How Custom Do You Want It?

This baby quilt came with a challenge! Our customer provided us with some well thought out instructions, but also left some decisions up to us.

She wanted us to use the motifs in the printed fabrics for the block designs, per quilter’s choice. She wanted white for her top thread, but the coordinating thread color in the bobbin for each space. For instance, in the red blocks, we used a red thread in the bobbin and for the blue blocks, a blue bobbin thread. Those colors really pop on the white backing!

In the printed fabric blocks, we were to choose one matching motif to go in all. In the solid color blocks, she wanted to switch it and have a different motif in each. There were also 2 blocks that All blocks could be quilted in any direction. The border was completely quilter’s choice, but we were to use a motif for the blue sashing and one for the red sashing, but we couldn’t repeat those motifs in the large blocks.

You can view the photos below to see the finished product.

Heartbeat Quilting Newsletter – March 2017

FLOATING QUILTS ON A LONGARM

Marlene from Grand Coulee asked:

I heard from someone that your shop floats all 3 layers (i.e. backing, batting and top). So there is nothing that holds the bottom end of the backing onto the quilting table? NOTHING? What happens when you get close to the end?

Hi Marlene! Yes, we float the quilt top and batting. We use zippers to get the backing on the machine so, after we zip on, it might take 10 minutes to get quilting. Click here to learn more and how you can do the same at home!

In Stitches,
Wanda and the Rest of the Staff at Heartbeat Quilting

MARCH DESIGN CLASSES

Crystal Class

Saturday, March 18th
9am to 12pm
Taught by Karen Mathison
2 spots left!

Edge to Edge & Then Some…

Saturday, March 25th
at 10am to 12pm
Taught by Kathleen Woods
3 spots left!

How Do I Quilt This?

Saturday, March 25th
12:30pm to 3:30pm
Taught by Wanda Jeffries
3 spots left!

See all upcoming classes!

 

10% Off Bottom Line Thread Retail & Wholesale thru 3/31

Bottom Line Thread

60 wt./2-ply Polyester thread.

Lint-free never felt so good. Designed with award-winning quilter Libby Lehman, The Bottom Line makes a fantastic bobbin thread for any type of sewing.

Please call in or email your retail order at 888-465-0344 or info@heartbeatquilting.com.

Watch this video to learn more about Bottom Line or shop Bottom Line now!

Kaffe Fassett’s Diamond Delight
This beautiful diamond quilt was completed last summer for Deanne and her husband, of Waitsburg, Washington. First we stitched-in-the-ditch around all the diamond sashing, then we custom fit each diamond block using the Statler computerized quilting. See pictures here.

Floating Quilts on a Longarm Quilting Machine

Marlene O. asked:

I heard from someone that your shop floats all 3 layers (i.e. backing, batting  and top). So there is nothing that holds the bottom end of the backing onto the quilting table? NOTHING??? What happens when you get close to the end?

Wanda’s Answer:

Hi Marlene! No, we only float the quilt top and batting. We use zippers to get the backing on the machine so after we zip on it might take 10 minutes to get quilting. We baste all sides down as we go, holding the bottom of the quilt top down with magnets as it floats. So we baste along the top, down two sides that are in the quilting area, quilt it, roll it, baste the two sides and continue that way. Holding the bottom of the quilt top with the long magnets we sell. When we get to the bottom of the quilt, we baste along the bottom edge. Most times it’s almost perfect, depending on the piecing. It’s what I do with my personal quilts along with my employees and renters.

Realize too, we are doing quilts that are going to be used and loved. We rarely get a quilt that would be in a competition. If it was, I would maybe baste and square before I even started quilting, along with SID. It’s widely used now. I have a good friend who is a supreme, award winning quilter and she only floats her quilts.

I don’t have any videos on my website yet, but they are out there.  If I was by myself quilting on a machine, I would either baste my backings on or use Red Snappers.

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Heartbeat Quilting Newsletter – January 2017

FINDING YOUR CREATIVE SPARK

Ever find yourself spending more time deciding how you want to quilt something than the time it actually takes to execute the project? Tired of the same old bag of tricks? You can replenish your creative and quilting inspirations in many ways.

After more than two decades of quilting I have learned several ways to charge up my creative batteries. From chat groups to finding inspirations in nature around us, learn how I invigorate my creative process and share with me your steps to staying fresh!

In Stitches,
Wanda and the Rest of the Staff at Heartbeat Quilting

 

Notions & Jewelry Sale – 20% Off!

In celebration of our current 20% sale, we’ve asked each of our staff to let us know what their favorite notion is and why. What’s your favorite?

 

New Design Classes Scheduled

Edge to Edge and Then Some…
Taught by Kathleen Woods

How Do I Quilt This?
Taught by Wanda Jeffries

Consider signing up for a full day of machine quilting design classes on either March 25th or May 20th! Register Now!

LaviShea Lotion Bars

LaviShea Bars are perfect for keeping quilters’ hands soft. Portable and convenient for travel, our lotion bars absorb quickly and completely without leaving a greasy residue, penetrating deep into the skin to re-hydrate and moisturize. Comes in four scents. Watch this video to learn more and shop Lavishea now!

