Nikki’s Latest Photos

July 16th, 2016
Nikki has finished her incredible blue wall hanging; here’s a shot of it after she’d trimmed the edges to square it up:
Holy-you-know-what!!  Isn’t this incredible?  Here are a few close-ups:
…and here is another:
…and another:
I am blown away by her skills and it really makes me feel great that she feels like I inspired her to do this.  All I can say is WOW and way to go, Nik!!!!

My Friend Nikki and a Flash sale

July 10th, 2016
Isn’t it nice how you meet people on the internet who live a million miles away and you’d never have the opportunity to have your paths cross otherwise?  Anyway, I met Nikki a couple years ago when she was learning how to free motion quilt by watching YouTube videos and surfing the net.  She picked up her FMQ’ing skills literally overnight and there has been no stopping her since!  She just started playing with ruler work about 1 month ago and this was her very first effort:
Here are a couple of closeups:
I’m not kidding when I said this was her first effort!  She said that the first time she picked up a ruler, it felt totally natural, as if she’d been doing it for years!  This is the beginning of her 2nd project.  She started off with a beautiful design that started from one of our stencils.  Check out all the fabulous hyperquilting:
This first photo alone had me drooling!  She then started playing with rulers to create an interesting frame design:
(Do you recognize the Westalee arc/straight edge ruler that comes with the ruler foot?)  Here are a couple more in-process photos she sent:
I can’t find words to say how thrilling it is to see someone “take off” like this.  Nikki, if you’re out there in the cyber-universe, you need to write a book…we are all drooling!!
In other news, we are clearing out space in our warehouse and all our fabric cutting dies are only $10 each through this Thursday at 12:01 am.  This is an incredible deal…some of these dies are normally over $100 each!  There aren’t many shapes left but if you’re into applique, these dies can save you a TON of time!  Some of the shapes that are left include:
Here is that shape in fabric:
…and in fabric:
…and in fabric:
You can see all remaining applique shapes by clicking here, and if you click on any product image in the store, it will open a new page that will give you more detailed info about the product.

Quilt Suspension Makes Free Motion Quilting Easier

June 6th, 2016


Ever since I posted about suspending my quilt a couple years ago, I’ve received lots of questions about it.  Ern and I have been playing around with different types of quilt suspension systems, trying to come up with a system that is lightweight, easily portable and one that does the job.  His latest system is my favorite by far and  we made a short video that explains how it works:


 I have been the beneficiary of Ernie’s problem solving/handyman skills for many years, and he is opening those same skills up to you as well!  Ern’s Quilting Suspension System is available now in our online store and you can find it by clicking here.  The backbone/clamp portion is available in either dark blue or purple, at least while supplies last.  Happy Quilting!



Preparing for Change

June 5th, 2016
The winds of change are coming our way so I figured I should warn you.  Our web site is going to be revised soon and the new web site will be very different.  Hopefully better, but very different.  I am hoping to still have a blog but this blog may be going the way of the dinosaurs.  I realize that blogs are out of date in the techno world but I still love to surf quilting blogs and hope to keep mine.  It may not be possible, though, so if there’s any info on this blog that really matters to you, I’d get it in the next several days because it may all disappear.  Sorry!

Used George Quilting Machine for Sale!

May 10th, 2016



You know I love my George!  If you have been thinking about buying a George sit-down long arm machine, there’s a gently used machine for sale  by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy in Louisville, KY and she is asking $4750.  You can find out more about it by clicking on this link to her blog.


Hope to have a quilty post up soon!