November 14, 2017

Are you Gridding?!

Just a mostly eye candy post to remind you to use your half-off Craftsy discount link on my new class Quilting the Grid, before it's done tomorrow. 

I can't wait to see what you do with it!

November 07, 2017

Kaleidoscope Free-Motion in the Grid video

What a fun week! I've been enjoying hearing your positive feedback on my new class. Thank you, whether you've stopped to let me know on Facebook, Instagram, in the Craftsy class reviews or the comments in the class, it means so much! I'm glad that other quilters get excited about the things I get excited about.

For those of you who haven't been able to join the class yet, I have two things for you. First, my half-off offer on Quilting the Grid is good until November 15th if you click this link.

Second, I made a YouTube video of the new grid design above, which looks just like a Kaleidoscope piecing design. Beginners: you can do this! It's just one simple movement, over and over. You'll get it down quick. Check it out:

This looks great in one color or in two! If you try it let me know what you think!

November 01, 2017

Quilting the Grid is now available! 50% off early bird discount

My new obsession is now a Craftsy class! Quilting the Grid: Structured Free Motion is finally ready to share my freshest quilting design ideas. And I have a great offer to share with the first students to join the class: a half-off launch discount for you (good for the next two weeks). Just click the link above!

I'm so intrigued by what you can do when you quilt a grid with your walking foot...

...and then switch to your free motion foot and quilt inside the grid. There are so many ways to get killer geometric repetition with this technique! Below is the same idea done 4 different ways. 

From simple to complex, there is a lot of fun to be had with quilting in grids. It's unquestionably modern, and also incredibly practical. 

The greatest benefit, I think, is for new free motion quilters. You don't have to think about how to move around the space. You don't have to worry about keeping your quilting design the same size. You just do the same thing in each space, one little bit at a time. It's a very relaxing way to quilt.

I can't wait to hear what you think about this class, and see where you quilters take this idea! If you'd like to take the class, be sure to click one of the links in this post. You'll see the discount reflected in your shopping cart on Craftsy once you go to check out. Let me know what questions you have, or if I can help you get started!

P.S. If you learn better in person, consider taking my face to face version of this class in Portland Thanksgiving weekend: sign up here

October 17, 2017

A Craftsy peek...

I am having a hard time being patient waiting for my new Craftsy class to come out!! But happily for me, the Craftsy team just sent me these photos they took when I was out shooting the class, and told me I could share them. Sneak peek time!

Are you noticing a pattern.... like there's some straight lines and FMQ in each piece? What if.... you used both your walking foot and your free-motion foot for what they are each best at? What if you quilted something low stress that was also totally lovely? 

It can be dense or open. It feels super modern to me too. Did I mention I can't wait to show you? 

This may be favorite picture of me ever taken! I look at it and I see that I'm coming back to a certain amount of ease and joy and creativity that was lost during the confusion of the divorce.  Having my home be a safe place is incredibly powerful.  I wish for all of you the safe space to try new things and bring your beautiful work into the world. 

October 09, 2017

Marking circles the lazy way

Big news: I was recently at Craftsy! Here's a sample from that class (which I can't wait to tell you about!!) And a little gee-whiz snapshot of a technique I used to get those nice open circles. 

I took the cap from my spray baste and pressed it on the fabric while twisting, marking a perfect circle so easily! For small things I usually prefer impression marking (like with a Hera marker) to markings that I have to remove, and this seemed like something I should share with you all. Happy stitching!

October 04, 2017

The Real Deal: I fixed my Craftsy Discount Links

I'm not the most business savvy lady. Like you all, there's so much going on with family, friends, work. I like quilting and teaching quilting. But sometimes I get wayyyyy behind on email or miss a detail.

Like, the Craftsy codes I've been sharing with you have an expiration date!! Who knew!! Must have been going too fast to read the small print I guess. How embarrassing!

Thankfully a sweet reader, Tammy, emailed me to say the discount links in my recent post were broken. And I can fix that, like right now!

With my apologies to any of you who clicked my links and were disappointed, let me make it up to you: Which class would you like to get 33% off of? The links below are good through the end of 2017.

October 02, 2017

Mesmerized - new PRINT pattern!

You know that saying "One thing leads to another"? My entire quilting life has been about that saying I think.

Like that time I splurged and bought a wedge ruler. And I fell in love with it and made like 5 quilt tops with it and bought another wedge ruler. And I wanted everyone else to fall in love with wedges  so I did a webinar. And then I wasn't done expounding about how truly fabulous wedges are, so I wrote a book. And then a Big Time quilting company with a new wedge ruler said would you like to make some patterns with our new ruler?

And then boom, I had a printed pattern business. 

The most important thing for me about going into print patterns was... get this... plastic. I seriously couldn't stand to put more plastic waste into the world. So I decided my patterns are not going into plastic bags. (Don't make me regret this, quilters! Be nice to them if you see them in your LQS, they're naked!). I didn't know how to make this happen but my friendly pattern designer and I schemed up a way to make them hang nicely in the quilt shops without plastic bags. Our solution: holes at the top of the pattern! It means a little more work for her in the design stage, and I have to put a little sticker on the side of each pattern to keep them closed and not flopping open, but I like the solution. With the plastic problem solved, I'm quite contentedly moving into print patterns. 

I've only produced two patterns in print so far, because printing is a real investment up front and oh yeah, quilts take time! But I'm working on more and they'll be ready if the first ones start selling. And I'll keep my patterns available digitally as well. 

Don't you love the little dots of sunlight coming through the quilting? It was such a beautiful day when I went to take pictures. And it's so fun hanging up a quilt to photograph at the park and getting to chat with people about it. Except mostly I spend my time waiting for the breeze to die down. 

This pattern is designed to be easy even if you're new to wedges, and it has directions for three sizes: baby, double and queen. It's for sale digitally with immediate download here. If you'd like to order it in print, your LQS can order it through Checker Distributors. You'll need the Creative Grids 10 Degree Ruler to make the quilt, so make sure get that too!!

Any advice for me and my new pattern business? I'm all ears! Happy stitching everyone!