Longarm Quilter of the Month: November

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Once a quilt top is pieced and the batting and backing are added to create a “quilt sandwich,” the quilt is ready for the next step in the construction and design process: quilting! Stitching on the quilt sandwich holds the quilt top, batting and backing together firmly and locks down seams, but it also has an artistic element to it. The stitched patterns added by a longarm machine (or sometimes a home machine) can complement your piecing and elevate the overall design of the quilt depending on whether they’re loopy or straight lines, flowery or abstract. For this reason, getting to know your longarmer and what they do is important for all quilters. Whether you aspire to use a longarm yourself, quilt on your home machine, or just want to learn more about the art and craft of quilting, this post is for you.

In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Carole Carter From My Carolina Home to find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Carole is spearheading the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project to help those on the North Carolina coast whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael and the flooding those caused.

Carole Carter From My Carolina Home
Carole Carter, with her original design, Scrap Dance Original.

Here’s what she had to say about longarm quilting:

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I got my longarm in 2010, took my first classes that year, and more a year later. Taking classes at a major convention really improved my skills.

Scrap Dance Tango, designed and quilted by Carole Carter

2. What made you get into longarm quilting?

After sewing quilts for a number of years, I thought I’d like to quilt my own. Now as a pattern designer too, I enjoy the entire process, with longarm quilting making it possible to finish quilts quickly.

3. What is your favorite technique to use when longarm quilting?

I tend to use pantographs and free motion quilting most. As my Scrap Dance series patterns have lots of pieces, an all-over design works best.

Be My Neighbor pattern by Moda, with some design changes. Quilted by Carole Carter.

 

4. Can you share a longarm quilting experiment you did that you liked the results?

Yes, on a small patriotic quilt, I decided to quilt in three colors overlapping the quilting designs. The first pass was fireworks in red thread, then stars in blue thread, then loops in white thread to fill in the empty areas. I really liked how that one came out, the quilting was so interesting, yet it was done like an overall free motion.


5. Any tips for people who would like to start longarm quilting?

My best advice is to choose your machine with care. There are many high quality brands of machines, so test drive a lot of models and take your time making the decision. The best machine for your friends or someone else on a forum may not be the best one for you. They all work and feel a bit different, and the only way to know what you like is to try as many as possible. I spent a year going to shows, showrooms, and visiting friends with different brand machines before deciding on the one that fit me the best. Take your time, it is a huge investment. Then, buy a Towa gauge to set your bobbin tension, it will save you lots of headaches with broken threads.

Orizuru (folded cranes), paper-pieced block. Pieced and quilted by Carole Carter.

6. What are your go-to longarm materials?

There are several things I really like using when longarming, and I know from experience that quality makes a difference. When I want a thicker thread on the quilt top especially variegated thread, I love King Tut thread with Bottom Line in the bobbin. I use Aurifil in both the top thread and bobbin for wonderful texture. I also love Glide for a bit of sheen, and usually pair it with Bottom Line in the bobbin. Batting is so important as well, with Hobbs and Quilter’s Dream being my go-to battings. I love the wool and silk battings in the Hobbs Tuscany line, and I also love Quilter’s Dream Green for its positive impact on our environment. I’m starting to use more rulers and expand my skills with more custom quilting, and like the heat erasable gel pens and chalk for marking.

7. What is the scariest/most exciting part of the process?

The scariest part of the process to me is also the most exciting – deciding what design to quilt on a top. Should I do a custom treatment, or would a pantograph look better? Do I want heavy quilting for the design aspect, or keep it light for the cuddle quality? So many questions to ask with each quilt top! In fact, I have developed an entire speaker presentation for guilds and meetings called Decisions Decisions to address all the things to consider when making a plan for quilting. It has been very well received where I have spoken so far.

8. How would you describe your style of longarm quilting?

I am still a traditional quilter for the most part. I like gentle curves and motifs that soften hard edges on triangles and squares.

9. What is your favorite motif to quilt? I love leaves and feathers.

Delectable Mountains block placement designed by fellow quilter. Pieced and quilted by Carole Carter.

10. What advice would you give someone who is using a professional longarm quilter for the first time?

I have an entire blog page devoted to those things longarm quilters wish their customers knew – How to Prepare for Longarm Quilting. Doing the borders properly is the number one thing most longarmers wish their customers would learn. I have a full tutorial on Quilt Borders, Understanding the Why which explains the difference with measuring versus slap-and-sew. I made two identical quilts and put the borders on with different methods to show the difference.

Value Play, designed and quilted by Carole Carter.

11. What is your current goal for longarming?

Being in North Carolina, my current goal is to quilt at least five queen size quilts for the victims of the Carolina Hurricane flooding. Quilters interested in helping this effort can click on the sidebar button on my blog From My Carolina Home for the latest information.

