Many of us cope with family members who aren’t thrilled to experience a Quilt Show. At the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod Show, it might just be easier to send them on to other places, leaving you in peace and quilts.
First and foremost, the beach. Cape Cod National Seashore not only has magnificent beaches, but a wonderful visitor center near Eastham. Will they need to eat? Stop by Arnold’sclam shack.
For the curious shoppers of all ages, the Brewster General Store offers sweets and goodies that will distract them from any vendor purchases you may have picked up at the Quilt Show.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail runs from Dennis to Wellfleet and there’s many bike shops along the way that will rent bikes and trailers.
That should keep them busy. Enjoy the Bayberry Quilt Show. There’s nothing like undistracted immersion in a favorite past time. Be sure to stop and say hi to Laurena at the Gammill Longarm Quilting booth.
If you’re on the Cape in the next couple weeks, be sure to stop by the Bayberry Quilters show in Harwich, MA. Laurena will have a booth at the show where you can try a longarm quilting machine. It’s always a great show and a wonderful time to be on the Cape!
Laurena sees more and more quilters arrive with Minkee quilt backs. This plush microfiber fabric feels scrumptious, making it totally irresistible for cozy baby or lap quilts. Before working on the first customer’s quilt with a Minkee back, Laurena checked out as many online sources to make sure it would be a success. Here’s 5 tips to using Minkee fabric on your quilt.
These plush fabrics are very stable along the warp, but stretchy on the weft. Keep the selvedges on your fabric and do not cut them off.
Pin your zippers opposite the grain of the fabric (i.e. perpendicular to the selvedge edges). This will control the wiggly aspect of the fabric. It may mean more rolling, but the results are definitely worth it.
Minkee is 60″ wide. Joann Fabrics sells a similar product called “Soft and Comfy” that is 58″ wide. Measure your backing to ensure that your fabric is 4″ – 8″ wider and longer than your quilt top. If you need to enlarge the back, add that extra panel in the middle of your back. This makes the back interesting and keeps it stable.
Think about your batting choice. Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select gives the quilt a fantastic drape. (Yesterday, motivated marathon quilter Susan finished 4 baby and lap quilts using Select and they looked fabulous!) Higher loft battings plus the plush backing will give your quilt a different dimensionality.
Quilting stitches tend to disappear in the plush fabric. If you’re hoping to make a colorful quilted statement on the back, you may want to consider a heavy flannel instead of plush microfiber.
The folks at Fabric.com created one of the best videos on how to use Minkee, so I thought I’d share it with you.
It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s time to see beautiful quilts in a gorgeous environment that’s air conditioned.
Have you been to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see the Quilts in Color Exhibit? If you haven’t, be sure to get there before the exhibits closes on July 27.
What a fabulous setting to view spectacular quilts. How often do we get to view quilts close up and from a distance? This is one of those special occasions.
The museum curators carefully chose lighting, hanging mechanisms and even wall colors to unite the different themes of the exhibit. It’s an opportunity to discover color combinations and how they play on quilt tops. Nearly all of quilts were made before 1950, Gerry Roy links his background and appreciation of Abstract Impressionists and Op art.
Did I mention that the museum is air conditioned? It’s closed on July 4, but open late normally Wednesday through Friday nights. Check the hours and keep in mind that Bank of America card holders can flash their bank cards for free admission the first weekend of the month.
In a way, it’s starting backwards. Binding your quilt is what happens after the zippers are off and you’ve admired all of your hard work. Here’s a great video with tips to create a great binding. Am I keeping my eye on the goal?
And remember, Laurena offers binding services as well… just in case you’re on to your next top!
Who would have guessed that my first post would be about saving money?
“Save,” you ask? “How do you save?”
It’s just 3 steps….
Make an appointment to drop off your quilt (email info at burlingtonlongarm dot com or call Laurena at (781) 608-7891)
Get your quilt top and backing to her Burlington studio by July 31, 2014
Choose from a range of edge to edge patterns in stock. You’ll also choose your thread color and Voilà! Save 15% off Laurena’s regular pricing on pantograph allover quilting.
That’s not too difficult, right?
This is perfect timing for quilts heading out with college bound kids, or to get a head start on tops for fall quilt shows.
Your top will be quilted using one of our Statler Stitcher machines. I love the way you can scale the pattern to your quilt, choosing the offset and stitches per inch. Bring your own batting, or choose from Laurena’s wide range of options.
Stay tuned! I’ll share some of the interesting patterns Laurena has already loaded onto the computer in upcoming posts.