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.
Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting
This week I have a very special "Guest Blogger"; Kristen Vierra. Kris is a national and international award winning quilter from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and displayed at quilt shows throughout the country. Kris' awards include thePfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry, BOS at NW Quilting Expo, and a number of best long arm quilting awards; several at AQS shows. She has a full-time longarm quilting business and enjoys teaching quilting and sharing her love of all things quilts.
I know you're going to love reading this blog from Kris, as it pertains to each and every one of us. So, without further ado, here is Kris' blog...
People ask me all the time, “How do you quilt such large quilts on a home sewing machine?” To them, the task seems overwhelming. But my standard answer to that question is, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” And it’s the same concept for quilting a large quilt (or any quilt for that matter).
Over my 20 years of teaching machine quilting, I’ve seen students with every make and model of sewing machine in my classes, and I’ve come to realize that there are several features on sewing machines that can really make or break the success of the quilter. It’s also common for my students to ask me about which features they should shop for when purchasing a new sewing machine, so here are some important features to keep in mind when you’re in the market for a new machine.