quilt market signToday is rainy and raw. I love rain so I’m not terribly bothered by that. Rainy icky days are great for tidying up, for thinking, for catching up. So today is a catch up day.
Catching up will involve
A quilt top I’m making
A post or two for Generation Q Magazine
Some thinking about quilts I need to make for the book
Getting ready for a test drive for GenQ
And some other things, tidying up.GenerationQ Logo
Checking a friend’s sewing machine and cleaning that up and maybe writing directions for her to make tote bags…we’ll see where the rest of the day goes.
Then there’s planning for Quilt Market. I’m looking forward to going, meeting friends, both long time and new.  I’ll have my press creds, so be sure to tell me all your exciting news whilst we’re together.

Happy Quilting!


In the middle of August an invitation went out from Alex Anderson to a group of people to try, and test the new Quilters Select Batting by Floriani, I emailed Alex, the batting arrived a few days later. Needing a bit of a mental break at the end of the day, and longing to explore the depths of the B 790. There are 2 different battings the first a cotton, the second a poly/cotton blend. The adhesive is activated in a 2 step process, the first is a sneeze of water and the second, a heat setting. I like the spritzer on my bottles of Flatter, it’s a fine mist…which is perfect as it will not overly wet the batting. I’ll let you inhale the lovely scent of Yuzu and Fig. I will be getting more of this.

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cotton settingThe heat setting on this is right about here, on the cotton setting. Cotton really wants a lower heat setting. Kind of learning to use the sewing machine at medium speed while quilting and piecing. It’s a simple thing that makes a huge difference in the overall product at the end. As an aside, I recently had The Quilt Show playing in the background and watched an episode with Sally Collins, I’ve long admired her and now long to take one of her classes. Details are important, slowing down, enjoying the steps is a good thing.

Now I’ve felt and tried fusible batting before. As a general rule, I don’t use it. It’s not bad, just not my favorite. Until now. My comment to Alex, “I’d use this in a competition quilt.” I like it that much.

This makes me giddy.#perfecttension #b790 #berninausa #bernina

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I do have a couple of hints

  1. watch this video 
  2. cut the batting to the size of the quilt top and the backing a wee bit bigger. if you’re quilting a small piece you can do the whole process on the ironing board.
    And here’s a friendly reminder of the nature of cotton, it can be a bit stretchy so when layering things up, press the batting with your hands and later on with the iron.
  3. if you’re using this on a big quilt, do the spritzing on the floor or a big table, work in small sections just like using 505 Spray, then go to the ironing board
  4.  have all three layers together before going to the ironing board, the batting will stick to the ironing board
  5. when ironing, Press rather than iron.
  6. enjoy the process of quilting

Both the 100% cotton and poly/cotton quilt up beautifully

#bernina #b790 #Quilting

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So here’s the bonus!

I have one of each batting to give away! That’s right, Thank you Floriani. So, in typical Generation Q fashion answer 1 of 2 questions:

  1. if you were given a vintage Singer Featherweight, that’s in rough shape, would you have it painted up in your fave colors?
  2. what are your favorite colors, and how would you use them in a quilt block?

I’ll draw 2 names Saturday September 19th. US entrants only please.

Happy Quilting!


Every home office should have one

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I posted this on instagram commenting all quilters should have one in their off/studio. The fb comments were great. You might notice the Pistachio green right behind the machine. I am so happy with the Showstopper Purple and the Pistachio. Once things are more settled I’ll get some pics.

There is something about autumn, the hints of autumn that are invigorating. Renewing. Refreshing. The energy level begins returning, creativity starts flowing in an exciting way. This renewed energy started off with the beginnings of a tidy up in my sewing room, a work in progress still so no pictures of the room itself. There will be a furniture shuffle sometime soon for better work flow and to set up a little photography area. The machine will stay where it is but the table will turn. Just thinking out loud here.

