Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quilters Favorites 5/15

Geta from Geta's Quilting Studio has been hosting this fun linking party.
It is a place to read and see what many quilters find as thier 
You may find a "Ah Ha" moment.
So maybe you can SHARE what you like and know.
You can join in until May 16th.


List a few of your favorite quilting notions.
              1. I-Pod-Once I have all my measurements for cutting or ready to  piece, out comes the I-Pod. I enjoy listening to music, novels, and comedy. The family gets a good laugh hearing me either laughing, crying or screaming.
              2. Hip Klip -This is were the I-Pod and IPhone go. Ever since getting this wonderful attachment--My life has not been the same.
              3. Sewing Chair -This gem, is the secret to not to having a sore back.
              4. Strip Cutting Ruler -This comes in many sizes--I mainly use the ruler that cuts at 1 and 1-1/2 inch increments.

Any advice for a successful color scheme of a quilt?
       When I choose fabric I am looking at values but more important for me is the hues of the color. If they don't work well it can ruin it for me.

Some thoughts about thread and needles, batting?
                 Thread- Most of my thread comes from Superior Threads mainly I use Bottom Line and also from Connecting Threads . My favorite is SILK!
                  Batting-Quilters Dream and Hobbs Batting 80/20 and favorite is WOOL!

Tips for easy piecing.
          Be organized and consistent with stitching! 

If you enjoy other quilt techniques than patchwork, could you share some tips with us?             My tip is to surround yourself with family and friends that support your addiction. Having a husband and mother (she is my cheerleader and quilter buddy) that are behind every sane and almost sane venture I attempt. And having friends that enjoy sharing what they know and enjoy trying knew techniques as much as you do. Chances are that they have tried or want to try the same things you do.  Along with many other enablers, my two major adventure seekers are Denise & Chelsey at Nini And The Sea Blogspot, they are a mother and daughter team that blogs together and also have a very nice Etsy Shop

Other tips related to quilting
           Try it all. You never know what you will like! 

Do you have free tutorials on your blog? Share the link.
             Here you will find tutorials by me or links to tutorials I like.

The sewing machine - share a few things you love at your sewing machine; what makes it special? What features do you think are the most important to a sewing machine used for quilting? I have Bernina Pearl. I love the design Ltd. design that was painted on it. After having a machine with ALL the bells and whistles, I went with the most basic (well almost basic) machine I could find with what I wanted. Shortly after getting this Bernia my passion turned towards longarming. I do enjoy my sewing machine however most of my time is now longarming for others.


What about modern quilting tools?
          Dover Books- Has many quilt and quilting design ideas. Endless!!!!
          Modern Quilt Guilds- On-line there is The Modern Quilt Guild. Also I have visited the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild and there are more in the state. I have not found the time to visit them yet.
          Modern Quilting Tools- Templates, straight line quilting with rulers, channel lock and free hand quilting all add to the feel of modern quilting.

Could you recommend a book to someone who just started quilting? 
        My first book was during the time templates were made from from file folders and foundation piecing was with pencil marked muslin. So unless you REALLY wanted to take it back to the basics I would not go by what I started with. But with that said, I am glad I started where I did. You can understand clearly and quickly the construction when looking at a quilt.

List one or two of your favorite quilting techniques and a tutorial/pattern/book?
Too many to list but here are a few that I am drawn to:
                   Techniques- Terry Kramzar
                                     Gloria Loughman
                                     Ricky Tims
                                         Convergence Quilts
                                     Libby Lehman
                                         Ribbon Work    
                                         Jean Wells
                                         Pat Durbin

Do you have a favorite quilt designer? 
            Really--The list above is only a few! For me my tastes are forever being tweaked . Love the saying "Never Say Never".
Do you have a favorite quilt blogger?
             Look on the left side of my blog. There is a small list of only a few that I follow.

Would you like to share one of your favorite quilts, made by you?
            Wish I had a better camera at the time. Might just do a retake photo soon! Here is the Link.

What would be the perfect gift for your best quilting friend?
              To take a class and have her buddy (Me) that it with her! 

Don't Do Like Me!
              Quilting is like living life (to me). We can say what not to do but some of the things we will do anyway or try other ways, thinking it is a better way. Some of my results have been the worst quilting pieces known to man. But also I have discovered some of the best techniques for me. I welcome Stumbling Blocks--You are then forced to figure a way out!!

A little about you, we would love to know you better.
           Started quilting 22 years ago. After learning the traditional ways of quilting world I stumbled into some of the modern ways. Which lead me to longarm quilting a few years ago. Which in turn lead me from home longarming to professional longarming. Life is... Good!

Thank You, Geta for hosting this well organized Linking Party!

Till We Quilt Again,



  1. What a wonderful post!! I am new to long arm quilting....I love Connecting Threads, but have never used the silks. Now I just you have any advice to keep me encouraged with machine quilting? I am a long time hand quilter...not good at FMQ; but would love to be....

  2. Thank you for sharing your tips and favorites, Helen. It's great to have quilting friends to share your passion with.

  3. Thanks for tips--that chair is sure cute!!

  4. Great tips! I, too, like to try all sorts of techniques!

  5. I'm going to try those battings...I'm a whatever I can get cheap and fast, but I noticed battings aren't created the same...I'm looking for an upgrade! Thanx!!



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