Kick the tires and look under the hood for a stitch regulator…
Often the biggest investment quilters make is when it comes time to actually quilt their masterpiece. Some quilters simply prefer sending their quilts off to a longarm specialist, while others prefer doing their own quilting at home in the comfort of their own sewing room.
And then, there is a combination of the two – usually brought on by the strain of stuffing and turning a queen-size quilt through a standard machine's small throat - this can frustrate anyone, no matter how comfortable your quilting lair is. You still want to do your own quilting at home, but want to enjoy the professional looking perks and ease that come with a longarm machine.
Perhaps it's time to consider making that big purchase? Scary thought? You bet it is. That's why we went to a pro and asked her advice on what someone should consider during their search for the perfect longarm machine. In our July/August 2010 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting (due to be on newsstands in a couple weeks), we talk with Dawn Cavanaugh, National Director of Education for the American Professional Quilting Systems. Dawn offers our readers some 'before you buy' valuable pointers and tips – most importantly - longarm machines are like vehicles, you need to take them for a test drive - before you buy.
Sew & Tells
Corn and Beans…
submitted by Ranee Svenningsen, Luverne, ND.
I wanted to share my quilt based on the Corn and Beans quilt featured in the July/August 2005 issue of Love of Quilting. It was a lot of fun to make and I used up many scrap pieces. I really enjoy your magazine. Thanks.
My 'recession quilts'…
submitted by Charlotte 'Nicki' Johnson, Jemison, AL.
I just wanted to show you how you have inspired me. I made two quilts using the '1930s Re-Bloom' pattern from the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Love of Quilting. I must say, this pattern can really stretch your fabric. A little goes a long way with this one.
With everyone tightening their belts lately, a lot of us have a lot less money to spend on our love of quilting. I call these my 'recession quilts' I have less than $40 in each of these queen size quilts, including batting, thread, backing and binding.
The main design on these quilts was made from cotton clothing articles from yard sales. And, since I can't bear to throw away any kind of usable fabric, the sashing and binding is from cotton bed sheets that had gotten torn and couldn't be used as sheets any longer. I used flat sheets as backing.
Since I've started using clothing for quilting, like our mothers and grandmothers did, yard sales have become my favorite fabric stores. It just proves that you can quilt on a budget without compromising beauty and design.
Thank you so much for the inspiration and keep up the good work. I can't wait to see what's in store next.
Not nearly as hard as it looks…
submitted by Ann Newberg, Bay City, MI.
When I first looked at Spin Wheel in the May/June 2008 issue of Love of Quilting, it appeared too hard for my skill level so I just turned the page. But, then I saw it explained on your TV program and thought 'maybe'. I watched the program a second time and started right in, thanks for such a great pattern.
submitted by Madison Green (10 years old), Centreville, MD.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt appeared in the May/June 2008 issue of Love of Quilting. I made it and entered it in our local fair in the Kids Corner. 'Miss Della' Inman put it on her long arm machine to help me get it quilted. I won a Grand Champion Ribbon and a pewter cup. At the time, I was also working on a butterfly project for Hospice in our community and this quilt will always remind me of the work Hospice does to help families suffering with cancer.
What's new from Baby Lock
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