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Dueling Squares

HQ Groovy Boards create a precise pattern that can be used by all quilters, from beginning to expert. Made of durable plastic, these patterns can be used over and over with the same precise results. Handi Quilter recommends customers purchase a minimum of two of the desired pattern to eliminate having to stop and mark your quilt project. Using Groovy Boards requires a stylus and adapter. HQ Pro-Stitcher users will require an additional adapter. Use center dot for placement on quilt.

2019-06-22T13:11:40-06:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: |0 Comments

Block Squared

HQ Groovy Boards create a precise pattern that can be used by all quilters, from beginning to expert. Made of durable plastic, these patterns can be used over and over with the same precise results. Handi Quilter recommends customers purchase a minimum of two of the desired pattern to eliminate having to stop and mark your quilt project. Using Groovy Boards requires a stylus and adapter. HQ Pro-Stitcher users will require an additional adapter. Use center dot for placement on quilt.

2019-12-09T00:00:00-07:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: |0 Comments

Handi Quilter Academy

Handi Quilter Academy

June 16-19, 2020

Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Classes are available for all skill levels and interests, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn new quilting skills, master familiar techniques, and network with other quilters.

What’s included in your Handi Quilter Academy Registration:

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presenation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products
  • Cost of Academy is $1250 per person.

Featuring Special Guests

Joe Cunningham
Keynote Speaker

Diane Harris
Keynote Speaker

Anna Orduña
Guest Instructor

Claire Wallace
Guest Instructor

Jamie Wallen
Guest Instructor

Register for academy

The cost of Academy is $1250 per person. Registration Opens January 20 at 9:00 am MT.

View the HQ Academy Class Schedule
Register for academy

Handi Quilter Academy

June 16-19, 2020

Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Classes are available for all skill levels and interests, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn new quilting skills, master familiar techniques, and network with other quilters.

What’s included in your Handi Quilter Academy Registration:

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presentation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products

The cost of Academy is $1250 per person. Registration Opens January 20 at 9:00 am MT.

View the HQ Academy Class Schedule

Featuring Special Guests

Joe Cunningham
Keynote Speaker

Diane Harris
Keynote Speaker

Anna Orduña
Guest Instructor

Claire Wallace
Guest Instructor

Jamie Wallen
Guest Instructor

Who should attend Handi Quilter Academy?

  • Anyone who already has a Handi Quilter machine and wants to finish more quilts
  • Anyone considering the purchase of a Handi Quilter longarm quilting machine or Pro-Stitcher — try before you buy (and then take advantage of Handi Quilter Academy show pricing)
  • Handi Quilter retailers who want to improve their own skills
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Pro-Stitcher Designer
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Pro-Stitcher

What’s included with your Handi Quilter Academy registration?

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presentation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  •  20 Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes
  •  30 Pro-Stitcher classes using the simulation mode
  •  20 longarm hands-on classes (HQ Amara and Simply Sixteen)
  •  10 HQ Capri hands-on classes (sit-down free-motion quilting)
  • 20 lecture demo classes applicable to any HQ quilting machine*
  • 20 Domestic machine quilting classes (on our HQ Stitch machines)
  • 10 Pro-Stitcher Designer classes
  •  Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products
  • All meals (excluding dinner one evening).
  • Snacks and Beverages

Optional activities during Handi Quilter Academy

Optional activities during Handi Quilter Academy

  • Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Handi Quilter Boot Camp
    • $400 per person. Breakfast and Lunch included.
  • Friday, June 19, 1:30 to 9:30 PM: Shop Hop to fabulous Salt Lake City and Bountiful quilt shops
    • $120 per person. Lunch and dinner included.
You’ll want to make Handi Quilter Academy an annual event!

