About Keeping You in Stitches
Gene has been competent with a sewing machine since his youth. His computer & electronic background, and mechanical aptitude make it possible for him to lend a hand as needed. Let us be clear; Diane is involved in every quilt they process!
Diane has been sewing for over 50 years. She has made everything from dresses & suits to her own wedding gown; including her attendant’s outfits. She started piecing quilts as retirement approached by taking classes and quilting using the “stitch-in-the-ditch” method (sewing where the squares have been joined). After designing a king-size quilt she used a free motion method on her domestic sewing machine. With the frustrations that arose from quilting a king sized blanket she decided it was time to upgrade to a longarm machine. She started off with a 16” manual longarm (longarm is a term that refers to the deapth of the throat of the sewing machine). She spent nearly 3 years on this machine and quilted over 40 quilts. In 2019 it was decided that it was time to upgrade to a full-sized automated machine. She is now the owner of a computer controlled Handiquilter Forte; 24 inch throat with a 14 foot frame. She completed over 30 quilts with this machine before accepting raw layers from other quilters to add canned quilting patterns. It was a game changer for designs and near perfection. She loves it! She puts love into every one of her quilts whether it is for her or for anyone else.
She has donated her longarm services by quilting for Project Linus, Quilts of Valor, Foster Children programs, and the nearby Veteran’s Hospital. Though Keeping You In Stitches has started invoicing for client longarm services, it still continues to donate a substantial amount its time, machine and materials to charity quilts.