HQ Capri Gets Its Wings

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador The HQ Capri stationary longarm with the Insight table comes as a set, and together they're proving to be a great team. I've been quilting a lot on the Capri to get my feet wet, but sometimes it's as if I've fallen headlong into the lake! And I [...]

Turning a Corner, Part 2

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador Yesterday I shared the story of this UFO, which has now happily become an FO: Finished Object! It feels great to have this one done. I kept the quilting simple but that's because Mary Beth Krapil, my tutor in all things machine quilting, has taught me to ask [...]

Houston, We’ve Turned a Corner

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador I quilted another UFO and for the first time I do not feel like I totally messed it up. I think I have turned a corner. This is a crib-size quilt I made from two sets of UFO blocks. The flowers are from a pattern called Daisiez by [...]

Machine Quilting 101

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador and Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter National Educator I started machine quilting an old UFO this week, and because I'm not experienced, I had questions right away. Mary Beth is a seasoned longarm quilting pro and is always just a text away. I sent my questions to her! [...]

Gypsy Wife: Winging It

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador I finished piecing a project on May 7, just 16 days after I started. It was a challenging project for a couple of reasons but now that it's finished, I quite like it. My Gypsy Wife quilt top, a design by Jen Kingwell I am not much of [...]

Quilting is Full of Surprises!

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador I'm astonished at the new thoughts I'm having in the wake of my excitement about machine quilting. 1. "I can't wait to quilt this!" 🤗 In the past, I was a piecer and only a piecer. I made patchwork endlessly and the quilt tops just kept piling up. [...]

Machine Quilting: The View

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador No, not the morning TV show. I'm talking about your view of the machine quilting as you're doing it. In my last post, I talked about some lessons I took from quilting my Wild Garden. Lessons in Machine Quilting When you’re machine quilting, you’re so close to the [...]

Quilting A Wild Garden

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador Eight years ago I started an improvisational quilt project during a retreat with Mary Lou Weidman. Mary Lou was doing improv long before anyone called it that. She makes amazing story quilts and she is full of ideas. A day spent with her is like slurping creativity from [...]

Variations with Debby Brown

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador There are good learning opportunities during the Cyber Quilt Show created by Handi Quilter. I've been watching and rewatching a workshop called "Variations" with HQ National Educator Debby Brown. I'm spending a lot of time learning all about free-motion machine quilting these days, so Debby's friendly video class [...]

Lessons in Machine Quilting

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador I'm learning so much about machine quilting each day. The lessons apply whether you're quilting on a domestic like HQ Stitch or on a stationary longarm like the HQ Capri. Some of them would also be useful if you're longarm quilting with a machine on a movable carriage. [...]