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MBH 3 Stitch Along Quilt Blocks- Block 18 & Christmas Carol Mystery

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Moda Block Heads 3 Wednesday!  Today’s block is another great quilt Block Moda Stitch along: Bird & Urn BY JAN PATEK!

Click HERE to get Jan’s pattern!

I will be sharing my ALTERNATE BLOCK on FRIDAY!

 

I also want to remind you to go and check out the newest block in the Christmas Carole Mystery Stitch Along! Click the link here….

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Each block is a Christmas Song!

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AWAY IN THE MANGER

So you have two fun and free patterns today…one pieced block and another wool appliqué block

Have a great day everyone…

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

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Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts – Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway

How do I quilt my quilt?  Have you ever said this? Want to find out more about my latest quilting giveaway? Make sure to read along!

You can hand quilt it, you can machine quilt it, you can have someone else machine quilt it on a long arm, these are your options.

In this post I want to touch on the topic of having your quilt Long Arm quilted.

There are three types on Long arm Quilting. Custom, Pantograph and Computerized.  I am going to give you quick examples…

Custom is your feathers and wreaths and most of the time fancy quilting, but not always…it can be simple as well.  The Quilter is guiding the machine and is in control of it.  It is their work.

Pantograph quilting is hand guided, meaning the quilter is following a pattern but they are still guiding the machine.

Computerized quilting the computer is running the design, most of the time edge to edge or in a space, such as a design in an alternate block.

When you bring your quilt to the Long Arm Quilter you need to make some decisions on how you want it quilted.  Some quilters know exactly what they want.  Most, however, do not…they struggle with it…if this is you…Ask your quilter what they think…I sometimes ask what does the quilt say to you?  There are really no rules and this is what quilting is all about, creativity and freedom to do what you want on your quilt.  Remember this…and you will be much more relaxed about the whole thing.

This post could be pages and pages long about Long Arm Quilting, but since I have these 5 Redwork Gathering quilts.  I want to talk about each one…how it was quilted, what color threads we used…. Why we chose what we did in a quilting design…just a short explanation. I know there are other choices such as battings but that’s a whole other post…but if you need to know we use an 80/20 batting in my quilts…it’s my favorite…I love the look of them before and after they have been washed so it’s a win either way…and you won’t go broke buying this batting.

So when you have your quilt quilted or you quilt your own if you need some ideas hopefully this will help and by the way…I knew I was going to post something about the quilts being quilted so I did some experimenting on them…and to be fair…the comments and statements I make are just my opinions…nothing more than that…remember…there really are no rules in quilting, in the end it is your quilt…do what you wish.  If you need help ask for it…quilters will help quilters make good decisions.

Long Long Way from Home…

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way From Home

When you look at this quilt at first sight, what do you see? Is it the design?  Is it the colors, Is it the quilting?  The answer to the last question is NO…I do not think that is what you see when you first view this quilt.  I think this is a good thing in a quilt such as this, you do not need the quilting to be the star…you want the design and the color to be more prominent.  With that in mind, we chose to stitch an allover design…we scaled it a little smaller so it complimented the sizes of the pieces in the quilt.  Now the next choice is the million dollar question, what color thread do we quilt it with?  This choice sometimes makes or breaks a quilt for me.  I very much dislike seeing bold white thread on dark fabrics!!!!  But what do you do when you have a two color quilt like this one?  Do you quilt light?, dark? Pull your hair right out! ugh, right?  Redwork Gatherings is really complimentary to either choice…because the lights have red in them and the reds have light in them.  On this quilt I chose the red thread.  I wanted to see how much it over took the light fabrics. When you put your nose right up to it…you definitely see that red thread…but it is in no way bothersome.  I think this quilt turned out Awesome!  The scale of the honeycomb and the red thread are a hit!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

 

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean: Take It Easy/Primitive Gatherings
Take it Easy/Primitive Gatherings

 

Take it Easy…again…what do you see when you first look?  The design, the colors, and then you see the quilting design.  On this quilt we choose to use the light thread…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

But…the thread we used was a shade darker then the cream…so it’s invisible on the cream and you can see it on the red…but…it doesn’t scream out on the red…like it would have done if we chose a light thread that was a smidge lighter than our cream or matched exactly to our cream…this quilt has also been washed which helps the stitches sink deeper into the quilt and not lay on top as a freshly quilted quilt might look as it does here…

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The pattern that was chosen for Take It Easy was a traditional, timeless pattern, nothing too complicated or busy…again, nothing to distract from what I loved most about this quilt.  The sheer simple-ness of it. Quilted by Jake Neubauer.

REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I Think I’m In Love…again another two color, what do we do here type of quilt….let first talk about the quilting design.  The quilt is very angled and geometric…lots of straight lines…so, we softened those lines with the gently flowing feather type of an all over computerized design.  This time we chose a light tan, much darker than the cream in the quilt above…I think to prove that a darker thread still looks great on the lights and even better on the darks.  Quilted by Jake Neubauer.Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Quilt quilted by Jake Neubauer

This quilt with the predominately light fabric was a very clear choice in the color thread we were to use…this is a pretty spot on color match to the cream.  It does show up a little brighter on the reds, but I think we can live with it…This quilt could have been custom quilted, where the quilter would switch threads…quilt red on the red fabrics and cream on the light fabrics…cut custom quilting is a little more expensive and time consuming…so I we also have to base our choice on this as well.  I think this quilt with it’s time honored baptist fan quilting was another great choice for this quilt.  Scale again is important…you do not want large spaces between those fans, when the blocks and pieces are smaller scale.

Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Computerized quilting is not all that glamous…that computer has a mind of it’s own sometimes…and advancing quilts takes skill…but in the end, the computerized quilting is very affordable and very effective way to get your quilts quilted!

Redword Gatherings quilt giveaway featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
55 & Life to go…Quilted by Maggie Honeyman

55 & Life to go…with it tiny blocks and small size was a sure choice to be custom quilted.  On a quilt that takes more time, is more intricate and a show stopper you want to give it what it deserves and that is some custom quilting….Now there is no need to go over the top with the quilting because in this type of quilt with the small scale and the printed fabrics the quilting hardly shows!  So simple custom quilting with the thread changes, red on reds and cream thread on the cream…fits just fine!Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Also pick a backing that compliments what color threads you will be using to quilt it…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I love my machine quilters…and I will be talking about more of them…but one of the things happening at Primitive Gatherings is we are going to be a Bernina dealership when we open the new shop next year, but in the meantime…Jake & Luke both have been quilting on the Bernina long arms…Jake in WI…Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

The Bernina long arm in action…

 

and here is Luke in CA….Quilting the Quilts - Redwork Gatherings Quilting Giveaway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I think we are almost ready to put it out there that we will be offering computerized quilting for customers…

I want you to be able to say….I want the same thing quilted as Long Long way from Home...or you can completely change your mind and pick from one of our designs…  So look for that option soon!  You don’t have to live near us either…you can ship your top, we will provide the batting and pick a backing, quilt it, and send it back…I am sure we could offer binding services as well.  We will keep our turn around short with the fact that if we get a little more backlogged than we would like we can order another machine to help keep up with the demand…But more on that later…

I hope my little insight on quilting may have helped you understand a little more about quilting your quilts…and again…these are my thoughts and opinions, not the BIBLE.

I will continue to do a few more posts about custom long arming and hand quilting… I hope you stick around to see what’s next!

JUST A REMINDER…

THE REDWORK GATHERINGS PRE-ORDER      FABRIC SALE ENDS SUNDAY MAY 10TH!  Click HERE for your last chance for the SALE!

Thank you so much for hanging round and commenting on ALL of these posts…Winners will be picked TUESDAY for all the GIVE-AWAYS!  We have so many to pick it might take the whole day!  If you wish to win a Redwork Gatherings Layer Cake (that I will SHIP RIGHT AWAY, NO WAITING TIL AUGUST!) leave me a comment here about your thoughts on any of what I wrote in this post!!!

PS…it’s Nick’s Birthday today…wish Happy Birthday on Facebook!  He will love it!

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 17!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: CROSSROADS

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3- Block 17

Click HERE to get Betsy’s pattern!

This is nice simple block…nothing fussy and somedays this is exactly what is needed..

 

I also want to remind you to go to Wooden Spool Designs today to check out the newest block in the Christmas Carole Mystery Stitch Along!  Each block is a Christmas Song!

Click this link join our Facebook Group as well.

 

So you have two fun and free patterns today…one pieced block and another wool appliqué block

Have a great day everyone…

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

Click this Icon to visit Primitive Gatherings!

primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt!

