Thursday, August 18, 2016

Because I didn't know how to quilt it

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL quilted work shown in this post is linked from

At the recent AQS Quiltweek in Syracuse, I attended a seminar with Jane Hauprich, titled Get Your Quilt Quilted! She gave great tips on how to decide how your top can be quilted.  Jane is a longarm quilter now, but began her quilting life on a domestic machine, so her tips work for everyone.
After going over basics, like batting, threads, machine tensions and always always always doing a sample before stitching on your quilt, she shared some of her methods for planning out the quilting.

One thing she does is break up large spaces.
By adding the random lines of what she calls "ribbon candy", she made the spaces more manageable- taking smaller bites.

Another neat way to design the quilting is to add a secondary design in the quilting.
The curves in the border quilting add a nice element to the quilt!

And remember, fancy quilting doesn't show up on bold printed fabrics.

I took along this quilt top, which I am planning to show in October, for suggestions.
She gave me a jumping off point, and I came up with a plan!  Stay tuned.

Jane sells some pretty cool workbooks for practicing free motion designs in her store.  (I'm not affiliated with her in any way, but have found them useful!)  If you doodle, you create the muscle memory that will help you when you try free motion.  Try it and see!

Since my last post, we have had several rainy days at my house.  This morning I noticed the weeds sprang up fully grown as a result.  I guess I have to squeeze weeding back into my days off schedule again.  sigh.  You take the good with the bad, right?

There will soon be new standards for big trucks on the roads.  (assuming all of the environmental progress we've made in the last 8 years isn't overturned after the election of course)
All I can say is It's about damned time!!  It's too bad they don't apply these retroactively to get those older black smoke spewing trucks off the roads!!!

I am grateful for:
Being alone "that" day.
Much needed rain.  (too late for most crops but maybe my well won't go dry as some have)
Macaroni and Cheese
Lorna Doones and Ginger Ale

1 comment:

  1. I really like your quilt top that you plan to put in the show. We are having a rainy day today. Maybe it will be a sewing/quilting day!