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January 28, 2023
Signature Quilt – the story from Essie's Quilts

Back on Dec 20, 2022 we aired a HQ Watch and Learn Quilting Show about Signature Quilts. You can watch it here. In the show Kim and Kristina share several kinds of signature quilts. One of them was a quilt that was gifted to Handi Quilter by my guild, The Southern Wake Quilters’ Guild, here in beautiful North Carolina. Every quilt tells a story, especially signature quilts.

 

Several guild members created spool blocks and signed them. I had the honor and privilege of quilting it. Kim mentions in the video that there is a story behind the quilt. And what ...

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Signature Quilt – the story from Gwen's Quilts

Back on Dec 20, 2022 we aired a HQ Watch and Learn Quilting Show about Signature Quilts. You can watch it here. In the show Kim and Kristina share several kinds of signature quilts. One of them was a quilt that was gifted to Handi Quilter by my guild, The Southern Wake Quilters’ Guild, here in beautiful North Carolina. Every quilt tells a story, especially signature quilts.

 

Several guild members created spool blocks and signed them. I had the honor and privilege of quilting it. Kim mentions in the video that there is a story behind the quilt. And what ...

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January 21, 2023
Binding on the Longarm – How To from Gwen's Quilts

Last week I wrote about making my temperature quilt. I had several questions about how to apply the binding while the quilt is still on your longarm frame. I explained this in a past post, but thought you might like to see it again (or see it for the first time!)

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful ...

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Binding on the Longarm – How To from Essie's Quilts

Last week I wrote about making my temperature quilt. I had several questions about how to apply the binding while the quilt is still on your longarm frame. I explained this in a past post, but thought you might like to see it again (or see it for the first time!)

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful ...

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January 14, 2023
Temperature Quilt from Essie's Quilts

I made a temperature quilt for 2022. Have you heard of them? Just Google temperature quilts and you’ll find lots of examples!

 

Making a Temperature Quilt

The idea is to record the high and low temperature for each day. Assign a fabric (color) to temperature ranges and use the fabric associated with the high and low temps each day to make a block. Sew all the blocks together in chronological order and you’ll end up with a visual representation of the year’s weather. It can be pretty darn beautiful!

Choose your block

You can choose whatever block ...

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Temperature Quilt from Gwen's Quilts

I made a temperature quilt for 2022. Have you heard of them? Just Google temperature quilts and you’ll find lots of examples!

 

Making a Temperature Quilt

The idea is to record the high and low temperature for each day. Assign a fabric (color) to temperature ranges and use the fabric associated with the high and low temps each day to make a block. Sew all the blocks together in chronological order and you’ll end up with a visual representation of the year’s weather. It can be pretty darn beautiful!

Choose your block

You can choose whatever block ...

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January 7, 2023
The Finish – Christmas Countdown Quilt-A-Long with Helen Godden from Gwen's Quilts

At the start of December 2022 our friend, Helen Godden, started her annual Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long. Helen is our Handi Quilter Ambassador who lives in Australia. She’s an accomplished artist and a superb stationary machine quilter. I decided to join in the quilt-a-long and take you all along with me. So today I will share my journey, some things I learned along the way, and the finish.

In the last post about this topic I showed you how I prepared my fabric with Helen’s design by tracing her pattern. I made a few changes (thanks Helen for understanding ...

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The Finish – Christmas Countdown Quilt-A-Long with Helen Godden from Essie's Quilts

At the start of December 2022 our friend, Helen Godden, started her annual Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long. Helen is our Handi Quilter Ambassador who lives in Australia. She’s an accomplished artist and a superb stationary machine quilter. I decided to join in the quilt-a-long and take you all along with me. So today I will share my journey, some things I learned along the way, and the finish.

In the last post about this topic I showed you how I prepared my fabric with Helen’s design by tracing her pattern. I made a few changes (thanks Helen for understanding ...

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January 6, 2023
A Winter Quilt & A Donation from caledonia quilter

 This is a beautiful quilt made from a panel.  As you know, Winter Is Coming.


I love this gal's work.  She cut up the panel, did some math, made lots of patchwork, then put it all together.

Even the back is lovely.

Back in the spring my friend and I were horrified about what was happening in Ukraine, and we decided to put our stashes together and make a quilt for donation.

Here's the final product.


A closeup of the quilting - sunflowers.

I also made some placemats to go with the quilt.

I'm pleased to say that ...

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December 30, 2022
Fall & Winter Projects from caledonia quilter

 I started this back in the summer, it became Part II of a wedding gift.  Cute - a modern version of Christmas trees.

The pattern is a freebee from Art Gallery Fabrics, "Tepee Adventures".  It's written as a lap quilt so I had to make more blocks and kind of re-jig things to get a queen size quilt.  Most of the fabrics came from my stash, with the exception of the backgrounds and the border, and I think a couple of fat quarters.


