Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy the day with family and friends.

Quilted Turkey

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Tedious Quilting?

I am working on a quilt that has tedious / boring quilting! The quilt (it is my own quilt, not a customer quilt)  is going to look beautiful when completed but until then, it is BORING to quilt! This happens every once in a while – it is just part of being a machine quilter.

Everyone has their own idea of what is boring or tedious to quilt. I personally think cross hatching is tedious and try to do as little as possible. You may love doing cross hatching, and that’s OK. Some pantographs and repetitive free hand designs are tedious / boring to quilt. Sometimes it may not be the quilting, but the QUILT that makes the project tedious. Maybe the colors are “ugly”, don’t go together well or it’s a piecing pattern that you detest!

What do you do when this happens? I have a smart phone with aps for radio stations, music and podcasts. I put my earphones in, plug them into the phone and get into my own little world.  If the quilt is large, I will number the rows so that I can see some progress in my quilting.

A quilting friend said that she keeps a dish of chocolate at the far end of her quilting machine. When she finishes a row of quilting she rewards herself with a piece of candy. (I like that idea!) If you don’t want candy as a reward, maybe a sip of iced tea or other (maybe adult?) beverage.

As I find myself working on some tedious quilting, I took a break and I’m writing this post. (Some may call this “stalling.”)

My question to you is – What do YOU do when faced with boring or tedious quilting? What do you do to make the job easier or at least not quite so boring? Post your answer in the “Leave Your Comments” section. If you have a story about a boring / tedious quilt, write about that.

I look forward to hearing about YOUR boring quilting suggestions!


From Worst to Great

A few weeks ago I wrote about the WORST quilt ever! I recently got an email, with photos, from Charlotte in NH, about a t-shirt quilt she had made. Charlotte’s t-shirt quilt is one of THE BEST t-shirt quilts I have ever seen!

With her permission, I am posting her photos and her story about the quilt.

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Car t shirt 2


This all started when my husband was deployed to Kuwait. Somehow, Jim (co-worker) saw my Picasa album of my finished quilts. He said to John (husband), do you think there is a way to incorporate my collection of t-shirts into a quilt? John said – oh sure. John volunteered my services free of charge. I had never made a t-shirt quilt before but knew I could do it. Jim left Kuwait in May of 2013. Mid June I got a box with 15 t-shirts from Jim. These t-shirts commemorated road races that he participated in. He wanted someway to display and pass on his collection of t-shirts to his family.

Car t shirt 1

Because this is likely to be passed on for generations, I wanted a unique design. I took pictures of all the shirts and brought them into EQ7 to start the design process. When I spoke with Jim, he said that he wanted something like a ‘spoke’ with emphasis on the first race. The center medallion represents his first race then from upper left clockwise the others are positioned around the quilt.

Car t shirt 3

The backing of stars was chosen by John. He wanted something patriotic since both work for the Dept. of Defense. I quilted it on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher using Quilter’s Dream Select Poly and Anne Bright’s design – Vanilla Cream. This is a big quilt – 100 x 110. I am very pleased with the finished product; I hope Jim is as well. The quilt was sent to him and he should be receiving it soon.  My charity of choice is Quilts of Valor. 

Cindy’s Comments – This is a beautiful quilt and you did an EXCELLENT job! I know he will be proud of the quilt.

Feel free to leave comments about this quilt. I will make sure Charlotte sees them.

Charity Quilt Challenge

With everything that has happened in my life the last year, I am determined to make several quilts this summer and donate them to charity organizations. I will donate some quilts to American Hero Quilts (quilts are donated to wounded service people here in the Northwest and in Afghanistan) and also to the charities that work in the hospital where I had my hip replacement surgeries. I also have some really cute cat fabric. I would like to make, then donate, a quilt to a local cat rescue organization. (I hope that they would use the quilt as a fund raiser.) And this weekend I will be working on a quilt (or two) to donate to the Oklahoma tornado victims.

When I donate quilts I give the quilt with an open heart and no strings attached. I hope that the organization appreciates the quilt and will use it in their best interest.

You may not have a lot of $$ to donate to a charity, but, as a quilter, you have the skills and the stash to make a quilt or two or three to donate. You may have a quilt top (or two) that is completed and just needs to be quilted.

Here is my challenge to you – this summer, make a quilt or two and donate it to a charity of your choice. This could be a UFO (un-finished object) a WIP (work in progress) or maybe even a PIG (project in a grocery sack!) You can even make a quilt specifically for this challenge. If you finish some quilts (you didn’t piece the quilt but you did quilt it) for any charity organizations, they are included in this challenge.

Take a photo of the quilt(s) and send it to me at longarmu@aol.com  by July 31. Include your name and the charity you are donating the quilt(s) to. I will post your photo on a separate “Charity Challenge” page on the Longarm U website. To view this page Click Here Let’s see how many quilts we can make!

After July 31 there will be a drawing from all the participants for a $50 Longarm U / Longarm Classroom Gift Certificate.

Let’s get going and “get ‘er done!” and make a difference in someone’s life.

PS – Please feel free to pass this post along to your friends and anyone you think would be interested in this challenge.