Saturday, July 30, 2011

QUILTONOMICS 101 - Part 1 The Quilting of it All

Before I begin, I feel that I must point out several important things.  In NO WAY am I discouraging anyone from frequenting quilt shops (after all I am a shop owner)...or patronizing their longarmer or any other venue.  This is simply a way to save if you find you must and for those of you fortunate enough to not be feeling the money crunch..PLEASE  SPEND SPEND SPEND !!!

The first area in which you can save is your quilting.  Many of us have gotten into the habit of sending every single quilt top out to a longarm service.  While this is great and the longarmers thank you for it..this might just be one way to trim a little cash.  Ask yourself several very important questions before you ship off your next top:
  1. How large is the top?  If it is a throw size or smaller you may very well be able to machine quilt it yourself.
  2. What is the intent of the quilt??  If it is a quilt that is intended to be loved to pieces, i.e. a baby quilt, a charity quilt, or a quilt for a teenager...these are the perfect tops to machine quilt yourself and at the same time get in some really good quilting practice.  If a quilt is intended to be an heirloom, please consider hand quilting where size is never an issue and the time spent is worth the end result.
  3. Am I ready to learn a new skill?  Now might be the perfect time to take a machine/hand quilting course at your local shop.  The investment in the class fee will more than pay off with your first finished project.  Hand quilting is becoming less and less prevelant but can be a relaxing and fulfilling way to finish those quilts which are intended as heirlooms.
  4. Will my longarmer be insulted?  As many of you know, whenever you send a quilt out to your favorite longarmer they have no less than a 6-8 week turn around time.  There is plenty of business out there for them and like every artist they encourage new learning processes!!
Let me know what you think of these tips and if you have any to add!!  I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this particular subject!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quiltonomics 101

Good Morning Bloggers:

I am going to spend the next few posts (hopefully 1 per week) going over some of the ways that we can continue to pursue our passion during this economic crunch that doesn't seem to want to end!   I am calling this mini-course

QUILTONOMICS 101 - The Basics of Quilting thru a bad Economy!

As some of you are aware, I recently opened my own Quilt Shop.  (Who does this in an economic crisis??).  There are many ways that you can still follow your quilting passion, still support your local shops and get your "fix", all while saving money!!

.  This is my first savings gift to you...visiting my blog and picking up these little short cuts and tips is free rather than having to purchase a book magazine to gain some of this insight!

Some of you may already be using alot of these tricks; but for some it might just set off that little lightbulb that makes you say.....YES, I can continue to quilt through this!!  Follow my ramblings on this subject and please comment and spread the word about this blog and mini-course!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Update...Quilts of Valor

Just Arrived from Moda
200 Star Blocks!!

 You can imagine my surprise when I opened a package from Moda and in it were 200 star blocks from quilters all over the country.  Apparently, when Moda put the call out for Just One Star in the hopes of collecting 1800....they actually collected 10,000!!!  The excess star blocks were then sent back out to the Regional Coordinators of the Quilts of Valor program for use in quilts to be made for the program.

As you can see, I used the Flag of Valor pattern for my setting.  This uses 18 of the star blocks with alternating strip rows and a top piece to resemble a flag.  Quick and wonderful way to get a top done.  If anyone is interested in making a quilt for the program...please contact me and I will arrange to get as many stars to you or your group as you request.  All I ask is that when your top is complete you go to the website and complete the necessary steps toward donation.  I am also selling the finishing kit for the Flag of Valor as I have it shown, if you wish to purchase that and have it shipped with your stars.  Shop phone 856-240-1410.