Progress shot from Teara Cornmesser at Lazy J Quilting
This week has been set aside as a break or catch up week!
If you're behind, no worries. This week should give you some time to focus on getting caught up. If not caught up all the way, at least a little bit closer.
And, if you're on schedule, take this time to replenish your creative juices. I guarantee that process is different for everyone, but an important part of having a hobby. Some of you may leave the sewing room to bake goodies or read a book and others may jump right back in and start another project.
And, who am I to judge? Especially since I'm planning to work on my next pattern!
Before you hie yourself off to your chosen distraction, be certain to check out Teara's quilting tips below.
Longarm League Guest Post
by Teara Cornmesser, Lazy J Quilting Services
My name is Teara and I own and operate Lazy J Quilting Services. I offer longarm edge-to-edge designs and quilt finishing services in the Columbus, Ohio area, but I also accept mail in quilts. I've been quilting for over 20 years and started longarm quilting in 2018 when I purchased my Gammill Statler machine.
My favorite paper piecing trick is to use Scotch adhesive roller dots to secure my first piece. I like it because it’s easy to peel off and doesn’t leave a gluey mess.
Now, confession time. I don’t always do a great job of making sure my thread matches what I’m piecing. And it’s even more difficult when you’re working on a project that has light and very dark colors in it. In order to fix this—and save my perfectionist sanity—I keep a Micron fine-tip pen handy for touch ups.
I take the pen and carefully color over the light colored threads, taking care not to get the ink on the fabric. And just like that the threads disappear!
I’ve used this technique on many of my quilts and Micron pens come in several colors. I like Micron pens because they’re chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant. I’ve used them on signature quilts and they’ve held up beautifully!
My preferred longarm guideline is that your backing is at least 8” wider and 8” longer than your top. Don’t be afraid to ask me anything!
Communication is key for a good relationship between you and your longarm quilter. If you’re unsure about anything, it’s always better to ask!
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