2020 Handi Quilter Academy Time Schedule

June 16: Boot Camp 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Lunch included 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
June 16: 6:00 PM Dinner/Opening Reception. Joe Cunningham Keynote Speaker
June 17:  7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 AM – 12:30 Classes
                   12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch
                   1:30  – 6:00 PM Classes
                   Dinner – On your own
June 18: 7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 AM – 12:30 Classes
                   12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch
                   1:30  – 6:00 PM Classes
                   6:00 – Dinner. Diane Harris Trunk Show
June 19: 7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 – 12:30 Classes
                   1:00 – 9:00 PM Shop Hop with Vicki Hoth (additional cost, Lunch and Dinner included)

Classes

Handi Quilter Academy offers more than 130 courses, including 80 hands-on classes from which to choose! This will be the largest gathering of HQ educators in any one place. Classes will be presented by the HQ studio educators, HQ field educators, and popular international educators Anna Orduna, Claire Wallace, and Jamie Wallen. You’ll choose from our tremendous selection of classes for up to 20 hours of instruction in the following categories.

  • Pro-Stitcher hands-on
  • Pro-Stitcher using simulation mode
  • Longarm hands-on
  • Capri hands-on
  • Machine quilting technique lecture demos
  • Pro-Stitcher Designer instruction (Personal laptop computer, mouse, and usb stick required for this class)

Important class information:
  • The Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes are taught on the latest version of Pro-Stitcher on an HQ Amara with Pro-Stitcher, with two people per machine.
  • The longarm hands-on classes are taught on an HQ Amara and HQ Simply Sixteen, with two people per machine. These classes are technique classes and are applicable to all longarm machines.
  • The HQ Capri hands-on classes are planned with one person per machine. If there is more demand than anticipated, we may need to put two people per machine.
  • Bring your tablet or laptop with Pro-Stitcher Simulator loaded and up to date for a hands-on experience.
  • Bring your laptop and computer mouse with Pro-Stitcher Designer loaded and updated for a hands-on experience.  Pro-Stitcher Designer must be updated to the most current version before coming to Academy.

Handi Quilter Hands-On Boot Camps

Jumpstart your Handi Quilter Academy experience by attending a one-day hands-on Handi Quilter boot camp on Tuesday June 16, 2020. Your $400 class fee includes meals (breakfast and lunch), snacks, class materials, and great instruction by Handi Quilter educators. When combined with Handi Quilter Academy, you’ll receive more than 25 hours of instruction – not to mention make great friends, enjoy some great food, and get rejuvenated!

  • Are you a new machine owner and want to make sure that you know all of the basics about your quilting machine or Pro-Stitcher before attending HQA?
  • Do you want a refresher on the basics of using your HQ quilting machine or Pro-Stitcher?
  • Have you always wanted to learn the basics directly from the HQ educators?
  • Do you want to maximize your use of Pro-Stitcher Designer through education?
  • Are you planning on to take Pro-Stitcher Simulator classes and need basic instruction?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to consider one of the hands-on bootcamps:
  • HQ longarm machines (taught on the HQ Amara & HQ Simply Sixteen)
  • HQ sit-down machines (taught on the HQ Capri)
  • Pro-Stitcher (bring your laptop with Pro-Stitcher Simulator loaded for extra learning)
  • Pro-Stitcher Designer (bring your laptop for a hands-on experience)

Boot Camp Descriptions: 

Pro-Stitcher Boot Camp

Spend a day in the Pro-Stitcher boot camp for a great overview of Pro-Stitcher, including how to start, open and save designs, navigate menus, and quilt out the designs. You’ll delve into Areas and how to fit designs using Skew and Align. You’ll learn how to Repeat, Resize, and Rotate designs, and finally how to Crop and Reposition designs. With this introduction, you’ll be prepared for the additional, more in-depth Pro-Stitcher classes at Handi Quilter Academy.


Pro-Stitcher Simulator Boot Camp

Pro-Stitcher Simulator boot camp will help you become familiar with using your tablet to perform the functions available in the Pro-Stitcher. You will need a laptop computer with the latest version of Pro-Stitcher Premium installed to participate. You will not be able to download the latest version during class.

