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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Interactive Bed Quilt Sizing Calculator

Good Morning!!
My hubby has been busy working on our website, we are offering a lot of different things but this is his latest and I think one of his greatest.  For those of us that do commissioned quilts - this is a "have-to-have".  Check it out, play with it and if you can let us know what you think...
Thanks for taking a peek...

What size quilt is required for a particular bed?   SIMPLE QUESTION, NOT A SIMPLE ANSWER.
Making a custom quilt starts with size. Size also has the greatest impact on quilt cost.
Who would have thunk? Sizing a quilt requires 7 specific dimensional values with 12 possible combinations.  That's 84 chances to make a mistake and mis-size the quilt.

• We have developed an automatic program that calculates the finished quilt length and width.

•The Calculator is live and interactive. Just put in the numbers and it will tell you the finished size needed.

•There are also reference charts for standard bed sizes and pillow sizes to assist.

•Additional drawing references to show what each of the dimensions refer to as applied to a bed as we've used the terms are included..

Link to my website     Select "Bed Quilt Sizing" on the navigation pane.

Here is a picture of the free calculator you have access to at Just enter the specific bed information and select the design parameters (true or false). Out pops the final quilt size. Our gift to start off the new year. It works well for us and we hope you find it as useful.

There are numerous variables to properly sizing a bed quilt.

Starting with 3 basic dimensions: 1) mattress length, 2) mattress width and 3) mattress height. We've included useful charts for standard mattress width and length dimensions but height is just something that has to be measured. Mattress height "generally" defines quilt "overhang". As such the minimal amount of overhang added for width to the quilt becomes 2 times the mattress height added to the mattress width. 4) Additional Overhang. Do we want additional overhang to overlap a bedskirt? Do we want it to hang all the way to the floor? The amount of overhang has to be absolutely established by the customer and measurements physically made to be sure. 5) Footboard. Quilt length is adjusted if the bed does not have a footboard. Without a footboard, the same "overhang" variables apply to the length (but the overhang is not doubled when calculating quilt length). 6) Pillow tuck. Is the quilt going to cover the pillows? Pillow tuck (the amount under the pillow) and the length added due to the height of the pillow — now get involved in the calculation. 7) Shrinkage. Should probably be more specific that this is laundry shrinkage as there is size shrinkage also involved in the quilting process. If the quilt is only going to be dry-cleaned, than laundry shrinkage is not a factor. If it is going to be laundered than shrinkage is an important sizing variable.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Good morning!!
Been awhile since I last posted but I wanted to share Nancy's king size that I recently finished.  She loved it.  I really had fun working on this one.  She lets me do what I want to do and is always surprised.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Shiloh, front and back...

Good morning!!  My darling hubby got some pictures of Shiloh yesterday, and as I promised there is an awesome picture of the back.  I love doing feathers and think they are turning out pretty good.  Thanks for taking a peek.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Shiloh, hot off the Gammill!!

I just finished "Shiloh".  I am so thrilled with the way it turned out.  I will be taking and sharing more pictures after I get the binding on.  It has a solid purple flannel backing that the stitching just stands out on...
Thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Website up and running, need some feedback!

Hello everyone,

Last time you heard from me was when I got "hacked", think I have that fixed and have been waiting to see if all systems were a go!!

What I want to share with everyone is our new website.

We have several things on there for longarm quilters. Bobbin Mates, EZQuilt Display, CLASS (storage systems) and quilts for sale. My Dh has been working hard on learning the lingo for building our site, (have to sing his praises--I couldnt have done it). I think hes done an exceptional job but now is the time I would like some feedback if you could take a few minutes and kind of browse through our site.

Really appreciate any and all comments..

Thanks for taking a peek.

Lyn Durbin

Monday, November 14, 2011

Quilts for Sale until Dec 31, 2011

Good morning!!
Most of you that read my blog are quilters and make your own quilts, but for those of you that dont enjoy the making of quilts I am having a sale of 25% off on all my quilts on the website.  I have a large variety and many sizes, from baby to queen/king...  Check them out at

Here a just a couple that are on sale--

Please pass on to anyone that you know that may be interested in buying a quilt while they are on sale..  They would make great Christmas gifts, and you can always tell you hubby that they would improve "cuddle time"...
Thanks for taking a peek.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Carroll's quilt

Hidey Ho!!  Just finished this cute quilt this afternoon, lots of custom quilting but it was super fun to do!!  Thanks for taking a peek..

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I love a happy customer!!

We got this last week from one of our new Bobbin Mate customers--I knew I loved mine but it was so good to hear great feedback..

OMG - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these things.  It is all about working smarter, not harder.  No more trying to match threads - just grab the spool and the bobbin on top is the match!!!  Let's face it my eyes aren't getting any younger and this will be one less thing I have to "think" about!!! 

Used all 40 and am ordering 20 more.  Need only 10 - but will have 10 for the future. 

I am taking these to my next longarm guild meeting (in January) and bragging about these!!  I LOVE THEM!!!

Thanks for making my life just "that much easier"

Isnt that just about the coolest!!!  This is where she found hers

Thanks for taking a peek...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ya Gotta Check these out!!

Good morning!!
I want to share with you what the hubby has been working on. I know I have mentioned the Bobbin Mates before, but these are about the coolest things since soft ice cream. I love mine!!!! Keeps my bobbins with the correct color cone!!
He has just finished loading our EZ Quilt Display system on to our website too, These are so easy to use and give you a great way to hang your quilts... Can be used for the juried quilts, book publications and we also found that it makes a great design wall that can be taken down when not in use.
Im off to the studio, have a couple more customer quilts that are calling my name--oh you who, were over here!!! LOL
Thanks for taking a peek.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marta's Star!!

I just loved working on this quilt. Marta let me do what I wanted to do and right now feathers are "my" thing. Its always fun to work on Martas quilts - I love her color choices.
Thanks for taking a peek....

Friday, September 23, 2011


I finished Sue's quilt just in time for her to do the binding this week end.. This quilt measures 92 x 92. I did my version of "Floopy Flowers" in the middle with some Curly Q's in the orange sashing, followed with Kim Stotsenberg's "Just Leaf It" in the outside border.

I like the way it turned out, think Sue will too...

Thanks for taking a peek.


P.S. Almost ready to launch our EZQuilt Display System. If you look at some of the most recent pictures on my blog you can get an idea of what I have been using to hang my quilts for pictures. It works so slick, several different styles of EZ Quilt Displays to look at, will let you know when we are completely up and running, but we do have a few on our website

Thanks again,


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I finally finished the binding on Isabella. She's one big lady--105 x 105. She is made from the BQ3 pattern that I bought at Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop. An excellent place for those large prints that we love but hate to cut up. Easy pattern to do too! The picture of the white with quilting on it is the back, almost as pretty as the front. I got to practice lots and lots of feathers on this quilt.

Thanks for taking a peek....


Friday, September 16, 2011

Carrolls Cow

I finished Carroll's cute little cow quilt yesterday. I have decided that I need to get this book "Out of the Box" with easy quilt blocks by Mary Lou Weidman. This cow and a couple other patterns have caught my eye. I need to learn to cut loose a little and this just might be the ticket.
Thanks for taking a peek...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I showed just a couple of blocks on Sadie but today I was taking up coming videos for our website with the EZ Quilt Display System and realized that I hadnt shown a full picture of Miss Sadie... I think she turned out adorable, she will be going on to our website in the next few days, right after we get the videos loaded on the EZ Quilt display system. The more I use the EZ Quilt display the more I like it. Super easy to use and Im finding lots of different uses for it, they will all be in the video. Check back and I will post when the videos are on.

Thanks for taking a peek...


Saturday, September 10, 2011

A page off of our website. EZ Quilt Display System

Okay so I cheated a little and used the page that is for our website. But it shows all of the workings of the EZ Quilt Display System. We have found so many uses for this. It can be an instant design wall that goes up easily and then can be taken down when not in use. It is great for taking pictures of customer quilts after we are finished quilting them. When used with the valance model it is great for taking pictures for juried quilts or for book publications. Im loving mine. Check it out at
Thanks for taking a peek.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Our website and online store is open again.

My DH has been a busy boy getting photos of our Bobbin Mates and getting correct fits on cones. Who would have ever thunk that there were so many different sizes of cones. We now have perfect fits for Bottom Line, A & E, Glide, Premo Soft, King Tut and many others. Check out our store and browse around. Hopefully in the next week we will have the EZQuilt Display system listed also... It is gonna be perfect for those of us that like to take pictures -- either for ourselves or for quilt show entries and publications.

Anyway, check it out at

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek...


Monday, September 5, 2011

On a roll here!!!

The purple quilt is one that I had to borrow back to get some pictures of it. I love how it turned out. It was my 2nd,3rd or 4th attempt at those kinds of feathers. Its going to be auctioned for the mental handicapped--hope it pulls in some good money for them.

The orange and yellow quilt is a new customers quilt. I just finished it this morning. I did the quilting and also the binding. She squealed when she saw it--I'd have to say she was tickled with it.

The quilt is hanging on our EZ quilt display system. It is one of 4 models that we will have listed online at This one is retractable but we have 3 others in the mix too. So check them out, also look at our selections of Bobbin Mates--I LOVE mine...

Thanks for taking a peek.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aunt Mary's Give away!!

My most favorite quilt shop is having a give away. Pop on over, follow her blog and enter for a chance to win.
You can also check out her website.
Its one of my favorite places to hang out... Gotta say thank you to Carroll, the owner, she has been a friend to the end. She has listened to me ramble about everything from soup to nuts, or quilts to kids. Thank you Carroll.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Forgot to get the final pictures.

This little quilt is a Cleo/Donna quilt. All done in Batiks and with Cleo's new pattern. She will be teaching a class at Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop sometime in the near future. I have to get with her and see if I can borrow the quilt long enough to get some full pictures of it. I got to do feathers and more feathers on it... I am really enjoying the "feather" time.
Thanks for taking a peek.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Penny's quilt

Im so excited, this is the 2nd time I have gotten a chance to do feathers the "McTavish" way. I really like them and think they turned out mighty fine. Still have a little tweaking to do but this may be my new way of doing feathers...
Thanks for taking a peek.


We went back to Windows 7 and Im wondering if I can now post without having to do it through my Droid..
We will see!!

P.S. It worked----Color me a happy camper..

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A couple of last weeks customer quilts.

Donna H. has been busy making alot of Halloween wall hangings. They are just too cute. Will have more to show next week. Donna M did the alphabet quilt and the Shop Hop bird houses. Both were fun to quilt.
Thanks for taking a peek.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another one of moms finished and one of mine too.

The first quilt (with the 3 little flowers) Im calling Amelia. These were some of the blocks that I found in moms things. There were enough blocks to make 2 very nice sized lap quilts. The 2nd one is going on the machine this afternoon.
Sadie (Sunbonnet Sue) was made to fill my new passion of needle turn. Love the colors, leftovers from my Giddy Up Go quilt, and I think I have enough left to make another small quilt...
Thanks for taking a peek,

Martas 3 Little ones

Just finished these yesterday. The sudoku's were so fun to quilt. And that Little Pumpkin quilt is just the cutest. Thank you Marta...
Thanks for taking a peek.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Been a busy couple of weeks.

Good morning...
Its been a busy couple of weeks around here. Im posting just a couple of the quilts that I have been working on... Wanted to make special comment about the black, white and purple quilt. This was made by a 15 yr old and she did a great job...It layed perfectly flat and was a breeze to work on.. I quilted the date in to it so in 40 years she could look back and know exactly when it was made--Good job Natalie!!
Well back to the studio.. Have a great day..

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bobbin Mates!!! Gotta have some!!

Good morning!!!
These are our "Bobbin Mates"... They are so cool. They keep all my bobbins with the coordinating cones. I hate having to dig for bobbins and never knowing if I have the right shade--lol--do you know how many different shades there are in each color...Mind boggling!! Anyway, check these out on our website--
Hope everyone is having a great summer, so far our weather isnt really summer weather-but its coming (positive thinking here).
Thanks for taking a peek..