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Is that the quilt stitch look I want? Auditioning quilt stitch designs

Posted by on June 26, 2017

Some quilt tops speak to us and it’s easy to see a stitch design.  Then there are those that have us stumped.  We want to have our design pretty well set when we start stitching – if we don’t, we may be picking out stitches.  And I haven’t had anyone tell me that their favor… Read More

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What did I stitch on that quilt? Quilt Documentation

Posted by on June 20, 2017

Have you ever been in this position?  Someone says, “I really like the quilting pattern and the thread you used on Susie’s quilt!  Can you do that on mine?”  You think you remember what Susie’s quilt looked like, but you’re not 100% sure what quilt pattern was used and have no idea what brand or… Read More

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Shine a light – How much lighting do I need?

Posted by on June 14, 2017

By Sondra Reierson, TinLizzie18 Educator When do you quilt?  I’m sure many of you will say, ‘Whenever I can!’  I’m the same way.  It may be 3:00 a.m. or mid-night or any time in-between!  And many of us tend to start quilting and forget everything else and quilt until the piece is complete or we… Read More

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Does it hurt when you’re quilting? Let’s check your set-up!

Posted by on June 5, 2017

Many of us get into our quilting ‘zone’ and forget about everything else until the quilt is completed or we begin to hurt.  Let’s take a look at some of the things to check that may be causing you to ‘hurt’. What height is my machine frame set at?  What should it be set at? … Read More

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What Should I Quilt Where?

Posted by on May 31, 2017

Here are some helpful tips to help you make those all-important decisions! What did I create the quilt for? Heavy use Display Heirloom Quilt show Do I want the stitching to be the focus? Do I want the piecing to be the focus? Shall I enhance the block piecing? Does the block need to be… Read More

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Now, How Do I Actually Quilt with a Longarm Sit Down?

Posted by on May 26, 2017

by Myrl Breinholt | TinLizzie18 Educator Principles to keep in mind: Working towards you is easiest since you are able to see where you are going. You can create muscle memory and hand-eye coordination by doodling basic shapes with paper and pencil.  Your brain cannot distinguish between whether you are quilting or drawing. Your eye… Read More

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Muscle Memory: What is it?

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Muscle memory is the ability to become competent completing an action or movement without conscious thought.  This is accomplished because of frequent and deliberate repetition of that movement.  We all have much of our daily activity that has become muscle memory.  Most of us don’t think much about brushing our teeth, buckling our seat belt… Read More

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Finding Confidence for Longarm Quilting

Posted by on May 9, 2017

We Learn By: Observation, Imitation, Repetition —Denis Waitley Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. —Helen Keller Here’s some inspiration to help you along your quilting journey! Attend quilt shows. Volunteer at shows. Take pictures. Take classes including internet subscriptions. Sketch what you see. Doodle. Make… Read More

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