Recycled Hexies

By Mary Beth Krapil   Recycled Hexies is a special collection curated by Mary Kerr that was on display at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Raleigh, NC in July. Re-purposing, reusing or recycling vintage textiles is quite in vogue these days. It's a wonderful way to honor those stitchers who came before us, [...]

2017-08-16T13:53:26+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Do you have a stash?

by Mary Beth Krapil Do you have a stash? When we become quilters we purchase fabric for our first project. After that first quilt we are hooked and start to plan the next quilt. We hunt for the perfect fabrics and in the course of that hunt, a few other fabulous fabrics find their way [...]

2017-08-03T16:47:21+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Black and White Plus One Challenge

By Mary Beth Krapil   I had the opportunity to view an impressive collection of quilts that featured black and white plus one additional color at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Raleigh, NC.  These quilts are the result of the 2016 Quilt Expo Quilt Challenge from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. Quilt [...]

2017-07-31T11:00:27+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Handi Quilter Ambassador – David Taylor

by Mary Beth Krapil Next up in our series on our HQ Ambassadors is David Taylor. Our Handi Quilter Ambassadors are specially selected quilters and educators who use our HQ brand and machines. They are amazing quilters and leaders in the art. David is no exception! David’s first quilt design was in 1999, a fundraiser quilt [...]

2017-07-07T14:05:14+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

A Little Something for your studio

by Mary Beth Krapil   After this month's HQ Live presentation, I thought you could use a little something for your studio. If you didn't get  a chance to see HQ Live yet you can watch it here. It is all about Threads, Needles and TENSION. Just the medicine you needed to cure your tension [...]

2017-06-27T14:24:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Finishing Quilts – Labels

By Mary Beth Krapil EVERY quilt you make needs a label. A quilt is not finished without a label. You are the artist and an artist must sign their work. Your label preserves your quilts heritage. The future will thank you. Quilt labels are easy to make and there are many ways to do it. [...]

2017-05-31T14:24:57+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Finishing Quilts

By Mary Beth Krapil Here at Handi Quilter, we are all about finishing quilts. The whole concept of longarm machines is to make it easier and faster to creatively sew the three layers of a quilt together. Hand quilting is beautiful! It's the way I started quilting. Let's be honest, I'd have to live to [...]

2017-05-26T12:01:27+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments