Halloween

I am not a Free Motion Quilter, but I do design quilting patterns and with Halloween just around the corner I thought it would be fun to add something for those of you who quilt on your regular sewing machine. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have the Handiquilter Sweet 16. We all know that free motion quilting takes practice, but this bat design should not be too hard to do. Even if you are not into quilting, you may find some other use for it. More about that later.

Here it is: the friendly bat.

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Just connect several of them with long flowing lines, like this:

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Or add some loops in between if you think there are too many empty spaces:

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Not into free motion quilting? No problem. How about you cut them out of black fabric and applique them to a simple quilt with some fusible web. Stitch them down with a satin or blanket stitch.

Not up to applique either? I have another suggestion. Cut a whole bunch of them in different sizes from black cardstock and hang them from the ceiling in a kid’s room, on a porch, from a tree, in a hall or……?  Let the kids help you if they are old enough to handle scissors. Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Scan and Cut machine, cut them from vinyl and stick them to the wall. Your kids or grandkids will love it.

Does anyone have any other ideas? Please leave a comment.

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A New strip (quilt) club design

Whenever I design a quilt I pass it on to my daughter, Daniela, owner of Cozy Quilt Shop and Cozy Quilt Designs. Daniela then puts the design in what we call her bag of tricks until the time is right to publish it.  With Christmas just a few months away and some fabulous new fabrics she had in the shop she judged that the time had come to reveal Winter Solstice. Now I have to admit that although I came up with the design, I did not write the instructions. That is Daniela’s job and a big one at that because all Cozy’s strip club patterns include multiple sizes, often as many as 5 from baby to king. I know full well what a job that is because I have written a few myself and up to a few years ago I used to proof her instructions. It involved a lot of math and was was definitely not my favorite job. I was happy to give it up when I got too busy with other things.  So, even when a pattern has my name on it, it really is an endeavor by the two of us. Anyway, here is the quilt:

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If you would like to get a quick overview of how the quilt was put together,you can watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jONdXajeRL0

The quilt uses a bundle of precut strips and some additional fabric for background, borders, etc. available at http://www.cozyquilt.com.

Free Motion Quilting

I am overwhelmed with the interest shown in my new blog. A big thank you to everyone that signed up. The post on burying thread was a big hit. I hope to find some more great tips.

I may be a designer of digital designs, but I enormously admire people that free motion quilt. From time to time I dabble in it myself, but the results are not great. I usually stick to some stippling or meandering with monofilament thread. However, I just came across a blog with great tutorials on Free Motion Quilting and I want to pass this on. The site is the Inbox Joint Jaunt by Lori Kennedy. dizzy daisy by Lori Kennedy  is one example of her charming designs. And best of all her tutorials are free and so are her designs, but those are for personal use only, so please do not abuse her copyright.

Next time Ill show you a quilt I designed that was published by Cozy Quilt designs in their strip club series. So stay tuned.

Quilting – tying off or burying threads

When quilting, either free motion or with the help of a computerized system, do you take a few tiny stitches at the start and end or do you pull up your threads and bury them in the batting?  Tiny stitches is fine for a lot of quilts and are hardly noticeable, but for extra special quilts you may prefer to hide the loose end in the batting. That is a lot of extra work, but I have come across a video of a dynamite method that makes it quicker and easier.  Have a look:

Introduction

My whole life I’ve been involved with some craft to do with a needle, sewing, hand embroidery, needlepoint, crewel, cross stitch.  I even had a macramé period, but would rather forget about that now although it was fun at the time. However, I never quilted until my daughter, Daniela, opened Cozy Quilt Shop about 12 years ago. It was impossible to resists all the beautiful fabrics she brought in. Plus, my son and daughter-in-law were expecting and there was this adorable fabric. I just had to make a baby quilt. Not knowing any better, I cut out various shapes and sewed them together, starting from the center and working outward, adding more shapes and strips and you know what, I surprised myself; it looked really nice. I was hooked.  Other quilts followed. I bought Electric Quilt and started designing. So did Daniela, but she went a (big) step further. She started publishing, first her patterns, but soon also a series of quilt books. She also published quite a number of my patterns. It is great fun to be able to discuss things with her and with my son-in-law now that he is actively involved in the business after retiring from his “real” job.

Darling baby quilt
My very first quilt

 So everything was going quite well, but I had one problem. Quilts not only need to be pieced, but also quilted and I was not very good at pushing all that fabric around in the small space of my sewing machine. The solution was a quilting frame and a simple computerized system. Remember, this was 10 years ago and there was not all that much to choose from as computerized quilting systems were still in their infancy, but it got me started. Not only was I able to finish my quilts, but I also learned to design and digitize quilting designs for longarm systems. That is how Quilters Niche was born. I still piece from time to time, but nowadays I mostly design. Not only quilts and quilting designs, but I have now branched out into machine embroidery designs as well. More about those another time.

Here is one of my recent endeavors. A whole cloth quilt designed for Cozy Quilt Shop and quilted by Mona Beck. I adapted some designs I had done a while back (SCF-255, SCF-258, and SCF-259) and combined the repeats in complete rows.

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Feather Swirl Whole Cloth Quilt
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Close-up

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