Posts in category "Longarm thoughts"

Why you should get your Longarm Tuned Up

I bought myself a Gammill Longarm in June of 2010 at the International Quilt Festival, the first one I ever attended. My husband joked that it was an expensive quilt show. I ordered my machine from At the Heart of Quilting in Beloit, Wisconsin. I attended a two day orientation workshop when I first purchased... Read more »

Longarm quilter Angela Walters is my latest Quilt Heroine

I may have mentioned a time or twenty that I went to QuiltCon. I know, you’re shocked! While I was there I shopped, I mean really shopped. And I met fabulous people who ate lunch with me, made me laugh and let me thank them for previous favors. In the post about shopping and people... Read more »

Ripping out Longarm quilting is a crummy job

In my lifetime I really haven’t had any crummy jobs. All my adult jobs have been teaching, tutoring, grading AP exams and other positions in the educational field. Now that I am a quilter, I have one crummy job and that is ripping out Longarm quilting. It’s enough to make me into a knitter, those... Read more »

How to make a quilt back - modern or traditional

Yippee, you have finished your quilt top. Such a great moment, am I right? Now you want a quilt, yay! If you are bringing your quilt to a professional longarm quilter she will usually want you to provide the back and if you are quilting it yourself, you need a back. If this is your... Read more »

Modern Blue City Quilt

I love my modern blue city quilt that I just have to blog about it again.  Again? Yes, if you followed me on my other blog site (Hi to all ten of you) then you have already read its history. I think it took about 4 months and 13 or so blogs to go from... Read more »

Farm baby quilt - part one

I finished not one but two farm baby quilt tops, great, yes?  Yes, for the tops, but I have no idea how I am going to quilt them.  I think the space quilts really spoiled me, it was so easy to quilt stars and moons.  I have tried drawing all kinds of farm animals and... Read more »

University of Illinois Quilt - stroller edition updated

Oh yes, the University of Illinois Quilt for Zara’s stroller is all done!  Did you miss the blog entry where I showed how I made it?  You can check it out here.  I loaded it on the longarm and let it sit for a day while I thought about how I wanted to quilt it... Read more »

Considerations for a Longarm purchase

As I prepared to retire in 2010, I decided to go ahead and buy a Longarm quilting machine and I pretty much just plunged right in.  I tried a few, selected one and bought it.  It was delivered to my house a couple of months later and much to my surprise I didn’t immediately jump... Read more »

Borders make the difference

Borders can make all the difference in a quilt top which just doesn’t seem right.  My heart quilt was way too “hot” – it just seemed so extreme once I put the heart blocks with the black and red lattice/cornerstones.  Do you remember the heart blocks?  They were featured in this blog.  Then I showed... Read more »

Hand quilting or machine quilting?

Hand quilting or machine quilting is a choice which faces many quilters.  I don’t think there is any one answer, I just think it all depends.  Depends on what, come one, spill Ms. Blogger!  It depends on you, the quilt and what is available to you, oh curious quilter.  Let’s examine why I choose whether... Read more »
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