Don’t forget your:
  • Power cord for laptop
  • Wired mouse
  • Drawing with the small cursor pad on a laptop is difficult and the teacher can help you more easily if you have a mouse
  • Paper and pencil for note taking
  • USB stick

You should have the Simulator loaded on your tablet before you attend boot camp. With this introduction, you’ll be prepared for the additional Simulator Pro-Stitcher classes at Handi Quilter Academy.


HQ Capri Boot Camp

Spend a day getting to know your Handi Quilter HQ Capri quilting machine. We will cover: cleaning, maintaining, threading, tensioning, preparing the quilt sandwich, and spend time having fun with some basic free-motion continuous line designs and using rulers and templates. With this overview, you will have the basic understanding to prepare you for the other classes at Handi Quilter Academy. If you have an HQ Sixteen sit-down machine, this class is also for you.


HQ Amara Boot Camp

Spend a day getting to know your longarm Handi Quilter quilting machine. We will cover: cleaning, maintaining, threading, tensioning, loading a quilt, basting, and spend some time having fun with some basic free-motion continuous line designs and using rulers and templates. You’ll be prepared for any of the longarm classes at Handi Quilter Academy. If you use the HQ Amara, HQ Forte, HQ Avanté, HQ Infinity, HQ Fusion, HQ Simply Sixteen, or HQ Sixteen, this boot camp is for you.


Pro-Stitcher Designer Boot Camp

Spend a day learning the basics of Pro-Stitcher Designer. We will cover: important features on the opening screen, drawing tools and the purpose of each, how to work efficiently using the editing tools, how to manipulate parts of a design, use of the Backdrop Tool, the Library and its contents, and the help and education available. After boot camp, you’ll have a great foundational understanding of Pro-Stitcher Designer and will be prepared for the full Pro-Stitcher Designer track at Handi Quilter Academy.

Don’t forget your:
  • Power cord for laptop
  • Wired mouse
  • Drawing with the small cursor pad on a laptop is difficult and the teacher can help you more easily if you have a mouse
  • Paper and pencil for note taking
  • USB stick

Shop Hop 

Friday, June 19, 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Are you ready for some serious fabric shopping? Then plan to join us for a visit to three popular quilt shops in Salt Lake City and Bountiful. We’ll depart the Davis Conference Center with box lunch in hand and head out for a great shopping adventure, where we’ll be able to spend about an hour at each quilt shop. We’ll end our excursion at Gardiner Village where we’ll visit the last quilt shop and then have dinner at Archibald’s Restaurant. We’ll then bring you back to your hotel.

$120 per person (includes box lunch and dinner)

Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel for Handi Quilter Academy is the Hilton Garden Inn in Layton, UT.

Make your reservations by phone: 1-801-416-8899, ask for the Handi Quilter block rate (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Be sure to mention Handi Quilter to take advantage of the reduced rates we have negotiated for Handi Quilter Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter Academy should you wish to extend your stay.

Guestrooms offer one king or two queen or two double beds, hospitality center, high speed Internet access, large business desk, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, two line phones and voicemail.

You may also choose one of the other hotels near the Davis Conference Center. Many are within walking distance, but if not, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the Davis Conference Center.

Home2Suites by Hilton, Layton – (801) 820-9222 – (HQ Room Block) (Code HQA)

FAQ

Certainly. We have meal tickets available for guests. You can purchase them when you register. If you have already registered and want to add meal tickets, simply click the Registration link again to purchase the meal tickets you want. Note that because of meal counts we must provide to the Davis Conference Center, you must purchase guest meal tickets before May 1st, 2019.
  • Welcome reception and buffet (Wednesday, June 26, 7:00PM to 9:00PM): $50
  • Three breakfasts (Thursday June 27, Friday June 28, and Saturday June 29): $150.00
  • Two lunches (Thursday June 27 and Friday 28): $50
  • Friday night banquet (Friday June 28): $50

The Davis County Office of Tourism is your comprehensive link to one of the most beautiful and thriving areas along Utah’s Wasatch mountains—visit their website to catch a glimpse of what Davis County has to offer. From renowned and mature golf courses to sea kayaking on the Great Salt Lake, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy weather you’re visiting for business or for pleasure.

