How I Love Long-Armers…

I have a pair of arm-warmers. This is not the same as a long-armer.

Arm-warmers are like detached sleeves from your favorite sweater that come down over your hands with holes for your thumbs. They look like this:


They’re very helpful if you ride your bike when it’s cold, which I do quite a bit. But arm-warmers are not long-armers, thank goodness, because neither would really be able to do the other’s job very well. Long-armers, of course, quilt your quilt tops when you ask them and pay them enough to do so. I’ve heard over the years that you can quilt a top by hand, by machine, or by check. It’s a funny joke because it’s true.

I just got pictures from my latest top, quilted beautifully by LuAnn Downs, my new favorite long-armer. She did my “Curved Log Cabin,” a design by Blue Underground that I did in 60+ scrappy yellows and oranges, set against steel gray. Thanks, LuAnn!



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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.

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