Are you a longarm “wanna be”?

Have you been dreaming of having a longarm?

Innova Longarm comes in 3 sizes: Starting from left 18″, 22″ and 26″ sewing throat size

Would you like to quilt your own quilts?

Tired of renting a machine to finish your projects?

So, Have you been dreaming of having your own longarm machine? Have a spot in your home ready for it? Or maybe you and a quilting friend would like to share a machine! Would it not be great to be able to quilt your own quilt on your time frame? It makes a world of difference when you own the longarm.

Have you been renting time on a machine to finish your quilts? Have you run out of time on the machine and had to take your quilt off the machine only to have to return on another day to finish your project?

Maybe it is time to think about purchasing an Innova Longarm!

Why an Innova?

Because you get the best of the best!

The Innova Longarm Quilting Machine is, in my opinion, the best. If you have never operated one, give a try. We are actually at several quilt shows this weekend!

The Innova Longarm table is extremely strong and sturdy. If you need to stand on the machine table, you can. You are probably thinking, well why would I want to do that? Maybe to change a light bulb? Who knows, but you can stand on the table and it won’t collapse. Now that is not the reason to purchase an Innova, just a bit of fun trivia for you.

The Innova Longarm has a full 1 horse power Servo motor

Our stitch quality : “spot on”

Customer Service: the best! Top Notch

Training & Education: 3 days of new owners training that come with the purchase of a machine through Accomplish Quilting. With our training program, if you cannot come to one of our 3 locations, we can train you remotely. That means you never have to leave your home. Ask us how this works.

National educators and staff members there to assist and teach

Maintenance: Innova offers a 24 hour/7 days a week/365 days a year help line.

Do you have to bring your machine to us? Nope, we would prefer the machine stay at your house. Why? because if your machine is off the table being brought in for maintenance, then you are not quilting

Sounds & Vibrations: the Innova are one of the smoothest & quiet industrial longarm machines on the market.

Stitch Regulation: Innova offers Lightning Stitch! So precise

Do we offer a warranty? Of course, yes we do.

We offer a variety of sewing feet and “sew” much more!

This is the time of year that most quilters take that step to purchase a longarm machine. How about if we, Accomplish Quilting, help you to make that purchase a little easier on the pocket book (wallet) by offering a special deal. You have to contact me in order to learn about the deal. And of course, this deal is only for this weekend starting today (September 20, 2018) through Sunday (September 23, 2018)

Send me an email: NancyMcNallyQuilts@gmail.com if you would like to learn about our great sale!

Rock Around the Block

There is a story behind every quilt I make…today’s story is about how Rock Around the Block came about….

Rock Around the Block

My quilt pattern Rock Around the Block is up!

Rock Around the Block is fun to make. You start out by making 9 patches, easy right? Of course it is. Trim to the correct size and next is where the magic begins. The picture below is NOT my block, this is the traditional version…Keep reading

Over 7 years ago I wanted to make a Jack’s Chain blockThis image is from Quilter’s Cache

But most quilters want to avoid the Y seam, right? Y seams are really not that difficult, they just take a little extra effort.

What did I do to make this block doable for everyone?

I started redesigning Jack’s Chain block because I really wanted to make this block. I love the movement when all the blocks are sewn together to create the quilt. Crazy movement! Its like an S curve happens all over the quilt.

Look at the original block again. See the hexagon in the middle? In order to create the hexagon in the middle of the block, all the angles have to be worked out … meaning Math!

I tried to design the block in my EQ software program. I could not figure out how to. So, I did it the hard way. I cut fabric! Cut all kinds of triangles with different angles.  That did not work…epic fail…I put the fabric and idea away for a while a LONG while.

One day (or should I say months later) I came across the bin that I had placed my work in for this block/quilt. Time to try this again, let’s see if I can figure this out.  I was determined!

Next step:  I drew the block on graph paper (why did I not do that first!?), cut out the triangle I drew on the graph paper. Aligned it on my fabric, added a quarter inch all the way around and well the rest is history. It worked!!

Afterwards, I had to make several of these blocks. 1 and done ummm nope, …it was more like make 5 blocks later. I had to check the math over and over again.  Next, I needed to figure out a way to make the template…I had to digitally make the template so that I could offer the quilt to the public.