There are dozens of restaurants near the Davis Conference Center.

Certainly not! We are offering classes for all skill levels. If you are still getting to know your machine, you may want to consider registering for one of the Handi Quilter hands-on boot camps. They are designed to give the new owner a good foundation and understanding of the machine so they are even better prepared to take the various classes during Handi Quilter Academy.

There are several quilt shops to choose from. However, you will need a car to get them.
K & H Quilt Shoppe (4.2 miles) 250 W 200 N #4, Kaysville, UT, (801) 444-4375
Quilter’s Attic (19.9 miles) 2155 So. Orchard Drive, #102 , Bountiful, UT, 801-292-1710
Brook’s Fabrics (no website) (15.8 miles) 220 N Main St, Bountiful, UT, (801) 295-2941
Jewel’s Fabric Stash (17.8 miles) 575 West 2600 South, Bountiful, UT, 385-777-2957
My Heritage Fabrics (15.2 miles) 1843 Valley Drive (in Rainbow Gardens), Ogden, UT, 801 621-2202

Definitely. In fact, we recommend that you attend one of the machine boot camps. They are designed to give the novice a basic understanding of how the machine works so they are better prepared to take the various classes during Handi Quilter Academy.

If you cancel before March 31, you will receive a 100% refund. Because of commitments to the Davis Conference Center, there is no refund after April 30. Similarly, there are no refunds for no-shows.

June has an average high temperature of 79 degrees and an average low temperature of 55 degrees. You can check the weather forecast within about 10 days of academy here: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USUT0139:1:US

Here is a link to the driving directions for the Davis Conference Center. The address is: 800 West Heritage Park Blvd., Layton, Utah 84041
If you are renting a car at the SLC airport, here are driving directions from Salt City Airport: Start out going northwest on TERMINAL toward LONG TERM PARKING A. Continue going straight onto AIRPORT EXIT. Merge onto I-80E towards Ogden/Provo. Merge onto I-215N via exit #117 towards Ogden. Merge onto I-15 N. Take exit #331 for Hill Field Road and turn right onto Hill Field Road. Continue on Hill Field Road for about .6 mile and turn left onto 1550/Heritage Park Blvd. The Davis Conference Center is at 800 Heritage Park Blvd. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, it is at 762 West Heritage Park Blvd.
NOTE: If you are not renting a car, be sure to reserve a shuttle to and from the airport.

Teaching Staff

See the educators for the event here.

2020-01-21T09:02:17-07:00January 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Handi Quilter Academy

A Quilter’s Essential Toolbox

If you asked Santa for a longarm quilting machine this year, you’d better start getting prepared. You know Santa always comes through! To help you, I’m sharing my quilter’s essential toolbox so you’ll have everything you need to get started finishing all those quilt tops that are waiting. Note : the items with an * are included with your machine, all others are optional.

Mary Beth Krapil tool tray

This is an aerial view of my Handi Quilter tool tray. It sits on a shelf that is right next to my HQ Gallery frame. Since I’ve been quilting for a LONG time, it is the old style of tool tray with fixed compartments. The new HQ Tool Tray 2 has customizable compartments that you can arrange to fit your favorite tools. Maybe I should write to Santa and ask for one of those?

I keep the things I use most, while quilting, in this tray so that they are right there at hand.

Zinger and Scissors

MBK Zinger

My zinger with small scissors is clipped to the end of the tray. I clip it to my shirt while quilting so I can easily trim threads as I go. The little sock on the scissor point is a tool borrowed from the knitting world. It is meant to go on the point of a knitting needle to keep your stitches from falling off. On my scissors, it keeps the point from poking me.

