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.

Losing Graciously


I’ve entered a lot of judged quilt shows and I know that it can be a disappointment if you don’t earn a ribbon, or if you don’t get the ribbon you think your quilt deserved. There are infinite ways to try to console yourself, or your friends may try to console you. Maybe some of these statements sound familiar?

“It was an honor just to be accepted to that show.”
“Those judges are blind!”
“You got robbed!”
“Well, your quilt still looks beautiful hanging there.”

And so on, and so on, right?

I’ve been on all sides of the quilt show competition spectrum; a winner, a loser, and a judge. Being in all three of these roles has given me a unique perspective. I wanted to share this perspective on some of the issues and feelings that go along with quilt competitions.

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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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The Story of A Quilt


This blog post is going to be a bit out of the ordinary, but after posting some photos of a particular quilt on Facebook, I got so many nice comments that I decided to tell the history of this quilt because it’s a story I love to tell!

The name of this quilt is “I’m Not from Baltimore, Bakersfield Edition”, and here is its story...

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Decisions, Decisions...

Decisions, Decisions...

Asian Arcs quilt"Asian Arcs" by authorWhen I started my latest quilt (Asian Arcs), as I was working on it, I began to wonder how other quilters choose their next project.

For me, after I complete a “show” quilt, I usually feel completely spent and mentally fatigued, so I just want to work on a “no-brainer” quilt just to enjoy the process, the colors, the fabrics.

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Best Sewing Machine Features for Better Quilting

Best Sewing Machine Features for Better Quilting

Over my 20 years of teaching machine quilting, I’ve seen students with every make and model of sewing machine in my classes, and I’ve come to realize that there are several features on sewing machines that can really make or break the success of the quilter. It’s also common for my students to ask me about which features they should shop for when purchasing a new sewing machine, so here are some important features to keep in mind when you’re in the market for a new machine.

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