How to make and stitch a Quilt sleeve & Binding       Part 1- machine work

I thought since we are all finishing up our quilts that this might be a great time to post this tutorial…

I put sleeves on 98% of my quilts.  You never know if someone will want to hang your quilt, quilts can be art too!  They can be hung behind beds…in large open areas on walls and I especially need them to hang on the poles at quilt shows in our booths…

Today I will share my quick and easy method.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I use the remaining backing fabric…yes..I make sure my backing is plenty big.  I cut a piece of backing off the quilted quilt. Cut it about 4-5″ (I usually rip it ) wide and as long as the top of the quilt is long.  I lay the quilt right side up on my table…determine the top, then fold the top over to expose the back.  So the quilt is laying right sides together on top if you are wondering in this photo.  If you lay the quilt upside down you are working on the sleeve up side down as well…This allows you to work on the sleeve more efficiently.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Iron the sleeve nice and flat….  I press up the bottom of the sleeve about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch..Then using Stitch Witchery cut 2 pieces as long as the sleeve is wide and place it about 3/4″ of an inch away from the edge.  Press over the edge onto the adhesive on both sides.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This hold the edges nicely, without having to stitch them…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Center the sleeve onto the quilt and pin in place.  Flip up the sleeve bottom and place small dots of Roxanne’s Glue Baste on the folded edge…I love this size..it easy to hold on to and it doesn’t gum up with glue.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanRoll the sleeve back down and press with your hands…Let it stand for about 10 min.  Notice how I pin…The pins are holding the sleeve in place but will not be in my way when I am stitching the binding on.  Also note, that the top of the sleeve will get stitched into the quilt when the binding is stitched on by machine…After the binding is hand stitched to finish it, you will then hand stitch the folded edge of the sleeve with thread that matches the backing…in this case, cream.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

preparing your binding:

Meanwhile, prepare your binding (while the glue dries) if you have not already done so…I use 2″ wide binding on most of my quilts.  My binding is the same on the front as it is on the back, I stitch it on 1/4″.  Not any bigger…I do not want to cut off any points if I have piecing on the edge.. If you cut your bindings larger than 2″ where does that extra go?  My bindings are nice and full and the fold comes just over the stitching line on the back.

to figure out how much binding you need:

Take both lengths, and both widths of your quilt.  Add them together.  Divide this number by 40″.  This is how many strips to cut…If it is 6.5.  Cut 7 strips for example.

 

Lay your strips rights sides together and stitch across them diagonally…as shown.  Use the same color thread and shorten your stitch length.  I used lighter thread here so you could see…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Trim off the excess 1/4″ away.  Press seams open.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I also turn up the straight edge to form a point as shown below here at the beginning of the binding.  This 45 degree crease will be the stitching line when attatching the end to the start of the binding.

I roll up my binding and place it on my sewing table by my machine.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

These are the threads I will use for stitching this binding, Red Auriful for sewing it to the quilt by machine.  Then Hand Quilting thread to finish hand stitching it to the quilt. You need a stronger thread on quilts that are going to be used.  Binding needles are the best…they are long, super sharp, nice eye for threading and do NOT bend.  Try them you will love them!  Most people just use whatever needle is in the pincushion to hand stitch their binding…if you have the right needle hand binding is most enjoyable!

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitching binding on by machine

Start by leaving a tail about 10″ long with the folded 45 degree point as the start…I like to start near a corner about 5 ” away, leaving that 10″ un-stitched at the beginning.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt at 1/4″ away from the edge…Stitch to the corner stopping at the pin 1/4″ away from the edge.  Pivot and stitch off the edge.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Fold up the corner forming a 45 degree angle and finger press this down flat.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Start at the edge of the quilt and stitch…keep stitching repeating at each corner.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

When you are coming close to the 10″ strip that is not stitched at the beginning, stop about 8″ away from this point.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt where the beginning has been smoothed out along the edge where it will eventually be stitched. I place the pin a smidge before the point to stretch it a bit.  I would rather have too tight a binding then too loose.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now lay the end of the binding strip along the edge of the quilt over the beginning of the binding.  Take the pin you placed previous and put it in the the top strip exactly where it is but only on the top layer of the binding…so you still can open it up..How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now think Point to Pin…That point of the beginning is going to be place directly on the at pin.  Lay that beginning binding right sides together point to pin as you turn it, open it and lay it right sides together…as shown below…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Move the pin over on the right side of the pressed diagonal line.  Stitch the diagonal line.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanIMG_0112 How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Remove the pin and test if the binding is correct…then cut the binding 1/4″ away from the seam.  Finger press it open.

Lay it out on the quilt edge…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitch the remaining part of the binding down.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now you are ready for hand stitching the binding!

Look for the Hand Stitching Part 2 of this picture tutorial soon!

I will place this post up in the tutorial part of my blog for future reference…Have a great week Everyone!

STITCH Everyday!

Lisa

Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Redwork Quilt… another great quilt & giveaway from Redwork Gatherings.

 

The REDWORK Quilt that inspired it All…

My favorite quilts in my collection are the Red & White ones…I love red & white quilts so much that I knew I had to create fabrics inspired by these quilts. A treasured antique Redwork quilt inspired the main panel in this line and can be used for so many things…

If you love slow-stitching –and you know I do- the blocks can be stitched or they can be left as they are. The designs can also be used as the center squares of pieced blocks, or just add a feather stitch between the blocks and it will be like the inspiration quilt…the possibilities are endless.

Redwork Gatherings is a small but timeless quilt that uses the main redwork panel, small shoo fly blocks and a fun pieced outer border. The quilt is 57×74 and is the perfect combination of piecing and hand stitching (if you want to that is…)

Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Quilt

Sorry for the not-so perfect photo…It has been so windy that I could not get a great full shot of this quilt outside…so I just shot it in my studio. 

The traditional baptist fan quilting is beautiful on this quilt and was a no-brainer because of how basic and a not so overpowering, kind of design.

The Redwork Quilt is made using simple shoo fly blocks and all 54 of the redwork designs from the redwork panel.

Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Redwork Panel

Some closeups from the Antique Redwork quilt.

Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanI love this cow face!!!

details of our REdwork Quilt

Shown here is the beautiful backing we picked from a previous Primitive Gatherings line…it works beautifully and if you would like this same backing we have some nice yardage of it yet…but it will not last long and I have showed in a couple of photos already…It is running the right way on the back, but since I have it turn up it looks like it is running the wrong way…since the quilt is directions and the backing is as well so pay attention or remind your quilter that you want them both to be the same direction.

Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I thought we would originally stitch all these blocks with a stem-stitch and red thread…but they looked so good we decided we did not need to…Sometimes you just have to take the easy way out…\

When you work with deadlines like we do, it is a tough life.  Trying to balance having a life or working all the time when trying to put out the best things possible with the time you are given…

There is not a lot of time with Market lines…so I gracefully accepted that these panels where beautiful as is and there was no need to try and break our necks, fingers and hands trying to get these stitched by hand.Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean Redwork Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanWe have kits and patterns available for this quilt!  Or if you want to create your own, the panel sells for just $12 for all the 54 designs.  The quilts are still 10% off for a little bit…and the pre-cuts are 20% off.  The sale will end on Wednesday…so that gives you a couple more days to decide what you need.

Click HERE to buy a kit for the Redwork Quilt!

Click HERE to see more of Redwork Gatherings or to order the panel.

All Redwork Gatherings orders will receive a sticker pack!REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanI posted earlier about these four quilts if you missed it… make sure you go to their posts and comment to win kits and patterns.

REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way From Home

Here is the post for Long Long Way from home give-aways

REDWORK GATHERINGS Quilt featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
I Think I’m in Love

Click here if you want to read about I think I’m in Love and enter the Give-Away!

 

Easy/Primitive Gatherings

Take it easy is the easiest quilt of them all here…for a chance to win a kit and or patterns click HERE .

55 & Life to go with Salesman fabrics

Click HERE to read the 55 & Life post…

Redwork Quilt

I loved reading your comments about what you have leaned during our pandemic…It’s funny how things like this change the world, and how grateful we can be now, knowing some of the simplest things we took for granted really mean so much…

If you wish to win this kit and one of the 6 patterns I will be giving away…

I know you are all probably tired of commenting, but I want you all to know that you are important part of this blog…If you do not comment, or read, or join in the fun at Primitive Gatherings, I would not get to talk about all the quilts, the stitches and life in general…so THANK YOU!!!  I am GRATEFUL that you are here!  Comment with one word what you are feeling GRATEFUL for.  I will pick winners for ALL REDWORK blog posts on Friday!!!!  I am able to give-away kits and patterns because you have already so generously supported Primitive Gathering in pre-order buying patterns, kits and fabrics…

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