Thursday, May 1, 2008

Quilting is my passion!

I love the entire process.
From choosing the pattern, finding beautiful fabrics,
piecing the top, than designing the perfect quilting motif.

My love for sewing started, as a little girl, with my Grandmother.
We made gingham serving aprons for the church ladies.
Complete with "chicken scratch" embroidery.
I haven't stopped sewing since!

I started my longarm quilting business in 2001
while living in Las Vegas, NV.
After struggling to quilt on my domestic sewing machine,
I thought, there has to be a better way!
When I told my husband I wanted to buy
a "longarm" quilting machine
and would need to take over our two car garage,
he laughed saying, "How big could a sewing machine be?"
He wasn't expecting 12 feet!

I love my A-1 machine.
It is "hand guided" (by me!)
not computer generated.
I enjoy working from the front of the machine quilting freehand.

My studio is in the lower level of our home in Janesville, WI.
My hubby has a garage again!
Much needed for these cold Wisconsin winters.

AND I Love Old Quilt Tops!

I feel every top I buy is a piece of lost history.
Lost is the name of the maker and what her intentions were.

Why wasn't she able to finish it? Who packed it away?

I purchase quilt tops anywhere I can find them
I make the necessary repairs and then find the perfect backing fabric.
After quilting and hand stitching the binding, I machine wash in cold water.
Then machine dry on warm, giving the quilt the vintage "wrinkled" look.

Quilt top hand pieced by "Mame" O'Neil in 1932
Machine quilted 2009.
77 years later!

Can you imagine how happy the piecer would be to see her quilt finished?


  1. Lovely to meet you Karen. A fellow Grandmother as well. I've only just started to look at your blog.
    There's plenty to absorb.
    Joan (New Zealand)

  2. I absolutely adore the fact that you FINISH old quilts.....someone from the past may be smiling down from heaven when they see their quilt beautifully finished.

    sao in Midlothian, VA

  3. I really hope that someone like you finished my unfinished quilt tops after I've gone on!


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