Sunday, September 4, 2016

Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting

Hello?  Is anyone out there?  ha ha!  You may have thought that I just gave up on blogging altogether, but wait....I have big news! For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen my occasional post about my new business - Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting.  This has been so fun getting started, and a little stressful at times since I'm still working full-time.  
My 12-foot Gammill Statler Stitcher arrived in December 2015, was delivered and set up by Andrew of Andrew's Gammill Northwest in Wenatchee, Washington. This machine is HUGE! 

I started out the year quilting this QuiltCon charity quilt that was pieced by the members of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  

Then I quilted my Rebel quilt (see previous post for more pics).  

In March, my dude's cousin, Lori, came down from Washington with a quilt that she had designed and pieced for the annual fundraiser for Choir of the Sound in Seattle.  Beautiful quilt, and the design that she chose was perfect! 

Sometime in April, Latifah Saafir posted a request for longarmers on Instagram, to quilt for Quilt Market. This is a big deal! Being new at this, I wasn't sure I should even respond to the request, but I took my chances.  And so did Latifah. She replied to my email with the sweetest response.  She said "I would love to support you by offering you this opportunity."  WHAT?  I was excited....and nervous...and grateful.  My friend, Kristen, of Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington, was at Quilt Market and took this pic. I LOVE this fabric! This Good and Plenty quilt pattern is free! Check out Latifah's lookbook for more fun projects!  
Photo by Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington
And my first customer just happened to be one of my favorite people - Dana of Winter Creek Cloth.  I met Dana when I joined the guild.  She pieced this beautiful courthouse steps quilt using Cotton and Steel Bluebird fabric.  She decided on Quilter's Dream wool batting, which I think was the perfect choice!  
Stay tuned for more blog posts in the very near future! And if you're interested in having your quilts quilted by me, please check out Upstairs Birdie.  All first-time quilts are 25% off (see website for details).  


  1. Gorgeous!!
    Lisa, you did such a fabulous job with my quilt. It really took the quilt up a couple of notches in craftsmanship, and I was so proud of it!!

  2. Congratulations!! I love the name of your new business. xxx


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