Machine Quilting Tips (part 2)

5 Machine Quilting Tips

By Mary Covey

Have you ever been driving and think you hear a noise that just doesn’t sound right? Or maybe the brakes make a squeaking sound when you use them. To prevent worrying about those things, I always take my car in for regularly scheduled maintenance. The mechanic has a check list that he goes over with me that lets me know if anything needs to be done to the car. He will also let me know when the next maintenance appointment should be scheduled.  Just like any other mechanical thing your machine (long arm or home use) should be taken in for regular scheduled maintenance.


Here are 5 Machine Quilting Tips to maintain your long arm or home use sewing machine:

  1. Check your owners manual to see how often your machine should have a check up.
  2. Find a maintenance shop that has guaranteed service with certified service repair men. The place where you bought your machine is a good place to start.
  3. Set up a schedule and stick to it even if you think there are no problems with the machine.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you do have your machine serviced.
  5. Always ask for a copy of the parts that were checked or replaced.

Finally, keep good records of service in case you do have a problem. Manufacturer’s warranty may depend on how well you have maintained your machine.



Waiting for Perfection

By Mary Covey

When I saw this photo on Pinterest, perfection is the first word that came to mind.  Think about all the things that had to be in place for the photographer to get this amazing shot. The right camera, the right lens, the right location, the right lighting, it all had to be there ready for the big moment to happen. Lots of hard work –  just waiting for perfection. The thought of the “perfect moment” can be so daunting that we do nothing for fear of failing. As a quilter, an author, and business person, I am always thinking of ways to prepare myself for opportunities that might be perfect for me.

bird and frond

I set daily, weekly, and monthly goals that are all preparing me for the opportunities ahead. I work hard to master the skills I have and even harder to master new ones while constantly making adjustments. I have many failures. They make me very grateful for every small success. I urge all of my students and readers to take time to review your goals whatever they may be.  Ask your self  “What are my goals?” “Where do I need to improve my skills?”  “How can I prepare myself for opportunities?” Don’t let the anticipation of the “perfect moment” freeze you in your tracks, let it propel you into action!


Studio Redo

By Mary Covey

Organization is not always my strong suit. Just like the tide, being organized comes and goes for me. Things are neat, orderly and in place when the tide of creating comes in bringing with it a new mess. Time for a studio redo.  Those of you who follow me on Pinterest know I have a board of beautifully organized studio spaces and craft rooms. I found a great post on Everything; Craft Room Makeover -StudioPebbles  all about studio makeovers that I am re-posting here. Enjoy!

Craft Room Makeover – Studio Pebbles
By Kim Layton


This craft room makeover will give you tons of inspiration to make your crafty space all your own.  The room was already functional and cute, but now it’s simply amazing!  Who wouldn’t love a creative space that’s this beautiful?!

Jennifer from Studio Pebbles was blessed to work with Target to design something that fit her style and could be done without spending a fortune.


I love how there’s a few spots to sit and work on projects.  You could even leave one in-progress project on a table and go update your Etsy shop on the computer at your desk.  I hate having to clean up when I’m in the middle of something creative.  It ruins my crafty vibes…you know what I mean?

The colors, the style, the quote on the wall…I LOVE it all!

Visit Studio Pebbles and see all the fabulous photos including lots of before shots…AMAZING!


Pretty, pretty, pretty!


Visit Studio Pebbles on Etsy for adorable printables like these 3×4 cards!  These would be perfect for your Project Life books or scrapbooks!

Jennifer is super creative!  Keep up with her beautiful blog right here and you won’t miss any of her inspiring projects.

Still want more craft room inspiration?  Check out our Craft Studio Section for hundreds of ideas!


You won’t want to miss on of our most popular posts full of craft room ideas you’ll love!

Have you made any changes to your crafty space lately?  I’d love to hear about it!

Have an inspiring week!


#organization #craftroom #DIY



By Mary Covey

I have been a quilter, author, and teacher for over 25 years. Over the course of those years, and because of my passion for teaching and sharing with students, I have attended a lot of conferences and classes. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best people in business. One question that I am always asked is “How did you start your business?” Trying to share this information on the go and in just a few sentences was always difficult.


Recently, I was given the opportunity to develop a class that will be presented at Jenks Community Education. This is a Woo-Hoo moment for me. I will be able to share my experiences with others who want to have the freedom of owning their own business.

“Creativity to Cash – How to Start a Home Based Business” is the title of the class. The class will take you through the basic steps needed to start a home based business. We will explore ways to profit from your hobby, how to make a business plan, create visibility and branding, and organization. You can view information about the class and register at or call 918-298-0340.

#entreprenuer #smallbusiness #biztips