Thursday, April 28, 2011

These quilts are Ellen's.  They are such sweet and soft baby quilts.  
I did light custom on the top quilt and the pattern "Patriot" for the bottom quilt.

Friday, April 22, 2011

These two quilts are Deb's...a couple of shop samples for Calico Creations in Mt. Vernon.
I did a hook feather for the top quilt and added some detailed pictures of that on the next post.  
And for the 2nd quilt I used the pattern "Growing Things" by Ann Bright.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Detailed Pictures of my Freehand All-over Hook Feather

start off with a big meander across the whole quilt

if your getting to far down on the in a smaller petal...that will get you back up on the spine

if you have a hole...go ahead and take a petal way out to fill that in

remember to leave space for your feathers as you come around

to help your feathers interlock for the next row..I will a slight hole for a petal to fill in

when coming to a turn...follow the stem up and around then hook to the last petal

I will try to reverse the directions of my feathers for each quilting it a more inconsistent look

Thanks Deb..for letting me use your quilt for these pictures!! 

Of course these are not my own ideas..and for the life of me I can't remember the name of the Quilter I learned how to do the big meander and fill in with the feather...I will post that when I remember?  And Sally Terry is the first I know of who came up with the hook feather..but what I have come to find out over the last few years of doing this, is that even though we may all do the same thing...we all have a style of our own.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This quilt is Edie's.  Very pretty quilt.  I did the pattern "Gilded" by Ann Bright on it.  One of my favorite patterns!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This is my friend Melissa's quilt.  She recently had a baby and made this for him.  She wanted straight line quilting on it and double batting.  I love how it turned out!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is Lisa's quilt.  I did my freehand hook feather on it.  It is a very pretty quilt and the piecing was superb!

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm sorry to admit this is a donation quilt I've had for a couple of years now!  But it was a perfect one to try out an overall quilting design I've wanted to try ever since I saw what Kathy did to this one!  It doesn't quite look the same as hers.  Myne looks like little worm paths.  Kathy's is beautiful.  I have one more donation quilt to do and I'm going to try it again, but not be so squiggly and wormy looking...we'll see!

This is Luann's quilt.  I did a freehand overall hook feather on it.  She had some very pretty Asian fabrics in this quilt.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Applying binding while on the Longarm

I wanted to share how I apply binding to a quilt while still on the longarm.  This is a tutorial on how I do it.  There are other ways that I have tried,  but this works best for me.

...beware..lot's of pictures!

prepare binding...

cut on the diagonal

iron a quarter inch fold

press in half...this is the first part of the binding that will be applied to the quilt

after I am finished quilting the quilt I start on the bottom-right of the quilt when applying the binding...start stitching the binding down about 6 inches in from the start of the binding...hoping the quilt is square, I set the channel lock...that helps get a good acurate 1/4 inch. (Luann did very well with her borders and her quilt was completely square!)

start stitching..

..try best to stay 1/4 inch from edge..or edge of foot

when coming to the corner..stop a 1/4 from the corner

don't stop and cut thread...just take your channel lock off move foot down off quilt and to the side

re-position your binding

fold binding down and up just as you would if you were doing this on your sewing machine


now move the foot back to the end 1/4 inch from the left side of the quilt and start stitching

I don't have channel lock up and down...practice and precision and it will be good enough

bottom done heading up left side...

keep repositioning the binding

now when you advance your quilt..(heading back to the top) leave the needle in and then should never have to stop and snip your thread...unless you make a boo... boo...

you also shouldn't need to support your sides with clamps..

now you've made it to the top left...same as the other corner

set your channel lock for across the top done heading down right side

a little something I do when sewing the binding on the left and right sides is I put pressure on the base plate with my hand...that gives me more control of the machine and helps me stay 1/4 inch to the edge of the quilt

now I've made it around the last corner and coming to the beginning of the binding

cut off about and inch past the beginning of the binding

now tuck that end right inside the beginning end

stitch across that tuck to the beginning stitches and take me about 10 minutes for lap size

now...before I go to the sewing machine to stitch down the binding...I iron it first...

from top of quilt...iron it over

from back of quilt iron it over

I stitch in the ditch on the top and catch the back...since I have ironed it, I don't need to pin the binding...I usually catch the back of the binding with no problem...(on this quilt I didn't miss one time)

this is a picture of the back of the binding

this is the picture of the can see the stitches in the ditch a bit...but not bad

wow...that was alot of pictures...hopefully that made sense!  I do bindings for customers quite often and this is how I do it!  

 I do want to give credit to Sharon and Pam..these idea's are not all mine..Thanks ladies!
Thanks Luann for letting me use your quilt as an example!