93 thoughts on “Contact Tim

  1. Amanda says:

    Hi Tim,
    I love the Eastern Star quilt. Just a little info…in the center of the star is an altar and the book is the Holy Bible. Will this quilt ever go on sale?

    • timquilts says:

      it might some day….it needs a lot of work to get it flat so that it can be quilted….it is on my project list πŸ™‚

      • ellennorman says:

        Hi Tim, lovely post. Can you tell me where the Eastern Star quilt is? I am a member Chapter in Catskill, NY. Thank you

      • timquilts says:

        I have not gotten to quilting it yet……it is on my list of projects to do….when I do get it done It would be great if it made it to and Eastern Star member ….someone who would really appreciate it

  2. Mathew Bourbon says:

    Hello my name is Mathew, I recently received a partial quilt top and many pieces of it from a yard sale by mistake. And i was referred to you by a friend. And i was just wondering what are some first steps you take to restore the quilt top.

    • timquilts says:

      That is a hard question to answer. Ever one is different.

      It sounds like you have a top in progress so what I would start with is lay it out and see how the pieces fit with what is already done and try to get an idea of what is needed to get it all together into a finished piece….sometimes I end up missing some parts and I either have to make more or make the top smaller and then i add a border to it to bring it up to the size i want. one thing not to do….do not wash it!!! it will fall apart. I don’t wash until they entire quilt is done. If it is too dirty from storage to work on soak it and then air dry and then press…unquilted blocks tend to fall apart in the washing machine. Not sure if this helps any but I am happy to help more if I can….if it helps you can email some pictures and I can try to advise from there


    Hello there!
    My name is Marietta and I was just emailing my sister in law in North Qld..she LOVES sewing (and is excellent at it)

    She told me just now, she used to be a Latimer in her single days (she is a young late 60s . I was writing to her and you at the one time..we thought it was incredible the coincidence…would you mind..this is what Lynne Wrote:

    Kind regards
    Marietta Gartner, Brisbane Australia (a learner quilter!)

    ” That’s interesting. I have an ancestor who was a general or something in the army, John Latimer, and he went to America, first to San Francisco, then moved to Michigan. This is really strange.”

  4. SHELLEY M NEAL says:

    Dean Tim, I admire your care for the saving the old arts of old quilts of the past. I have inherited some old quilts of my grandma, and great-grandma. I have this Pineapple block in wools/twill/satins/ects. fabric. It need lots of TLC to keep the integrity of what Great-Grandma and Great Aunt Nell had made from old clothes they had worn in the early 1900’s. Is it worth my time to repair such a quilt? Would I start in the center and work outward? I have a big Hoop to hand sew it. Would this work? I have found some old fabric, it is finding the old clothes of 1900’s that are hard to find without paying an arm and a leg for at the antique stores. Any tid bits of help would be helpful. I am looking for the Pineapple pattern and try to size it. Or make my own from the quilt itself. Should I use a interfacing to firm up the loose blocks? My camera on the computer is out right now. Thani you very much Shelley Neal

    • timquilts says:

      sounds like a very worthy project! it is wonderful to be able to save the family heirlooms. I really can’t say how to go about it without seeing it…..when you get your camera working you can email some pictures and I can give you some advice from there

  5. Diane says:

    Tim, love ur daily posts! So original. I’ve been following ur blue reindeer ur currently working on and it makes me want to hand quilt w variegated thread ~ Is there anything I have to consider?
    It would be done on a cream background w red or black variegated, maybe πŸ˜‰


    • timquilts says:

      I have never used Variegated thread so I have no first hand information. I dont know that I would be able to easily control the color….as I go around and around filling in the spaces the color change would be dependent on the thread changes. so the rows might stack up with sever sections of the same color next to one another. I don’t know if it would drive me crazy or not. It might be really cool

  6. Madhura Nene says:

    Hi Tim,

    I am from India, and my mother has been my inspiration and teacher in quilting. I recently came across this site via facebook and was amazed at the quilting that you have been doing. I lost my mother in Feb this year. She would be really happy to see your work. I loved your snowflakes and your doggy friend too.. I belong to western coast of India, a state called goa and there traditionally we do a lot of block quilting, some really intricate work still being done at a small scale, or mainly for newborns in the family. We use old cotton fabric or used cotton sarees (a 5.5 meter long fabric used by women for draping) as a batting. So when I first time saw batting sheets in US, I was really surprised as they looked really convenient. And like the 3D effect that you give to the quilts with this batting and trapunto. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  7. KerryCan says:

    Hi Tim,

    I’m working on an old quilt top, preparing it for hand quilting. It’s in good shape but has some puckers and “flabby” spots. I think you wrote about this at one point and mentioned that you prefer a particular kind of batting, which was lofty enough to fill in some of that extra fabric. Can you tell me what type you referred to?

