Back to School Party: Part 5 and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the final day of Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party! A quilt isn’t officially finished until it has a label, right? So QM’s Graphic Designer Denise Starck designed a quilt label just for your Frame by Frame quilt. It’s our special thank you for participating in the Back to School Party with us!

Download it, test-print it on paper, then print it onto printer-ready fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s permanent. Fill in the information with a permanent pen such as Micron Pigma .03. Peel the fabric away from the stiffening material. Follow the instructions in our label tutorial for a beautiful, easy finish, substituting your Frame by Frame label for the one shown.

BTS12 Label 400 Back to School Party: Part 5 and Giveaway! Download and then print the label above by clicking here.

Today’s sponsors are Fairfield and Handi Quilter.


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Fairfield has provided three packages of batting for giveaway. They contain crib-sized American Spirit batting described like this:

A balanced blend of 70% Natural Cotton and 30% Polyester, this batting quilts and drapes like cotton, yet resists creases like polyester. Ideal for machine quilting, it is both washable and non-allergenic.

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This batting is needle-punched through a light scrim that provides stability, making it a great choice for quilting on a longarm machine.

We’d like to thank Fairfield for their sponsorship. We know that three lucky QP readers will enjoy giving this batting a try. (Giveaway details below.)

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Handi Quilter has provided three DVDs entitled Quilter’s Academy Presents David Taylor: Machine Quilting for Beginners.


productimage picture quilters academy presents david taylor machine quilting beginners dvd 238 jpg 400x400 q85 Back to School Party: Part 5 and Giveaway! If you’ve seen David’s quilts or heard him speak, you have a pretty good idea that he’s a dynamo behind the sewing machine. I can’t think of anyone who couldn’t learn something from him.

We’d like to thank Handi Quilter for their sponsorship. Three lucky QP readers will soon be quilting up a storm because of these power-packed DVDs.

For your chance to win, please leave a comment below by midnight, Friday, Sept. 14 answering this question: On a scale of 0 to 5, how would you rate yourself as a machine quilter?

0 means “I’ve never tried it.”
1 means “I’m still a rank beginner.”
2 means “I’m a confident beginner moving toward intermediate.”
3 means “I have considerable experience, I know quite a bit, I still have lots to learn.”
4 means “I feel confident in my machine quilting.”
5 means “I am a very confident machine quilter and have mastered the techniques.”

We’ll pick three winners for batting and three winners for DVDs and post them here next week. The winners have been chosen and will be notified by email. Thanks for your comments, which help us to plan future issues of Quiltmaker.

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Thanks ever so much for joining us during the Back to School Party. We’ll have a final wrap-up around the middle of next week.


About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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167 Responses to Back to School Party: Part 5 and Giveaway!

  1. Stefania says:

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  2. Linda E in AZ says:

    I’m a #4 these days. I used to be a #5 I think but lost a lot of that confidence when I had a lengthy battle with machine problems (I was ripping out more than sewing).
    I’ve enjoyed this week’s “school.”

  3. Penny in AL says:

    I am a beginner for sure! By the time I finish the quilt top, I am too afraid to try…thinking I will mess it up! I just hand quilt…which takes so long!

  4. Mimi says:

    0 – I am a nervous nelly about trying it!!


    I’m #3 Sill hae a lot to learn.

  6. Cathryn H says:

    Well, that depends on what I’m quilting on. If I’m on a long arm machine, then I’m a 1 (one), a rank beginner. I’ve only done 3 quilts that way. If I’m using my sewing machine to quilt with, then I’d say I’m a 2 – I am fairly confident about my skills there. But I would love to have the time (and money) to be able to use a long arm and get really proficient on it.

  7. Judy says:

    I’m a #1–rank beginner! I get petrified with fear when ever I contemplate machine quilting!

  8. E. Engman says:

    I’m at level 1, having done mostly tied quilts or stitch-in-the-ditch/straight line quilting.

  9. rhonda davis says:

    3+. I have an original HandiQuilter frame and Juki TLE. My mom has a small Gamill setup. Between the two, I’ve done 60-75 quilts in the last 10 years, but haven’t advanced beyound pantographs and stippling. Love the process, but just afraid of the next level..

  10. Kristin M says:

    I would say I’m a definite 3, I have quilted quite a bit, but still feel there is a bunch to learn.

