Are you an Overthinker?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary meaning of “overthink” ~ to think too much about (something) : to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful.

I am definitely an overthinker. It is rarely a good thing because I can almost become a bit obsessed over what I am “overthinking”. Do any of you have this trait? Please tell me I am not the only one.

My latest (I’ll call it an overthinking project) is a small wallhanging. I had some leftover pieces from my MetroRing quilt and since I didn’t know what else to do… I thought.. a wall hanging. My problem was I really didn’t have enough pieces for the size i wanted. So I had an idea that the outside rings I would make out of just one fabric. I think I like it.. and am really overthinking it.

This will eventually be a sample for a new class called.. Full On Feathers and Fill! So I can’t overthink for too long or it will never get done. LOL

So my question to you… do you overthink things? And what type of things do you overthink? Leave your answers in the comments!

Fb Live

I got a number of emails that the video either didn’t work or it was so small you couldn’t see it. I’m so sorry. Please give this link a try!

I will be doing another FB Live today at 5PM EST on the Quilter’s Groove FB page. Gonna go over some designs for one of my quilts. Hopefully you can join me!

Showing up every week!!

Hi all… first off, thank you so much for following my blog. I am determined to get better at showing up not just in the blog but on social media as well. I just closed the Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy for the 3rd time. Last week I did 3 webinars and Wow… I had so much fun that on Thursday… I decided to do a FB live!

Why do I not do them more often? It brings me joy to connect with other quilters and share our stories… the only thing I can think of is life gets in the way. Busy being a mom, an entrepreneur and we can’t forget avid golfer really is a time suck. So I am hoping that you all can help…. I will be showing up here in my blog, my newsletter and on FB live…. at least one of these a week… what I need from you, let me know what things you need advice on in your quilting journey. Whether you are starting a business and want advice or quilting help.. this will give me a jumping off point to help you!

So I thought I would give you the FB live I did last week. (You can forward past the countdown timer) It is me designing for a top that I have coming up. Let me know what you think in the comments!!

Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy

It is that time again… twice a year I launch Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy! This 12 week signature course is perfect if you struggle with what to quilt on your tops or your customers tops. I walk you through a proven step by step method of designing the perfect quilting for any and all quilt tops!

Are you on the waitlist? If not… you want to be! I will open enrollment up for the waitlist early and with a special price. You can check out all the information here!

Here are just some of the quilts past students have designed! Aren’t they amazing!!! Don’t wait.. get your name on the waitlist!!

Simple Yet Effective

Who doesn’t love a super simple treatment that is also very forgiving? I normally use a ruler for my continuous curve … mainly due to my type A personality. But there are times when you just want to move through a quilt and not want to use a ruler for everything. The center of the above block is just that… Twist continuous curve. Here is a short little video that shows how I stitch it.

What is your favorite go to for keeping something simple? Leave it in the comments.

The Tale of 2 Bunnies!

My friend Barbara Persing created the most adorable pattern called Babyhood! It includes not just one pattern but 4 different baby quilt patterns. I made 2 of the bunnies and had so much fun! Now you know how much I love custom work so that’s what i decided to do. Here is the first one I made..

The second one I decided to do an allover design! I chose one of my favorite Urban Elementz design square spiral

Surprisingly I love the one with the all over design! What do you think? Leave it in the comments!

I just gifted the one with the all over design to the most adorable couple at my club that just had a baby boy named Adam.

Have a great day!


Avoiding those Thread Nests!

They are unsightly and no one wants nests or boogers on the back of their quilt! So how do we avoid them…. this video will show you how to avoid them when starting to quilt. The key here…. you MUST hold on to both top and bobbin thread before you hit the start button!!

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One Piece Backing!

Love em, hate em? Those one piece backings that we think are so fabulous still need to be squared up before you load them onto the machine. And please don’t forget to wash them… the sizing on them can produce tension nightmares! So if you are taking customer quilts and get a wide backing…. inquire if it was washed and if it wasn’t either have the customer take it and wash and press it or you do it and charge them appropriately for it.

Squaring up your backing is so important for a fabulous finished product, especially if it is a wall hanging or you would like to enter it into a show! So this is how I piece those one piece backing…. note: i did not have a wide backing to demonstrate but this is how i do it with wide backings as well.

How do you square up those wide backings? Leave it in the comments

Squaring up your one piece backing!

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Everyone loves Feathers, right?

It is hard to believe but not everyone loves those formal feathers, that I love so much.

The Hook Feather is the perfect alternative for the quilter who wishes to produce a less formal feather in their design. Implementing this type of feather creates a more relaxed appearance. Although I am a true “Formal” Feather fan, if one is looking for a more fun look to their piece, I highly recommend applying the Hook Feather.

The Hook Feather

This video tutorial is the perfect tool to assist in executing the Hook feather.

This technique is fun and the perfect way to bring a new enhancement to your quilt. Click here!

Click here if you want to print out a worksheet for practice

It’s always a good thing to review!!

I haven’t turned my machine on in a couple weeks and I am getting ready to load one of my UFO’s.

Summer Blossoms by Studio 180

Can’t wait to get started on it. So I have my quilting plan and it involves some continuous curves. I realized its been awhile since I’ve done CC so I thought I better practice. Since I needed to practice… I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one. LOL.

Here is a quick video… If I want precision… I will use a ruler to do these simple CC but in a busy fabric… it’s all freehand!

Here is a little worksheet for you to practice on!

If you find this helpful… leave me a comment and I’ll post more things like this!

Have a fabulous day!