    Thanks so much,


  8. Lorij says:

    I just found this contact Tim. I sent some pictures to you of my first wall hanging I hope you get them. Didn’t really know how to do it but I did try. How do we send pictures to you? My first attempt didn’t work. I received a reject from Dameon. I’m trying a lot of new things lately. I’m 61 years young and, one is never too young to learn. Your work is beautiful and you are always so kind to everyone. That is so nice in a world where folks seem to have forgotten how to treat one another. Blessings, Lorij

  9. Debby Null says:

    Hey, Tim. I’ve been perusing Ebay’s quilt tops tonight, and this one has your name ALL over it!!


  10. Sandy Kerr says:

    Tim, I always enjoy your quilts and your blog. I just saw your drawing for fabric… I would love to be entered in the drawing. could not figure out how to respond to the blog, so decided to reply here. Give Teddy a hug!

  11. Janice says:

    Dear Tim , I was given a box with 3 vintage quilt top pieces all cut out, but not assembled ( Grandmothers Flower Garden, Dresden Plate, and Black Eyed Susan patterns). I am in the process of hand piecing them. I am guessing the fabrics are from the 60’s or 70’s. At some point I will have to add more fabric to complete the borders and the GFG needs more hexagons to go around all the “flowers”. The Dresden Plate needs background fabric for the “plates”. Will this be a problem using new fabrics to add to the old? I also have a bit of “vintage” material from the 90’s I bought but never used, but not enough to complete a top, but I could use it to add to an odd piece here or there if necessary. I don’t want to ruin these tops if I can avoid it. Appreciate you thoughts!

    • timquilts says:

      I do sometimes need to add new to an old top, I look for fabrics that coordinate and look like they would have been original, but I think that adding new is not a problem….the real challenge is when you try for an exact match….that is really hard, but new fabric that coordinates with the old but is different, is much easier .

  12. Chrisanna says:

    Hi Tim, I have followed your blog for a while now and thoroughly love each post! I would like to try hand quilting for the first time on an antique top I recently purchased at a local auction. It is for a full sized bed. Hand pieced. Pattern looks to be Ocean Waves. Possibly 1940s era. Need some advice, please and if you have time..1. Would you advise that I starch and press from the back all seams, and not launder until after completely quilted? Should I launder the backing and binding fabric before quilting? I am so uneasy thinking of uneven shrinking! I have seen your recommendation to an earlier question here to use Hobbs Tuscany wool batting and will look for that. 2. I would like to use a large lap hoop..Is there a certain quilting thread best to use on this older fabric (white muslin,cotton prints.) There is general yellowing on the muslin areas. Overall great condition. Thank you in advance for your help.❀️

    • timquilts says:

      press yes….starch no. starch will make hand quilting much much more difficult. I would not launder until it is finished. I always prewash the backing fabric to get out all the chemicals and sizing which make the fabric stiff and harder to hand quilt. this will also take care of any shrinking issues (same for binding) Batting will depend on the look you want. I love Tuscany Wool for a “puffier” look. It is lighter in weight but thicker than cotton. It will make your quilting stand out more. For a very traditional look you might want to use cotton batting, thinner than wool but heavier (denser) for that I like Mountain Mist Cream Rose. Thread…I use YLI hand quilting thread (100% cotton) in off white for most of my antique quilts. there ate other brands of quilting thread I have used with good results, Coats cotton, Gutterman, but be sure they are 100% cotton. Coats makes hand quilting thread that is mostly poly (the spools it comes on is pale green) It is really bad……they make 100% cotton, on a pink spool and it is fine.
      sounds like a great quilt…..have fun with it!

      • Chrisanna says:

        Tim, thank you so very kindly for your response. I have made notes and will proceed with your great suggestions. Take care and hope you have a good week.

      • timquilts says:

        you are very welcome…feel free to ask for any more information as you progress

  13. Sandy says:

    Your quilts are beautiful! I have been reading your cord stuffing post and I have a question. If there is no knot in the yarn, what holds the pieces of yarn in place when they get washed? I think I would like to try this technique. Thank you, Sandy

  14. Dawn Cooper says:

    I wanted to thank you for the fabric package that I won in the draw a couple of weeks ago. It is a beautiful collection of bright colours which I love!

    Regarding your post about being a male in a female dominated craft; I have to tell you that I have a similar feeling when I talk with quilters that are not hand workers. I am predominantly a hand appliquer & hand quilter. I do no know how often people look at me like I am a complete aberration in today’s world.

    Thank goodness for the many blogs from those other aberrations to let me know that I am in good company!!

    Dawn Cooper BC

  15. Sandra Styve says:

    Hi I love your blogs and the daily updates in your progress and I was wondering the ball of yarn looks like mercerized crochet cotton about a size 30 in canadian standard sizing. Could you sorta clarify if it is? My email is bbeesmom@yahoo.com.

  16. Madhura Nene says:



    Hi Tim,

    You continue to inspire me.. Just wanted to share with you a link which describes how Indian women have been quilting, primarily using old used fabric..

    Thanks for sharing your work!

  17. Shelley says:

    Hello! I was given a unfinished, hand stitched, double wedding ring quilt top with missing center pieces. I will e-mail you a picture. The lady was an avid quilter and a dear friend of the family. I live in snow bound Boston and this DWRQ has kept me very entertained. I admire your work and love the fact you feel compelled to construct these heirloom quilts. My question to you is how do you determine the area of the center piece? I found a pattern in Fons and Porter , Quilts from the Henry Ford. My center piece is about 2″ smaller than their pattern . Your comments would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Shelley from Boston

    P.S.: The picture will be sent solo

    • timquilts says:

      I draw out a pattern by tracing the space ….you then need to account for the seam allowances . what works best for me is to fold under and press 1/4 inch around the edges of one of the openings for the center pieces. then place it on top of a piece of paper and then trace the edges. then take that tracing and add 1/4 inch all around it and that will be the template for the center pieces.

  18. Stacey says:

    Hi Tim, I’m just learning about quilts. I found 2 websites that I wondered if you had a opinion about. Buckboard Antique Quilts and Stella Rubin. Are there any reliable websites you can recommend? Thanks for any advice you can pass on.

  19. The Frugal Quilter says:

    This may be a repeat… wanting to know if you are interested in seeing any quilts or tops I have for sale. Have been collecting for years and lost husband and downsizing.

    I am the one who send you the border fabric that was red I think and yellow and green flowers maybe. Few years back.


    • timquilts says:

      I am trying very hard to void buying anything ……I have over 300 old quilt tops and endless blocks and partially finished tops……I really have to stop adding more 😦

  20. Karen Watson Mitchell says:

    I really love and admire your work! You seem to accomplish so much. I love quilting, and do a lot of applique, but seems to take forever. I don’t have questions…just wanted to ooh and aah over your work!

  21. Mayleen says:

    I see you’re on Wichita’s Prairie Quilt Guild’s list of speakers for our coming year! I’m looking forward to hearing you speak as I have several vintage tops but not sure if they’re worth quilting or not. How do you determine whether or not a quilt is still worth saving?

    • timquilts says:

      it really depends on how much work you want to do. I really think most are worth the work. One of the things that is the most helpful is learning to ignore our desire for perfection. old tops wont be perfect but that is part of the charm

  22. Jenny says:

    Hi Tim
    Some time ago I contacted you regarding my first less than successful attempts at hand quilting (flannel top and bottom with wool batting) and you were kind enough to reply with encouraging words. I just wanted to thank you and let you know that I tried again and discovered that I CAN DO IT! Hand quilting is so rhythmical and relaxing. You are an amazing ambassador for the hand quilting movement.
    Thank you.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas.

  23. Lyn says:

    At an Antique Store in Colorado Springs today I saw some drawers for the treadle cabinet. I can send pictures if you give an email address to me. It was, I believe, 30.00. They could ship to you if it’s what you need. In superb condition.

  24. Debbie says:

    Hi Tim, I’m in Illinois, but from Michigan. I’ve been reading your blog a lot the last two days. I really love your quilts and the beautiful hand quilting you do. I’ve made many quilts for family and friends but mostly machine quilted. Have tied a few also. I have a quilt that my mother in law made the top I’d like to hand quilt it since it was pieced all by hand. What type of hand quilting thread do you use?

