November 17, 2014 – Completing Mother’s Quilt

Caring for Mother's Quilt  Caring for Mother's Quilt Design






Some of our most cherished items are quilt tops made by our mothers, grandmothers, other relatives or friends, that were never completed. We want to hold on to these items because they remind us of those dear to us. It’s not surprising that a lot of these items are stored away because we don’t know how to finish them or what to do with them. Now’s the time to bring them out of storage and have them completed. If it has been packed away, it might be a good idea to clean the quilt top before quilting it. Be careful and wash it on a gentle cycle. We recommend that you check all of the seams to make sure they are still intact both before and after cleaning. If need be, repair any loose seams. The quilt top can be quilted either by hand or by machine.

The above quilt was machine stitched years ago by a customer’s mother using 1930’s fabric. It was quilted with the Wisteria design (by Patricia Ritter) using green thread, which matched the green backing.


November 5, 2014 – Remember our Veterans

Quilts of Valor Quilt October 2014

Quilt of Valor Quilt
October 2014


QOV quilt design 102014








Election day gives us the opportunity to vote for people who represent, and on issues affecting, us as American citizens. Our military men and women help defend the constitutional freedoms that we enjoy. On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, we celebrate Veterans Day, a day on which we show honor and respect for all military personnel (past, present and future) for protecting and serving our country. Remember to fly your American flag on that day. Another way you can show your appreciation is by making and donating a quilt for a person in the military (formerly or currently) who has or is currently struggling with war-related stress. Please check out the Quilt of Valor Foundation website for additional information.

The above quilt was pieced by Marian Beckman for the Quilt of Valor organization. It was quilted by Jeanette using the Star Dance design (by Barbara Becker) and navy colored thread.



October 29, 2014 – Daylight Savings Time Ends

It’s that time of year when we get to catch up on that hour of sleep we lost last spring. Daylight savings time ends this Saturday, November 1st. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.  Sleep a little longer on Sunday, November 2nd, and maybe this change will even give you some additional sunlight time for quilting.


September 23, 2014 – Area Quilt Show

Need Inspiration?

Are you looking for quilt inspiration and advice? QuiltWeek, October 1-4, 2014, is sponsored by the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) and held at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA  50309. The quilt show hours are 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday-Friday and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday. Check out the internationally known instructors and authors, live events, books, magazines, contests, workshops, patterns, fabric, vendors, and exhibits at AQS members receive various discounts; however, you don’t have to be an AQS member to attend. There’s something for everyone. It’s definitely worth the short drive to Des Moines.


September 9, 2014 – Quilt Borders

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once.” Well, when it comes to adding borders to a quilt, it’s important to measure at least three times before cutting the border strips of fabric.

Step One:  Measure your quilt down the vertical center and along the two vertical side edges. Add these three measurement numbers and then divide the total by 3 to get an average. For example, if your quilt measures 60 inches down the vertical center, 60 1/2 inches down the left vertical edge and 60 1/4 inches down the right vertical edge, the total would be 180.75. Dividing the total of 180.75 by 3 gives an average of 60.25 inches.

Step Two:  Cut the two side (edge) borders for your quilt to the width indicated in your pattern, but cut the length to the average measurement you found in Step One. Based on the example in Step One and assuming the pattern directions call for a 3 1/2 inch width, you would cut two fabric strips 3 1/2 inches by 60 1/4 inches. Fold the border strip in half and then mark the center.  After you have determined the center of the quilt side (such as a seam, center of a block, etc.), align the centers of the quilt side and the border strip and pin in place (right sides together). Next pin the two ends of the border to the top and bottom of the quilt, making sure to align their edges. Finally, pin the entire border in place, easing it to fit the side. Repeat for the other side border.

Step Three:  Press the side border seams open. Repeat Step One for the top and bottom borders. Measure along the quilt’s top edge, the horizontal center and the bottom edge. Determine the average of these three measurements and then repeat Step Two by cutting and attaching the top and bottom borders. Press the top and bottom border seams open.

Repeat these steps for each additional border.

Once all four borders are attached, check the measurements along the center and outer borders. You should find that the borders have now helped to square up the quilt. A squared quilt is pleasing to the eye, and it’s easier to work with on a long arm machine.