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I finally found the time to check in and realized this winter has been so busy – I hadn’t written since October!

After the military quilt, I took a class on paper piecing and made Judy Niemeyer’s Desert Sky quilt. I quilted it and added bling. It was so much fun, I would encourage anyone to take a class. If you’re in Fort Worth contact me and we can set up a class.

I enjoyed it so much that I have several more additional paper pieced designs made too. Two Christmas pillows and a table runner, a table runner from the Desert Sky pattern. I have more in que for future projects.

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I just completed a quilt honoring a Viet Nam veteran. It was a privilege to make this quilt and I had some research to do to get it right.

 

He received the quilt this week and this is what he said: ” Just received it. I am blown away, far better than I ever expected. Thanks for the card, I know you put a lot of Love into it, believe me it shows. We have got to get together sometime for sure. Take care ”

That veteran is my uncle. He was in Viet Nam when I was a kid. Every night I would watch the news to make sure he was ok and then pray he would be okay the next night. Somehow I thought Walter Cronkite would tell is if something happened to him. Childhood innocence, I guess.

Anyway it makes me smile to know I could honor him and give a piece of my heart to him in this way.

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The statue of liberty was made from a photo I took. It was appliqued.

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The boots, rifle and helmet were drawn on fabric, and the soldiers and helos were painted and embroidered.

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A quilt label was embroidered for the back commemorating the quilt and the date of construction.

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This section is a panel I quilted with an additional layer of batting to emphasize the eagle and the waves in the flag. There is an embroidered label on this portion that commemorates the years and locations off service.

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Overall views of the left and right sides of the quilt. I arranged this layout so that the quilt can be displayed across the foot of a bed or across the back of a couch. When you commission a custom quilt, you can request a vertical or horizontal set-up depending on how you want to display it in your home.

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I was asked to take a Dr. Seuss fabric and make an all-over quilting design, then bind for a baby shower gift.

First I had to prepare the back because the front and back are really the same fabric. They are the same width.

First I removed the selvedges. This is easiest done by cutting a notch parallel to the selvedge and right next to it. Then rip the fabric. It should tear in a straight line right along the selvedge (that thicker woven part that on one side often has the fabric maker’s name, copyright information and color dots on it). There is a selvedge on both sides.


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The next thing I did was create 4″ strips to sew on the sides. I cut the back 8″ longer than the front and stitched the sides on.

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In this photo you can see the 4″ strip against the roll bar of the longarm. I am able to put the batting up against that seam and can get the machine head right to the edge to quilt.

When I got home (my apartment is smoke free and pet free, by the way) I attatched binding to the edges. See quilted fabric below.


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 The blue swatch above is actually NOT quilt binding. It is bias tape. This can be used as a binding, but the polyester batting in this quilt is thicker than the available width of the bias tape. This narrowness makes it more difficult to work with. Quilt binding is double folded and wider. It will be labeled “Quilt Binding” on the package. I can also create binding for either hand or machine application.

The customer had a brilliant idea! She asked me to cut 8″ off the quilt, cut the strip in half and bind the pieces to make burp rags. They worked out beautifully as you can see.

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It can be a frightening proposition to give a  quilt top you have spent hours and weeks working on to  someone you haven’t even met. Hopefully these tips will help you know better what to expect and will help you feel more comfortable with the process.

Your longarm quilter wants to make your quilt look awesome! you both have the same goal: a finished quilt that you can both be proud of! A beautifully finished quilt pleases you and highly recommends the quilter to others. To help the process be a success, please observe the following recommendations.

Preparation:

Prepared quilt should be accompanied by a squared back. Quilt and backing should be ironed (no steam, no starch) and smoothed, then gently folded before submission to the longarm quilter. Seams that are stitched in a twisted position (one end goes left and the other end goes right) should be clipped prior to ironing.

Backing fabric should be at least 4” larger on each side than quilt top. This fabric allows the back to be properly stretched during quilting and eliminates wrinkles in the back. If the back is not 4″ larger than the top, the quilter may have to add fabric at the owner’s expense. Alternatively you may get wrinkles stitched in. Please remove backing selvages by tearing or trimming. This extra fabric is usually trimmed off and returned to you with the quilt. The long strips make good binding materials.

Batting should also be larger than quilt top. Please purchase batting by the yard and keep it rolled rather than folded. Or allow me to provide batting by the yard for you. If you provide packaged batting and insist I use it, you may get undesirable batting wrinkles under the quilt top.

