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.

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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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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Quilt Judging Part 2: How Do Quilt Judges Pick Winning Quilts?

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Have you ever been to a quilt show and looked at some of the quilts with ribbons on them and wondered, “Why does this quilt have a ribbon and that one doesn’t?” Well, I think most of us have. What goes on in the “judging room” is a big mystery to many quilters. Since I’ve been in a lot of judging rooms, both as a judge and as an aide, I’m going to try to de-mystify this issue for you.

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The Story of A Quilt

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This blog post is going to be a bit out of the ordinary, but after posting some photos of a particular quilt on Facebook, I got so many nice comments that I decided to tell the history of this quilt because it’s a story I love to tell!

The name of this quilt is “I’m Not from Baltimore, Bakersfield Edition”, and here is its story...

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Great Britain Through the Eyes of a Quilter

Great Britain Through the Eyes of a Quilter

Now that my trip to Great Britain is complete, as promised, I am going to share some of my photos and insights regarding the many quilting related inspirational things I saw on the trip.

As you can imagine, the countries of Great Britain were absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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