Measuring tapes, USB, and tools

MBK measure and tools

I have two kinds of tape measure, a metal carpenter’s tape measure and a cloth retractable tape measure. They are used to measure my tops and backing before loading. I also need to measure and cut the proper size batting. Another tape measure I use is a quilter’s zero center measuring tape mounted with command strips on my leveler bar. More about that in another blog post. Stay tuned!

The USB stick holds my Pro-Stitcher designs.

There is a small jewelers screw driver* for adjusting bobbin tension. Also a small pink flat head screwdriver for removing the sole plate when cleaning. The black handled tool is a 2.5mm hex wrench* for changing needles and feet. If you look closely you can see an old fashioned wire needle threader. I seldom use this, but it’s there just in case.

Seam ripper and Versa tool

MBK seam ripper

Sadly, everyone needs a seam ripper. Nothing else needs to be said.

The Versa Tool is a great go-to template/ruler for those times when you just need a bit of a straight line or a nice smooth curve. It has 4 pieces of Handi Grip on the back to prevent slipping. I have a bunch more rulers and keep them in a couple of different places. The ones I use most are in a slotted wooden holder that my sweet hubby made for me. It sits on a low shelf at the other end of my frame. The rest are in plastic storage containers.

Marking tools, Oil, and batting squares

MBK marking

I keep a few marking tools close at hand. A water soluble pen, a Panda pencil, a white ceramic mechanical pencil, a piece of school chalk and a FriXion pen. Each of these gets used in different situations. I’ll write a post on marking tools soon. In the meantime, just remember: follow the manufacturer’s instructions and TEST to make sure the marks will come out.

There’s my oil – one drop on the bobbin race, after cleaning the lint, with each bobbin change. And some squares of batting to clean tracks and wheels before I start a new project.

Sure foot and Glide foot

MBK feet

These are the two feet I use the most. The Sure foot is a foot with an extra high side profile that offers extra insurance when using rulers. I never want to hit a ruler with my needle! My Sure foot combined with keeping good control of my ruler as I quilt will prevent that from happening.

The Glide foot is a curved bowl-like foot that will glide over open seams, extra thick seam allowances and never flip the edge of my quilt if I stitch off the edge and then back on again. It is perfect for pantograph work or stitching with Pro-Stitcher. I love using all the other accessory feet too. The Couching feet, the Echo feet, the Square feet, the open toe foot* are all great and have special uses. Check out my HQ Live presentation for more ideas about the optional feet.  I keep my other feet in a drawer next to my frame.

Batting scissors and a ruler

My HQ batting scissors are my go-to for cutting batting off the roll. I also trim excess batting away and square up my quilt backs using the batting scissors. The off-set handles are perfect for these tasks.

I keep a 12 inch ruler handy for measuring and marking guidelines. It helps keep my designs evenly spaced and perfectly aligned. It’s more handy to grab than my measuring tapes for smaller jobs.

Brushes and carriage tool

I like to use small inexpensive paint brushes for cleaning lint from the bobbin area. Since I have an Infinity, there are wires and such in the area, so I want to be precise and careful in my cleaning. I purchase in big sets at the dollar store and when they get yucky, I throw them away.

That funny looking black tool is used to manually release the carriage from Pro-Stitcher if needed in situations like a power outage. I have never used it in 5 years. Maybe I can stash that in a drawer?

Needles and bobbins and spare bobbin case

MBK bobbins

I have an assortment of needle* sizes since I use all kinds of different threads and you should always use the correct size needle for the thread you are using. “A new needle for every quilt” is my motto. The white container is for used needles. When it gets full, I tape it shut and toss it; then start a new one.

I have a few pre-wound bobbins and some empty metal bobbins* at the ready. My pre-wound of choice is Super Bobs from Superior Threads. They contain a ton of Bottom Line #60 polyester thread, so much thread, they last a long time! The rest of my bobbins are stored in HQ Bobbin Boxes. We have a new bobbin storage tool that was introduced at Houston, the HQ bobbin tree. I think I need to add one of those to my letter to Santa!

bobbin sign

Everyone needs a spare bobbin case. If the bobbin case gets damaged, dropped, out of round, loses the backlash spring, you can no longer quilt. I never want to be up against a deadline and find myself needing a new bobbin case.  So I have a spare. It’s a great insurance policy.

Towa Guage

Speaking of bobbins, I check each and every bobbin for proper tension with a TOWA bobbin tension gauge. This is not a necessity, but it sure takes the guesswork out of adjusting bobbin tension. I bought mine from Superior Threads, they have a great price!

Mirror, magnifying glass, lint brush and flashlight

MBK mirror

The mirror and flashlight lets me see the stitches on the back of the quilt without crawling on the floor. I go to the back of the frame, hold the mirror slightly under the quilt, shine the light on the mirror which reflects up onto the back of the quilt, and I can check on the stitches.

The magnifying glass helps me check my stitches when I’m adjusting tension. It is especially helpful if I am quilting with white thread on white fabric or black on black. I can really see what is happening with the stitches. Sometimes the flashlight gets put into play for this as well.

Quilting is a dirty business. Lint and threads everywhere! and can be cleaned up with a swipe of this handy lint brush. I can also remove chalk efficiently with this brush.

Machine cover and super clamps

MBK toaster cover

You may have noticed the long white things next to my tool tray. These are super clamps. I can quickly attach or take off a practice piece using these clamps. Originally designed for the Littlefoot frame, they fit around the poles of my frame and hold a quilt sandwich in place. I always like to have a practice piece on my frame when I am not quilting a quilt so that I can perfect new designs or just get in a little stitching time whenever I want. They are available in 2 sizes for the Studio(2) frame and the Gallery(2) frame. These are a must have for a beginner. Practice is the way you will become a good quilter. Practice every day!

And folded on my frame at the end, is my machine cover. I made a cover to go over my machine when it’s not in use. I travel and teach quite a bit so my machine stays cozy and dust free while I’m gone.

One thing that I don’t have in my tool tray is channel locks. I use the channel locks built in on my Pro-Stitcher. If you are not a Pro-Stitcher quilter, you will want a set of channel locks to be able to quilt perfect straight lines, e.g. the plumb line stitched across backing and batting to line up your quilt top perfectly straight.

So there you have it. My quilter’s essential toolbox kept all neat and right at hand in my tool tray. I hope this gives you some idea of the tools that are used by longarm quilters so you can be ready when Santa shows up to set up your new machine. Happy Holidays!

Hey, experienced longarm quilters! What are your favorite tools? Please share in the comments.

 

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

 

 

2019-11-20T10:08:22-07:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edgy Edges

AQS header

There were some fantastic quilts (as always) at AQS Quiltweek in Charleston, SC. Charleston was a new location and venue for the show and it was wonderful. Convenient hotels and lots of great eateries in the area made it a fun destination. Charleston features history, shopping and beaches as well. The quilt show was the number one attraction and it did not disappoint. I noticed some unusual quilts with unusually edgy edges. These quilts had some unique edge treatments that really caught my eye, and of course I have to share them with you.

Traditional Edges

Here’s a beautiful example of a traditional edge treatment. This gorgeous quilt has nice straight sides and perfect square corners.

AQS Charleston

Whimsey Court
by Jane Ramee
of New Orleans
quilted by Carol Hilton

 

This masterpiece was the first one to catch my eye with its unusual outer shape.

AQS Charelston

Magnificent Mile
by Mary Olson
of Aumsville, OR

 

Karen’s handsome quilt has perfectly symmetrical scallops.  Traditional, but a step away from straight edges.

scallops

Natalia’s Flower Basket
by Karen Kendo
of Harleyville, SC

 

The lovely large scallops on Simone’s wholecloth compliment and enhance her enchanting quilting.

large scallops

Green is Gold
by Simone Steuxner
of Sveg, Haerjedalen, Sweden

 

Gentle undulations are a variation of scallops on this beauty.

undulations

Journey to Friendship
by Journey Girls
of Kevil, KY
quilted by Karen Kineman and Norma Tilford

Edgy Edges

The edges of this quilt follow the interesting openings that give this delicate quilt its name.

holes

Lace
by Antonia Hering
of Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

 

Aline and Natasha took scallops to a whole new level!

Golden Galaxy
by Aline Bugarin and Natasha Bugarin
of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Amoeba in Pink is perfect with its asymmetrical scallops that define the undefinable shape of an amoeba.

assymetry

Amoeba in Pink
by Claire Marks
of Bremerton, WA

 

Kathleen took this edgy edges concept to the extreme.

extreme edges

A Blanket of Smow
by Kathleen V. Stuart
of Ocean Isle Beach, NC

So if you’re looking to add some edginess to your next quilt, hopefully you can take a little inspiration from these examples. Quilt shows are the best place to get new ideas!

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

 

2019-10-02T10:31:34-06:00October 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Capri

Available to ship December 10, 2019

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The HQ Capri is a BIG machine for SMALL spaces. Free-motion quilting was never easier, and your stitches will be PERFECT with the HQ InSight™ Table with built-in stitch regulation.

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Shown with the HQ InSight Table with HQ InSight Stitch Regulation

  • Easy setup and assembly
  • Four times the quilting space of the average home sewing machine (18 inches of throat space and eight inches of vertical space)
  • Paired with the exclusive HQ InSight TableTM with built-in HQ InSight Stitch RegulationTM
  • Adjustable table height from 25.5″ to 39.5″
  • Stitching speed up to 2,200 stitches per minute
  • 4-22 precision stitches per inch
  • Two modes of stitch regulation: Precision or Cruise
  • Handi Feet compatible; comes with quarter-inch ruler foot installed, open-toe foot
  • Adjustable high-resolution color touch screen
  • Needle-stop position control
  • Responsive foot pedal
  • Easy needle change
  • Low-bobbin estimator and alarm
  • Quilting alarm and project timer
  • Walking stitch plus five basting stitch options
  • Presets for saving favorite manual mode stitching options
  • Stitch counters
  • Bobbin-area “dam” allows for use of canned air for lint removal
  • Built-in diagnostics
  • Easy USB machine and software updates
  • Can be easily upgraded to a movable-carriage, frame machine if your needs change

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Capri Machine On Table
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2019-11-21T16:44:43-07:00September 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Capri

Apply Binding with your Longarm

by Mary Beth Krapil

 

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful quilting on our longarm, then take the quilt off the frame and wrestle that large quilt through our domestic machine to apply the binding. Let me ask, does that make any sense? I am going to share a little tutorial on how to apply your binding to the front of the quilt while it is still on your longarm frame. It is quick and easy! The only tool you will need is a straight longarm ruler. I also use my HQ Square foot which makes the whole process much easier.

Along the way I am going to mention some different options you have for doing some of the steps. I suggest you try them all and see what works best for you.

Prepare your binding

Prepare your double fold binding as you normally would, at the width that you prefer, whether you use bias binding or straight grain binding. The binding needs to be at least 12-18 inches longer than the perimeter of the quilt top.
Tip: use a bit of spray starch, applying the starch to the wrong side of the binding as you press it in half, it acts like a glue that keeps the two sides of the binding firmly together and prevents the sides from shifting or separating during the application process.
Now you need to choose whether you will complete the entire binding on the frame or whether you will leave the last 10 or so inches to complete on your domestic machine.
  • complete the entire binding on the frame
    • open one end of the binding and cut on a 45 degree angle
    • press in a quarter inch fold on the end you just cut
    • press the binding back in half
    • Open binding and cut at a 45 degree angle

       

      press in 1/4 inch fold

       

      re-press in half

       

  • complete the binding on the domestic
    • no special prep required

Applying binding after all quilting is complete.

