Monday, August 24, 2015

Sew Happy about Lori Kennedy's new Craftsy Class Divide & Conquer Creative Quilting for Any Space

If you all have been following my blog for a while you will remember Lori Kennedy of the Inbox Jaunt blog.  She is a fantastic free motion quilter, and she reviewed my book Free Motion Quilting for Beginners when it came out.  She is also a fellow BERNINA ambassador- and has become a friend of mine as well.  She really has a fabulous take on free motion quilting, especially if you are like me and love to use free motion quilting to enhance a theme of your quilt.  It's funny, but the question I am most often asked by others is "how do you choose your quilting designs".  I, like Lori, really like to go for a theme when I can and use that to help me pick a design that enhances that and makes it all more fun and whimsical.  It goes back to adding that extra layer of art to your quilt or project with FMQ.  When Lori asked me to review her Craftsy class Divide and Conquer Creative Quilting for Any Space I jumped at the chance.  I am a big fan of her work and was excited to learn more about her process.

Lori's class is outstanding.  A true gem for any free motion quilter, this class is a very different look at FMQ.  She is a big proponent of using minimal marking to make her quilting designs.  It is a different approach then I typically take, but certainly fun to learn and try.  If you love to learn new techniques and lots of fun theme-y quilting designs then this class is a must.  I will say that for beginners much of it is very do-able... it may challenge the brand new beginner, but her encouraging tone and "messy is okay" approach makes it all seem very possible for quilters of all levels to take away something or many great things. 

After watching her class I was inspired to make my own little mini- quilt like she uses for all her teaching, and it was SEW MUCH FUN.  I chose her Thread Spool design and combined it with my handwriting quilting and I had a ball quilting it.  It was the perfect quick fix for a quilting session that was relaxing and enjoyable.  I think if you take the class you will certainly be inspired to start making little quilts like this too, as well as finding places on your quilt tops that are just perfect for her designs.  I couldn't recommend it more, she is fantastic, her blog is fantastic and the class was fantastic as well...  Let me know if you do take it and share pictures of your quilting on my facebook page- I would love to see what you all come up with.

I worked out my design on paper first, something both Lori and I highly recommend

Here is my little mini quilt on the machine... if I had it to do over I would pick a more contrasting thread... but that is the great thing about small little quilts like this 10" square... easily re-made, and perfect for practice.

and here it is all finished... Grandma Pat this little quilt is coming your way... love you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Bag Pattern on BERNINA's Blog!

Hey Y'all!
I am so excited to share this project with you... I have been sitting on my hands for weeks waiting for the time and it's finally here.  I made a super fun bag for BERNINA and their We All Sew blog- this cutie is a free pattern and you can jump over to We All Sew to make one for yourself- be sure to leave a comment if you like the bag!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Come and Meet Grandma and I at Quilt Expo this September in Wisconson!

I have been anxiously awaiting the time I could announce that I have been invited to give 3 lectures at Quilt Expo this September 10-12th in Madison Wisconsin.  For any of you who have never heard of it Quilt Expo is Nancy Zieman's annual fundraising quilt show, supporting PBS.  It is a huge show just loaded with great things to see and classes to take and lectures to hear.  I am so pleased and honored to be invited to join the ranks of all these excellent folks, and even more excited to get to meet some of you in person.  The best part of it all is that I get to bring Grandma Pat along with me to experience all the fun and help out in the lectures.  We are beyond excited to have another adventure together after last years trip around the same time of year filming my episodes of Sewing with Nancy. 
New tote bag I made using several different techniques from different patterns in the book and quilted with designs taught in the book

The other side- I quilted both sides differently to show different options and combinations

Here how you can combine different techniques from different projects in the book to create a custom bag or project

New zip totes made for Quilt Expo lectures-

I will be talking about the book and about free motion quilting in general.  I have lots of fun samples and projects to share, many of which are from the book.  I have made a few new projects to bring along with me, these are all made with techniques taught in the book, and I plan to show all the lecture attendees how to pick techniques from different patterns they like and create their own custom projects.  It will be loads of fun, there will be giveaways and I look forward to answering any free motion quilting questions you may have and getting more in depth with you all on any questions or problems you are having. 

I will be giving a lecture at 4pm daily, here is where you can sign up to attend one.  If you are going to the show please look through all the lectures and classes and sign up for some- they all sound fantastic, I can wait to attend a few myself!  My Facebook Followers got a preview of this news a week ago, so if you aren't already following me on facebook please do for the most current news and info regarding my book Free Motion Quilting for Beginners.  Lots of fun on the horizon here, what have you all be quilting lately? Let me know!