Best of Both Worlds Episode 3 is now online!
Watch as Award Winning Quilter Linda V. Taylor uses hand-guided techniques and computerized quilting methods on a Baltimore Album quilt.
Gammill was pleased to support the incredible talents of quilters at the International Quilt Market and Festival by sponsoring the Gammill Master Award for Contemporary Artistry. Paul Statler, creator of the Statler by Gammill, presented the award to Melissa Sobotka of Richardson, Texas, for her quilt, End of the Spin.
Congratulations Melissa and all of the artists recognized in Houston!
Photo by Kim Coffman/Courtesy of IQA.
The November issue of the Gammill newsletter is now online! Don’t miss all the fun projects and information in this month’s issue including:
– How to win free Statler by Gammill classes at Road to California
– Upcoming Events and Quilt Shows
– Fabric Tree Napkin Project from Karen Farnsworth
– Update on Best of Both Worlds Episodes
– From the archives: The winter wonderland pillow project
– Meet our dealers including our new United Kingdom Dealer and Colorado’s Jukebox Quilts!
– Plus! Pinteresting ideas for the quilters in your life
by Karen Farnsworth
CreativeStudio 6.0 Certified Trainer
Make these fun and easy napkins to make your holiday table festive! You can use your Statler by Gammill and CreativeStudio or your free-motion Gammill Quilting machine to make a set of these beauties, perfect for holiday gatherings.
CreativeStudio 6.0 Users:
1. Choose your fabric. I like two-seasonal fabrics or a small print and coordinating solid fabric. I like to work with 2 yards of each fabric.
2. Load the first fabric on your quilting machine, right side UP. I load my fabric lengthwise (the 2-yard length) penning the selvage to the leader.
3. Lay the second fabric right side down on your loaded fabric. Right sides of the fabrics should be facing each other. If desired baste the fabrics together to prevent shifting.
Note: There is NO batting in these napkins
4. In CreativeStudio, create a boundary of your quilting area.
5. Statler users use Repeat patterns to place copies of the tree napkin pattern in your work area. I like to set up all my patterns before beginning to stitch if I know I have 42-inches of fabric (width of fabric) to work with. Draw a boundary extension below the boundary on screen to show a holiday area of about 40 inches in height. Fill the area with patterns.
Note: I usually make 20 napkins at a time from 4 total yards of fabric (2 yards of each).
Be sure to Toggle As Sewn any of the patterns that fall below the belly bar.
Note: If you are using a hand-guided machine, you can use a template to mark the patterns on your fabric before stitching.
6. Quilt the patterns. I use a coordinating thread color, 12 SPI and normal tie-offs.
7. Advance the quilt, relocate and stitch the next row of patterns.
8. Remove fabric from the quilting machine.
9. Cut out each tree with a quarter-inch margin. Trim the corners closely and snip in toward the stitching line around the curves.
10. Turn each tree right side out and press well.
11. Close the turn hole with fusible or whip stitched.
12. Fold the napkins and press again.
Gammill is pleased to announce that Green Hill Longarm Quilting has joined Gammill’s network of professional dealers to serve the United Kingdom. Green Hill is located in Romsey, Hampshire and is owned by the Reading family and son, Jacob Reading.
The History of Green Hill Longarm Quilting
By Jacob Reading
From a very early age I realised my Mum had a strange genetic trait, she was unable to walk past a fabric shop without going in! I soon started to understand that Mum enjoyed collecting fabrics and I thought she just looked at them like stamps.
I would often go to bed as a young boy and next morning I would have a new pair of shorts, shirt and my sisters would often have new dresses. They were not produced by the elves but by my Mum with the fabric she would get from all those visits to fabric shops.
My second eldest sister soon followed Mum and began collecting fabrics and making things with it. My sister then got a job as the Saturday girl in the local fabric shop. She dreamed of one day owning such a shop. She gained more retail experience and soon, my Mum joined her, becoming the Saturday girl.
One day the owner said she was going to close the shop and so my Sister decided to purchase the shop. She took over running it at the age of 20. Mum supported her making quilts and projects for the shop. Dad did a complete re-fit of the shop and did the accounts.
The Shop grew more and more successful; new customers came most days. Soon the shop was too small and exactly one year after my sister took over she moved the shop to a much bigger one on the high street, again after another complete re-fit from Dad and this time with my help.
My sister was so busy she asked me to help with putting out the stock. I soon became very interested in the fabrics, how they all blended together and made great patterns. I wanted to know more about quilting. I read loads of books and watched my sister and Mum at work. We became aware of a need in the area for a longarm quilting service. Mum along with her sister had researched longarms for years and without any doubt knew the best system was Gammill.
Now the perfect timing of life: I became very interested in longarm quilting. Dad made various contacts with people and found the Gammill with the Statler system was the best way to go. We found one for sale and I went to the training with my parents to learn more. A few months later at a European quilt retreat, I had the privilege of meeting Georgia and Ivan Stull, Statler by Gammill owners, from Harrisonville, Missouri. Georgia is also a Statler CreativeStudio Certified Trainer and a Gammill Sales Representative. I was convinced more than ever this was for me. After a basement conversion, the Gammill machine arrived. Within days the quilts came in from customers and I have never looked back. I have been supported by Georgia and Ivan whom I call my “Quilting Parents.”
I have been non-stop quilting for the past two and a half years. When the opportunity to join Gammill as a dealership arose, I was thrilled. To be able to share the world of Gammill and Statler with others is a very exciting time.
While my machine is running I plan and design quilts and in my free time, I make quilts to my designs, which are displayed in my sister’s shop. It works for both of us, people can see what longarm quilting can achieve and also see what a quilt looks like with the fabrics for sale in the shop.
I have always enjoyed working with computers to using them for quilting is a dream come true. My Dad is an engineer by trade so we will work together servicing machines and solving any issues that might arise.
As you have gathered we are a large close family. We were all home schooled and we all work very well together and enjoy working with each other. We were brought up to believe in ourselves and that if we work hard and put our minds to it, anything is possible.
Green Hill Longarm Quilting
Green Hill Longarm Quilting
3 Bell Street
United Kingdom Phone:
By: Gina Perkes
Free motion Applique’ by Longarm
Did you know that your longarm machine can be used for more than just quilting? For over a decade, I have been exploring applique’ techniques using my longarm machine. Not only is it quick and easy to create small projects, gifts, and seasonal home décor items, but it is the ultimate multi-task technique. I love to, for lack of a better metaphor, “kill two birds with one stone”. With my FMA technique, not only are you creating a free motion applique’ stitch, you are quilting simultaneously. The applique’ stitching secures the applique’ shapes while the quilting adds texture and dimension to your piece all in one step.
I have always loved the freedom of applique’. The ability to create, with fabric and thread, any design which can be drawn or photographed has always fascinated and intrigued me. I learned how to applique’ by machine. I explored many different machine applique techniques including: invisible, blanket stitch, and satin stitch. These methods utilize feed dogs and a domestic sewing machine. With traditional domestic machine sewing, your stitching is limited to one direction: back to front. With FMA, you are not limited to one direction of sewing. Instead, you have complete free motion. You can place your stitches wherever you see fit. This is empowering and fun. Let’s jump in!
Your applique’ shapes can be prepared using your preferred method. You may choose to turn the edges of your fabric, leave the edges raw with fraying, or use fabrics which do not ravel. For the design shown in this article, I will be using a raw edge technique. I enjoy using fabrics that do not ravel such as: ultrasuede, felt, felted wool, etc. For the examples shown, I will be using ultrasuede fabric.
It is very important to secure the applique’ shapes to your background fabric. I use a washable glue stick for the technique shown. I use a liberal amount of glue, especially on the points and edges of my shapes. The glue has no negative effects on the machine. I have been stitching through washable glue for fifteen years with no repercussions. Now for the fun!
Click here to download the free pattern featured in this article. You will need to enlarge it to 129 percent.
Any domestic machine stitch can be mimicked with your free motion longarm stitching. Have fun experimenting with some of your favorite stitches. You will be surprised at how easy they are to recreate with your longarm machine. Choose your threads according to the desired finished look. If you would like to direct attention to the actual stitching, select a contrasting thread. If, instead, you simply want the applique’ stitch to serve a practical, non-aesthetic role, use a fine weight invisible thread or a color which coordinates with your applique’ piece.
It will be necessary to adjust your speed based on the intricacy of the stitch design in order to stay in control. Experiment with both the regulated and constant modes. For some stitches, such as the blanket stitch, I prefer to use the constant mode. I set the constant mode’s speed very low so that I am able to retain control. I also find that the hum of the machine puts my movements into a nice rhythm. Many of the FMA designs have abrupt directional shifts. It can be hard to develop a fluid rhythm when using regulated mode. If you prefer regulated mode, select a small SPI (stitches per inch) setting. I choose 15-18 SPI. When stitching intricate designs, it is important to use a smaller stitch length for two reasons: The machine can accommodate the directional shifts more accurately, and simply put- it looks better. For example, if you attempt to quilt a tiny circle using an 8 SPI, it will turn out resembling an octagon instead. If you stitch that same tiny circle at 15 SPI, you will have a beautiful, smooth shape.
Always set your machine so that when it stops, the needle lands in the down position. This will hold your place should you need to stop and regroup. When starting, begin with your needle down right along the outer edge of your applique’ shape.
