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LDQ #45 Learning to Longarm

Hi guys! In this episode I talk about learning to longarm quilt, even though I never thought it would be for me. I’ve been adding some ideas I’d like to try to a new pinterest board called Quilting Designs.

You can also check out my other quilting boards; Modern Quilting, Quiltspiration, and Rainbow Quilts.

This is the blog post with the example of gradation I spoke about. The quilt is called Gelato


Here’s the tool I talked about. Todd’s Catch n Cut



I talked about the quilt we made for our sweet friend, Frances. Yay Twilters!!



And this picture gives you a nice view of the lovely backing that Pam contributed, and the gorgeous label that Tina made.

The label says, “True friends are like angels, You don’t have to see them to know they are there. Made by Twilters for Frances Dowell. Quilted in February 2014 by Daisy Mier Fredericks.”

I included a card to Frances with all the names of everyone who helped make this, including those who sewed blocks or sent supplies or funds to help with shipping.

Thank you to all of you who participated! I could not have gotten this done without all of you.


Go Quilt Something!


  1. Ms Lottie wrote:

    Enjoyed your podcast as usual and I think you did a beautiful job of Frances’ quilt. I agree that the darker corners look good, I think they have a ‘stabilising’ effect, if that makes sense.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Jaye wrote:

    Hi Daisy, I am really enjoying your podcast! You sound so happy and I love how you are explaining your process with the longarm. Keep up the good work!

    You should ABSOLUTELY put a label on every single quilt you make. Name, date, location and, in this case, what the quilt is for. You are not doing the label for the people who buy the quilt but for history. You will add to the value and the history by telling the story. Also, women’s work is valuable! Don’t buy into the idea that this is “just a quilt”. It is a valuable resource for helping that family and YOUR time and expertise are also valuable.

    Thank you again for all the hard work you did on Frances’ quilt. It is a wonderful piece.

    Definitely post your gradation piece! I am thrilled that you have something and you were listening and ‘getting’ what we were saying. Link here:

    Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  3. Torie wrote:

    Enjoyed as always.

    I’m making some of those Ice Cream blocks from Edyta Sitar’s book and am intrigued by the idea of having them gradate out, like you suggested.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  4. nancyb wrote:

    daisy…….what a lovely quilt and a lovely thing to do! i loved it and i love your podcast. thank you! nancyb

    Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 6:49 am | Permalink
  5. The quilt is gorgeous! Thank you so much for organizing this special gift for Frances. You are so thoughtful.

    I especially love the sentiment on the label – doesn’t that really sum up how we are all connected?

    Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink