Do you doodle or do you draw? How seriously do you take the need to draw to improve your quilting? Recently I took a class from Jamie Wallen who challenged us to draw three or four times a week. Jamie said that drawing for 45 minutes is like three hours of machine quilting,… Continue reading Doodling or Drawing?
My new hydraulic lift is awesome. It allows me to quilt at just the right height, whatever, that happens to be for the quilting I'm doing. With just the push of a button I can set a new height. It has helped me visually see what I am quilting. Definitely recommend. Yesterday I put on… Continue reading Refreshing the Longarm
I have been super busy this year. Donna Morrell and I vended for Studio 180 Design at three quilt shows (Port St. Lucie, the Villages, and the AQS show in Daytona), and Rick (my husband) and I vended in Panama City. Then Donna and I were off to North Caroling for CI Training with Deb… Continue reading Where am I Running to?
My husband is putting a hydraulic lift on my quilting machine for which I am one thankful lady. So while my machine is tied up I decided to go ahead and quilt my one and only "mini" I made. I used Studio 180 Design's Love Link Pattern and the Wing Clipper tool to make 1/2" x… Continue reading Love Links and Polka Dots a Good Combination
So when do you start a new project? I have six quilts in the wings waiting to be quilted, and at least ten partially pieced quilts needing finishing. I promised myself I was going to catch up, but all it took was a poke from a student " Are you going to teach "Lemoyne Trails?"… Continue reading More Fabric Please
Old Man River QuiltfestI am excited to be teaching several Studio 180 Design classes at Old Man River Quiltfest in Vicksburg, Mississippi this month. Be sure to check out the link and come take some classes if you will be in the area or just want to add another adventure to your quilting journey.
So the quilt top is done, now what? I have my bag of tricks, multiple designs, some I have learned by some great quilt instructors, other designs I have created by doodling. I have picked up some quilting designs looking at architecture, tiles or antique plates or trays. I've seen new designs in someone… Continue reading The Quilt Top is Finished, Now What?
A special surprise from my daughter this week was a trip to the Little Rock, Arkansas Historic Art Museum's storage building. There the museum attendants unrolled some beautiful quilts from the mid 1800's. I thought I would share some of my observations. The quilts were wrapped in tissue paper over a pole three quilts on each… Continue reading Historic Quilts
It takes a lot to get me to stop quilting to organize my quilting space, let alone my home. A few months ago Hurricane Hermaine came through causing a lot of damage as trees fell down on neighborhood homes. We were very fortunate to not have any real damage. We did, however, lose power for three… Continue reading Hurricanes, Puppies, and a Drippy Sink
I get so excited in those "ah ha" moments which I had just the other day. I had a quilt hanging over the kitchen banister. It was one I recently quilted and had tried all kinds of new ruler and free motion designs to the point of overdoing it a bit. That's not what caught… Continue reading It’s the Value that Counts