watched the last half of that while finishing the quilt center. I was thrilled when I measured the quilt and it came out exactly to what I designed {Read More}

Block placement and a label


Last night I did some multitasking! I stitched out a quilt label for one of my blog followers and while that was going on the Topaz 20 I took my blocks for my commission quilt and started laying them out.  I don’t have a design wall so they end up on my floor in my dining room/sitting area (after I vacuum of course). My layout was planned in Electric Quilt 7 and I sketched in the embroidered blocks to see {Read More}

Goings on


I had the full intention of publishing the next podcast episode on Sunday but things just didn’t turn out like I thought they would. I recorded on my laptop and the recordings came out sounding kind of echoy and tinny (I think it’s my sewing room) on top of this my husband didn’t realize I was recording and riled the dogs up for a good 30-40 minutes in the living room so you couldn’t hear me talk over their barking. {Read More}

Another embroidery design sale!


I had to take advantage of another sale that Embroidery Library is having right now! There are some other designs I had on my wish list that were more than $1 so I was happy to see another sale come along. I got some decorative stuff so I can frame it for wall decor in the house and some sunbonnet sue designs since I love sunbonnet sue for whatever reason.  They have some adorable sunbonnet sue patterns! Click the image {Read More}

Commission progress!


I fit in about an hour of sewing time last night and stitched out some of my new designs! The test stitch out went so well I started embroidering my blocks. Here is my Labradoodle test stitch: I loved how my digitizer made the coat curly! This was a tricky one and I wasn’t sure how she was going to do it. I loved how it turned out! He stitched out perfectly.  She has been such a joy to work {Read More}

What’s on my plate


After a long day of driving back and forth from Easter lunch on Sunday I got home and vegged out on the couch watching some movies and stuff while trimming away at my snowball block leftovers. When all was said and done I ended up with 166 HST units! Two units did not “make the cut”, may they rest in pieces. I played with a few layouts in EQ7 – still not sure what border I’m going to put on {Read More}

2nd Quarter Finish-along Goals


I managed to get one thing off my UFO list last quarter but I had some unexpected commissions come in and various other quilt guild things that kind of kept me overwhelmed.  Not to mention Rainbow Insomnia was quite a distraction but a welcome one! So this quarter I want to include a variety of finishes that I know I already have deadlines for and a few UFOs. Jelly Roll Race quilt – has to be finished by Mother’s Day. {Read More}