10 Things You Should Know Before Having a Quilt Machine Quilted on a Long-Arm Machine

I've thought about writing this blog post for years, actually I've typed up the whole thing several times and then deleted it. I didn't want to come across as a know-it-all, or at all offensive. However after being asked the same questions over and over I've decided that it's okay to write these thoughts, actually, I think that most will find it very helpful.

Before I became a long-arm quilter there were a lot of things I didn't know about the process, by writing this post today I hope that I can help anyone out there that is interested in having their quilts machine quilted by a long-arm quilter. 


Quiltcon 2017

The full event catalog with all of the workshops, lectures and other events will be made available by June 1st, with registration opening for members in late June and the general public July 1st.

I can't wait!


So - You Like Quilts - But - You Don't Like to Sew?

If you like quilts, but don't have the time, or maybe if you don't even like to sew, or if you just want a fast finish Pattern Jam might be the perfect option for you!

The brilliant team over at Pattern Jam have come up with the most fabulous idea, you log into their website, pick a pattern, place your fabrics, online, and then they digitally print your quilt top on fabric for you! How cool is that!


Sew Sampler with Fat Quarter Shop

The team over at Fat Quarter Shop have designed this darling Sew Sampler monthly subscription box. Aren't we all crushing on subscription boxes right now? I am!

When I first heard about the box I knew that I had to sign up, it's only $.99 to sign up and then $24.95 per month after that!


Beehive Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Quilted Works, one of my local quilt shops has got another adorable new quilt pattern and kit. I custom machine quilted this fun quilt for them and loved quilting it.


Modern Gray Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Toby made this beautiful modern gray quilt. When Toby sent me this gorgeous quilt for some custom machine quilting I knew that the machine quilting needed to be very crisp and clean. This quilt just screamed straight lines to me.


Rah Rah Rally Quilt - Version #3 - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Over the last couple of weeks I've shared some darling Rah Rah Rally Quilts that I've custom machine quilted for Kathy. I recently finished custom machine quilting the last of three and I think it turned out pretty cute!


Wanna Build a Snowman Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

The ladies at my local quilt shop, Quilted Works, are always coming up with something fun and creative! This "Wanna Build a Snowman" quilt is one of their recent patterns, and what's so cool about this quilt is all of the applique pieces are laser cut, so they're perfect and it makes putting the quilt together super fast!


Rah, Rah Rally Quilt -Version #2 - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Last week I shared one of Kathy's beautiful Rah, Rah Rally quilts, she actually made three of them almost all exactly the same. Kathy sent them to me for some custom machine quilting. Because all three quilts are from the same pattern and the same fabrics I decided to machine quilt each of them similar, but not exactly the same. I seem to get bored quilting the same quilt the exact same, so changing things up a bit adds more interest, and makes each quilt a little bit more unique!


Boy Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

I recently finished custom machine quilting this fun quilt for Paula. I've shared several of her quilts for her grand-kids here before and today I've got another one. Paula lets her grand-kids pick a pattern and the fabrics and then she has been busy making each one of them a quilt. I know I say this every time I share her quilts, but I just love this! These quilts will be treasures forever!


Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Wow! I really didn't mean to take a ten day break from blogging. I really haven't fallen off the earth, actually I've been crazy busy machine quilting and because of that blogging had to fall a ways down the priority list.

Thank you for sticking with me and following along when my crazy little life just catches up to me. :)

No, worries, I've been busy and got a lot of quilts to share with you, starting with this beautiful quilt made by Cherie!


Incline Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Last summer I traveled to Las Vegas and taught a few machine quilting and piecing classes at Quiltique. The students in my classes were fabulous and I had such a great time teaching there. One of my students, Jeanne, finished her Incline quilt and then brought it to me for some custom machine quilting. Jeanne loved how I had custom machine quilted the original version and asked me to quilt her quilt like mine.


Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

A year or so I custom machine quilted a beautiful quilt for Lianne. She loved it, actually she loved it so much that she made a second version for her daughter, it's a wedding gift.

If you know me, you know that I have a hard time machine quilting two quilts exactly the same, I get bored with that, so of course I decided to quilt this one similar, but not exactly the same as her first quilt, you can check out the first one here.