When you first glance at the block and look at the 9-patches, you might think…I can just surround the 9-patches with rectangles and then trim each to the correct size. Well…there is more to it then just that. You know why? I tried that method myself.  See, I think just like some of you do, LOL.  I could not get the hexagon to happen and the bias now gets placed on the outside of the block. The angles have to be just right or the hexagon will not form and the corners will not come together to create the shape. It will be off.

I love this quilt.

It is cute, adorable and full of happy fabrics!

The blocks create motion all over the quilt.

Your eyes just keep moving!

You can make the 9-patches out of batiks, traditional cottons, modern prints! It does not matter! Make it scrappy scrappy or control the color combination. It is Fat Quarter friendly. Great project to take on retreat!

You can choose to make the alternate design, which are the little churn dash blocks, or not. Can you find the red churn dash blocks?

You can find Rock Around the Block in my store:

http://nancymcnallyquilts.com/product/rock-around-the-block/

 

Time to get quilting!

Nancy McNally

Travel Compartment Bag for Crafters

This was a fun project to make!

The Compartment Bag

This Compartment Bag holds A LOT!  And what Fun FABRIC

“Keep your sewing supplies, tools and notions neat and organized when on the go! In this Learn, Make, Create! episode, quilting expert Nancy McNally demonstrates how to make an amazing multicompartment project bag using unusual materials including grosgrain ribbon and vinyl window screening.

 The bag’s zippered pouches, curved corners and handles are easy to form with Nancy’s expert guidance. The finished bag measures approximately 15″ x 22-1/2″ when open and 15″ x 10-3/4″ when closed, and includes 8 zippered pouches for holding an assortment of supplies.”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/publishing-videos/LMC0104_Snippet.mp4

You know, as quilters, we love to quilt with our besties!

Our favorite quilting friends.

Often times when we want to gather with our besties, we have to travel to meet with them.

Traveling might just mean across town or say a few hours down the road…like driving to a retreat!

When we are gathering our supplies to go quilt with a group of friends, we need to make sure we have all of our supplies. Supplies other than our sewing machines. We have to bring smaller items like you see in the picture.

The Compartment bag has 8 zipper compartment bag to hold all your supplies! Supplies that we all have learned are necessary when quilting away from home.

I chose a different colored zipper to make the 8 compartments, colorful and easy to see.

A fun bubble fabric by Robert Kaufman, I just can’t get enough of this line: Effervescence

Now I have a place to hold all my small supplies and I can place the pattern in the front of the bag to keep it safe!Making the screen pouches was incredibly easy!  Yes, you can sew with window screen fabric without having to use a special needle. The screen fabric allows you to see what is inside each pouch. The zipper of course keeps all the contents in the pouches plus the Compartment bag zips closed. Handles on are the outside so transporting is quick and easy, just grab and go!

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Gross Grain ribbon is added to the outer zipper. This allows for the bag to have more storage room. How? It makes the bag a little wider. Just enough room for all of our goodies (supplies) that we need to bring along with us. I chose a cut yellow polka dot ribbon, and used it also in the center of the bag.
 I hope you decide to make this compartment bag! It is easy and fun! And you what else? You will get a lot of use out of it! Always have it stored nearby so when it is time to hit the road, you just grab and go!

If you would like to view other classes Annie’s has to offer, check them out at Annie’s Creative Studio

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Nancy McNally

 

 

Sew, What’s under Nancy’s Needle?

This week I am working on 2 traditional blocks
Log Cabin
&
Dresden Flower Petal
My Log Cabin blocks are not going to have a light side and a dark side like the traditional block, but dark to medium fabrics surrounding the center.

Sew…are you wondering why? Well, it is part of the design element which I cannot show you just yet, In time, In time you can see what I am working on.
Check out the fabrics I am working with: Reproductions, so not me! But, they actually offer the traditional cute feel and the unexpected brightness. If you have never used them, give them a try!

So, while I was stitching away, I made a little mistake. Yes, I make mistakes just like everyone else. Yes, I have to rip seams. Can you see what I did wrong?
This is how I started….


Can you see what I did wrong?


Yes, everyone makes mistakes. I grabbed the seam ripper and fixed my mistake. I did not waste any fabric. I had sewn the pink/lavender strips to the wrong side of the block…Tis life…and we move on.
Stay tuned as I work on this new Quilt-a-long with Annie’s Creative Studio

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

It’s Almost Harvest Time!

It’s almost Harvest time!