  11. Brenda Dolha says:

    A ’2′ here in apple country! Looking forward to retreat with 39 others in two weeks! Taking monthly workshops and practicing on small projects all the time.

  12. Becky says:

    I’d say I’m a 1 and a half! Maybe a 2 on a good day! I’ve done several free-motion quilting projects, but I still struggle keeping my stitch length even (I don’t have a stitch regulator). The fun quilting designs I see in Quiltmaker help me work up my courage to keep trying though!

  13. Sue says:

    I’m lucky to have recently purchased a used standup HQ 16 and I just love it! Still working on a few practice quilts before I start on the several tops I have ready to go. I rate myself as a confident beginner and would love to have a new DVD to learn from!

  14. amy losordo says:

    I’m at 3 and love taking classes to practice and test out different techniques. Machine quilting is fun and magical in the results.

  15. Pat V. says:

    I would say I’m more than “1″ but not quite “2.” So, 1.5?

  16. Susan G says:

    Still a #1, but trying and experimenting and trying again!

  17. Jennie P. says:

    I’m probably a 1!

  18. Laverne Blair says:

    I would say between 2 and 3. Going on 1 year having short-arm and frame, have done about 10 different quilts/practice pieces. Do pretty well stippling but badly on any “structured design”. Horrible experience trying to pantograph with laser, but newest plaything (groovy board/stylus) has done fine.

  19. Diantha Howard says:

    I’m a 1, maybe moving towards a 2. I have machine quilted a couple throws and pillows.

  20. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I’m between a zero and 1, so I’d say a 0.5. (I know it’s not on the chart, but I have tried machine quilting, so I’m not a 0 but I’m not a rank beginner since I have NO clue what I am doing!) LOL

  21. Barb Johnson says:

    I think I’m about a 2 and a half. I’ve done quite a bit of machine quilting, but it has all been either stitch-in-the-ditch or meander quilting. I’m ready to try something new!

  22. Shar Fletcher says:

    i fill that I’m a number #2. I quilt, but always have more to learn.

  23. Maria Kievit says:

    I would probably rank myself between 0 and 1, as I don’t machine quilt very often, and then it is quite often in the ditch. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. MaryBeth says:

    I guess I’d have to say I’m a 3 (or a 2 1/2). I’ve only done machine quilting, no hand quilting. I haven’t done anything terribly complicated, but I can do more than stitch-in-the-ditch. And to the lady who uses her Featherweight to quilt – kudos to you!!!

  25. Sharon L. says:

    I’m ranked a 1, just a beginner. I wish that I was better.

  26. Hueisei says:

    I’m a beginner, so is 1!

  27. Laurel says:

    2 : “I’m a confident beginner moving toward intermediate.”

  28. Maryellen says:

    4 and improving!! I’m doing SewCal Gal’s FMQ challenge, and my designs and feathers are getting really good. I’m confident and can teach others. Cute label!

  29. Connie Burgess says:

    I believe that I am a #2, confident beginner working toward #3, all self-taught. So I probably am not doing everything right, but having fun none-the-less.

  30. Jan Jansen says:

    I’m a 1 3/4 and am working to get to 2! lol

  31. Rhonda Runge says:

    I am a 1. I have only experimented on place mats. After spending hours measuring, cutting, piecing and sewing my quilt tops, I haven’t been confident enough to try machine quilting for fear of ruining my hard work. Therefore, I leave tha actual quilting to the longarm pros at the quilt shops.

  32. Nancy Myers says:

    I would say I am a 2, but I don’t do much more than meander or spaced lines with my walking foot.

  33. Jeanette says:

    I’m a 3 been quilting for 16 years on a 1930′s sewing machine. Just got a new machine and what a difference, yea a 3 have lots to learn.

  34. tina wilson says:

    I am a number 1 but would like to be much better. A little guidance and a lot of practice are all I need.

  35. Cathy Koester says:

    I’m at 1 but very close to being a 2. Just need more practice and try to remember the little things that make the quilting look nice.

  36. MarciaW says:

    I’m a 1 for straightline machine quilting and a 0 for FMQ.

  37. Shari Rich says:

    I think I am an two and a half, I have some experience, but haven’t done a lot of quilting. My free motion could use a lot of help.LOL. But, I really haven’t done a lot of free motion. Too much work, not enough playing. I saw some of David Taylors work last year in Lincoln, NE. Fabulous!

