Tip of the day

Bury threads as you go. Stop, take the time and bury the damn threads right then. Do not keep quilting merrily away. Do not wait for a more convenient time, do not pass go, do not collect 200$. Do it.


Self threading needles are the BOMB. Best invention ever.


And if possible, avoid procrastinating on distasteful tasks, see burying threads, above. That is all.



Slow Quilting, long-arm style

It’s my turn on the long-arm this month. Only trouble is I worked so hard in March, May, and September that I’m a bit completely short of unquilted quilts.

Except for this one.


Started October 4, 2007 (note the year!). I loved this quilt so much as I was making it. I worked on it in chunks of time over the past decade. Blocks in 2007-08. Sashing 2009-2010. Borders 2012? 2013? Somewhere along there I fell out of love with it, and out of taste with it too. While too proud of it to chuck it, I didn’t love it enough to ever finish it.

Until I needed something to long-arm. And since I’ve been finishing off old projects all year…

I’m doing only one quilt this month and I’m going slow. I need to develop my long-arm skills and what could be more perfect than using this quilt?

Here are some peeks for you.

Some eight pointed stars for the cornerstones, which will be echoed elsewhere in the quilt.


This is a 30wt variegated Sulky thread.

And I’m thrilled to bits with this border. This is a before and after shot.


– Ghost geese! No idea what to put in that tiny green border. It’s about 1″ wide.

I am having such fun trying out loads of modern quilting designs, trying to choose the best design for each block while quilting consistently AND build my skills. It’s a tall order but so so worth it.

* We will shortly resume regular posts of modern fabrics and quilts. Thank you for your patience during this traditional interlude.

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Fresh Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation. Yay!

Things I Love About Quilting


I can look at a picture of a twin size quilt made with 9″ blocks, looking at that precise combination and arrangement of shapes, and figure out yardage and cutting* to make a queen size quilt with 12″ blocks.

And wow, is that going to be a lot of fabric.


I remembered these as being much more blue, so might have to rejig the plan.

*half the fabric will be yardage. The rest of the fabric will be from FQ, so entirely different cutting.




How to quilt a pantograph pattern using your domestic machine in only three easy steps!


1. Layout your quilt to measure for binding. IMG_4414.JPG

2. Notice your tension on one row of quilting is horrible on the back. (Not pictured.)

3. Stitch rip entire row of quilting, and a bit of the next row too.

4. Take quilt to your domestic machine. Make sure hopping foot is installed.

5. Following the little dots from where you ripped out your stitches, stitch the pantograph pattern again. Be sure to stitch on, near, close to, or in the general vicinity of the lines from before.


6. Layout quilt for binding. Proceed as normal.

And if you noticed that’s more than three steps, well done. One last step not previously listed: lots of swearing.