Long Arm Quilting

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Has a box of treasure ever turned up in your mailbox?

 Hey there folks! How are you doing? I am almost finished with all my sewing and quilting projects I wanted to get complete before our movers show up on Monday. I have a very special blog post here for you this afternoon. It is one I have been wanting to write for months. Really. It is crazy how time flies by and all the madness that can strike all at once. I am pretty sure at one point the Almighty was stepping to urge me to stop sewing and just start packing! Really. My tension got all crazy on my long arm, my Bernina started eating thread and my computer's video card melted. I fixed the tension issue with the Gammill, the Bernina had a rogue thread caught in the cutting device so it was wrecking havoc with all the sensors. Bernina does not make it easy to PMCS your fancy pants machine that is for sure! And the computer? Well it is toast. The vidoe card melted to the motherboard. We saved the hard drive, so I have access to most everything, but I do need to get another computer. I am using my old laptop that I had given to my daughter....it leaves much to be desired (I guess it spent too much time searching little petshop toys and youtube videos of Justin Bieber). I think I am going to make the conversion to MAC when we get settled in Kansas. My Gateway only lasted 18 months. I am half lost without my computer.

Anyway...enough of my technology woes! Let us chat about all the treasure up on the table! Do you remember me rattling on about Marjorie Horton? She wrote my favorite Welsh Quilting Book (Welsh Quilting and Design Handbook) I did a book review not too long ago. Since then Marjorie  Horton and I have become virtual pen-pals of a fashion. I adore her! I want to go up to Washington state and pet her quilts and play the human sponge so I can absorb all she has to teach.  She is so sweet and patient and answers all my questions. Well she wanted to know if I was interested in one of the books that influenced her to begin her Welsh Quilting journey. Heck Yeah! She said she would send it to me and maybe a couple other things.

 She sent me these wonderful foam mounted pictures of her Welsh Quilts (these are the Welsh quilts she hand quilted and they are gorgeous!) I shall be framing them when I get my quilting studio set up in Kansas.

 Aren't they just gorgeous?

 These are the two books she sent me. They are chock full of quilt beauty. Some really amazing examples of Welsh and English quilts. I have been reading them before bed in the evenings and I am learning so much about a craft I thought I was pretty familiar with. Oh, and the quilt inspiration within is dangerous. My mind throbs with quilts I want to make, but they will have to wait until I am settled! You can find both books on Amazon. Quilt Treasures and The Complete Book of Quiltmaking. Both are worth investing in if you are interested in Welsh or British quilting.

 I bet many of you are familiar with this quilt. It is from Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking. This quilt alone turned me into a liberated quiltmaker and a devoted follower of Gwen Marston.

 What you may not know is that Gwen made it after being inspired by this one! It is actually the BACK of the below red and white Stripy quilt. All those little squares are appliqued on. Isn't that fantastic?

 This book is "the complete Book of Quiltmaking" and I recommend you add it to your library. it is wonderful, really.

 So, not only did Marjorie include 2 wonderful book, and pictures of her beautiful quilt she included her class samples!

 2 amazing tea cozies

 And 3 Mind blowing hand quilted little Welsh quilts. I wish you could touch these little quilts! I can't find where her knots are....they are so thin and the stitches are all perfect and so little. Well, I think they are little. Marjorie said she actually had to make her stitched LONGER and slightly CROOKED to achieve the look of traditional Welsh quilt. 

 She said that the stitches had to be crooked due to the optical illusion created by Straight stitches in the cotton Sateen. Straight stitches look crooked and crooked ones look straight! Isn't that wonderful?

 Here is the second little quilt she sent. I love the cross hatching in the flower centers.

 Don't these quilts make you want to pick up a little quilt sandwich and do some hand quilting? I sure do.

 So, if the books, pictures and class samples weren't enough she also generously included her templates! And each piece has a little note for me on it! It is not feasible for me to go up to Washington to learn from her right now, but this sure is the next best thing!

 She sent me an 1899 English penny to use for marking feathers and adding machine paper that she uses for spacing when figuring crosshatching and church windows. And fabulous little notes!

 Here are some more of the templates that she marks her quilt with. If there was not a move on the imminent horizon I would be marking quilts!

See...I am starting small so I can practice making small stitches. Oh and on a quilting note, I asked Marjorie Horton what sort of thimble she uses. No thimble at all! She uses the finger nail of her thumb or index finger. I am definitely going to try that.

So, wasn't that the best box of quilting treasure ever? So much great stuff I can't wait to try out, learn from and hopefully pass that knowledge on to others! Thank you again Marjorie! I love it all and am so honored you felt I was worthy of all this.

Marjorie Horton has a blog! She will be posting all sorts of  techniques and pictures on it as soon as her new laptop arrives. Go visit her and book mark it as well.



  1. Tia, Thanks for the kind words! The reason I sometimes quilt slightly crooked is that when I'm stitching on the straight of grain on cotton sateen, my regular stitches drop down into the sateen weave and look smaller than they actually are, sometimes they almost disappear (on the straight of grain). The fix is to slightly lenghen my stitch and stitch just a little crooked so the stitches don't drop into the sateen weave. If you've ever hand quilted on sateen, you know what a pleasure it is to work with. Cotton sateen produces amazing texture. Many of the heavily textured Welsh quilts are a combination of cotton sateen and wool wadding (batting). They are wonderful to touch! Marjorie H

  2. WOW! What an amazing box of goodies! The mini quilts are gorgeous, and I love the pictures. With all thos enotes, it's like you're own private lesson!

  3. OMG! I am just drooling over all of your treasures! I love the welsh style quilting but have never been able to do it by FMQ on my sewing machine. It's just stunningly beautiful!

  4. um, i think i am a new devotee! her quilting is mind blowing. such perfection!!
    and what a generous person. you will surely be inspired by it all for many many months!
    great post!
    *toddles off to amazon*

  5. could you please make it so your next move is northern illinois or southern wis please? i want to hang out

  6. What a generous sharing of knowledge as well as all the gifts. You must be thrilled and eager to start on some more hand quilting.

  7. Wow! What treasures and what amazing quilting. The Welsh style is so elegant and sophisticated.
    best from Tunisia,

  8. are you selling her book tia? can i ask how much and if you do it thru paypal?
    i realize you are busy with your move, so no hurry

  9. They are great books. Wow is all I have to say. I love hand quilting. I am not into this craze of small quilts in blog land. Your post made me think I do want small quilts that i can copy/experiment with old hand quilting patterns. Thanks for sharing all this with us. Good luck on the move.


Thanks for commenting! I read each one. I will either respond via email or here in the comments. xo - Tia