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February 23, 2017
2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial, I tackled three more of my UFOs and showed you 3 designs to machine quilt with Master Quilter thread. That thread is a dream to quilt with, and my super picky Gammill seemed to think so too!! Today, I’m going to talk about 2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting, and I’m going to show you a few more machine quilting designs.


WonderFil's DecoBob thread on a grey hexagon tablerunner.
DecoBob thread on the hexagon tablerunner


DecoBob for machine quilting

Because DecoBob thread is so fine, it blends nicely with the fabrics in a quilt so that the quilting ...

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A Long Overdue Update from Quilting with Care

Well, I jumped off the deep end for a moment and forgot to clue you all in. It’s been a little while since my last post.   On top of the quilt shop, I am still working a full time job. This week I had a business trip, so I did what every quilter would do […]

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February 21, 2017
Trees 'n Stars, and UFOs from caledonia quilter

This quilt belongs to one of my favorite piecers.  She is VERY accurate and her quilts are always perfectly flat.

I will really miss her - she's moving out-of-country soon.

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February 17, 2017
Blithe Fabrics - Winter Crystals I was thrilled to learn I would... from Living Water Quilter

Blithe Fabrics - Winter Crystals

I was thrilled to learn I would join a host of international makers in designer Katarina Roccella’s blog tour for her new Art Gallery Fabrics fabric line, Blithe. The fabrics I choose for Winter Crystals are:

  • Arcadia Bliss Shine
  • Philosophers Thoughts
  • Dear Deer Teal
  • Deer Hound’s-tooth Fair
  • Bows in Silence
  • Birds Songs Moon
  • Birds Songs Sun
  • Glacier Path Aqua
  • Evergreens Frozen

Designing quilts is so much fun! The final result of Winter Crystals is very close to the original vision. The placement and number of crystals falls between the second and third design.


The ...

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February 15, 2017
Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

My blog has been a bit quieter in 2017. Sorry about that! I have a really good reason, I promise. I’m working on a big project. I thought I’d show you some frustratingly-vague photos...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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February 13, 2017
First Red & White of the Year & Winterruption & Winner!! from caledonia quilter

As you may (or may not?) know, this is Canada's sesquicentennial year.

Quilters LOOOVE to celebrate.  Any excuse will do.

How better to celebrate than to make a quilt to memorialize the occasion?

Mmm, plain backs with custom quilting are so pretty.


Another winter holiday with my girlies has come & gone.  Girlies = my longarm besties:  Diane, Deb, Carol Anne & Karen.  We missed Karen this year - she stayed home to teach her new puppy proper potty etiquette.  (don't try and say that when you're on your second martini)
I managed to get almost caught up on ...

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WIP Week Wrap Up from Quilting with Care

{WIP= Work In Progress} Wow! The week flew past, yet somehow I was able to finish a few things. I sure hope you were able to as well.  First, I worked on a class sample. Our first class is February 25th and it is a beginner quilt class on making a Disappearing Nine Patch; although, […]

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February 12, 2017
Two Roller Rink Quilts from Snowy Days Quilting

Every fall the local quilt guild does a quilt retreat. Some of us have decided it's fun to choose a pattern that we all work on at the retreat. This year, we went with Roller Rink by Elizabeth Hartman. The pattern can be found in her book Modern Patchwork.

So far, two people have finished their quilts and allowed me to quilt them. It's always fun to see the same quilt pattern done up in different colors. Sharon Stoneberger made hers with reds, oranges, and purples.

Roller Rink quilt

For the quilting, we chose a design that reflects the fabric. The ...

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Control Your Speed Without a Stitch Regulator - Sit Down Quilting Sunday #3 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's Sunday which means it's time to jump on the Grace Qnique 14+ and share a new Sit Down Quilting Sunday video! This week I'm answering one of the most common questions about this machine:
Does the Grace Qnique machine come with a stitch regulator? 
The answer to this question is no. This machine does not come with a stitch regulator when it's set up as a sit down / table mounted machine. Only when you upgrade the machine to roll over a quilting frame will you get a stitch regulator.

This means that quilting on the ...

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February 7, 2017
Quilter’s Hideaway is Open! from Quilting with Care

I do not even know how to begin telling you about this past weekend. I’ve talked to several people about how to start this post, what to write, how to translate what is in my head out into words. I guess I should start with a deep breath.  *breathe in*   *breathe out*  I’m somewhere lost in […]

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February 5, 2017
Quilting Tension Test! Sit Down Quilting Sunday #2 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Wow! I've been really happy with the response to our new Sit Down Quilting Sunday series. I received lots of questions about the Grace Qnique quilting machine and how it works as a sit down / table mounted longarm.