In and among the ideas flowing are actual work being accomplished: 

Stitching on my B 790 for a book review or two @christaquilts

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I’m working on some piecing for a book tour for that visits here and visits GenQ in a couple of weeks. I’m doing a little piecing for one visit and a full on book review for the other visit. A couple of blog posts written for GenQ in the last few days.

Within the next few weeks there will be product review here on the blog. The other day I’d started quilting, experiencing skipped stitches. I was thinking there was something wrong with the product. I’ve mentioned before that I turn off the bobbin sensor on the B 780 and now the B 790, the bobbin was getting low, combine that with a thread mismatch and not thinking about the settings on the machine and skipped stitches it is! What did I do you might wonder? I left the feed dogs up, with the stitch length set at 2.5, so essentially I was fighting the machine. Clearly I need sleep. Changed the settings back to no feed dogs and a zero stitch length and no more skipped stitches. I can tell you right now that I’m jazzed about both products.

The above photo is Jamie Fingal‘s coloring book from her Instagram account. Oh my goodness I’m having so much fun. I’ve also been coloring a lot as a kick starter to creativity. Thankfully this coloring has reminded of something I would do when a new quilter would come to the quilt shop needing help to choose fabrics. I had a process that, generally worked. I’m remembering one time it didn’t but it’s okay…I learned more from that moment than first realized. And Anne if you’r reading this we need to chat.

Ready for some quilting

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And finally you see where this coloring is leading. Eventually it would lead to coloring in fabric. This is an unfinished piece that will, eventually, be quilted in some way. I’ve finally used the Derwent Inktense pencils. Now I need to heat set it or use that Liquifix? if that’s what it’s called  so I can stitch it. IMG_0430

I can almost smell autumn in the air. I can certainly feel it’s energizing effects on my soul.

Happy Quilting!


This story begins with my very first rotary cutter that I handed over to the TSA on a flight back from Minnesota Quilts after a way fab teaching trip. I miss that rotary cutter. A lot. Okay not so much really, but it was my first 28mm rotary cutter. And it is with this rotary cutter that our tale begins.

cutting winding ways fossil fernsI began collecting solid color fabrics to make a quilt for my Sweetie on a really fun road trip in 1994. Sometime in early 1995 I decided that I’d make a Double Irish Chain in Amish Colors ala Eleanor Burns. My supplies: an 18″ x 24″ self-healing mat, fat quarters and 1/3 yard cuts (I have since learned how to purchase fabric differently), the rotary cutter and my Nancy Crow 3″ x 24″ ruler*.
Easy peasy, cut 3 1/2″ strips, stitch them together, cut them apart, stitch them back together into blocks and make a quilt. Simple right.

Finally I have some time to work on the quilt. The supplies are out on the table. I’ve “read” the pattern to know what I’m doing. I get started cutting and for a while it’s going well-ish. Let’s just say that liberties were taken in the cutting of this quilt. I remember thinking that I’d remember that this strip was cut a bit short. Well, then it happened.
I place the fabric down, lined it up, put the ruler down, line it up. Placed my hand down to anchor said 3″ wide ruler. Set the rotary cutter, blade exposed to cut the fabric. And in true quilterly fashion zipped the rotary cutter along the size of the ruler at blazing speed. And then the stars shone so brightly.

The forefinger of my left hand was not quite where it was supposed to be, safely away from the edge of the ruler. Nope, it was over the edge of the ruler. Twas in seeing the stars that I realized that it hurt. I ran to the kitchen sink. Since my sweetie was gone for the weekend my mind started thing what happens if…will I need to go to the ER? It’s right around the corner. Will I need stitches? Where is my insurance card and id? Can I get them quickly? Thankfully I didn’t need to find these thing, nor did I need to get to the ER.

The quilting supplies were put away for a couple of months while my finger healed.

And there ends the tale of The Great Rotary Cutting Incident of 1995.

And now, I’m off to quilt.

Well, think about quilting.