This was made as a gift for an animal lover.

All fabrics from my stash, although the ...

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December 17, 2022
Introducing the NEW HQ Amara ST from Gwen's Quilts

We have a new machine in our family! I’d like to introduce you to the Handi Quilter Amara ST.

The ST part of the name stands for STationary. You move the fabric under the needle to quilt. The machine stays stationary. It is packed with all the best features quilters value most.

Features

Stitch regulation

Amara ST is equipped with built-in In-Sight™ Stitch regulation technology that keeps your stitches perfect! Free-motiion quilting has never been easier. All you need to think about is moving the fabric to execute your design. No need to move at a steady pace to ...

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Introducing the NEW HQ Amara ST from Essie's Quilts

We have a new machine in our family! I’d like to introduce you to the Handi Quilter Amara ST.

The ST part of the name stands for STationary. You move the fabric under the needle to quilt. The machine stays stationary. It is packed with all the best features quilters value most.

Features

Stitch regulation

Amara ST is equipped with built-in In-Sight™ Stitch regulation technology that keeps your stitches perfect! Free-motiion quilting has never been easier. All you need to think about is moving the fabric to execute your design. No need to move at a steady pace to ...

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December 10, 2022
Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long with Helen Godden from Gwen's Quilts

Have you seen the Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long for 2022 from our friend, Helen Godden? This is the 7th year that Helen is doing her quilt-a-long. It’s tons of fun and you just might learn a few new quilting techniques along the way. Helen is our Handi Quilter Ambassador who lives in Australia. She’s an accomplished artist and a superb stationary machine quilter.

Where to join

Go here and download Helen’s free pattern. Print it and tape the 6 pages together. Then transfer the design to muslin or fabric. You can prepare the piece for quilting any way ...

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Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long with Helen Godden from Essie's Quilts

Have you seen the Christmas Countdown Quilt-a-long for 2022 from our friend, Helen Godden? This is the 7th year that Helen is doing her quilt-a-long. It’s tons of fun and you just might learn a few new quilting techniques along the way. Helen is our Handi Quilter Ambassador who lives in Australia. She’s an accomplished artist and a superb stationary machine quilter.

Where to join

Go here and download Helen’s free pattern. Print it and tape the 6 pages together. Then transfer the design to muslin or fabric. You can prepare the piece for quilting any way ...

read more
December 3, 2022
Protect your Investment from Gwen's Quilts

We received lot of questions recently about powering your Handi Quilter longarm machine. It’s a great question to ask! You definitely want to protect your investment in your beloved quilting machine.

I posted back in the summer about this topic and you can read the entire post here. It explains how to choose the proper surge protector or UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) for your machine. Read it now, we will wait.

More information

I want to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions here, in order to expand on the previous post. The expert answers come from ...

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Protect your Investment from Essie's Quilts

We received lot of questions recently about powering your Handi Quilter longarm machine. It’s a great question to ask! You definitely want to protect your investment in your beloved quilting machine.

I posted back in the summer about this topic and you can read the entire post here. It explains how to choose the proper surge protector or UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) for your machine. Read it now, we will wait.

More information

I want to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions here, in order to expand on the previous post. The expert answers come from ...

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November 17, 2022
Love those Double Spines! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Love those double spines but need a little help getting them done? The ProEcho line of rulers by Quilter’s Groove (</p>
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November 11, 2022
Tension is Key from Gwen's Quilts

I spent several days in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. I had a wonderful time chatting with old friends, new friends, Handi Quilter owners, and those thinking about joining the Handi Quilter family of owners. During my flight home I thought about all the wonderful conversations I had during the week and something stood out to me. Of those Handi Quilter owners who visited, many had specific questions about tension. We all know good tension is key to good quilting results.

There are so many resources to help you with learning how to tension all the yummy threads we ...

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Tension is Key from Essie's Quilts

I spent several days in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. I had a wonderful time chatting with old friends, new friends, Handi Quilter owners, and those thinking about joining the Handi Quilter family of owners. During my flight home I thought about all the wonderful conversations I had during the week and something stood out to me. Of those Handi Quilter owners who visited, many had specific questions about tension. We all know good tension is key to good quilting results.

There are so many resources to help you with learning how to tension all the yummy threads we ...

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October 31, 2022
Seasonal Quilts & Tales From My Boring Life (boring is good) from caledonia quilter

I quilted these two back in July.  One for Christmas. 


One for fall.

This belongs to a friend of mine, for winter.


This is one of mine that is planned as a Christmas gift.

My life is generally pretty boring and I'm ok with that.  Boring is good!  Boring means you don't have to call your friend and repeat yourself because she can't understand what you're saying while you're crying and hiccupping and blowing your nose.  I actually had a not boring, really FUN week in October, though.

In my last post I mentioned that ...

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