Quilt as you normally would, but do not remove the quilt from the frame. Be sure to baste the bottom edge of the quilt and remove from the leader if you had it attached.

You will start on the right side about 10 inches up from the bottom corner (or as much as your throat space allows). Leave a 6-8 inch tail loose. If you are finishing completely on the frame start with the end you cut at an angle. Place the binding so that the raw edge of the binding lines up with the raw edge of the quilt. There are a few methods you can choose from:

Using a Ruler

  • I like to use a ruler with tabs like the HQ Ditch Ruler or the HQ Mini Scallop ruler. The straight side of the HQ Versa Tool ruler works as well, although it is shorter than the other two. This holds the binding in place as you sew along the ruler edge.
    • Align the ruler at the raw edge of the quilt.  Place HQ Square foot against the ruler.
    • Make a few locking stitches and stitch ¼ inch away from the edge of the quilt along the ruler.
    • When you come to the lower right corner, position the ruler so that the inside of the tab is at the raw edge on the bottom of the quilt. Stop stitching ¼ inch from the bottom edge, or when the foot touches the ruler tab. Do a few locking stitches.
    • Do The Fold
    • – fold the binding to the right at a 90 degree angle to the right side of the quilt, aligning the raw edge of the binding with the bottom edge of the quilt. Finger press the mitered fold. Then fold the binding back on it self to the left, with the fold lined up with the right edge of the quilt. Align the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the bottom of the quilt.
    • Position your needle just off the fold, ¼ inch away from the bottom edge of the quilt. Make a few locking stitches and continue to stitch across the bottom of the quilt. When you come to ¼ inch from the left side of the quilt, tie off with locking stitches and repeat the fold. These photos show “Doing the Fold” at the bottom left corner and the top left corner of the quilt.
    • Ruler in place at the lower left edge. Note the placement of the tab.

       

      First fold at lower left corner

       

      Second fold at lower left corner

       

      Positioning foot

       

      Staring to stitch up left side

       

      First fold at top left corner

       

      Second fold at top left corner

       

    • Proceed in this manor stitching up the left side and across the top and down the right side. As you stitch up (or down) the sides, when you need to roll, leave the needle down in the quilt and very carefully and slowly roll the quilt. That way you can stitch a continuous seam.
    • As you stitch down the right side of the quilt, stop your stitching line approx 10 inches away from where you began, leaving the ends of the binding to be finished.
    • Remove the quilt from the frame and finish the binding on your domestic machine, attaching the ends of the binding with your favorite method.
    • Trim away excess backing and batting and the binding is now ready to be turned to the back side and stitched down either by hand or by machine, whatever is your preference.
  • If you prefer to finish the entire binding on the frame:
    • when you come close to where you started on the right side, smooth the beginning binding strip up in place and cut the ending binding about 1 inch past the miter on the beginning strip.
    • Tuck the raw end inside the mitered beginning strip. Then complete the stitching. The turned under edge on the binding will have to be hand stitched to keep the binding joined.
    • Now you can remove the quilt and trim the excess backing and batting. You are ready to turn the binding to the back and stitch.

Free Motion

  • Just stitch down the binding keeping the edge of the hopping foot at the edge of the quilt. Be sure the binding stays smooth and be careful not to stretch the binding as you work. Hold the binding in place with one hand as you move your machine with the other hand. This is the best method for not-so-straight-or-square quilts where you will have to make adjustments and follow the edge of the quilt.

Channel Lock

  • Channel lock really works well if the quilt is straight and square. Use the channel locks in place of the ruler. Once again, use one hand to hold binding in place and other hand to move the machine.

Wasn’t that easy?!!

 

2019-03-29T09:21:38-06:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments