I Quilt: Quilting Tips

By Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins

It’s Thursday and it’s time to get your quilt on!  Quite literally, it’s FREEZING here in Canberra!!

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Thank you to those of you who noticed that I’ve been quiet.  I have a thyroid anti-immune disease and it is playing up at the moment.  Whilst I’m mostly fine, the last couple of weeks I had a good day followed by a bad day.  Thankfully the fatigue and general unwellness that my mean old thyroid brings, seems to be on the way out :)  I’m off to a Guild meeting tonight (yay!) unlike last Thursday when I was half comatose on the sofa and the FABULOUS Ms Midge offered to step in at the last minute and host I Quilt for me.  Yay for awesome, quilty friends!!  Thank you Midge xxx

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This week I’m featuring another fabulous quilty lady, Karen of Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals.

Image used with permission by Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

Image used with permission by Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

Karen wrote the most marvelous post last week full of FANTASTIC quilting tips!  She quilts on a Janome Horizon with Aurifil thread and has some advice specific to her machine as well as some really good, general quilting advice.  Karen doesn’t drop her feed-dogs, rather she covers them, she also uses a bobbin genie and supreme slider.  With my Bernina I feel the extension table is smooth enough for quilting but I’ve heard great things about supreme sliders.  Karen also uses Machinger gloves which I find to be excellent for quilting on the domestic machine.  Thanks for the tips Karen!!

Image used with permission by Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

Image used with permission by Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

While you’re over there make sure you check out her work, she is a really talented quilter and I love that she shared her top tips with us last week.  That’s what I wanted I Quilt to be all about; sharing the process so that we can all improve our quilting <3

Image used with permission from Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

Image used with permission from Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

Speaking of sharing the quilty love, this evening on Instagram I happened across an awesome hashtag: #machinequiltingtips

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This advice is aimed at longarmers and there is some FANTASTIC advice there!!!  Check it out if you’re a longarm quilter, please share your tips and support the wonderful online community that we have <3  My top tip for both longarm and domestic quilting is to relax and not worry about perfection.  Closely followed by my second top tip which is to never sew/quilt when tired! ;)

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Speaking of this online community…  I reached a big milestone on Instagram this week and will be celebrating with a giveaway over the next few days.  If you’re not on Instagram, head on over, if you are, keep your eyes peeled ;)  The giveaway will be limited to Instagram (don’t worry, I’ll have an awesome August giveaway here on the blog) because it’s all about celebrating the great IG community :)  I’ve pulled out some fabric and I’m thinking of doing a stripy, binding bundle <3  As much as we all love fat quarter bundles, I was thinking of some WoF stripey prints that can be used for binding.  Sound good? :)

Now it’s your turn to get quilty!  Link up your quilting process, visit three other linkers and share the quilt love <3



 

5 Comments on I Quilt: Quilting Tips

  1. Karen Miller
    June 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm (4 months ago)

    Thank you Gemma!! I’m so honored to be featured at Pretty Bobbins — your work, process, and thought provoking posts always inspire !! Thanks for all you do for this fantastic quilting community! Hugs…

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  2. Kathi Riemer
    June 13, 2014 at 1:27 am (4 months ago)

    I am glad you are feeling better. Thank you for your lovely party. I also enjoyed reading about quilting on Karen’s blog.

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  3. Cassandra
    June 13, 2014 at 11:23 am (4 months ago)

    Thankyou for your inspiring links and hosting us all! I am proud to be one of your 1000+ IG followers – congratulations on a huge milestone!

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  4. Rosemary B
    June 13, 2014 at 11:41 am (4 months ago)

    Hi Gemma :-)
    As an olden retired RN I know what you are dealing with. Auto Immune diseases are brutal. Take very good care of yourself as all of us love you so much. I wish I could leap over there and help you on those days you feel poorly.
    Stay warm and toasty. I will send you some big heat from Virginia. It is a toaster here heehee
    I really enjoy all of your helpful creativity and contributions to all of us that really need it. — like ME <3

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  5. Diana @ Red Delicious Life
    June 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm (4 months ago)

    Hope you’re feeling like yourself again soon. I can’t imagine what it’s like with an auto immune disease but I suffer from vertigo and it can be debilitating so I can understand what it’s like to not be quilting when you want to!

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