Have you ever wanted to make a pot holder to match the season?

I have the perfect project for you!

Apple Harvest pot holder

And, you can complete your pot holder in a day!

Yes! You can Learn, Make and Create with me at Annie’s Creative Studio

https://s3.amazonaws.com/publishing-videos/LMC0094_Snippet.mp4

Grab your favorite apple red and green and let’s make a pot holder!

So, what will you learn in this class?

How to work with heat resistant batting, making pockets…yes, I said, “Making pockets” how exciting is that?!  The sides of the Apple Harvest pot holder are pockets. You reach in from the center of the apple. By sewing pockets you keep your hands protected from any burns.

Oh, one more thing that you will learn, how to sew on a bias binding.

The curve on the pot holder is a gentle curve so it is easy to manipulate the bias binding.

I used my Clover Wonderclips to hold the bias binding in place.

Apple Harvest pot holder was so much fun to make!

To top off the pot holder, there is a pretty green leaf to add to the top.

Sign up for the class here! And don’t forget to show me your project

http://www.AnniesCreativeStudio.com

That’s all for today.

Happy Quilting to all!

Nancy McNally

Acrobats: Quarter Square Triangles

Several years back I was introduced to a fantastic book: 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins.  I have found this book to be a fantastic resource. I use this book often. How do I use it? I have challenged my private Facebook group: Sew Anyways with Nancy McNally to learn 2 new blocks a month. We are currently in our 1st month, block 2: Acrobats.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/240137286367256/

In order to join my group, you have to answer the questions when you request to join. I will approve your membership as soon as I see your request. Now, back to the quarter square block.

The Acrobats block is made up of  9 quarter square triangle units and 11 squares. The layout of the QST. + the Sq. makes the block appear as if there is an X  running through it. This is a block that is not seen very often in the public domain of the World of Quilting. That is the reason I chose Acrobats for the 2nd block of this month.

Let’s talk about Quarter Square Triangle (QST).

It consists of 4 triangles (hence the name quarter).

A QST consists of 4 triangles sewn together to create a square. You can’t just sew any type/group of triangles to create a QST. The triangles must have the cross or straight of grain as their base or bottom. The 2 remaining sides of the triangle come together to form a 90° angle (the center)…but don’t put this one the outside…its cut from the bias! That means it will stretch or distort.

In order to figure out what size of a QST you need, there is some math you need to do…I know I know…just bare with me.

Let’s say we want a 3″ FINISHED size QST block/unit : add 1.25 to your 3″

We want our QST to have 2 different fabrics.

3″ + 1.25 = 4.25

We will need 2 fabrics cut at 4.25″ (4 1/4″) squares.

Cut on BOTH diagonals.

Place fabrics in the layout you would like and sew.

The QST will measure 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ this is the unfinished size

It will finish at 3″ x 3″. In the diagram below. I have 2 squares lined up (1 black & 1 white). Blue lines going through both blocks showing to cut on both diagonals. You will yield 4 triangles of each. I only show 2 of each, because that is all you need for 1 quarter square triangle block/unit. You will yield 2 quarter square triangle blocks/units total. The 3rd picture in the diagram shows which ones to sew together. Press towards the darker color. Pressing lines/arrows are not shown in the picture.

Sew…that is how you do the math for a Quarter Square Triangle! It is really simple!

The only step remaining once you piece your quarter square triangle block is to trim to the correct size. Sometimes sewing triangles can be tricky, they can slide or move. Once your block is pieced, iron, then trim to the correct size. For Trimming, I always find center. Align my ruler on the center. See the diagram below.

My block is 3″, center is 1.5. I rest the 1.5 intersection on my ruler on the very center of my block. I have it circled in red. Before trimming, check all 4 sides of the ruler/block. Make SURE the fabric is extending past the desired measurement, not less than or on the inside of the desired amount. If my fabric would have been on the other side (less than) of the 3″ mark…going towards the 2″ side, I would not trim. At that point, I would begin examining my seam allowance…

As for the Acrobat Block,

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

 

Try it out Design Template for Machine Quilting

I designed a new template “Try it out Design” template. As a longarm quilter, I find that I get stuck on the designing of the quilting that is going to be stitched in a block. I designed my Try it out Design for all machine quilters, not just for longarm quilters.

First I have to decide on a design to be stitched.

Am I going to stitch a different design in every block?

