A new quilting tip

I’m working on a quilt today that has no border. This is seen more often now and whether you have a borderless quilt or a border with many pieces its important to keep the pieces from pulling apart at the edges. Often times you’ll hear the comment, “make sure to stay stitch pieced borders and edges”. This means sewing with a basting stitch around the edge of the quilt. That’s what many of us have done to keep the seams from opening up along the edge of the quilt top. The only problem with that is if your fabric stretches.  Then stay stitching can cause excess fullness this is no good at all.

One of my clients, Connie, came up with a way to keep the seams from pulling apart and not having to stay stitch and risk the fabric waving afterwards. She simply cut small strips of a fusible light weight stabilizer and ironed it along the back edge of the quilt top.  I just loaded and quilted her quilt with great success. Here are some photos so you can see what is looks like.

  This is the edge showing when basted on the piecework doesn’t separate.  What a great idea!!

Triangles Quilt

I’m posting some finished photos of Cathy’s Triangles quilt. The quilting design is African Samba, white thread & Hobbs 80/20 white batting.

A close up photo

Her teal color backing.

Crayon Quilt

I’m working on a few quilts for Cathy L.  I just took this crayon quilt off the quilting machine. The quilting design is Ginger Hearts by Apricot Moon. The batting is Hobbs 80/20. This has a variegated thread on top & a solid orange thread on the back. The small wave pieces are  appliquéd on with a blanket stitch. This is a really cute child’s quilt.

I’ll share another quilt of Cathy’s that I’m working on. It is a modern quilt.  The quilting design is called African Samba. It is a great Geometric quilting design for many types of quilts.  Here are a couple photos of the quilting in process. I’ll post photos of the finished quilt when its completed.

Take Five Quilt

Today’s photos are of Kathy’s Take Five quilt. The digital quilt design is called Snowballs B2B. The batting is Hobbs 80/20 and the thread is a brunt burgundy color.  The black & holly print is her quilt back.  I really love the berry branch fabric on the front. She used some nice winter fabrics. I like this quilt design. It looks like blowing wind to me.

Magic Tiles Quilt

I’m calling this one Magic Tiles but it could be one of many similar patterns.

Kathy is the maker of this pretty batik quilt. She chose the quilting design 6 Leaf by Apricot Moon.  Her thread choice is teal and batting is Hobbs 80/20.  I took a close up of a couple blocks so you could see the pretty batik fabrics. The teal thread really looks pretty on the purple back.


Cuppa BOM Wooly Quilts

I’m currently working on more Wooly Block of the Month (BOM) quilts for the Sue Spargo that I’m not allowed to photo until probably June. While I would love to post some photos, I’m not allowed so I’ll post some Edge 2 Edge quilt photos as I can & save these for the summer. Don’t let me forget to post them!

Strong Winds

We have strong winds today that are causing intermittent power outages. I’m suspending using my longarm machines until it passes.  I want to avoid any surges & any chance of damaging a quilt.  Thanks for your patience.