PS – it’s a great cautionary when working with new students. I don’t have to say much, quilters have vivid imaginations.

happy days 121For months and months I’ve been thinking about my home office. Remember this post? I talked about the colors for that space. Well, this girls, dream is coming true! My Sweetie painted the Behr Marquee Showstopper Purple


Showstopper Purple during the day

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We have commitments over the next little bit so it’ll be next week before he’ll be able to paint the rest of the room. I’m so flipping happy. I’ve been imagining how this would look for months! and it’s even better than I thought.
I’m still going to paint one wall in my studio pumpkin orange. I just saw a Sunset color on the Behr website that I’m excited about.imaginative stitching

The other day I had an idea for a new class – Liberated Free Motion Quilting. More than once my forehead and either the front of the sewing machine or the nearest wall met in sheer frustration. There’s a reason that, “a seam ripper is a quilters’ best friend is my motto” and, I have more than one, and I have a favorite. Getting to where I am with free motion stitching is hard-won.

But with every single one of those frustrations there is a bonus of getting something that I can share with my friends, quilters, and students. Like needle and thread pairings, and an understanding of tension. I may have shared this before so, if you’ve read this bear with me.

When I first tried machine quilting on my BERNINA 1080, I’d just figured out one component of tension. Feel free to laugh because I do now. The numbers actually mean something. Duh! A higher number is a tighter tension, a lower number is a looser tension. There is something that I had to learn through experience, or someone might have shared this tasty tidbit of information, the tension will not change unless the presser foot lift is in the highest position. One afternoon while I  was quilting, I’m thinking this tension changing this is a lot of horse poop because no matter what I did NOTHING Changed! I was still getting pokies on the top of my quilt. Bleep! Now I make sure I offer this bit of information to most of the classes I teach. (The 7 Series and 8 Series the tension can be changed on the fly.)

So this new class will have some reminders of the basics and we’ll move on into some serious stitching. I’m also thinking this is the class that has retreat potential. This and Go With the Flow. Its that place to take the time to explore free motion quilting and take on those bits and pieces that completely freak you out. I can help because at one time, they completely freaked me out. I’ll have thread and suggestions and most importantly I’ll have a calming, you can do this presence. Because you can. Because you have an imagination. You can see quilterly things. Like I saw how awesome the Showstopper Purple and Pistachio would be in my office.

So, quilters, take me up on this class and let’s get stitching.

Happy Quilting!


This is the end result for me.  Yep after all that tidying up when I get creative...watch out...the level of stuff left over is astounding.

This is the end result for me. Yep after all that tidying up when I get creative…watch out…the level of stuff left over is astounding.

I’m tidying up my quilt room.
Pray for me friends.
If I’m not out by the end of the day please send my Sweetie in, because more than likely I’m buried under magazines and books. Yes, you read that correctly, magazines and books not fabric.
I woke up thinking about my gorgeous shelving unit and how to better utilize it, some things that can be passed onto a few places.

I’ll let you know when I come out on the other side of this.

Happy Quilting!


who needs to quilt!

Lisa Calle OCQ eventIn a rare time opportunity I watched Lisa Calle’s episode on The Quilt Show, #1703, what a great episode. Lisa’s Divide & Design class and technique does something really special, it shows the quilting decision making process like no other. While the process for the show goes to the bare bones of it all, Lisa does talk about the back and forth of trying things out, seeing if they’ll work, and trying something different. She may come back to an early part of the process and may not. Lisa keeps all of the quilt designs in tubes in her quilt studio. working with Lisas rulers

She points out that Divide & Design takes time, particularly when drawing in the feathers and fills. The layers of tracing paper serve a great purpose. Lisa uses her rulers throughout the design process, just as she would on a quilt. In this quilters view this serves two purposes 1) figuring out the design, and 2) practicing for use on the long arm or sewing machine.
On her website Lisa has a calendar with her teaching schedule. Head on over and check it out. I’ve heard that there are a few really exciting things ahead. Go Lisa!

Oh and check out her blog. The top story right now is that Lisa is teaching at Quilt Festival in Houston. Click here for Lisa’s interview.

Happy Quilting!


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