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I Love Hover Mode!

Quick Tip Tuesday…

Its Tuesday, so here’s another quick tip… You probably already know I love the knee lift bar; I’ve had it on my last couple domestic sewing machines, and it is a requirement, if you ask me. It’s like having an extra hand when I sew or piece. (Don’t tell my knee lift bar, but I may have found a replacement for it… The Hover Mode Button!)

If you have a Baby Lock sewing machine, look for this handy feature… (It might be on other brands, too? I don’t know, this is a first for me!)

Hover Mode

When selected, the Hover Mode automatically lifts your Presser foot, with the needle in the down position, every time you take your foot off the floor pedal…


This allows you to readjust your fabric without losing your spot, allows you to tuck a seam the right direction, or pivot around a curved edge or sharp corner… and you don’t even have to be coordinated enough to push your knee to the side at the right time!

This is my new must-have for piecing and appliqué!

If you are a stop and go sewer, and just sewing a straight seam, and the auto lift of the presser foot bugs you… just press the button (OK, it’s an icon, not a button) and turn the option off.

Presser foot

It’s my new best friend!

What is your favorite feature on your sewing machine?



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Affordable Quilting…

It’s not a quilt until it’s quilted…

Are you looking for an affordable and adorable way to turn your quilt tops into actual quilts?  You’ve come to the right place… Seder Quilts!

Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain
Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain

My name is Paola and I offer a full range of quilting services and styles… Simple, Standard, Specialty, and Spectacular!

Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander
Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander

Simple all-over quilting designs are also called Edge-to-Edge (E2E), Border to Border, or Pantographs. One thread color throughout, not too closely stitched, it stays soft and fluffy, and is the most affordable option because it is quick and easy, with no rulers, no borders, no marking, and very little measuring.


Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

Simple designs can be stitched by Freemotion Quilting or by Computerized Quilting; they can be Traditional (meander, floral, feathers, leaves), Modern (geometrics, straight lines, iconic silhouettes), or anything inbetween.

Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

Freemotion Quilting (FMQ, Freehand, or Hand Guided) means I actually control the movement of my great big wonderful quilting machine (a HandiQuilter Fusion Longarm) by hand… I push, pull, wiggle, and squiggle every stitch.

Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium
Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium

Computerized Quilting means you choose a design from the ProStitcher computerized system connected to the quilter, and then the computer guides and controls the stitching as it moves.   There are hundreds of designs to choose from, (and there are thousands more online.)

E2E comp ~Daisy Marie
Simple E2E comp ~Daisy Marie

If you want something unique, I can design from your idea and stitch as I go… or plan, draw, and memorize an original image into the computer… (But we’ll talk about Specialty Custom Quilting another day!)

My name is Paola, I love quilting, and I would love to help you finish your next quilt! Contact me at or 701.388.1461.

Simple Allover Computerized ~Falling Feathers
Simple E2E Computerized ~Falling Feathers


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Quick Tip Tuesday…

I’m a visual learner… so I LOVE the SKITCH app for puzzling out good stuff… (Stop&Start points, the best path through the maze, etc). Choose from multiple colors and line thicknesses, add text or arrows, save or send the options as photos, go back and trace them for muscle memory… (Did I mention I love it?)

“SKITCH” is a free app, (I use mine on an iPad, and I prefer to use a stylus, but it works with chubby fingertips, too.) It allows you to draw, or sketch, on a digital photo; you can save a new photo of your doodlings at any point; several options to send it to other people; you can delete your markings, and try many attempts. It’s a modern techy Etch-a-Sketch.

I use it to audition stitch routes on quilt blocks. I find it quicker than drawing out the block on graph paper by hand, and easier to erase and make changes. (My brother-in-law would use it to draw mustaches and big eyebrows on portraits.)

SKITCH appBonus tip… For nicer curves when stitching an Orange Peel… Weave in and out of several blocks with “S” shapes, as far as possible… rather than “C,C,C”… (Who doesn’t like nicer curves?)

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Custom Quilting a Border ~Tutorial

Someone was looking at the LongArm Quilting, (the actual Design and Stitching of my work) that I had recently finished for a client. “How did you do this Star Border? You just type it in, and let the computer do it, right?” Ummmm… No, not quite…

Custom quilt bordersAlmost everything I stitch is “Custom Quilting.”

I often use a combination of Computerized Quilting and FreeMotion or Hand-Guided Quilting. You might wonder, (as Luther would say…) “What does this mean?”

Let me show you… Here’s my first tutorial (☺️squeeeel)… and a little peek into my creative Continue reading Custom Quilting a Border ~Tutorial