Dana F.

Wanda, I’m writing in praise of Nikki Sue and King Tut:  Nikki Sue, because she recommended the perfect variegated thread for my Kaleidoscope quilt; and King Tut for manufacturing this perfect thread!  My quilt features a flashy fuchsia, pink, orange, and peach floral print, and is accented by two solid colors plus white.  King Tut’s #922 “Harem” variegated thread has the right mix of exotic colors to blend in all over the busy print, and is a stunning standout on the solids.  Thank you all so much!


Splendid Sampler

Such a tremendous amount of work and detail went into this quilt. Our customer made this quilt using a mixture of techniques including applique, embroidery, patchwork, and paper-piecing from The Splendid Sampler book by Pat Sloan. Nikki enjoyed detailing and quilting each and every of the 100 blocks.

Dana F.

Dear friends at Heartbeat Quilting,

I just finished stitching down the binding on a quilt you recently quilted for me, and I thought I’d share a couple of photos.  The quilting pattern is edge-to-edge “Star Spangled Banner” which was recommended to me by several on your staff.  I’m glad I took their advice — I’m delighted with the finished results.  Even though it’s all-over quilting, the outer borders of the quilt almost seem to have been custom quilted because of the way the light colored stitching stands out on the nearly solid navy blue border.  ‘Great job!  Thanks to everyone who had a hand in this work. 

Joyce H.

I have had two quilts quilted by Heartbeat Quilting last year and they were done beautifully. I appreciated the expert advice as to what quilting designs would coordinate with the patterns in the fabric and the piecing pattern of the quilts. They were gifts that I made for my adult children and they said that the quilts were the best gifts they received that Christmas.

Dana F.

Good morning, Wanda and crew, The quilting you did on my batik quilt is sublime!  Nikki suggested the perfect variegated-color thread for this colorful quilt, and it shows up beautifully on every fabric tone.  And I especially like the Gypsy Feathers panto quilting pattern with swoops and circles.  This quilt can be appreciated on many dimensions.  Thank you all so much!   

Susan H.

This is a pic of my quilt. It is all done and it feels elegant. Thank you for the wonderful quilting! I love the machine quilting done at Heartbeat. I agree on loving the binding, too! Thank you.

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.

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.