    • timquilts says:

      It depends on the quilt. for standard hand quilting I like YLI hand quilting thread the best…….I also like Gutterman hand quilting thread. Any 100% cotton 40 weight thread will work. I do not like the poly cotton blends….they are really much harder to work with

  25. Viki says:

    Hi! I am writing to you from Argentina, my name is Viki. I am contacting you because I was serching on Google for Tie Dye designs and I have found yours and it is just what I need for my project, but first I wanted to ask permission to use it. What I need to do with it is to transfer the design to a fabric by sublimation technique and then use it to create appliques with an embroidery machine for a set of hooded sweatshirt. Can I use your design? I will be waiting for your answer. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  26. Lauren Hill says:

    Tim, I am looking for a machine made by Singer before 1964 that was referred to as a Singer Slantomatic. It would sew right over pins and never break a needle. It was the first machine I ever sewed on, and I used it in college classes, but I have no idea what to look for to find one like it. Any help will be appreciated.

  27. Linda Ecklund says:

    Tim, Love your blog and have followed it for a couple of years now. Thanks for sharing your valuable experience to hand quilters. Any chance of putting a calendar of up-coming presentations on your blog? Have seen your award winning quilt in Paducah and would love to see more in person! Enjoy spring gardening with Teddy!

  28. Jing says:

    HI Tim, I’m a lurker. Thank you for all the information about Arch Quilts. I am a novice quilter and by happenstance, found a Singer 127 on craigslist with its original treadle table. Since you already own a 127 and have replaced the front bobbin cover from Ebay, I was wondering if you can spare your opinion on the new china-made bullet & accompanying bobbins found at Ebay as a good replacement for bobbins in my 127? I have one bullet and only one bobbin in hand for my 127. Thanks.

    • timquilts says:

      I have not tried any of the new shuttles …..only one needed per machine so I have not had any need to replace them, but If I did I would look for an original (eBay has them) as far as the bobbins I have a few and they are not the same size as the real singer bobbins….they are slightly shorter and while they do work fine they are a pain in the neck to use because the bobbin winder on the machine is designed for the longer length and the thread wont wind on evenly so there too I would look for original singer bobbins

  29. Jing says:

    Glad I asked your opinion. Will now look for vintage original 127 bobbins. You have been, nay, ARE an inspiration. Thank You so much.

  30. Susan carter says:

    I just saw your orange,lime green &purple lone star. Where did you find it? My grandmother who died in 1966 @ age of 75 made one just like it. Tried to sell it @ a yard sale in CdA,Idaho about 5 yrs ago. Finally gave it to goodwill.

  31. I did not want to post on your facebook page, but I do want to thank you for posting such beautiful pictures of your work and your garden and your Teddy. My father recently passed away and it has been a sad time for me and sometimes I would just log in and scroll through and read your posts or look at your beautiful garden and it made me feel better somehow. You are always so busy and Teddy is right there with you. πŸ™‚ thank you.

  32. Katherine says:

    Need to start by saying how incredibly impressed I am by what you do — the gardens are just gorgeous and look like you must have a full time gardener to keep them so well tended. I started following you as a hand quilter and was absolutely awe struck when you started doing the FMQ — your learning curve was nothing short of applause-worthy. NOW — the machine embroidery – Oh my gosh, Tim – you seem to be able to master just about anything.
    But here’s the reason for the contact — I have a stash of ~ 3 dozen spools of polyester machine embroidery thread — 40wt and most of the spools are 1100 yds. % of the spools are label “bobbin thread”. I will never use this thread – realize now that hand quilting and embroidery are definitely MY thing and have lost any interest in doing machine embroidery. Wondering if you would like/could use this thread. Hate to see it go to waste and it would atleast give you something to play around with at no expense. Let me know if you are interested adn I will ship them off to you. Give your sweet Teddy a pat from me- Katherine

    • timquilts says:

      thanks….I’ll send you an email

    • Katherine says:

      Hi Tim –
      It;s been about three weeks and I haven’t heard from you so a number of possibilities have crossed my mind: 1) you replied but it went to my junk mail folder – I have been checking it since you replied and haven’t found a message from you; 2) you’ve been so busy quilting and gardening that you haven’t had a chance. I’ll just hang on till you get a chance to email (or till you tell me that you already have and it’s lost in my junk mail folder!). Katherine

  33. Patrick Campbell says:

    I’m just starting to hand quilt a large quilt and I’ve got size 7 betweens. What is the actual size I should start off with?

