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What is Longarm Machine Quilting?

Domestic vs. Longarm Machines

Domestic Sewing Machine – This is the sewing machine that you would use at home for regular sewing (& maybe embroidery). The head** is stationary, and you move the fabric when sewing or quilting.

Quilt being quilted on a longarm machine
Elephant quilt being quilted. Parts of a longarm quilting machine

Longarm Machine – An industrial type sewing machine where the ‘head’ moves instead of being stationary. The machine head** is moved from one side to the other while stitching (head moves, fabric stationary). Continue reading What is Longarm Machine Quilting?

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Using Hats in a T Shirt Quilt

Wow, you have a favorite hat from your favorite baseball team (Go Astros!!!), favorite hobby or whatever. (Hubby has an obscure image from  the insert adapter of a 45 record that you use to play on a record player on his favorite hat). Whatever your hat represents, you probably want to include it in your t-shirt quilt.  The image represents YOU!

45 RPM Adapter for record player
45 RPM record player adapter

We have had mixed opinions  over the years on whether we can include the logos from a hat in a t-shirt quilt.

Recently, we had an order for six quilts and  they wanted to include 27 hats.

Wow.  27 hats. Keep in mind that each hat requires special attention.   Hats are NOT normally FLAT.

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5 Golden Rules of Quilting

5 Golden Rules of Quilting

Rules Were NOT Made To Be Broken!

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the Rules of Quilting That WERE Made To Be Broken.  I received several emails commenting on those rules, and telling me about their encounters with the “Quilt Police”.  There is a difference between developing good sewing habits, and just not knowing what to do.  Here are some of the ‘basics’ that I have always taught beginning quilters.

5 Golden Rules of Quilting
Professional tips for successful quilting and piecing.
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Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!

Parts of a quilt needing repair
Can you – or should you repair a quilt?

Can You Fix My Quilt?

Things happen.  Puppies are teething, and maybe they used your favorite tshirt quilt to chew on.  What we can do?

The quilt on the right was christened by our own Shiner  (a blue heeler) about 12 years ago.  He teethed in several places, but I already fixed the worst holes..  These that are left, just make me go awwwww.

 So, what happens when you have a quilt that is damaged?  Can we fix it?  Well, yes, pretty much anything can be fixed.  However, it might cost a bit. Continue reading Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!