Fine China
This beautiful embroidered quilt was entered into the 2016 WSQ Quilt Show and won 1st place in the Computerized Machine Embroidered and/or Appliqued, combined with piecing category. The quilt was pieced by Judi Archibald and was machine quilted by our very own Nikki last year. See pictures here.

Notions & Jewelry 20% Off Thru February 10th

In celebration of our current 20% off notions and jewelry sale*, we’ve asked each of our staff to let us know what their favorite is and why.

web_jewelry_snake_chainWanda: I really love the way you can quickly change the design of your SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE with the Quilt Dots system. I’ve even sold one right off my neck!

1000x750_plastic_wipe_off_sheetsjpgNikki: Every quilter seems to run up against quilters block eventually.  I can just pull out my WIPE OFF SHEET and DRY ERASE MARKER to immediately try out multiple design ideas and see how they will look. This visual method keeps the process flowing. Inspiration is a key element of choosing the best design for a quilt.

Sharon: BEST PRESS makes your fabric nice and stiff. If you use it when you first get your fabric, it really helps make cutting a breeze!

332x800_tape_measure_288jpgWendy: The FLIP-IT TAPE MEASURE makes measuring easy, because it shows yardage and inches. On your big projects, when you reach the end of the tape, just flip it and keep measuring!

42197802197802x800_seam_ripper_haveljpgNancy: ULTRA-PRO SEAM RIPPER takes out mistakes quickly. When the tool is used correctly, it does not cut or pull your fabric, like some other rippers out there.

40060019Dixie: I recently picked up the PLAIN PLASTIC TEMPLATES and love the idea of being able to replicate some of my favorite designs, whether I’m piecing or machine quilting.

Kristen: Especially since I’ve started sewing the bindings for our customers, I’ve found these WONDER CLIPS really are wonderful! So much easier than pins!

1000x665625_corsage_pinsjpgSkye: The CORSAGE PINS were such a welcome find. No more am I “stuck” with tiny pins for big projects. The length of the pins are great and the head is large enough to grab onto easily.

*Shop all Discounted Notions and Quilt Dots.

Finding Your Creative Spark 2.0

Ever find yourself spending more time deciding how you want to quilt something – than the time it actually takes to execute the project? Tired of the same old bag of tricks? You can replenish your creative and quilting inspirations in many ways.

After over 20 years of quilting I have learned several ways to charge up my creative batteries.

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Kathy H.

I just wanted to say thank you for the training class that you held on December 10th. I have NEVER used a longarm before and an absolute BEGINNER! But with the 2-1/2 hour training I went too, I came away a little less scared. Then I signed up to come in and use one of the longarm machines on December 17th and I had an absolute blast! I came away feeling sooo accomplished! From the beginning of making the quilt top, to the backing and batting — and then me actually quilting it all together — WOW! That felt AWESOME! Thank you so much and I will be back in January to quilt more! And the staff were there to assist if I needed anything and even though they were busy with their work, they never portrayed that I was a nuisance.

Joyce C.

Happy holidays from Pocatello.  I enjoy stoping at your shop and always leave with at least a book or two and plenty of thread.  You and your staff are so friendly and that goes a long way with me.  Merry Christmas to you all.

Heartbeat Quilting Newsletter – December 2016

THANK YOU!

Dear Friends,

I’d just like to say what a blessing you are to all of us at Heartbeat Quilting. We’re thankful for your continued support and encouragement. It’s such a privilege to be able to be part of an industry that is so positive, giving and inspiring, one that creates so much joy for all.

We’re here because of you and as we approach our 10 year anniversary, be looking for news of something special in the works for February.

We wish you health and happiness and all that is good this holiday season and throughout the coming new year!

In Stitches,
Wanda and the Rest of the Staff at Heartbeat Quilting

HOLIDAY HOURS

(click for full calendar)

Friday, December 23rd – 9am to 4pm
Saturday, December 24th – CLOSED
Sunday, December 25th – CLOSED
Monday, December 26th – CLOSED

Saturday, December 31st – CLOSED
Sunday, January 1st – CLOSED
Monday, January 2nd – CLOSED

This self-leveling hanging system only requires a sleeve, one person and one minute. It comes in three sizes, adjustable for any quilt from 21″ up to 110″ wide, can hold up to 40 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty. Stop in the store to see a demo or watch this video!

 

Rental Certification

Become certified to use our Gammill longarm quilting machines! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran who simply doesn’t have the room for a larger machine, renting time on a machine at Heartbeat Quilting is fun and easy! Our class schedule is set through June 2017. Book yours now!

 

Loading Directional Quilts onto a Longarm Quilting Machine

So, we’ve already discussed how to pin your zippers onto your backing when preparing to float your quilt on a longarm quilting machine. Now, we would like to address how to prepare your quilt for floating if the top, back and/or pattern are directional. Click here to learn more!

Christmas Sampler
This beautiful sampler quilt was machine quilted by our very own Nikki, back in 2012. Just as the piecing utilizes many techniques, Nikki managed to weave together feathers, hollies, leaves, swirls, and echoes to bring a sense of whimsy to the holiday season.