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You’ve heard of the new practice, called Trash the Dress where brides at the end of their wedding reception jump into a pool or wade into the ocean, fully attired in their wedding dress? It’s obviously the opposite to saying Yes to the Dress and honestly, is not something we fully understand or appreciate. Instead, we so enjoy preserving the dress in some way as a cherished memory.

And that’s exactly what Andria decided to do for her wedding remembrance. She wanted to have us create 3 wall hangings from her mother’s early 1970’s wedding and give them to members of her family. Since there was not much that was not stained, aged or an abundance of usable lace, we decided to fussy cut out individual sections and highlight them in a pretty design. We quilted around each piece, making it stand out and be the star of each 27″x27″ quilt. The corners were done using a formal pattern from APQS’ computerized system Quilt Path.

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I think this was a much better use than just ‘trashing the dress’. What do you think?

Susan

What do you get a one year old for their birthday?  Why, a quilt made from her baby clothes, of course.   So that’s what we did!

Modern clothes, modern colors, even modern straight line quilting!

Modern clothes, modern colors, even modern straight line quilting!

 

Here’s what the sweet clothes looked like after we cut them apart.   We saved the best parts for the quilt itself!

The detritus of baby clothes

The detritus of baby clothes

To stay with the modern feel of the quilt, it was quilted by Chris using irregularly spaced parallel straight lines, a piece of cake to do with the channel lock on our APQS Millennium Longarm machine.

So the next time you are searching for a gift for a one year old (or the Mom of a one year old), think quilts!

Susan

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Lot of excess fabric right where the points come together

Lots of excess fabric right where the points come together

What do you do when you are asked to quilt a top that is filled with 30 blocks, each of which creates a C-cup’s worth of extra fabric?   Return it to the customer undone?   Quilted with lots of pleats?   resew each block before quilting in order to make them lay flat?    Or attack them in a brute force way with TOOLS??   We chose the latter.

Un-ironed and unevenly sewn points

Un-ironed and unevenly sewn points

The cause of the problem is the lack of ironing of the seams and intersections and well as just a general unevenness of seam construction.  By the way, this is an old ‘found’ quilt, resurrected from an abandoned family truck.   The fabrics are probably from the 1950’s or 1960s.

Mallet, spray starch and iron

Mallet, spray starch and iron

Although we tried ironing the entire quilt top, hoping it would eventually lay flat, we had to resort to the heavy hitters of tools and techniques.  Out came to rubber headed mallet, a full bottle of spray starch and the hottest iron possible.   Working from the wrong side, we opened the seams, swirled the points as much as possible, beat the intersection into submission with the mallet, and starched and ironed the heck of of it on the from and back.

A lessened C-cup.  Maybe now barely an A?

A lessened C-cup. Maybe now barely an A?

All that hammering and ironing paid off!   The excess fabric was tamed into submission and now the probability of interducing pleats into the quilting was lessened.    We have not yet quilted the top so I can’t tell you the whole story but we know it will be easier than before we used the tools!

Susan

Carmel's Children

Carmel’s Children

When Carmel asked us to duplicate a quilting pattern of random A B C 1 2 3s on a quilt, we were first reluctant to take on this challenge. We had to find the exact font for the characters and duplicate the irregular orientation of the letters/numbers. Quilt Path to the rescue!! And a fellow APQS Longarm quilter and Quilt Path expert, Angela. Together, we developed a motif using all the design capabilities of the software.

We did a good job and the client was happy. What more can one ask?

To learn more about Quilt Path for your APQS machines, please contact us. To learn more about Angela, check out her blog, threadwaggle.blogspot.com.

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Original ABCs

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New ABCs with Quilt Path

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From the back

20131114-213105.jpgI love my APQS Quilt Path! Our client wanted the simplest of designs on her modern quilt: just randomly spaced parallel straight lines. What could be easier, especially with the horizontal channel lock on our APQS Millennium! I prepared the quilt and prepared myself to spend the next few hours setting the lock and walking my Longarm machine across the quilt top for as many times as necessary to enhance the overall design. Easy as could be. But other undone work began nagging at me.

Quilt Path to the rescue! I created a design of a simple straight line, set the starting and ending point of each pass and voila! I was able to get the customer quilt done as well as
– creating and attaching borders to a king size quiltTwp borders for Dresden Plate


- cutting strips for binding and creating it
– creating a backing for a third quilt
– cutting pieces for blocks for a fourth quilt


Memory quilt block

Yes, I had to keep popping up to reposition the Millennium but in between, I got an awful lot of work done while still producing a high quality designed quilt.

Did I mention that I love my APQS Quilt Path computerized system attached to my Millennium? I sure do!

Susan

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This wonderful color gradation quilt with all it’s curves and points, presented a variety of quilting design challenges. With Betsy’s counsel, we decided on free floating circles of all sizes and intersections. This design followed the modern quilt feel of the piecing and was a true departure from other quilts we had done for Betsy.

But making free hand perfect circles was beyond our skill, that’s for sure! APQS’ Quilt Path to the rescue!!! Once we learned that a circle is no more than a many sided polygon, we programmed that into Quilt Path and the rest was super easy.

The creativity and excitement came with the varied placement of the circles, how they could change in size and connect. It was fun to dance across the quilt, enhancing the flow of the design with celestial orbs completing the theme of flow and movement

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Susan and Chris

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That was the reaction from Lisa when she saw the memory quilt celebrating the early years of her daughter Bella. It was also accompanied by her literally jumping up and down with joy. Nothing could have been more fun and satisfying for us.

The creation of this quilt was not an easy journey. We first met with Lisa in 2011 with a full year hiatus before we have enough direction to continue. However, each visit with Lisa was such fun that we didn’t mind the extended design sessions at all. Lisa always kept us entertained with tales of Bella’s early childhood. She told us of the first time she held Bella as her adopted Mom. About the clothes she first wore home. About the ballet sessions. About the dance recitals. About the family dinners (Lisa even brought us a container of her delicious ‘gravy’ or sauce since she is from the northeast like ourselves).

Like so many trips in our lives it’s not about the destination but about the journey and this trip was filled with much laughter, tears, communication and friendship. This quilt, like so many of them that come to our studio are filled with stories that make the quilt not just filled with fabric, thread and batting, but with love and friendship.

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Take a moment to read this song verse which perfectly describes Lisa’s love for her Bella.

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Susan

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