Other measuring devices you might want to have in your quilting supply include a yard stick, a flexible measuring tape (they're usually made of plastic these days but used to be made of fabric) and maybe a ruler.
The company combined its expertise in rotary quilting tools with the needs for paper trimming in the scrapbooking industry to design a paper-cutting device that is perfectly suited to the scrapbooker's needs.
But what makes a long arm quilting machine unique is that there's also a large table-like frame that holds the completed quilt top, batting and backing as you sew them together with decorative stitching.
Mechanics: look at how the quilt is loaded, the size of the throat (bigger is better if you can afford it), how you adjust tension, and how much quilting can be done without adjusting the quilt.
According to the Our Sewing Heritage website, crazy quilting began as a response to the beautiful ceramics found in the Japanese pavilion at the Philadelphia Continental Exposition in 1876.
Probably more than for any other crafters, the quilting supply amassed by a quilter (also known as a "stash") is a source of great pride, and often envy for those who have smaller stashes.
Video podcasts offer quilters the opportunity to see demonstrations of quilting techniques, view completed quilts and watch interviews of other quilters as they share their expertise.
If you're looking for hands-on sewing classes, you can find free or discounted sewing classes at local community centers, senior centers, quilting stores and sewing machine retailers.
If you're a huge fan of the quilting style and can afford steep prices, then it is always best to show your appreciation for a design by purchasing the original designer product!
Quilting, and engrossing in a beautiful but peculiar hand, known as Fracturschrift.'