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Welcome to In A Stitch Quilting!

Nestled inside my archives are helpful tips on quilting techniques, suggestions for useful notions as well as information on my favorite shops, patterns and fabrics.  Also included are stories about myself and many of my life experiences.

While sewing projects for my own use is one of my many passions my main focus is offering long-arm free-motion quilting services to my customers.  If you are seeking someone to provide this service, you may reach me at cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com for further information.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!  Then tell your friends all about me.

Sandy’s Quilt


Not long after moving into our new home my friend Sandy asked me to quilt her project. Sandy creates beautiful quilts using her embroidery machine. This particular quilt was part of a challenge and would eventually be entered into a competition.

Sandy used a pallet of colors commonly displayed during the Christmas season. To enhance its natural beauty she embroidered Christmas themed emblems in the center of each quilt block. The quilt, with its carefully stitched embroidery, batting and backing was quite heavy.

The quilting stitch pattern chosen by Sandy was a fairly large swirl. Sandy stressed how important it was to her that the pattern not be small. If I had used a smaller stitch pattern it would have made the quilt even more bulky. One thread color was used. Sandy chose antique gold.

Sandy’s quilt received many compliments when it was revealed at the fabric challenge event. Sandy also entered her quilt in the Guild’s fall quilt show. Her quilt placed fourth.

This is Sandy’s quilt.

IMG_6458 IMG_6462 IMG_6465 IMG_6498 Vital Details:

  • Quilt Size – 72″ x 72″
  • Hours Spent Quilting – 4.25
  • Number of Stitches Applied – 145,709
  • Color of Thread – Omni Antique Gold

Sleep Eludes Me


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As I sit here writing this post its 12:30 AM.

Every night I crawl into bed with the hope of falling asleep. Most often I easily drift off into slumber-land. There are those times when that just isn’t the case. No matter how hard I try to relax it just doesn’t work. On those nights I quietly slip out of bed and carefully make my way through the maze of obstacles to our basement stairs. After ascending the thirteen steps to our lower level I head straight for my studio. This is my favorite destination because there’s always something to do. It’s also far enough from our bedroom that any noise or light my nighttime wandering might generate should go unnoticed by my soundly sleeping partner.

Once inside I turn on the light and carefully close the door. With the door securely closed I am free to do just about anything. I’ve even been known to start-up my long-arm quilt machine. Any project that can help me relax and settle down is fair game. If I’m lucky it only takes thirty minutes to an hour before I start to feel the much wanted feeling of fatigue. Once I reach that point it’s time once again to give sleep another try. Most often I’m successful. The only sad part is that missing sleep will inevitably leave me with less energy the next day. Hopefully the pattern doesn’t repeat itself and I’m able to make up for the lack of adequate sleep.

Good Night!

A Storm in the Night


We weathered our first storm, in my Little Cabin in the Woods.

My companion, Sadie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is afraid of storms.

IMG_8723She can hear them coming long before I can. I can usually tell when one is approaching because Sadie typically spends her time curled up underneath my kitchen chair. When storms approach she leaves her quiet little place of solitude to be by my side. If I’m within in touching distance she will get as close as she can possibly be. So close that it seems every ounce of air has been sucked away and there is absolutely nothing between us. If you touch her little body you can feel her heart racing. Her breathing quickens and her eyes open very wide. She gazes up as if to say, “Save me from the storm.”

During yesterday’s storm she curled up into a little ball beneath my makeshift sewing space. If I happened to leave the area, so did Sadie. When I returned she did as well. I feel sad for her because of her fear. If only I could reassure her that all would be fine. Unfortunately it’s difficult to relay that to her. Because of her disease (more about that some other time) it’s very difficult to find a place on her body that you can touch that won’t make her feel uncomfortable.

IMG_0154The storm passed as quickly as it approached. In no time Sadie was once again back beneath her favorite safe place. Together we weathered the storm safely tucked inside my Little Cabin in the Woods.