The most common question I received was about adjusting your tension so in this week's video let's learn how to do a tension test:

Click Here to read more about the Grace Qnique.

Apparently in forums and reviews, tension issues were the most common complaint about the Grace Qnique. All I can speak for is my personal experience and ...

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Valentines Hearts, Roman Blinds, the Current Book from caledonia quilter

Here are your February hearts.

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January 31, 2017
Laurena’s Longarm is for sale. from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

An opportunity has arisen and I am moving on to a new job. I’ve made this difficult decision after significant consideration and I would like to share with you what will happen at Laurena’s Longarm Quilting in the next couple of months.

I am offering the business for sale until February 17, 2017. Please telephone me at (781) 229-0734 if you are interesting in acquiring a flourishing business with a growing clientele of loyal, talented quilters.

Barring a sale, March 18, 2017 will be Laurena’s Longarm Quilting’s last day of business.

I will work with subscribers ...

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Millie, the machine, Earned Overtime This Weekend from Quilting with Care

Happy Monday! Today feels like Wednesday, or maybe Thursday without the added excitement that tomorrow is Friday.  It just has the drag that we are pushing through another week.  The get up and go of a Monday following a relaxing weekend is nowhere in sight.  I’m tired.  The reason I’m tired is exciting, though.  We […]

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January 30, 2017
A couple pantos and ... what? More fabric? from caledonia quilter

This is a wonderfully cozy, flannel quilt.

Quilted with a holly panto - it should be ready in plenty of time for Christmas.

Ooh, a Sampler quilt in Blue & White.  Yum!

Quilted with a great feather-ey/paisley panto.

I should not be allowed to go on field trips to "help a friend" find fabric.  The only one who found fabric was me.  Not even one full month into the new year yet, either.  Perhaps I should pretend I was celebrating Chinese New Year?
The preponderance of red & white fabrics will help me with my 150 Canadian Women quilt

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January 23, 2017
Bright Thread on Black Fabric & January Projects from caledonia quilter

I love the backs on both of these quilts...

Bright lime green on a black/deep purple backing fabric.

Bright harvest gold on a solid black backing.


  • Master bedroom painted. Check.  Next up on the list will be the new window treatments, starting with Roman Blinds (hopefully will start tomorrow?)
  • I'm attempting to put together a portfolio of quilts.  All quilts have been dragged out, lightly spritzed, and then rolled into tubes on the diagonal in an attempt to remove the fold lines so they can be photographed.  The photos need to be taken outside on an ...

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January 20, 2017
A Joyful Noise...Finished! from All Things Quilty

Still working on projects from the UFO basket...and finished the binding on another little quilt last night!

A Joyful Noise, by Jeanne Turner McBrayer, 2017
 This one has been "cooking" for quite some time.  It of course is made of scrap fabrics, mostly from baby quilts that I have made.  I followed directions from the blog Del Quilts, who learned this technique at a workshop with Rachel Maus called "It Doesn't Matter."  Basically, you sew lots of scraps and strips together, cut them into triangles, sew together into squares, and then arrange your squares in a pleasing manner ...

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January 17, 2017
The Storyteller Quilt and "business casual" fashion advice from caledonia quilter

Here is a Block of the Month from Connecting Threads:  "The Storyteller".

The central medallion gave me some challenges as far as quilting designs, but I think it turned out well.

Six borders.  Yah.

Gorgeous back.

This is the only way you can see the Celtic Braid design in the outer border.

This does not qualify.  My advice, if you are expecting customers, is to NOT dress like this.  I was painting the bedroom.  That took me longer than I anticipated, and the customers arrived earlier than anticipated, so, you know... I look bad.
Speaking of painting ...

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January 16, 2017
The Little Engine That Could from Quilting with Care

19 days! There are only NINETEEN days until our grand opening.  Between picking up fabric, ordering notions, planning greatness, and so much more, I have barely had any time to sit at my machine and have a sew date.  “Soon” I keep telling myself… soon.     Soon the shop opens. Soon I will be able […]

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January 14, 2017
Niemeyer Vintage Compass from Emily's Quilting

Judy Neimeyer Vintage Compass

Judy Niemeyer makes fantastic paper pieced quilt patterns!  This quilt is called Vintage Compass, and I had the pleasure of longarm quilting it!

Niemeyer Paper Pieced QuiltWonky QuiltPleasure, that is, once I decided how to quilt it.  Judy Niemeyer’s quilts are showstoppers!  Someone was trusting me to enhance their masterpiece.  I don’t take this lightly.  As someone who loves to sew, I know the hours this person took to get their quilt to this point.  Gulp….

Paper pieced quilts are wonderful in their precise points.  They’re not so wonderful because of seam bulk, however. Any seam not sewn perfectly will make ...

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