Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Move the leaders

I’m going to explain a change you really should make to your machine leaders. If you are only quilting for yourself these changes may not seem necessary; but, in the … Continue reading

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September 21, 2011 · 4 Comments

Why leader zippers help

A few days ago, I had another opportunity to work with someone using her smaller quilting machine.  She has the Voyager 17. I usually tell anyone with a smaller machine … Continue reading

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September 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Wall quilt hanger

I had three small quilts that needed a hanging device for pegboard.  Pegboard is what’s used at the fair to hang items in the fine arts department.  A traditional hanging sleeve … Continue reading

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August 17, 2011

Don’t step on the quilt

When you do a full float of a quilt top it will hang down on the floor.  This might not be a problem with a smaller quilt.  But what about … Continue reading

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July 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Rippling edge

I was asked how to handle the edge when you are tack stitching it but the fabric is pushed along by the presser foot.  Ok, I’m using my Gammill for … Continue reading

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July 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

D cup quilt top

I was asked “What is a D cup top?” and I thought I would answer here instead of in a comment reply.  I can use this post as the first … Continue reading

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June 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

It ends up square

Over the years I’ve quilted a lot of customer quilts.  Toppers (customers) would bring tops with issues and expect ask me to wave my magic quilting fairy needle to return it … Continue reading

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December 23, 2010

Attaching borders

Very few toppers make quilt borders correctly.  Toppers are people who make only the top of a quilt then have someone else quilt it.  Most toppers will simply cut long strips then … Continue reading

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December 22, 2010

On point quilt part three

This is the blocks I told you I would work on next.  I’m helping a friend and I also went to this area next  because I like to work in the area … Continue reading

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October 28, 2010 · 2 Comments

On point quilt part two

Now that I’ve gotten the whole quilt stabilized by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and the borders, it’s time to start the quilting.  I prefer to do … Continue reading

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October 27, 2010

Helpful hint for bobbins

I’m working on a quilt.  The thread I want to use is on a bobbin.  (It’s left over from a “quilt upside down” project.)  I don’t have a full spool but … Continue reading

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September 1, 2010

Adding borders after quilting

I want to add borders to this quilt.  It’s a wall hanging that needs more oomph.  A bright color border might help.  As you can see, it’s already quilted.  So how … Continue reading

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August 18, 2010 · 1 Comment

Using mono thread

I was asked if I had any helpful hints for using monofiliment thread on a longarm quilting machine.  Mono for short. Here are my thoughts.  There are two colors of mono thread.  … Continue reading

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March 23, 2010 · 2 Comments

Why is the backing too short?

Have you ever wondered why, despite careful measuring, the backing comes up short when you get to the end of the quilting?  Well here’s the reason.  Let me show you … Continue reading

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March 20, 2010

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