Monthly Archives: August 2014

Learn to use a Longarm Quilting Machine

I love this machine!

Such joy in their voice! I’ve heard several quilters use the word “love” as they enjoy their first session on the hand guided longarm machine. I remember my own joy the first time I watched my own top become a quilt.

Learn to Longarm Quilt at Laurena's in metro Boston
Take the intro class at Laurena’s and enjoy a whole new quilting experience.

If you’re a hand quilter, the surprise of watching a quilt come off the “frame” in a day is exhilarating. If you’re accustomed to moving your quilt sandwich under a sewing machine, there’s the relief of “driving” across a quilt top laid all nice and flat in front of you. There’s definite advantages to longarm machine quilting.

Laurena teaches the basics of longarm quilting usually twice a month. She’s taking a bit of a break during August and the September class is full, but here’s the rest of the fall schedule.

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

The class begins at 9am, costs $50 and is about 4 hours long.  Bring a pencil or pen for note taking, a covered beverage and perhaps a snack so you can stay jazzed for the duration.

Are you ready for a new quilting experience? Reserve your spot now by calling the studio at 781.608.7891 or email info at burlingtonlongarm dot com.

Boston Modern Quilt Guild Charity Afternoon

A glorious day both outdoor and indoor, last Sunday was. We hosted a “quilt-in” for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild on August 10, as they wrap up their Quilts for Boston initiative. Guild members filed in and out, quilted on the Gammill longarm machines, chatted, laughed, and dropped off binding and more finished quilts.

Boston Modern Quilt Guild at Laurena Longarm Quilting
A new motif for every block on this charity quilt
Free Motion Quilting at Laurena Longarm Quilting Burlington, MA
Whimsical loops in a variegated quilting thread popped on this bright quilt.

Gwen and Laurena kept both the Statler Stitchers going. Sara and Courtney tried free motion quilting on a longarm for the first time. They easily adapted, incorporating a variety of motifs in the quilts.

Gammill Statler Stitcher working at Laurena Longarm Quilting Burlington, MA
Laurena at the Statler Stitcher
Laurena Longarm Quilting charity day in Burlington, MA
Stacks of quilts ready for binding by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.

Five quilts came off the machines that afternoon, ready for binding. A leisurely, fun way to spend a Sunday!

Statler Stitcher Samples

With Laurena out of town this week, Gwen and I took time to implement ideas and prep quilts for next week’s “back from vacation” mode.

The latest #StatlerStitcher to join Laurena's Longarm stable
Isn’t it a beauty? This Statler Stitcher has a 14′ table.


Gwen created samples of 36 Statler Stitcher patterns we have in stock. This will give customers a better chance to discover possibilities as they match their quilt to the computer guided stitching options. We’ve had many already on display, but it’s nice to see everything currently available. More of our renters try the Statler, and we’re happy to download and purchase new designs if there’s one you really love.

I made a nice show and tell catalog of the batting, giving you an easier opportunity to handle samples rather than just on the bolt. Check them out next time you’re at the studio.

In the next month, I hope to photograph all of our current samples and upload a catalog for you to peruse at your leisure.

Kudos to Gwen for her persistence!