Big thanks to Carole for taking time out to do this interview and sending all the photos of her work! To see more of her work, be sure to check out her blog and Facebook Page.

The Fat Quarter Shop stocks a range of longarm quilting supplies.

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Happy Quilting!

 

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Sew Sampler Reveal November 2018

Join us at the ‘County Fair’ as we reveal the contents of our November Sew Sampler box! We will be ‘exhibiting’ many new and fun products this month and couldn’t be more excited to work hand-in-hand with one of our favorite designers, Carrie Nelson! We took a fun, little journey with Carrie when collaborating on this box which was inspired directly by her newest book published by Martingale called, Pin Pals.

If you’re not already signed up for this exciting membership, do so by visiting our website!

Garden Variety Charm Pack by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

Thoughtfully planned as a garden patch, these prints and colors balance each other out, with artful florals, steady geometrics, and rhythmic stripes in bright yet mellow hues. Sweet enough for honeybees, a whole hive can be found here as well! The Garden Variety Charm Pack is just what you need to start planting the seeds of inspiration for a beautiful quilt.

Check out the full collection here.

Farm to Garden Finishing Kit by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

The Farm to Garden Finishing Kit includes 7/8 yard Bella Solid and 3/8 yard Garden Variety floral for binding.

This duet, selected by Carrie Nelson, will take you from start-to-finish on your Farm to Garden Wall Hanging. Together it will give your quilt the perfect contrast and pop to make your quilt bloom!

Mini Cupcake Mix Recipe #2 by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Cupcake Mix Recipe #2 includes 20 recipe cards that yield eight 1.5″ finished half square triangles or eight 1.25″ finished half square triangles. Two assembled Recipe Cards make one 6″ or 5″ finished block.

Make dashing star blocks with ease!

Check out all our Cake Mix and Cupcake Mix Recipes here.

Plan in Style 2019 Desktop Calendar by Fat Quarter Shop
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

The 2019 Fat Quarter Shop desktop calendar will keep you organized and looking good! This sturdy, stand-up calendar charts December 2018 to December 2019 with major holidays marked. Each month is book-ended with a beautiful bright quilt block from the upcoming 2019 Fat Quarter Shop Threadology Quilt Along.

Sew Sampler members received this item first!

80wt Aurifil Natural White 100% Cotton Thread by Aurifil

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilts for Moda Fabrics has hand-selected this spool of 80wt thread to perfectly coordinate with the Garden Variety collection. Carrie finds that the silky 80wt thread simply disappears into the fabrics when quilting her wall hanging and pincushions.

Check out our wide assortment of Aurifil threads here.

Farm to Garden Wall Hanging Pattern by Carrie Nelson

Make it big or make it small – or make both! One Charm Pack has enough fabric to make both an adorable pinnie and a 26″ square quilt that can do triple duty – as a wall hanging, a table topper or even a pillow top. What a cute combo for your sewing area!

Barn Block Recipe #8 by Sew Sampler

Join us as we travel the countryside and make twelve unique and inspiring Barn Blocks! If you are sewing along with us, be sure to share your quilt with us on social media using the following hashtag:  #BARNBLOCKQUILT

Don’t wait to pick up a Barn Block Quilt Kit as well as a coordinating Aurifil Barn Block Thread Pack to get started!

Lazy Girl Designs: Great Gift Ideas!

If you’re looking for some easy yet cute projects to give as stocking stuffers, we have you covered with two patterns by Lazy Girl DesignsCasey Quick Cases and CoCo Cord Kimonos!

Quilty staffer Susan made these Casey Quick Cases using Zuma by Tula Pink. Susan plans on making more of these to use as cell phone cases. What a great idea!

Casey Quick Cases made using Zuma by Tula Pink
Casey Quick Cases made using Zuma by Tula Pink

Susan made these CoCo Cord Kimonos using Zuma by Tula Pink, as well! Tangled cords will never be an issue!

CoCo Cord Kimonos made using Zuma by Tula Pink
CoCo Cord Kimonos made using Zuma by Tula Pink  

Quilty staffer Sarah made this CoCo Cord Kimono using Sonota by Amy Sinibaldi.

CoCo Cord Kimono using Sonata by Amy Sinibaldi
CoCo Cord Kimono using Sonata by Amy Sinibaldi

Let us know in the comments which one you plan on making and for who!

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Lori Holt has a new Cross Stitch Pattern – Vintage Christmas Sampler!

Lori Holt and It’s Sew Emma are at it again! Just in time for the Christmas season, Lori Holt has created a new cross stitch pattern, Vintage Christmas Sampler. This Christmas-inspired sampler is filled with everyone’s favorite holiday sights — candy canes, gingerbread men and a gingerbread house, stockings, an ornament and Santa Claus. If a few of the blocks look familiar, you’re right – they are from Lori’s Vintage Christmas Book.

