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Quilting Tip #27: Get Board

March 27, 2014

Use a whiteboard to practice quilting designs while you are away from your sewing machine.  It is cheaper and more earth-friendly than paper and pencil or needle and thread.  And the muscle memory is the same.      

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Quilting Tip #25: The Art of Quilting

March 25, 2014

And now let’s turn to the ART of quilting, that is, how to make our chosen quilting design look the way we want it to.  I was never trained as an artist.  One of the best things I ever did to improve my quilting skills was take a beginning drawing class at a local non-profit, […]

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Quilting Tip #11: So Many Choices, Myths, and Tradeoffs

March 11, 2014

A word (okay, a lot of words) about choosing thread:  some quilters are purists and want to use only cotton thread.  This is fine (though not mandatory) if you are going for an ultra-traditional look.  But be aware that our grandmothers used cotton thread because that was the only choice they had.  Our foremothers were innovators […]

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Quilting Tip #8: Burs under your Saddle

March 8, 2014

Another cause of top thread shredding can be caused by a broken needle: a ‘bur’  on the thread path.  A ‘bur’ is a tiny bit of displaced metal, made when your needle hits anything but the hole in the throat plate it is supposed to go through.  It is when your formerly pointy needle gets […]

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Quilting Tip #6: The Dreaded Thread Shred

March 6, 2014

Is your top thread shredding, as opposed to snapping cleanly at the end?  This can be caused by many things.  If you have broken a needle recently, your machine could be out of time.  In order to accomplish the magic of a perfect stitch, a whole lot of pieces-parts (needle, threads, hook, etc.) need to […]

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Quilting Tip #4 Double, double, no oil means trouble….

March 4, 2014

If your machine sounds like it is playing Jingle Bells for you, you should really oil your hook.  Oil it at least every other bobbin.  Once oiled, run your machine with thread for 6-10 inches of stitching on a scrap of fabric or batting.  You will notice that your thread picks up the excess oil, […]

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Quilting Tip #3…and the lies they tell

March 3, 2014

Ladies, we have been lied to all these years:  THE WORLD WILL NOT COME TO AN END IF YOU ADJUST YOUR BOBBIN TENSION.  This goes for longarm, midarm, and domestic sewing machines.  I don’t know why this lie got started.  Did it have something to do with sexism?  Were women considered too hairbrained to handle […]

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Quilting Tip #2: How Quilting is like Voting

March 2, 2014

Okay, now for some practical information.  Thread tension is the bane of every quilter.  It is important because it affects the long-term durability of your quilt, and is an important part of quilt show judging criteria (more on that in another post).  If your tension is unbalanced, those stitch lines are not as secure as […]

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Quilting Tip #1

March 1, 2014

I am a mixed-media textile artist and longarm quilter in Tucson, Arizona.  Since 2004, I have quilted over 1900 quilts for clients and myself.  My quilt Homage won the 2010 Handiquilter Longarm Workmanship Award at the American Quilters’ Society show in Paducah. In honor of National Quilting Month, I will be blogging a quilting tip each day. […]

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