Am I stitching the same design all the way across the quilt, also known as an Edge to Edge (E2E)?

As I am deciding on a design I draw it out on the template. I can tweak the design as I go along, make a mistake…erase it 🙂 and keep on going.

Once a design is kind of settled on, the next is to figure out how to begin the design in the block, work my way around, and if need be, move directly into the next block.

This happens with every quilt. This is why I designed this template. Now, how should the template look? What should the template offer?

I decided I wanted a template that would offer:

-a variety of registration lines for me to use

-different “shapes” such as half square triangle(s), quarter square triangles

-diamonds, rectangles

-lines so that echo designs or fillers can be drawn (stitched)

-by drawing directly on the template, I can figure out a path to go from block to block, E2E, single block designs,                        sashing

So, I designed one! My template is 13″ x 17″. The largest section has registration lines from the center out that start out as a 1″ square and go out to a 12″ square. I begin with a solid line for the odd numbers (1″, 3″, 5″, 7″….) and the even numbers are dashed lines (2″, 4″, 6″, 8″….). Next I added center registration lines on the horizontal, vertical, both diagonals, half square triangles, quarter square triangle. Move to the end of the template I divided the remaining 4″ x 12″ area into rectangles divided in half which also create diamonds.

   

I have a video here for you to watch how I use my  Try it out Design, template. All you need is a Dry Erase marker, a Dry Eraser (or soft cloth to clean the board), painter’s tape to add to the outer edge. What is that for? So that you don’t accidentally draw off the Try it out Design template and onto the quilt! You can see in my video how I taped off the edges to prevent me from drawing on the quilt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iFBDHyAcMA&t=24s

My new template is not on my site yet. If you are interested in my template send me an email at:

nancymcnallyquilts@gmail.com

Also, if you are interested in a longarm, drop me an email

nancymcnallyquilts@gmail.com

Happy quilting!

Nancy McNally

What is in this bag?

You know, sometimes you just need to leave that bag alone..the one that is sitting up high on the shelf that you can’t reach. Well that bag was calling to me. I knew not to touch it. I just had too! So what was in that bag? This was! I dumped the contents onto my table work mat.

What a HOT MESS!!

I dove in! I remember this project! Why in the world would I shove into this bag without organizing it first?

As I began digging I found a pin…the hard way, “OUCH”! Dug some more to find the pin and that is how all of this happened. I took each section that was pinned (I did kind of sorta organize it some what…kind of), unpinned and placed all the sections across my longarm machine. Next I brought my regular size ironing board out and set it up. I attacked!

I ironed each section, spray starched as I worked on each one. I had decided I was going to take the time to iron, and fold neatly to place the sections into Ziplock bags. Thanks to my assistant and friend Cheri, I’m really enjoying these ZipLock bags. It took a good while to iron this pile. Not all the pile was ironed. Some of the pile was scraps. I chose to put the scraps into their own Ziplock bags. So here is how far I had gotten with this quilt. Now, I don’t have everything lined up perfectly on my design wall, so no judging.

The picture with the X blocks, there will only be 1 row of these blocks surrounding the quilt. There is also a skiny border to separate the body of the quilt from these X Blocks.

After all the dust settles from our move, I believe I’m going to put this one on my list of MUST FINISH NOW projects.

I folded all of the sections, pieces and parts nicely. Placed all in LARGE Ziplock bags and tucked away again.

By the way, I designed this pattern. Let’s hope I can finish this one. I can see some amazing quilting designs that need to be stitched.

As of today, March 7, 2018 I have to remove my design wall from my sewing room. Why? It looks extremely tacky for the listing of our home (my home is for sale as of today). Can’t wait to move into the new one!

I will have to have my quilting friends over for a day of sewing!

Happy quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally

Binding, I find it uninspiring

I know I know, some of you reading this will be saying “I love binding” well, I don’t. I don’t find it creative. Actually I believe it is the task of helping the heavy quilted quilt through the machine. That’s what makes me not enjoy binding. Sew, I need to figure out a way I can enjoy binding. After all it is the last step! I find it uninspiring so, lets try to think of a way to make it faster or more creative…

Here is what I find difficult when sewing the binding on the traditional way:

1-dealing with all the bulk through the machine, it is heavy.  Yes, I use my walking foot, also known as an even feed foot.

