Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting

Cindy Seitz-Krug shares her knowledge gained from over two and a half decades of machine quilting award-winning quilts on a home sewing (domestic) machine.

When Sharing ISN'T Caring


As I’ve grown older, I realize more and more how important it is to put myself in someone else’s shoes for each situation. This especially holds true for copyright laws and intellectual property.

What I want to discuss at length is the sharing of copyrighted material with friends or groups of friends, and also non-copyrighted material.

Let’s all admit it right now; at some time or other during our quilting life, we’ve copied a friend’s pattern (a purchased pattern), and used it ourselves. We didn’t think much of it at the time, other than the fact that we were saving some money in doing so. We knew it was wrong, but pushed that little bothersome thought to the back of our mind.

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Autumn Greetings

Aspens in Colorado

Rich and Girl enjoying Colorado sunshine and green grass.Rich and Girl enjoying Colorado sunshine and green grass.Fall has finally arrived and I must apologize for not writing for so long! I spent the entire month of September in Colorado and Idaho, hiking and climbing mountains. I got to watch the Aspens turn from vibrant green to yellow to blaze orange. I also saw abundant wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, Mule deer, ptarmigan, and grouse, to name a few of the species. It was wonderful, but physically exhausting.

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It's Not a Question of IF You Can Do Something. The Question is, HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?!


There’s a phrase that’s often uttered in the quilting world, and often heard among the many admirers of quilts at a quilt show. I’m sure you’ve either heard it, or said it yourself when admiring a lovely quilt. That phrase is, “I could NEVER quilt like that!” Whether it’s someone admiring hand quilting, machine quilting, piecing, or applique, we’ve all thought ourselves incapable of such wonderful work. But when I hear someone say that, I simply turn to them and say, “Of course you can do that! But are you willing to do the work to become that good?”

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Quilt Judging Part 2 (a Post Script)


After writing the last blog post about how judges choose the winning quilts, it occurred to me that there was something else I could have shared about judges that might be of interest to quilters. So, I’m going to do that now in a VERY brief post.

There is strange phenomenon out there amongst quilters who enter their quilts in competitions, ESPECIALLY when they are new to the competition world. What I’m referring to, and I have personally felt this way myself, is that when quilters enter a quilt in a competition, and they get comments back from a judge, they tend to take those comments too personally. This can lead to many strange emotions such as anger, incredulity, bitterness, embarrassment, etc.

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Everyone's a beginning quilter....once


This week I have a very special "Guest Blogger"; Kristen Vierra. Kris is a national and international award winning quilter from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and displayed at quilt shows throughout the country. Kris' awards include thePfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry, BOS at NW Quilting Expo, and a number of best long arm quilting awards; several at AQS shows. She has a full-time longarm quilting business and enjoys teaching quilting and sharing her love of all things quilts.

I know you're going to love reading this blog from Kris, as it pertains to each and every one of us.  So, without further ado, here is Kris' blog...

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