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A Breath of Fresh Air


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Four Score Quilt Update


On June 7, 2015 a mention was made and a photo was included of my Four Score Quilt by Judy Gauthier on her Bungalow Quilting and Yarn website. You can imagine my excitement when I received the update in my email inbox. Judy had taken the photo when I visited her shop earlier this spring. Here’s the blurb she included with the photo:

The Madison Modern Quilt Club had a sew day at my shop a few weeks ago. Cindy Anderson of Janesville made this wonderful quilt with fabrics from the Bungalow. No, she didn’t make it in one day, but she brought it to show me that she had used all of our fabrics. It is absolutely lovely Cindy.

Judy Gauthier @ http://www.bungalowquilting.com

This is the photo she posted

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Four Score Quilt


One of my favorite quilt shops, Life’s A Stitch, closed recently. When the news first came out I was absolutely shocked and at the same time completely heartbroken. Through my patronage of their establishment I had grown fond of the employees. So much so that I almost felt like we were friends.

The owner of Life’s A Stitch Quilt Shoppe was also a quilt pattern designer. She had a wonderful inventory of traditional type patterns. Her patterns were offered for sale under the name Washboard Quilts. Whether they are still available today I don’t know.

Quite sometime ago I purchased one of Washboard Quilts patterns called Four Score. I first came across it while shopping in the quilt shoppe. A sample of the quilt hung on display in a prominent area. The minute I walked inside the quilt caught my eye. I was drawn to the design like a magnet to metal. The pattern as well as the fabrics were so eye-catching.

Life’s A Stitch had kits put together for the pattern. While I absolutely loved the combinations they had chosen I wasn’t sure they would blend well with my decor. Instead I opted to make my own selections but not right then. As is often the case, the pattern sat in my TBS (To Be Started) basket. It languished there until my oldest daughter and I decided to join in on a day of sewing in Ripon, Wisconsin at a modern fabrics quilt store called Bungalow Quilting and Yarn. I took the pattern with me with the intention of purchasing fabric for the Four Score quilt.

My daughter and I had a blast pulling bolts of fabric from the shelves. Exactly how many different colors were needed I don’t recall. What I do remember is that we had stacks and stacks of bolts precariously perched trying not to topple them over. Something else I don’t remember is how much the fabric cost. That little tidbit is irrelevant because no matter how much the damage was I was pressing on with this train and not getting off the tracks.

The pattern itself was relatively easy to follow. The rows of quilt blocks are set on point. Getting use to putting them together was the trickiest part. I’m a fairly quick learner so mastering that technique was a fairly short learning curve. Before sewing the blocks into rows I laid them out on my living room floor. Through my talented discerning eye I was able to juggle blocks around forming what I thought was a very pleasing arrangement.

One of the Many Arrangements

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In April of 2014 I packed up and moved our belongings to a new home. Before moving I frantically finished and quilted as many items as possible on my long-arm quilt machine. Not knowing how soon after moving in my machine would be reassembled and back in business I wanted to make certain all of my projects that were waiting as well as my customers quilts were done. The binding on my Four Score quilt was finished just days before we moved.

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I’m so pleased with the quilt’s outcome. The quilt was made with my husband in mind. He retired after 30+ years in law enforcement. Throughout his career he was employed by several different departments. Many of the colors chosen reflect the colors of the uniforms he wore.

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On June 8, 2015 I opened my Facebook account to a wonderful surprise. Earlier this spring I attended a Sew Day at Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, another one of my very favorite fabric stores. Taken with me was my finished Four Score quilt. I had been wanting to share my finished project with Judy, the owner of the shop. I knew she would want to see how the pile of fabrics had been used. While there she took a photo of myself and the quilt.

As any curious person would do, ever since that day I had been watching her site for my photo. There’s something about seeing the fruits of your labor shared with the world that makes you feel all giddy and excited. Well on June 8, 2015 I was absolutely thrilled to see, there in print, on the internet, MY quilt. You can see the post here.

Without further delay, here’s my Four Score quilt. Enjoy!

IMG_8394Vital Statistics:

  • Quilt Size – 77″ x 91 3/4″
  • Hours Spent Quilting – 14.75
  • Number of Quilt Stitches Applied – 315,751
  • Thread Used – Omni Goose & Perma Core Black
  • Stitch Patterns Used – Swirls & Bubbles

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