Hot off the longarmer!

Is there anything — anything! — better than getting pictures from your longarmer of the quilt she’s just finished quilting for you?

Well, finishing the binding is pretty good. That’s up there. But I love this moment and need to share.

Remember the Burgoyne Surrounded quilt I worked on late this summer? Well, it’s hot off the longarmer. As I’ve said before, I love my Chicago-area longarm superstar Ebony Love at LoveBug Studios, but from time to time it makes sense to send a project to my Iowa longarmer for various, business-related reasons. Ms. LuAnn Downs, I salute you!

Working with a longarmer is great, but you need to communicate clearly what you want and give the longarmer plenty of time and backing fabric. There’s a great article here if you want to know more about all that. At first, LuAnn suggested a Celtic design, but I just wasn’t into it, so we worked a little more and now I’m super, super happy.

Enjoy the preview — I’ll be binding it over the holiday and turning the binding with a glass of prosecco to my side, maybe a holiday movie on the TV back home in Iowa. God, I love the holidays when there’s a plan like that on the horizon…

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Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

6 thoughts on “Hot off the longarmer!

  1. I absolutley love the quilting on this quilt. I am always so focused on how fancy I can make my machine quilting – The beauty in the simplicity of the quilting is fabulous!

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