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Addendum to the Beveled Quilt Template Review

This is an addendum to the beveled quilt template review I did this past summer.
About a month ago I got an email from one of my online quilting friends. She said she ordered  1/4” quilt templates from Teryl Loy Enterprises and they arrived without the beveled edge. I emailed Teryl to find out what happened.

a picture of the beveled inside edge template
1/4″ Beveled quilt template by Teryl Loy Enterprises

Teryl said that she has backed away from beveling her 1/4” quilt templates primarily from a cost/ business standpoint ( I do believe that her 3/8” templates still have the bevel). With the availability of sewing machine companies offering ruler feet, after market companies (Westalee and Accents in Design’s Clarity foot) and now APQS putting out a new re-design of their ruler foot, they feel that 90% of quilters may not desire/ need the 1/4” beveled edge quilt template . I am sure it is very costly to manufacture these templates. Any good business person has to weight cost to demand ratios, so I totally understand that too.

If there are quilters that want 1/4”  beveled quilt templates  , Teryl said she could do that on a special order basis with a slight surcharge.  Just give her a call (don’t try to order online). The 1/4” circle templates with a beveled edge are still on Teryl Loy Enterprises website ,  I would just verify availability before ordering.

I am currently working on a quilt that I am doing a chevron pattern. I would have loved the 1/4″ beveled right angle template to get that extra clearance to the right of my ruler foot.  Teryl’s website says the 3/8″ quilt templates are not compatible with HandiQuilter . Consequently I suspect that they will not be compatible with my current APQS ruler foot and domestic sewing machines.
So,  as sit-down quilters do you think a bevel would make any difference to your clearance around your ruler foot? Or is the clearance issues largely related to your machine and not so much your foot (if so what machine are you using).

I am anxiously tracking the arrival of my new APQS ruler foot. Hopefully I will be getting great clearances to the right of my foot using a standard 1/4″ template.
Happy Quilting!

a picture of my thread painted clematis quilt

Thread Painted Clematis Quilt

Welcome to The Quilt Journal  and My Friday Finish!

a picture of my thread painted clematis quilt
Thread Painted Clematis Quilt- pattern by Melinda Bula
I had a long list of things I wanted to finish or accomplish this summer. This thread painted clematis quilt was only one of them. For one reason or another this has been my only significant finish in a few months (funny how that happens when sadly you haven’t really had time to sew in over 2 months). I am so grateful to Laura over at TGIFFriday.blogspot.com for lighting that much needed fire under my butt to make me re-enter life and get quilting!

Some of you may remember that I started this quilt back in January after taking a class taught by Melinda Bula at my local quilt guild. This quilt is made from my friend Sherry’s and my stash (outside of the background fabric). Funny how saying it came from your stash practically makes you glow with pride….justifying all those purchases right??? lol :). Pooling our stash really helped. It’s harder then you think to come up with a variety of color values to try and make your palate work. I don’t know that you will ever actually see a clematis that looks like ours, but I love pink and purple…..so I’m a happy camper.

close up of front of quilt showing color fabric and thread choice

Things that did or didn’t work for me during this project

another close up picture showing thread paintingMelinda likes Steam-A-Seam 2 to fuse her quilts. I like Steam-A-Seam too, but it does add a lot of fusible . Not entirely a bad thing. Due to the Steam-A-Seam and heavy quilting my quilt is rather stiff and lays really flat. Both good things for a wallhanging. The negative is I had layers of the fusible, some areas 5 or 6 fabrics thick to quilt through. Not all thread or machines like that. I started quilting this on my Baby Lock Ellisimo with Sulky 30 wt Rayon (Melinda’s prefered thread). No matter what needle I put in (topstitch, mirotex, embroidery, sharps, jeans ,titanium) the rayon shredded. Changing my thread to Floriani or Glide helped, but my Ellisimo wasn’t in love with this project. Consequently, I quilted the bulk on my George.
 The other consideration is paying attention to your tension.If you look closely at the picture of the stitching on the back, you can see my tension wasn’t always ideal, not terrible, but not perfect either- depending on what area I was quilting.
 I thread painted this quilt with Floriani Polyester, Glide poly, and Superior threads variegated Omni and Magnifico, all 40 wt in top and in the bobbin. These threads were great- no hassle threads. I used a variety of manufactures to get the colors I needed to match the fabrics.
a picture of the back of the quilt more clearly showing thread painting
The small white spots are either fusible or the warm and natural batting being pushed through the back of the quilt on my occasionally gummy needle

Finally the last thing that didn’t work so well for me, was Melinda’s technique of starting and stopping a stitch line.  Melinda pulls her threads to the top takes a few stitches and clips the tails. She feels that all the fusible will fuse the thread ends in the quilt when you hit it with an iron and make your stops and starts invisible. I found that sometimes my threads did come loose in-spite of all my ironing. Little bird nests do show more on the back where I start or finish if I take a few extra small stitches with 40 wt to secure those tails. It’s also difficult to bury threads with the heavy stitching and fusible. I think it’s just one of those things that I need to work on perfecting that technique. Maybe my big ole Rowenta steam iron doesn’t get hot enough??? Inquiring minds may want to figure that out. haha

I had a lot of fun with this quilt and would love to do a poinsettia for the holidays….some year !?! Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Now onto Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday.
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Free Motion Quilting Stitch Regulation

Free motion quilting stitch regulation can be a frustrating thing when you are just getting started. The popularity of sewing machine companies selling  sit down quilting  machines or DSM  pushing “stitch regulators”  plays on the premise that you can more easily side step the learning curve to control your machine.
Lets face it – there’s no free lunch- we all love any shortcut that we can get, whether it’s quilting , driving , cleaning…. or weight loss for that matter, I am willing to pay good money to get the end point quicker !  🙂 LOL
I am not going to sit here and say that there isn’t times that I wish,  as sit down quilter,  we had the high quality stitch regulation that some standup longarm machines have. But the fact is, even longarmers prefer to go un-stitch regulated when doing certain types of designs. The stitch regulator can put  “drag” on some curvy designs.
From the sit down machine stand point- I think that stitch regulators have a way to go before they are offering a comparable product to what is available in the stand up market. The last quilt show I went to , people were lined up to have a go at the sit down longarms – especially if they thought they may get some stitch regulation thrown in for good measure. It is a market that technology is making inroads , but the cost associated with it- for the quality of the stitch, isn’t there yet for the sit down quilter ( IMHO).
If you look at  some very successful sit down quilters ( Diane Gaudynski, Harriet Hargrave, Lori Kennedy and Cindy Needham to name a few) none of these gals used stitch regulation- and their work couldn’t be more beautiful.

I had  decided to do this video to add to the skill builder bucket for people who are new to free motion quilting and struggling with your stitch length. This video almost didn’t happen- if you look at my quilt sandwich I had stitched around all over it….I videoed this so many times it wasn’t funny….. the phone rang…the dogs were barking…..the UPS man came… more barking… (If your looking for it you can hear one of my girls let out a growly moan half way through-she talks like that  :)…I was running out of quilt sandwich….enough already… if I burned through that sandwich , I was going to call it a day- it was supposed to be a quickie!!! lol).

Oh yeah , back to stitch regulation- I am not saying that you have to “live” at this one speed in your FMQ world forever- quite the opposite. But as you are striving to gain control of of your stitch length, limiting one of the variables( your machine speed) as you learn to control how fast you move your hands simplifies things a bit. As your skills improve, so will the need to vary your speed with increasingly more complex designs.   But you will have an “ear” for your machine and where you are comfortable quilting most of the time. I know this has been a technique that helped me- I hope it helps others get to their “happy place “ quicker in their FMQ journey!
Give it a try….what do you have to lose…it’s just a quilt sandwich !
Let me know if it works for you…
Happy Stitching,