For the applique’ or blanket stitch, you will essentially be outlining the shape while taking a small bite into the actual applique’ fabric every 1/8” or so. The “bite” stitch should be at a consistent 90 degree angle to the edge of the applique’. As your applique’ shape shifts, adjust the angle of the “bite”. You may choose to branch off of your applique’ to add designs as you go as shown above. There is so much to be excited about with this technique! My favorite part- the outlining is done and the applique’ design comes to life all at once. Texture galore in one step!
When I have completed one shape, I can simply travel to the next using free motion quilting to get from one stopping point to a new starting point. In keeping with my “winter” theme, I have chosen to add curly Q designs. They are so versatile and add a great deal of motion, enhancing my chilly theme.
This is an excellent opportunity to play with those gorgeous yet persnickety decorative threads such as the metallic gold shown above. Metallic threads favor slower speeds as does this technique. A perfect match! Experiment with different types and colors of threads. The results will be quite different based on your thread color and weight.
One of the most wonderful aspects of the quilting process is the dimension that is added. With this in mind, you can quilt background designs prior to adding the applique’ shape.
Adhere the applique’ shapes once the background quilting is finished. Now you have a continuous background design with no breaks or interruptions. Proceed with the FMA technique. You will be finished with your project in no time at all!
I have added embellishments to my quilted piece. Any applique’ pattern may be used for this technique. With the holiday season among us and winter quickly approaching, I have decided to create a pillow using this design. I love to change my home décor based on the holidays and seasons. My Gammill makes this process extremely quick and easy!
This project can be created in just a few hours. Quilted pillows make great gifts! The applique’ pattern is included along with a video tutorial:
What a great time we’ve had at the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to visit Gammill and Linda’s Electric Quilters! Here are some of our favorite photos from the events!
The Gammill crew hard at work setting up the booth.
A view from above with the final finishes almost complete.
The Gammill classroom is setup and ready for students!
Take 3 Fabrics, Just Add Thread took first place in the group category at International Quilt Festival in Houston! The quilt is by Page Johnson, Mary Reinhardt, Jan Malmquist and Dee Legvoldt. It was quilted by Page on her Gammill longarm.
Kris Vierra, Kris’ Custom Quilting, whose quilt, A Quilter’s Garden, won the Master Award for Machine Artistry at Quilt Festival in Houston! Kris quilts with a Gammill Optimum Plus.
The winner of the Gammill sponsored Master Award for Contemporary Artist.
Photo by Heartland Quiltworks.
It’s never too early to begin quilting.
Photo by At the Heart of Quilting.
The team from Linda’s Electric Quilter’s on Halloween.
How long does it take to load a quilt?
Six minutes when you have the Gammill pit crew working!
Photos & Information courtesy of the SWSS Retreat
Statler by Gammill users put their machines to work for a good cause, recently coming together to make and stuff 265 teddy bears, which will be used to comfort children in crisis.
The Stuffable Bear Project was part of the 2015 Southwest Statler Siblings Retreat, held Oct. 21-23 in Mesa, Arizona. Registered quilters received patterns and instructions for quilting a set of four stuffed bears prior to the retreat. They used their own Statlers to complete all of the work. Local attendees were asked to stuff and close their bears. Attendees traveling from other areas brought their bears with them to the retreat for a stuffing party.
Although attendees were asked to bring four bears to stuff, many went above and beyond.
Deborah Cook, a new Statler owner, quilted 70 bears, each one unique. Deborah received the information about the Stuffable Bear Project before she received her new Statler. She couldn’t wait to get started and so she immediately got busy and re-designed the bear pattern to stitch it on her domestic machine until her new machine arrived. She also included an embroidered face, heart and bow tie.
Helping to lead the project was June Lewis, pictured right, who spent countless hours stuffing 24 bears prior to the retreat start. She then spent days at the stuffing station accepting, stuffing, sewing, boxing and sorting donated bears.
In the end, it took four 10-pound boxes of stuffing to complete the unstuffed donated bears.
The completed bears were donated to the West Valley Child Crisis Center to distribute to children in need. Jessica, a representative of the organization, visited the retreat to explain the mission of the West Valley Child Crisis Center. She said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the group and her car was stuffed to the roof top as she pulled out of the parking lot!
The Stuffable Bear Project was organized by Donna Goldbeck (left) and Janice Bahrt (right). It was an amazing example of Statler users coming together to benefit a wonderful cause!
Gammill would like to thank the SWSS for their generosity and caring and for making a difference in the lives of so many children.
Here it is! The Best of Both Worlds Episode Number 1, hosted by Gammill Quilting. Watch as Linda V. Taylor begins working on a Baltimore Album quilt. This new, free quilting show will focus on mix of instruction for both computerized and freehand quilting techniques as well as how to combine the two! All episodes will be posted on the Gammill website at http://gammill.com/education/videos/both_worlds/