What to do…

Block Quilt Sometimes a quilt will scream out how it should be quilted; sometimes it whispers; and sometimes it’s silent.  When it screams, my job is easy.  If it whispers, I still listen and my job is still easy.  When a quilt is silent, my job is tough! [Read more…]

Circle Quilt

Circle Quilt from "Quilts Without Corners"

Circle Quilt from “Quilts Without Corners”

When a group of quilters get an idea… it’s a wonderful thing!  My friend Jolene found a book detailing how to make circle quilts, “Quilts without Corners”.  Our group jumped at the project.  Here’s the process of my quilt: [Read more…]

Brenda’s Bears in the Woods

Brenda's Completed Bears in the Woods Quilt

Brenda’s Completed Bears in the Woods Quilt

When I received Brenda’s Bears in the Woods quilt, her instructions were to quilt as I saw fit.  I truly enjoy when quilters allow me free reign with finishing their quilts.  Here’s what I did: [Read more…]

Playing with Feathers

FreeMotionQuiltingThere is a group of quilters in the Moosehead Lake area that allow me to “play” with their quilts.  [Read more…]

Maine Sportsmen’s Show

showdisplayHad a fun weekend at the Maine Sportsmen’s Show in Orono, Maine. [Read more…]

A Woodland Quilt

lindasquilt1In November of 2014 my friend Linda asked me to make a quilt for her son for CHRISTMAS 2014!  She wanted something with a woodsy theme and told me her son loved fishing.  Linda and her husband have a small cabin on their property. The wheels in my head started turning…. [Read more…]

SEVEN-YEAR Quilt

dennissquiltYup, seven years to make this McKenna Ryan quilt…..  But let me explain.  I started the project and then put it away.  I picked it up again.  And put it away.  Several more repeats of the same and then I went to a quilt retreat with my Mom.  I “forced” myself to focus on this quilt.  And I did.  But STILL it wasn’t completed.  So then I started working on it at night while watching tv.  Well, at least until my hands cramped and my eyes crossed!

Seriously, it was a fun project and I would make another one.  McKenna Ryan sells fabrics for her quilts, but I chose to use scraps.  I’m glad I did!  Using scraps made my quilt more affordable.  In addition, I didn’t have the pressure or guilt hanging over me that I had spent bookoo bucks and hadn’t completed my project.  Quilters need to be thrifty at times…..

So what do you think of my quilt?

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How To Square Your Backing Fabric

P1020545In a perfect world, fabric would be cut straight when we purchase it.  However, we don’t live in a perfect world…  Having a square backing for your quilt is essential.  Regardless of whether you tie your quilt, quilt it yourself, or send it to someone for long-arm quilting, this is IMPORTANT!!  No one can see the back as they’re creating magic on the front.

Squaring fabric is simple!  And it relieves tension…  And it makes this quilter thrilled when it’s done properly…  Sew — [Read more…]

Bernina Artista 200E

Bernina Artista 200E

Bernina Artista 200E

 

Buying a new sewing machine can be daunting.  About ten years ago I purchased my Bernina Artista 200E sewing machine.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  Then I was afraid of all it could do and whether I would use it to its potential.  Machines of this scope are not inexpensive.  They are an investment.  They are amazing, but, boy, was I intimidated!!

My goal was to have a machine that would embroider and sew wonderfully with the option of some fancy stitches.  Well, let me tell ya!  I found the machine to do it all and do it all extremely well.  Embroidery is accomplished by downloading patterns from the Internet, buying CDs, or discs.  Oh!  And there are some versatile ones already on the machine.  Cool, huh?  Resizing is done by dialing buttons as is positioning of your design.  Easy as pie!! [Read more…]