  34. Joy says:

    your quilting is an inspiration – thanks for sharing your many talents:)

  35. nellie1951 says:

    hello Tim i need some help with my treadle sewing machine, i just got her a few weeks ago ,,her belt was broken,so i just brought one and change it, i clean her up and oiled her .she a Edgemere treadle year on her table says 1886 and no serial numbers on her table or her body but look like someone rubbed the number away ,any way i don,t know how to thread her she has like shuttle on top ,well i cleaned her up changed the belt the little shulle had thread in it so i,m using that and put it back on to use the shuttle with same thread but it still not working right at first foot would not move up or down when i tried sewing but the wheel spinned find, now sometimes the foot pedal gets stuck its hard to move it up and down with my foot . i don,t have a manual she just came with a few items some old thread one little bobbin to wind some hand needles and one needle for the machine can you give any advice to get it going and sewing right please guide the right way to get this treadle sewing again thank you in advance.nellie my email address is diazpfam@msn.com my name is Nellie Diaz from California

  36. Hi Tim,
    I have searched your blog but not found a post on the topic of mixing new sashing material with old blocks, so I am asking you here. If you have done a post please let me know and save yourself the trouble of typing a new response, I know you are busy with actual quilting and gardening! πŸ™‚
    I will wash the fabric for sashing and backing, but do you think normal quilting cottons like a Kona cotton or other solid will be ok? Or do I need to stick to muslin? The blocks are big Ohio star blocks in cottons from the 1950s. They were tied in the very center, and handquilted just around the edge of the block, so they should be easy to take apart. And do you use any stabilizers? Or do you think it is best to stay away from those. My great-grandmother made this quilt so I would like it to last for future generations, but it seems like stabilizers would make it feel “off”.

    Thank you!

    • timquilts says:

      I mix new quilters cotton with old blocks often….not a problem as long as you prewsh ……as far as stabilizer goes I would avoid them, they make the blocks feel stiff and also make quilting really hard (by hand anyway) and no one really knows what they will do in 50 years, will the adhesive hold up? discolor? deteriorate the fabric? they haven’t been around for 100 years to know how they will behave …..so for something that you want to keep for the future I would stick with traditional methods…..Happy Quilting!

  37. Mary says:

    I am so sad – I have been following you for over a year and love you quilting and garden posts. And Teddy is adorable. But I have not received a post since August. The last one was when Teddy got skunked! I’ve tried to re-establish but Word Press is not letting me. Any suggestions??

  38. Carole Rattigan says:

    Hi Tim,
    First off, your work is masterful. The quilt of your dog Teddy is beyond my imagination. What a talent.
    I’m not even sure this request is reasonable to ask… or if you take “orders” but we lost our beautiful dog Shea in July and would love a quilt of him.
    Do you take requests?
    Please let me know.
    I read you stopped blogging for a bit because of negative comments. I cannot imagine anyone saying anything but praise of your work. There will always be those who are threatened by work so well done. Completely understand your lack of willingness to deal with it but I’m so glad to have seen your work and glad you decided to get back into sharing your talent.
    Please let me know if you take requests.
    Thank you! Carole Rattigan

    • timquilts says:

      i am very sorry for your loss. it is very hard to lose a beloved dog.

      currently I am trying to finish up commitments that I have for custom work that goes back as far as 2 years….when i finally get finished with it all I have decided that I can’t do anymore, the pressure is just to much
      thank you again ❀

  39. Joy Avery says:

    I want to sign up for your blog. Bring not to savvy I need your help. How do I do it???I actually received your posts several years ago but had to unsubscribe because I was traveling to Japan . I loved reading about your adventures with hand quilting and seeing Teddy’s pictures. Continue the good work and have a Happy New Year!

  40. Katherine says:

    Hello Tim-
    We were in touch a while back so I could send you some machine embroidery threads I was not going to use. Well the clean out continues and I have a quantity of Schmetz machine needles (embroidery and denim) which should also be passed on. If you are interested send me an email and I will send them on to you. No payment needed – nice to know they would be used. My only request – don’t mention my name in the blog to spare me the embarrassment! Take care and give Teddy a tummy rub for me — Katherine

  41. Sarah says:

    Dear Tim,
    Pleaseexcuse me if this sounds intrusive, but as you seem not to have been blogging for some time I would just like you to know that here in England we are thinking of you and hoping that one day we will get more of your posts.
    Very warm good wishes to you and to Teddy

  42. Katherine says:

    Dear Tim –
    Writing to you with some trepidation. I sent you an email a while back about machine embroidery thread and it took awhile for you to get back to me — turns out you had been ill but we did manage to get together once you were feeling better and I got the thread to you.
    Chapter 2 — sent you a message in January about surplus sewing machine needles and again didn’t hear. Turns out you were ill again. Oh My – are my messages precipitating bouts of ill health?
    I do have a number of needle packets which I would be happy to send to you if you are interested — just let me know. SO glad you are feeling well enough to blog again — you were sorely missed. Katheirne


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