  38. Inge Lise says:

    Jeg er ret ny quilter, og synes det er svært.
    Vil bedømme mig som en lille #1 måske kun en #1/2, men hos os siger man, at øvelse gør mester – så jeg må i gang med arbejdet.
    Ville være så lykkelig hvis heldet var med mig, tak.

  39. Mary Ford says:

    I am a level 1…. I have only made a very few small quilts and a baby quilt.

  40. Nancy says:

    I am definitely at level 1, but hoping to move up. Then maybe I can finish up the quilt tops that are piling up.

  41. Joyce Baki says:

    #2 – I am a beginner, but the more I learn, the more I feel ready for new designs for machine quilting. Thanks Quiltmaker for moving me forward!

  42. Nancy Currier says:

    I would rate myself a 3 – I use my Featherweight to quilt with. I could learn more !!

  43. Terri says:

    I’m at level 3. I have been branching out lately, but have a long ways to go… I appreciate the quilt design samples that Quiltmaker Magazine and Quilty Pleasures shows me.

  44. Angie says:

    Level 1 for sure

  45. Alexandra Molina says:

    Just a 2 but that comes before 3, 4, ……….

  46. Kim says:

    I would rate myself a 3, so I could definitely learn more from David’s DVD. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. TErre Sturtevant says:

    I am a 2 in the early stages, I have made many quilt, but only machine quilted a few.

  48. Christy Schreck says:

    I’m a “1″ — tried it, just can’t seem to get the hang of it. Plus I lack the patience for what would help most – practice, practice, practice. It was the same with piano lessons when I was a kid!!! ;-)

  49. Linda says:

    I am a 2. I could learn a lot from a pro.

  50. I would rate myself a 1… I have quilted 3 quilts since I started sewing in April of this year! I look forward to getting better and better as time goes by!

  51. Debra George says:

    I’m at a “2″ and reaching for “3.” I love quilting my own projects, and practice definitely brings improvement, as well as confidence.

  52. Loretta O' says:

    I am definitely a 1. I can do straight line quilting. I have the walking foot and the free-motion foot but I need to practice and learn some more. Thank you for the chance to win batting and a quilting DVD.

  53. Kathleen B says:

    I’m a middle of the road 3!

  54. PAM says:

    I am a two, although my stippleing looks like lightning bolts.LOL I need lots of practice.

  55. Tanya says:

    I would say I am a strong level 2. I have machine quilted quite a few smaller projects but have shied away from larger ones so far. Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck everyone!

  56. Nikki Wilson says:

    0 – I have never tried machine quilting, but I would like to.

  57. Janet says:

    I think I am a 4…certainly don’t know it all yet, but comfortable doing almost anything.

  58. Jane Bowden says:

    I am definitely a 1 needing to spend more time practicing. I would love to win an instructional DVD with any tips to to help improve my technique.

  59. Kathleen Courtney Stilwell says:

    Working on my first grandchilds quilt, he or she is coming in dec or jan

  60. Patti says:

    A definite #2. I need to get a little more confident.

  61. I’m a 1! No matter how much I practice, when I try to fmq on my quilts I still feel like a beginner. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

  62. Lisa Ellis says:

    Well, if you count straight line quilting then I’m almost to a 1. I’m fascinated and terrified by free motion quilting but I’ve never had an opportunity to even try.

  63. Susan Paxton says:

    I am definitely a 1 and am having trouble cause I don’t have a quilting foot yet. Living on a limited budget I hope to get it next month. It doesn’t make it easy without one. I would love the DVD especially and living in a small rural area can’t really get good supplies and batting is sooo expensive. Love your blogs and ideas. I am learning so much so a big THANK YOU!

  64. cathi says:

    Totally rank! I am a -1. LOL

  65. Michael says:

    I have never quilted on a machine. I would love to learn. It would be so much fun to be able to make the quilt and then quilt the quilt yourself!!! It would be such an accomplishment.

  66. Diane Antle says:

    I’m a number 1 I guess …have only tried machine quilting on small projects such as pot holers and mug rugs!

  67. Janie says:

    1 bur I have only tried it once….I need a personal trainer :)

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