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2021 Challenge and Contest
 

You loved it.  You bought it and planned to make it.  Then everything else took priority.  This is your opportunity to turn that great idea into a winner. 

Go look through all those projects you found when you cleaned out the closet/sewing room/or God forbid the storage unit, and get it made.  If you enter it in the contest and we quilt it at The Quilting Page we will give you 10% of the quilting fee up to $25. (That is the quilting fee not the total cost of service – please look at your invoice to identify the quilting fee.) 

If you finish the quilt (quilting and binding) your quilt will be entered into a drawing to be held the end of December 2021 for $202.10 in quilting service (backing fabric to binding, the service is your choice)  We will assemble photos of all completed quilts into a slideshow that we will post on Facebook and our website the end of December 2021. 

Here are the rules:

  1.        Take a photo of a kit or a full project (minimum size is 60 x 70 or 260-inch perimeter) that you have but have NOT started
  2.        Include a photo of the pattern/directions/your original design plan
  3.        Attach the photos to an email with: 
    •        Your Name
    •        Phone Number
    •        Email Address
    •        Please put 2021 Challenge in the Subject line
  4.        Send the email to pagej@thequiltingpage.com by February 15, 2021 to be entered into the contest
  5.        Submit final photos of your completed quilt by December 20th, 2021 and celebrate that one of the quilts you really wanted to make is now complete
 

Have fun with this.  Challenge yourself. 
Clear out at least one of those kit/projects you ran across in 2020
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Featured Quilt Motif & Mini Video                                             Top
            
   
  
  
  
  Duluth Storm is a pattern that we have used on a number of different quilt patterns.  In this example, you can see how the nesting circular design swirls around the quarter square triangle blocks.  This pattern suits Storm At Sea, designs that have the "crossed canoe" shape, or kaleidoscopic triangles.  The design curls from one triangle into the next triangle creating a very custom look with what can be a row by row lay out.


Watch the following short video for an example of how to use this quilting design..
 
Video on Duluth Storm Page Turner   
    
  Click on the video to watch some useful tips on where and when this design works. The full educational video Page Turner is available on the Videos webpage.

Duluth Storm is a Point To Point that can be in a block or as the basis for a Page Turner.  The innovative Page Turner technique allows you to use 4 triangles to form a square and when laid out on the quilt you can stitch a complete row starting from one side of the quilt across to the other side and then back to the beginning.  The design created where the 2 triangles face each other develops a custom looking sashing that is actually part of the triangular block.


If you are not sure how to use a Page Turner we have a video class available for purchase on the Video page Click Here to access this and other video classes available for viewing.   
 
To purchase this SALE pattern set of 4 for only $10, click on the pattern image: 

         

Please visit our SHOP page to see all of the Digital Quilting Designs, Wide Backs, Threads and a variety of educational Videos:


 
                                             
                
            
                      
Come visit us to talk about the options available for a grand adventure in quilting.  We can help you with the purchasing process, replacement parts, education and training.

 
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Featured Tips
 
     
Featured Longarm Rental Quilts
      
Featured Quilt Motif & Mini Video
 
 
 
We Heard You  OR  Did you Know   
 
 
 
          
Featured Customer Quilts
 

 This quilt is a mosaic of many fabrics fused to the background.  We used Hedge by Anne Bright was used to provide a consistent level of quilting across the surface and to ensure that all of the fused pieces were stitched to the background.

After quilting we applied bias binding to a scalloped bottom border to further enhance the organic earthy feel to the quilt.  This was a fun, fun quilt to work on.

   

Featured Longarm Rental Quilt
There are no rentals at this time

 

 

 This quilt was a kit using a Dream Big fabric for the background.  The Renter used a digital pattern kit to place unique designs in each of the leaves. 

   The individual leaves vary in their design to create a balanced back drop for the hummingbirds.  It was a multi day rental that resulted in a lovely quilt.

 

   
 String of Lights (pattern by Terry Atkinson) has great graphics on a fairly simple design.  The contrast between the black stars and the white background create a striking weave.    While this looks to be a custom quilting design the pattern is actually a continuous stitching row sized to match the blocks and set in opposite directions from row to row.  This is a semi custom design completed by a renter.
We do have classes for Statler and Free Hand.  When you are looking for new quilting ideas we have a variety of options and skill builders for you.

Longarm Rental - either Statler based or Freehand

Keep us in mind when you plan to complete your quilt.  We offer a longarm class to get you started.and on the road to successfully completing your quilt from start to finish.  Rental time is available on our computerized Statler longarm machine and you will know that there will always be someone here to work with you if you have a question or problem.

Call 651-340-6503 to schedule time to complete your quilt.  There are no rentals at this time.
We Heard You ... OR ... Did You Know?                             Top
Studio classes and workshops are on hold for the foreseeable future.

Although the Intensive Hands-On classes are currently unavailable this might be a great time for you to look at the videos.  We have a dozen videos with detailed information on how to use different techniques.   Most have been updated within the last 3 months with new examples and enhanced demonstrations.  The videos typically are divided into sections with examples and exercises for you to do and use for practice.  You can repeat the video as often as you want and at the times that are most convenient for you. 

In the past we have conducted Intensive Hands-On classes in the studio.  At some point in the future we look forward to re-starting the Intensive classes.  Each class consisted of 4 participants from around the country (Missouri to Arizona to Oregon).  For 3 days they were in the studio working on projects from 8 am until 5 pm... or as late as they could handle.  Although Page had an outline of what she wanted to cover, each class was tailored to the needs and skill level of the participants.    They started with drawing the "blueprint" of a quilt block and selecting quilting designs that fit or maybe didn't. This is an exercise in how the quilting design fits the quilt pattern.  Time is spent on their quilts to set borders, stitch in the ditch, concatenating designs, using Page Turners or like the Drunkard's Path shown above using a Custom Overall design on a complicated pattern.  In three days the participants cover a lot of concepts, tools, and designs.


Watch the list of In-Studio Classes for the next available series of Intensive Hands-On events.  If you would like to be on a mailing list for when we offer these sessions again (Starting in January 2019) please send us an email so we can keep you up to date at: Pagej@thequiltingpage.com 
Upcoming In Studio Classes

Our In-Studio classes are set up to run from 9 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch.  Typically the morning is spent in a presentation style and the afternoon is spent in a hands on practice quilt.  We often use Quilts of Valor for our demo quilts, or you can bring a small quilt for practice purposes.

We are located just off 35E and Cliff Road in Eagan about 10 miles south of the airport and the Mall of America.  We have 4 Gammill machines all running on Statler for workshops and demos and a Gammill Elevate that can be use for task specific classes.  There are multiple restaurants and hotels within walking distance.  In addition, we have both a full service quilt shop across the road plus a boutique shop that features quilts and kits next door.

 

   
Studio classes and workshops are on hold for the foreseeable future.
 

Featured Tip for Quilters                                                          Top

Access to earlier Tips & Tricks - Click Here
Backing Fabric

The guidelines for the backing fabric for longarm quilting are: 

  • The backing needs to be at least 3 inches larger all the way around the quilt (or 6 inches longer and wider than the quilt top so if your quilt top is 60 by 70 you need backing fabric that is at least 66 by 76)
  • We prefer to load the back using the selvage edges along the rollers
    • Do not cut off the selvages along the outer edge of the backing - they help keep the back square during the loading process
    • Unless the quilting motif is a directional design where the top has to be at the top of the machine AND the quilt top or back have to match the top, we load the backing using the selvages which may or may not match the top of a printed fabric design
  • We prefer any backing seams to run parallel (the same direction) to the selvages
    • Sew the seams at 1/2 + inch and then trim off the tightly woven selvages leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance
  • Do NOT press the backing seams open - press to one side
    • When pressed open (like what you would do for Hand Quilting) there is only the tread holding one side of the backing to the other side
    • If you press the seam and seam allowance to one side, then the longarm quilting will stitch through all layers of the fabric and hold the two sides of the backing together with greater security
  • Often pieced backs have multiple seams going in a variety of directions
    • In this case just try to have the majority of seams, or any particularly long seams, run parallel to the selvages

Another option is to purchase the wide backing fabric that is 108" wide.  Right now we have 220 different wide backs in stock for you to select from.  We do sell the wide backing fabric by the inch to meet your needs.  Keep in mind that 1 yard of 108 wide fabric is about 2 1/2 yards of the traditional bolt fabric (at roughly $16-17.50 per yard it is a great deal).  Often customers will buy their backing fabric before completing their quilt so they can incorporate some of the fabric in the top either in the blocks or as the border.