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There are no perfect quilts - And that's okay!

Posted by Jessica Carter on

I got quite involved in a discussion on a Facebook quilting group today. I normally try to avoid these, as very few minds are changed because of a social media debate. However, I felt like the poster was shaming people who made less than perfect quilts. Several people indicated they were now hesitant to send their quilts to be longarmed because they were afraid of being judged. It made my heart hurt. Please, don't ever feel that your quilt is not 'good enough' to be longarmed. If you love your quilt, I promise you - I will love your quilt too....

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What Happens to Your Quilt When It Gets to Us?

Posted by Jessica Carter on

Sending off your quilt top that you have worked so hard on and invested so much time and money can be a really scary proposition. One of the questions I get asked the most is about what happens to your quilt once the box arrives on my doorstep. I live in a really quiet little neighborhood. It is a small subdivision that is kinda off the beaten path of our city. Thankfully, porch pirates have *never* been an issue for us. However, I do have a camera at my door and a nice Japanese maple that obscures much of the front porch....

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When and why should I choose a meander for quilting?

Posted by Jessica Carter on

The meander quilting pattern is not really a pattern. It is more a wandering thread path of thread throughout your quilt. I offer a meander for a very low price - only 1 cent per square inch. I get asked about the meander quite a bit. When should you choose the meander pattern for your quilt?1. When you want to maintain loft - the meander I do is on the larger size - depending on the batting you ship me. The quilt is not compressed by thread. 2. When you want a warm and soft quilt - Because it is not...

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Wool Batting - An Overlooked Gem

Posted by Jessica Carter on

Many people really like polyester batting because of the loft it has. The loft adds definition to the quilting and is puffy and soothing - especially for people who want the warmth and softness of a comforter. Quilter's Dream carries a good polyester, and if I wanted to use polyester, that is the brand I would pick. However - there is a natural and more sustainable option - wool. Quilter's Dream carries the most fantastic wool batting I have had the pleasure of using. I was hesitant to order it, since I use batting right off the roll for my longarm....

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Tying a quilt vs Quilting a quilt!

Posted by Jessica jessi0519@gmail.com on

My precious grandmother gave my nephew a baby quilt when he was born. Actually, she gave all the babies who were privileged enough to know her - grandchildren or not - sweet quilts that she made from stamped embroidery panels. She tied the one she gave to my nephew (or had my mother tie it for him)- and he loved that quilt. My nephew carried it everywhere for several years and lovingly referred to it as his night-night. He would twirl the strings that tied the quilt together to soothe himself. Eventually, those strings broke off, came untied, or just...

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