2-Next is having the quilt in my lap to hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt. Oh my, being that I am in MENOPAUSE! Are you kidding me! I’m an oven right now and to have the quilt on top of me for sewing…just ain’t gonna happen, LOL

3-Arthritis in my hands. Having to hold binding, needle with fingers that ache…not fun

So there are my 3 reasons why I don’t like binding

And, I must add, I do not enter any of my own quilts into quilt shows. If I did, then I would use the traditional method. It is a cleaner look.

You have probably figured out that I machine bind. I truly feel it is stronger than hand binding. You can argue with me if you want, I’m not going to change, see reasons listed above, LOL.

I have 2 methods of machine binding.

1- After squaring the quilt and preparing the binding, I sew the binding to the back of the quilt first. Roll the binding to the front, secure with pins or wonderclips, choose a decorative stitch with a pretty thread and SEW<— that is how I make it creative …pretty thread and a decorative stitch.

2-After squaring the quilt and preparing the binding, I sew the binding to the front of the quilt or top. Next I roll the binding to the back, secure with pins in the ditch from the front of the quilt. I only secure a little bit at a time so I don’t get poked with pins. Use my Digital Dual Walking foot with the ditch foot with guide. Position quilt with the binding ditch area directly in the line of the guide from the foot and sew in the ditch..hoping to catch the back of the binding in place.

I thought I’d show how I mark the binding at the corner. I use my Creative Grid Ruler “Bias Binding Simplified”. If you have this ruler you know that it has a 45° angle on one end. I place the ruler with the angled tip at my corner with the ruler going to my left. I mark the angled line with a chalk pencil. As I continue to sew towards the corner, the needle will land directly on the drawn line. That is where I STOP sewing, needle down, pressure foot lift and turn the quilt so I can sew off at the corner.  I then create the 45° sewn line for re-positioning the binding. Now I can continue onto the next side of the quilt.

My Digital Dual Feed Walking Foot. The Digital Dual Feed Walking Foot is belt driven. Directly behind the foot, is the belt that is 1/2″ wide and grabs the fabric gently advancing. Now top and bottom layers are fed through evenly. Love Love Love this foot.

 This is how I align my ruler. I get perfect mitered corners!

Happy Quilting (Binding) everyone,

Nancy McNally

 

 

The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise.

This is not the first time this has happened to me.

When it does it is a welcomed surprise!

You see, I had a deadline that was on top of me, breathing down my back “gotta finish this quilt, gotta finish this quilt. only have a week to piece, quilt and bind…gotta get this quilt done…call a friend (Cheri)” Cheri came over 3 days in a row. This quilt was not difficult, just a little different from the traditional method of piecing.

Sorry, can’t show you the quilt. In May 2018 will be the reveal

Once the quilt was pieced, it was time to quilt. Oh great, someone (me) forgot to request the backing fabric from the manufacturer.  Quickly scan my fabric shelves, do I have enough? Ummm of course I do! I found a wide backing I had purchased from a few years ago. Cheri ironed the wide backing.

Quilt is done, backing is ready. Now on to the longarm machine. We pinned the backing onto the leaders. Wound bobbins, threaded my Innova Longarm. Cheri cleaned off the table. I had not dusted it in a while :/

Grabbed my rulers for machine quilting. I love ruler work! At the same I am gathering my rulers, I’m telling myself , ” Don’t do anything complicated or time consuming!” Cheri must have heard my mind, because she was telling me the same thing, lol

Before I knew it I was stitching a Cross Hatch pattern. I Love ruler work. I grabbed another ruler to help me stitch arcs and I was off a running, I mean stitching, a really neat pattern.

But you know what? I had no idea how this would turn out on the back of the quilt. Most of the time, I can’t really vision what the quilt is going to look like on the top because I only get to see a small portion of the work as I progress. Why? Because we advance the quilt on to a bar. The quilt gets wrapped around a bar..so the stitching design gets hidden. I progress for another 4.5 hours. I quilted about 5.5 hours that night.

The next day I quilted another, close to, 6 hours. Quilt is done! Take it off my longarm as fast as I could. Now I have to sew on the binding. I’m rushing and racing around trying to finish. You see, I have to have this quilt at the publishers by tomorrow…

I drape the finished quilt over the longarm exposing the back.  All I can say is “WOW”!! I actually started crying tears of joy! I could not believe how beautiful the quilt turned out!!

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Draping from my Innova Longarm machine. Love how this quilt turned out

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally