Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting

Cindy Seitz-Krug shares her knowledge gained from over two and a half decades of machine quilting award-winning quilts on a home sewing (domestic) machine.
Cindy Seitz-Krug has been quilting for more than twenty years. Her heirloom machine quilting on a home sewing machine has earned her hundreds of awards at national and international quilt shows. Cindy loves sharing her knowledge with beginning as well as experienced machine quilters from all over the country. She teaches at local guilds as well as ...national quilt shows. Her classes range from beginning machine quilting all the way up to advanced heirloom machine quilting. Cindy has two on-line classes with iquilt.com, and has published a book on grid-based quilting designs entitled “The Grid Design Workbook”. She also enjoys judging quilt shows and has co-authored “A Guide to Judged Quilt Shows”. More

Losing Graciously

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I’ve entered a lot of judged quilt shows and I know that it can be a disappointment if you don’t earn a ribbon, or if you don’t get the ribbon you think your quilt deserved. There are infinite ways to try to console yourself, or your friends may try to console you. Maybe some of these statements sound familiar?

“It was an honor just to be accepted to that show.”
“Those judges are blind!”
“You got robbed!”
“Well, your quilt still looks beautiful hanging there.”

And so on, and so on, right?

I’ve been on all sides of the quilt show competition spectrum; a winner, a loser, and a judge. Being in all three of these roles has given me a unique perspective. I wanted to share this perspective on some of the issues and feelings that go along with quilt competitions.

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Autumn Greetings

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Rich and Girl enjoying Colorado sunshine and green grass.Rich and Girl enjoying Colorado sunshine and green grass.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.

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It's Not a Question of IF You Can Do Something. The Question is, HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?!

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There’s a phrase that’s often uttered in the quilting world, and often heard among the many admirers of quilts at a quilt show. I’m sure you’ve either heard it, or said it yourself when admiring a lovely quilt. That phrase is, “I could NEVER quilt like that!” Whether it’s someone admiring hand quilting, machine quilting, piecing, or applique, we’ve all thought ourselves incapable of such wonderful work. But when I hear someone say that, I simply turn to them and say, “Of course you can do that! But are you willing to do the work to become that good?”

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Moving Up to the Big Leagues: Taking your Quilts from Local Shows to International Competitions

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I’m fairly certain that nearly every single person reading this blog has attended a LARGE quilt show at one time or another. When I say “large”, I’m referring to the national and international shows like the AQS Show in Paducah, or The Houston Quilt Festival, or Road to California. And if you haven’t, well, I’m sure it’s on your bucket list. But why do those large shows draw such huge crowds? Well, in a nutshell, it’s the caliber of the quilts entered in those competitions (and don’t tell me it’s the vendors you go to see or I’ll have to give you a dirty look! ☺). Yes, the caliber of the quilts at those shows is nothing short of amazing. But have you ever dreamed of having one of your quilts at one of the big shows? Well, if you have, I’m going to explain some of the things you’ll need to take into consideration when you decide that you’re ready to move up to the big leagues!

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Quilt Judging Part 2 (a Post Script)

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After writing the last blog post about how judges choose the winning quilts, it occurred to me that there was something else I could have shared about judges that might be of interest to quilters. So, I’m going to do that now in a VERY brief post.

There is strange phenomenon out there amongst quilters who enter their quilts in competitions, ESPECIALLY when they are new to the competition world. What I’m referring to, and I have personally felt this way myself, is that when quilters enter a quilt in a competition, and they get comments back from a judge, they tend to take those comments too personally. This can lead to many strange emotions such as anger, incredulity, bitterness, embarrassment, etc.

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