If I have to make adjustments for you, the cost of quilting could increase as much as 10%. If quilt is well-prepared and quilting is accomplished more quickly, actual charges may be less than estimate.

Because longarm quilting is a free-hand process, there may be slight differences or imperfections in the quilt upon completion. These are expected and are what makes each quilt uniquely yours.

 

Quilt Estimate Worksheet
Name Phone
Minimum Charge $50
Meander approx. 6″ All Over Quilt Size x $0.02
Meander approx. 4″ All Over Quilt Size x $0.03
Meander approx. 2.5″ All Over Quilt Size x $0.03
Custom All Over Quilt Size x $0.04
Blocks $0.08
Borders $0.06
Other $0.10
Extra Borders Length x $0.05
Thread Special $12.00 x Regular $5.00 x 1 $5.00
Seam backing $10.00 x
Additional Charges $30 x hours
Batting Hobbs 80/20  96″ wide $9.00 x yards
Hobbs 80/20  120″ wide $10.50 x yards
Hobbs 100% cotton 96″ wide $10.50 x yards
Hobbs Bleached 100% cotton  96″ wide $10.50 x yards
Hobbs 80/20 white 108″ wide $10.00 x yards
Hobbs 80/20 black 108″ wide $10.00 x yards
Hobbs 80/20 cotton/wool $13.00 x yards
Sub-total
Rush Charge Enter zero, 1 or 2 (for double rush) 0 25%
Binding Linear Inches Prepare x 0.08
Attach to back by machine x 0.12
Hand finish front side x 0.17
Machine finish front x 0.1
Hand finish front side x 0.17
Machine finish front x 0.1
Subtotal
Tax
Total Estimate
Date Received
Name of Quilt
Date Picked up
Estimated completion date

“Oh, Sharon, I love it” – Charlott W.

this is the kind of comment I live for when I quilt!

Also my mentor with 20+ years experience on the longarm said “I couldn’t have done better myself!”

I so enjoy every aspect from piecing to binding. Teaching, cutting – even shopping! Well… Especially shopping.

I am heading to Little Rock Arkansas and will be hitting a few shops along the way. Plan to make the “Row by Row” quilt and I have 5 rows so far! Its gonna be fun!

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Created a new sampler last week. It’s so much fun it almost seems like I shouldnt get paid for this – almost! All-over paisley pattern shown first. Then there is a feather stitch pattern. After that you can see an example of some close fill work and some straight line ruler work. I enjoy custom work and large fill patterns both. Naturally large fill patterns are less expensive, but they can produce very nice quilts.

 

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I just completed this quilt and custom quilted it on the longarm. I made it for the Sweet Potato branch of my business for a cute little Two-year-old. It was a hit!

I stopped in at The Country Quilt Shop in Llano, Texas a few weeks ago.

It was almost closing time, but the ladies were very friendly and happy to show off their lovely store. I bought a few things and entered their raffle for a beautiful Texas quilt to raise funds for their guild’s quilt show in March. As I was leaving I  noticed a machine finished quilt binding that is just perfect. I asked them about it and they gave me printed instructions and showed me a sample depicting the process.

First you cut your binding, but instead of one strip, cut two binding strips 1/4″ different in width. The narrower strip will be the outer binding strip that will show on the edge of the quilt.

After you have your two strips cut and long enough to go around the quilt, stitch them right sides together using your quilter’s 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the two strips open and then fold and press the raw edges together right sides out. When the raw edges are pressed together, you will have a piece of binding with a solid strip on the back and a two-color strip on the front. The front will have 1/4″ of the back fabric at the top and the rest will be the second fabric you used in your strips.

After your quilt has been squared and trimmed, you can pin the binding to the back side of the quilt, all raw edges even. Have the two-fabric portion of the binding facing the quilt back. Miter corners as you go.

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When you have the binding in place all around the quilt you can pull it forward and it will look like this.

Press the binding in this position all the way around.

Turn the quilt over and press the binding forward to the front of the quilt.

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Pin the binding in place on the front of the quilt, miter corners on the front and pin in place. Then you can stitch in the ditch between the binding and the narrow flange and have a perfectly finished binding without the hours spent hand-stitching.

Happy quilting and let me know if you have any questions. A big Texas thank you to the ladies at The Country Quilter for passing on this technique. If you are ever in Llano, I highly recommend stopping by – a lovely quilt shop with friendly ladies to help you find unique fabrics and patterns too.

 

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