Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting
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Fall has finally arrived and I must apologize for not writing for so long! I spent the entire month of September in Colorado and Idaho, hiking and climbing mountains. I got to watch the Aspens turn from vibrant green to yellow to blaze orange. I also saw abundant wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, Mule deer, ptarmigan, and grouse, to name a few of the species. It was wonderful, but physically exhausting.
But aside from my vacation keeping me busy, you may have heard (or maybe not!) that I’ve started a weekly YouTube tutorial in which I demonstrate a new “Grid-based” quilting design every week. I’ve committed to doing it for a year. I sure hope I can think up 52 different designs! Of course, with grid designs, there are many variations to them which can totally change the look of a design, so I’ll be demonstrating the base design, and then several variations as the year progresses. If you haven’t seen any of these free tutorials yet, I hope you’ll check out my YouTube channel for Quintessential Quilting. Here’s the link:
If you enjoy watching them, please be sure to subscribe so that you won’t miss a single video. I post one each week, usually on Tuesday (give or take a day, depending on my travel schedule).
Aside from the YouTube demos keeping me busy, I finally finished the quilt top that I’ve been working on for the past nine months. It’s a very large quilt: 76”x94”. I’m really excited to finally be quilting it, but a large quilt can always be a daunting task. I had to remind myself to look back at one of my earlier blogs: “How Do You Eat an Elephant?” Remember that one? In a nutshell, you just have to get started, and do it a little bit at a time. If you look at the whole project (job), it can be overwhelming. But if you break it into smaller sections, then it becomes a lot easier to tackle.
One other bit of news I can share with you is that I have an article in the November/December issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine. I’m very excited and honored to have been asked to write an article for MQU, so please check it out. If you don’t subscribe, I think you can get it at most book stores.
I think I’ll just keep this blog short and sweet and end it here. I hope you all have a wonderful autumn and enjoy the cooler days and the changing of the leaves. I really do love this time of year. So quilt on and when you get a few free minutes, check out those YouTube tutorials. They are fun and easy designs that will make your quilts even more lovely! Also, if you get a chance, check out my website’s on-line store. I have added some new pre-marked grid practice panels and a few other notions that make quilting more fun and easy.