As with It’s Sew Emma’s other cross stitch patterns, this one comes with full-color diagrams, instructions and a supply list (for both AuriFloss and DMC). It is printed on durable 11″ x 17″ cardstock. The Vintage Christmas Sampler is designed to coordinate with Lori Holt’s 10-count Vintage Cloth. It finishes around 9.5″ x 12.5″ so it works great with an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Want to get started ASAP! Here’s a list of the supplies you’ve need to get started on the Vintage Christmas Sampler:

Love these adorable blocks, but wanna try a smaller project for the holidays?? Lori has got you covered! How great are these adorable little ornaments she made?? They are the perfect addition to anyone’s Christmas Tree. Great for gifts, and maybe keep a few for yourself! 🙂

Looking for a project that you can keep out all year long? How cute is this mason jar cover?!?!

A few weeks ago Kimberly went to Lori’s Cozy Cottage and filmed a quick YouTube tutorial on how to make them, check it out here!

Share with #VintageChristmasCrossStitch

Be sure to share your projects using #VintageChristmasCrossStitch and tag us (@fatquartershop), Lori (@beelori1) and It’s Sew Emma (@itssewemma) so we can see and share your work!

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Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along: Week 7

Week 7: Neapolitan and Peaches ‘n Cream Blocks

Welcome back to week 7 of our Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along! We’re quilting our way through the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt! This sampler quilt is a taste of all the quilts, as blocks from all 16 quilts are included, so you’ll get to try them all. We have the full Fabric Requirements HERE for you to use. Pick out your fabrics and quilt along with us. You’ll need both the Perfect 10 Book and Ruler to make this sampler so grab yours and let’s get started!

Perfect 10 Book and Perfect 10 Ruler

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For the seventh week of the quilt along, we are making the Neapolitan and Peaches ‘n cream Blocks! [Get the guide HERE] Kimberly made her blocks using Guest Room by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda Fabrics!

Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along

We also have 14 quilty staffers and bloggers quilting along with us! Throughout the Quilt Along, they’ve been making two blocks each until all 16 blocks are made! Here are their versions of the Neapolitan and Peaches ‘n Cream Blocks:

 

 

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create

Quilty Staffer Deborah – Oxford by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Quilty Staffer Denise – Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

Gina of Thread Graffiti

Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio

Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies

 


Kim of Persimon Dreams

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

Quilty Staffer Nancy – Clover Hollow by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

 

Pam of Pam Kitty Morning

  

 

Sinta of Pink Pincushion

 

 

 

Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts

Quilty Staffer Terri – Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics

Quilt Along with us using #FQSPerfect10

We’d love to see your Perfect 10 Sampler Blocks! Share your blocks on Instagram or Facebook using #FQSPerfect10 and so we can see and share them!

Catch us here next week on December 4 for Week 8 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along where we will be making the Rainbow Sherbet and Rocky Road Blocks!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Cyber Monday SALE!

Fat Quarter Shop Cyber Monday Sale

Are you ready for our amazing
Cyber Monday Mega Sale?

Select precuts are up to 30% OFF (see terms below)! Plus orders over $50 will receive a Measure-It Bee Cute Ribbon Card as a FREE gift! And orders over $100 will receive a Charm Pack Gift Bag! This exclusive FQS zipper bag comes with two fabulous charm packs, one from Vintage Holiday and one from Mama’s Cottage!

 

For two days only, get 30% OFF Fat Eighth Bundles; 25% OFF Layer Cakes; 20% OFF Jolly Bars; 20% OFF Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs; 15% OFF Fat Quarter Bundles, Half Yard Bundles, and One Yard Bundles; and 10% OFF Jelly Rolls!

 

Hurry – these sales end Tuesday, November 27 at Midnight CST!

 

Be sure to check out our amazing 29-hour Mega Flash Sales! We’ve got 6 awesome deals on products we love up to 85% off! These items are limited in quantity, so get them before they’re gone!

 

 

*TERMS: Save up to 30% off select in-stock precuts; excludes Flash Sale, Pre-orders, and Reservations. Other exclusions may apply. One use per customer, not valid with other offers. Limit one of each of the Free Gift items per customer, while supplies last. Purchase of gift certificates and downloadable products do not qualify towards free gift minimum purchase. Special offers cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. Flash sales end tomorrow at 10AM CST.

 

 

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Button Lovers Club 3: Acorn

We’re feeling nutty for this month’s Button Lover’s Club, Words with Buttons from Just Another Button Club! Each monthly box includes a word pack with button letters to spell the word of the month, plus an assortment of handmade clay buttons. All of the buttons are chosen to coordinate with a popular new fabric collection. This month’s theme is called Acorn! So perfect for the fall, right?!

We love this packaging! It really allows you to get a look at everything and start project planning!

