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Learn How To Quilt During Covid-19!

It’s a difficult time to learn how to quilt during Covid-19 distancing but, not impossible. Want to learn how to quilt? There are several online tutorials and classes that offer great instructions. If you prefer the one on one classes, make an appointment with Lady VanWinkle. Click on ‘Contact Us’ below. Or if you just need longarm services, click on ‘Longarm Stitching Services’. Lady VanWinkle’s also has quilts for sale.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Is Thread Used In Quilts That Important?

I say yes, it is important. If you are putting a lot of time and money into a quilt, you are going to want that quilt to last for generations. Quilts are usually heirlooms that are passed down to the generations. So yes, good quality thread is important as you don’t want your quilt falling apart after 15 years. You can test your thread buy wrapping it around your hands and pulling. If the thread breaks you probably don’t want to use it in your quilt. My favorite brand is Mettler and they make a nice cotton with a silk finish.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What is Grunge Material?

Grunge is a material that looks textured. The material is dyed then a printed texture is applied to one side. See below example of Grunge material. The Grunge look reminds me of the bedroom accent wall from the 80’s and 90’s where the wall would be painted a solid color, dried and then a second complementary color would be randomly sponged over to give the textured look. Gunge material is use in quilts more today than it was a few years ago. Grunge material gives quilts a modern look.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Are Quilts Valuable?

QUILTS ARE VALUABLE… As a general guide, a queen-size quilt will sell anywhere from $650 to $3,000. A baby-quilt or lap-quilt will sell anywhere from $175 to $550. There are Art-Quilts that sell for $7,000 plus. Good quality handcrafted quilts are heirlooms and are handed down for generations. Quilts make wonderful gifts for weddings, birth of a child or for personal use. People are prepared to spend big money for Quilts.

You can google… ‘The the Most Expensive Quilt Ever Sold at Auction’. You will find it is the Civil War-era quilt known as the Reconciliation Quilt. It was bought for $264,000 at Sotheby’s in 1991.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What Does Batik Material Look Like?

Batik is a centuries old tradition for dyeing material. Batik is the art of wax-resistant dye on fabrics to create beautiful and colorful designs. The wax is made-up of the mixture of Beeswax, paraffin and resin. The wax is then applied using a stamp or a Tjanting tool (wax stylist). The Tjanting tool is made with bamboo, a copper spout and a copper reservoir. The Tjanting tool is dipped in hot wax and the wax is applied to the designs drawn on materials. You can purchase an electric Tjanting tool today.

Once the waxed design is complete on the material, the material is then submerged in dye, then washed and hung to dry. For multiple colors the batik process is repeated for each color. Below is a sample of what Batik Material looks like. As you can see Batik is very vibrant.

What Does Batik Material Look Like

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Why Are Longarm Quilter Hard To Find?

It’s because there are only a few Longarm Quilters out there. This is primarily due to the expense of the Longarm Quilting machine. These machines cost anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000 dollars. These machines are anywhere from 10 feet to 14 feet long and require approximately 3 feet on all sides with 5 feet of comfortable working space in the front of the machine. If you are looking for a Longarm Quilter? Visit Lady VanWinkle’s Website. Click on Services and Pricing.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Longarm Quilting Price Reduction!

Lady VanWinkle has lowered her Longarm pricing. Due to Covid-19 and money being tight, the cost to have your quilt quilted with high quality stitches has been reduced. Effective immediately Lady VanWinkle’s has eliminated the cost of the Loading Fees and has reduced the cost of the Trimming. Unlike many Longarm studios who charge for bobbin thread, at Lady VanWinkle’s there is no cost for bobbin thread.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What Is Minky Material?

Minky fabric is an ultra soft luxurious microfiber. Minky is mostly used to make baby blankets. However, the popularity of Minky is growing. Many quilters are using minky fabric for the backing on the lap quilts. Minky comes in several brilliant colors and textures. many colors and textures.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Is Sewing Batik Fabric Difficult?

Batik is a centuries old tradition for dyeing material using wax to create designs on the fabric. So is Batik fabric difficult to work with? Yes, and No…One reason quilters may say it’s difficult to work with is that while sewing they experience skipped stitches. That can happen when working on a large project, but there is a remedy. When starting your project always begin with a brand new needle. I use the Schmetz brand. If you are sewing a Queen size quilt or larger, review for skipped stitches about 3/4 of the way through. If you experience skipped stitches just change your needle and you are back in business. I also, recommend a good quality thread. Mettler thread is a strong thread and comes in many brilliant colors. When I use new needles and good quality thread, I find Batik fabric is easy to work with.

I like to use Batik fabrics on quilts because of the bold and brilliant colors and after many washings the fabric still holds it’s color.

Batik Fabric

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Do You Need Your Quilt Top Finished?

So your quilt top is unfinished and is sitting on the table or packed away in a box. Life has got busy and you just don’t have the time to finish your project. Life happens. Not to worry… Lady VanWinkle’s is a full service studio. If you need your Quilt Top finished or, just need your quilt bound Lady VanWinkle’s is here to help. See Stitch Pattern of the month.

Bellflower Stitch

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.