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About Ideal Stitches

Longarm Quilting Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Diamonds are Forever

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Diamonds are Forever

I had originally planned to free motion the entire quilt but decided to create a digital design for the string diamonds. I drew out my design, scanned it into the computer and then using digitizing software turned it into a stitch design for my robotics. Pretty cool. Although feathers in the black background are hand guided, I also digitized a feather design for future quilts. I love that I am always being challenged and taking my quilting to the next level!

Mystery Table Runner

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Mystery Table Runner

What do you do with a few mystery blocks and some variegated metallic thread? Make a tablerunner that can shimmer under the dining room lights. I wish I knew how to make the camera capture the glitter and the sheen of the gold, orange and green metallic threat and how it picked up all the colors in the fabrics.

Ideal Stitches carries a wide selection of battings.

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Did you know that Ideal Stitches carries battings for your quilting projects?
Battings are an essential component in your quilt.  Let me help you pick the right one for both intended use and style of quilting.  Pricing is very reasonable and you can’t beat the convenience.  

Due to Covid and curbside service, many new customers have not seen the batting area at Ideal Stitches.  I carry a wide selection of battings from Quilters Dream.  (see below)   Your batting will be custom cut for the size of your quilt and charged by the yard.

Quilters Dream Batting uses the finest fibers and state of the art manufacturing to bring you quilt batting of unsurpassed quality and consistency. Quilters Dream uses the softest silkiest high quality fibers so that your quilt will resist shrinkage and stay soft yet strong and wonderfully drapeable. Each batt is hand cut and carefully inspected. Quilters Dream Batting proudly presents premium quality quilt batting that will provide warmth, drape, volume, definition and support to your quilt through generations. Made with pride in the USA.    

Quilters Dream Cotton is 100% Pure Cotton Batting. We start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8″ apart. No prewashing necessary! Available in Natural in deluxe loft.

Quilters Dream Poly uses our exclusive blend of the new fine microfibers. Dream Poly has exceptional drape, breathability and comfort surpassing all other polyester battings.  Quilts beautifully – you will feel the difference! Available in pure white: 

Midnight Black Dream is beautiful true black batting that enhances the richness of dark and vivid fabrics. Quilters Dream’s exclusive blend of fine denier black microfibers imitates natural fibers. A soft black quilt batting that has exceptional drape, breathability and comfort.  Available in two lofts, request and select.

Quilters Dream Blend for Machines 80/20 is soft to hug, yet takes the tug!  It is made of 80% cleaned natural cotton and 20% fine denier polyester blended in perfect harmony and needlepunched onto an ultralight scrim base.

Quilters Dream Puff  A lusciously light batting with exceptional warmth and a soft resilient loft of almost 1/2 inch. Dream Puff is 1.5 times warmer than down and almost twice as warm as high loft polyester battings. So light, breathable and wonderfully comfortable, you will be amazed at Dream Puffs superior warmth. Pure white.

Quilters Dream Wool  Made with a blend of fine Domestic and Merino wool, this wool is scoured and super-washed for superior cleanliness and to eliminate shrinkage. Quilters Dream’s unique processing creates wool batting with exceptionally soft drape, uniformity and strength.

Dream Orient s a luxurious blend of velvety Bamboo, luscious silk, strong silky Tencel速 and soft stable Cotton.  Dream Orient’s natural environmentally friendly fibers are carded, crosslapped and finely needlepunched to bring you the most desirable qualities of softness, strength, warmth and breathability.  The elegant silky soft drape makes Dream Orient a batting beyond compare!

Just let me know when dropping off your quilt for my quilting services which batting your prefer!

Keep stitching and smiling,

Debbie Thornton

Stars and Circles

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Stars and Circles

Look at how the quilting shows on the cream minky backing. This star and circle pattern was a marvelous choice to compliment the print of the fabics in the blocks. This was a fun series of quilts because they were similar but not the same and I quilted them likewise.

Kokopelli Blocks

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Kokopelli Blocks

When I first received this quilt, I was unsure how to handle the frames and sashing because it was all different fabrics and I knew custom quilting would get too chaotic. Then it came to me in a flash, treat it all as background. I used a southwest design and started the labor intensive task of masking out each kokopelli block and the result is absolutely stunning.

Moose in the Clouds

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Moose in the Clouds

Here free motion quilting, thread sketching, stitch in the ditch and computerized block design come together for this panel and pieced quilt top. I love how the moose looks 3-D.

Purple Minky Blocks

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Purple Minky Blocks

Here is the second flannel and minky quilt. I used a stacked coin pantograph to add more curves in a light gold thread. The minky was a shag fuzzy texture and the quilting didn’t show like the shorter minky backs.

Double Moose

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Double Moose

Great piecework in the borders around this double moose panel. I masked out the panel and quilted everything else with a woodgrain pattern. Then I thread sketched the panel with a smokey monofilament thread. It turned out AMAZING