If you’re a member of the  Button Lover’s Club, Words with Buttons, you get a special  pattern each month! Take a look at the adorable pillow using the applique pattern in this month’s box from Just Another Button Club’s blog!

Doesn’t this make you want to curl up with warm cup of tea? The precious fabric used here is 101 Maple Street by Bunny Hill. If you’re not member of the club, you can still sign up! And if you’re not ready to join, you can get this month’s box here!

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Black Friday SALE at Fat Quarter Shop!

Fat Quarter Shop Black Friday Sale

 

Happy Black Friday Fat Quarter Shop-pers!  Save big with 20% OFF ALL ORDERS (see terms below)!

 Plus orders over $50 will receive a White Kona Cotton Solids Charm Pack as a FREE gift! And orders over $125 will also receive a Limited Edition Black Friday Grab Bag! This grab bag is exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop, and includes SIX mystery items! Quantities are limited, so act fast!

Hurry – these sales end Saturday, November 24 at Midnight CST!

Be sure to check our Flash Sale page bright and early tomorrow for some super special deals!

 

 

*TERMS: Save 20% off limited to regularly priced, in-stock items only. Excludes gift certificates, pre-orders, Sew Sampler boxes and Jolly Boxes. Other exclusions may apply. One use per customer, not valid with other offers and not combineable with quantity discounts. Limit one of each of the free gift items per customer, while supplies last. Purchase of gift certificates and downloadable products do not qualify towards free gift minimum purchase. Offers cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fat Quarter Shop

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fat Quarter Shop!  We hope you enjoy this day of giving thanks surrounded by those you love, with family, friends and good food.

With gratitude in our hearts, we are SEW thankful for our family, friends and all of you this season.

2018 Designer Mystery Block of the Month

 


The 2018 Designer Mystery Block of the Month has been a lot of fun so far! We’re using lovely fabric from Joanna Figueroa’s collection, Ella & Ollie!

This quilt is great for quilters of all levels. The Designer Mystery quilt is made up of 12 different blocks designed by 12 different Moda designers and each block finishes at 12″ x 12″. If you’re an adventurous beginner, this quilt will help you grow your skills. Get started with the club by signing up today!

We have a wonderful community of Designer Mystery quilters in our 2018 Designer Mystery BOM Facebook Group, and lovely photos on Instagram with the #2018DesignerMystery hashtag! Let’s see what they’ve been working on.

Coffee Date, designed by Sweetwater. Pieced by acreate735 on Instagram.
Coffee Date, designed by Sweetwater. Pieced by acreate735 on Instagram.

Beach Day, designed by Pat Sloan. Pieced by acreate735 on Instagram.
Beach Day, designed by Pat Sloan. Pieced by acreate735 on Instagram.

Flower blocks by Jennifer Sisk on Instagram
Flower blocks by Jennifer Sisk on Instagram

Ring Toss designed by Me and My Sister Designs. Pieced by renorxv2 on Instagram.
Ring Toss designed by Me and My Sister Designs. Pieced by renorxv2 on Instagram.

Coffee Date and setting blocks. Pieced by angesullivan on Instagram.
Coffee Date and setting blocks. Pieced by angesullivan on Instagram.

Daisy Crown, designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Pieced by neverlandstitches on Instagram.
Daisy Crown, designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Pieced by neverlandstitches on Instagram.

 

 

Design wall in the works, courtesy of BOM club member Diane Snyder.
Club member Diane Snyder uses her nifty design wall to lay the quilt blocks in place as she goes along.

 

The 2018 Designer Mystery BOM Club started in June and runs through May of 2019.  Sign up today to get started! If you sign up now, you’ll receive the previous blocks so that you’ll be on the same schedule as the other members in the club. Each block ships around the 10th of each month, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up!

Click to join Designer Mystery block of the month club

 

 

Of course, we sprinkled in freebies with this year’s Designer Mystery Block of the Month items! When you sign up for the Designer Mystery BOM, you will receive a 220 yard 50wt spool of Aurifil thread, color 2309, FREE courtesy of Aurifil, with your first block for FREE! Perfect to sew your Ella & Ollie Blocks together!

Aurifil thread 50wt

When you get the Designer Mystery BOM Backing Set, you will receive a custom 2018 Designer Mystery Block of the Month quilt label to commemorate and personalize your quilt FREE! This quilt label is exclusive to the Designer Mystery BOM Backing Set.

And finally, when you order the Designer Mystery BOM Finishing Kit, you will receive a box of Flower Head Pins, a $12.50 value, with your finishing set for FREE! Great for getting a clean finish for your gorgeous Designer Mystery Quilts!

Here are the first six blocks of this year’s Designer Mystery Quilt! Do you have any idea how the rest of it will look?

 

 

We have 12 lovely Moda Designers contribute sampler blocks for this year’s Designer Mystery Quilt! You may recognize some old faces and even meet some new ones!

 

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