Simple But Effective

by Mary Beth Krapil   I have one of the BEST jobs. I travel, and I get to see lots of quilts from all over the world! I've seen so many different quilting styles, from simple to complex. I believe each quilt calls for its own style and complexity depending on the quilt top and [...]

By |2018-09-04T14:34:18+00:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

5 Tips for Stitch in the Ditch

by Mary Beth Krapil   Let me answer a few Q's to get us started. Q: What is "the ditch"? A: The ditch is formed by the seam between two pieces of fabric. A pieced quilt top has lots of ditches.   Q: Why do I want to stitch in it? A: Ditch stitching defines [...]

By |2018-08-20T17:52:03+00:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Education|9 Comments

Red and White Quilting

by Mary Beth Krapil I was amazed at the beautiful collection of red and white quilts from Linda Pumphrey's new book, Red and White Quilting, An Iconic Tradition on 40 Blocks. It was on display recently at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Raleigh, NC.  The sign introducing the display says it all. "Bold, [...]

By |2018-08-06T20:47:51+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

An Interview with Handi Quilter Ambassador, Laurie Tigner

by Mary Beth  Krapil It's time to meet another of our wonderful Handi Quilter Ambassadors, Laurie Tigner. Laurie is an award-winning quilter residing in South Dakota. Although she doesn’t have a favorite style of quilt, she has a definite affinity for whole-cloth quilts and painting religious icons (some on fabric and then quilted). Laurie first [...]

By |2018-07-18T12:39:48+00:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Top Ten Tips for New Longarm Quilters

by Mary Beth Krapil   If you're new to the world of longarm quilting, it can be overwhelming; as there is seemingly so much to learn. As a 10 year veteran Handi Quilter National Educator, I've been all over the world teaching longarm classes. I've met thousands of quilters and the vast majority of them [...]

By |2018-07-02T17:37:22+00:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|32 Comments

Addendum to Perfection

by Mary Beth Krapil   I recently wrote a post about the pursuit of perfection. If you missed it you can read it here. Today, I read this quote and it is perfect! And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. - John Steinbeck See what I mean? Perfect! Happy [...]

By |2018-06-29T15:26:47+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ruler of the Month Club

by Mary Beth Krapil   Have you checked out the Handi Quilter Ruler of the Month Club yet? If you like to quilt with rulers, or even if you are just getting started with ruler quilting then this is the club for you. You get a new ruler each month that is exclusive for club [...]

By |2018-06-10T16:18:48+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|8 Comments

HQ Academy 2018 – it just keeps getting better

by Mary Beth Krapil   Another HQ Academy is in the history books. As someone who has taught at Academy every year since the very beginning, I can say, it just keeps getting better and better. It's a mystery how we manage to top ourselves year after year, but amazingly, it happens. So much planning [...]

By |2018-06-13T14:56:12+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Pursuit of Perfection

by Mary Beth Krapil A friend sent me this: I don't know where it originated, so I can't give credit; my apologies. But it really got me to thinking. About perfection and our different attitudes about perfection. I come from my background as a pharmacist, where perfection is pretty important. After all, really bad things [...]

By |2018-05-31T18:20:09+00:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|8 Comments

Summer Fun

by Mary Beth Krapil Summer is almost here. The kids will soon be out of school and a couple of days after that, they will be BORED. Isn't that how it goes? If you have kids in your life, be it your own, your grandies, your neighbors, maybe you might want to take the opportunity [...]

By |2018-05-18T09:25:57+00:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|8 Comments