February 13, 2018

I heard you! Giveaway here on the blog!

Quilt #1: Hello Gorgeous

OK my lovely blog subscribers, a number of you entered my Facebook and Instagram giveaways but I also heard from some of you that you aren't on those sites and were feeling a little...left out! I can't have that, I like my blog to be a welcoming place, a happy place! So....one more giveaway? Problem solved!

Quilt #2: Good Night, Good Morning

Today I'm hosting a drawing for my new book Wedge Quilt Workshop and a 25" 9 degree Wedge Ruler from Doheny Publications. Marilyn Doheny generously offered this ruler for a giveaway to my readers! This ruler is great whether you want to make the quits in the book (6 of the patterns can be made with this ruler) or if you want to design your own quilts. This 9 degree ruler is the one I got started with and it's so fun to play around with. The packaging alone has SO MUCH info about working with wedges!

Quilt #3: The Three of Us

The rules (follow the rules so you can win!)
1) All entries must be on my blog post (that means you enter on my website. Replying to my emailed blog post doesn't count! Click the link!)
2) To enter, leave a comment telling me which quilt in this post is most your style (by name or number). I'm curious what speaks to you!
3) I will post anywhere in the world, so you can enter no matter where you live.
4) The giveaway will be open until February 17. I will choose a winner at random and email them for their address.

Quilt #4: Pop Art

I'm busy getting ready for a week away at QuiltCon. I'll be teaching 5 classes there, lots of work that doesn't feel like work at all! Really looking forward to connecting with far flung quilt folk and soaking up some sunshine. The first buds are on the magnolias and the Daphne is blooming on my front porch, I'm so invigorated that spring is on the way!

UPDATE: Comments are now closed and a winner has been drawn by random number generator, and it's Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting! Thank you for the entries everyone!

February 01, 2018

Your Free-Motion Weekend

It's winter. We all need our vitamin D. And how about your vitamin FMQ? Are you getting your recommended daily allowance? As your quilty health care provider I'd like to remind you that almost everyone tests low on FMQ intake, so I'm going to prescribe you a little free-motion quilting video therapy.

In all seriousness, Craftsy has launched a new option for online learning. It's called Craftsy Unlimited and it means you can watch as many Craftsy classes as you want! And everyone can try it out FREE with a 7 day free trial. (this is my affiliate link). So which free-motion class will you start with? 

Craftsy tells me how many minutes are being watched of my classes on their Unlimited service, so I can tell you that the far and away winner is my newest class, Quilting the Grid. This class has a lot of sweet reviews (thank you!). People are really liking how easy it is to use the free motion foot inside the walking foot grid!

After that it's a tie between Free-Motion Quilting Essentials (best for absolute beginners)

and The Secrets of Free Motion Quilting (for people who want to learn lots of new designs)

Coming in last is Wild Quilting. I know, it looks intimidating. That's why I made the class, so it wouldn't be intimidating anymore!

So if your weekend has some spare time in it, go ahead and start your 7 day free trial! Using this affiliate link to sign up helps me and you too. Get your recommended daily allowance of FMQ! And please say hi in the class, I'd love to hear from you. Happy stitching!

January 16, 2018

More giveaways: The Creative Grids 10 degree ruler!

This has been a great week! I got to send off two copies of my book Wedge Quilt Workshop to lucky winners.  On Thursday I'll be sharing my book, the quilts and the rulers at my home guild, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  and now I've got more great rulers to give away along with book copies! I just want you all trying wedges so much I can't stop giving the book away. Well, I can, I guess, because I'm probably gonna run out of books on Thursday! I'll make sure to set these two aside.

That blue quilt at the top of this post? It's so easy to make! The book includes a full size pattern for the wedge shape. Even better than using the paper pattern would be if you have this awesome new 10 degree ruler from Creative Grids! You know that great grippy texture on the bottom of their rulers? I've never appreciated it more than I have on this ruler. Wedge rulers tend to twist as you cut due to their shape, the grip texture stops all that. What I also appreciate about this ruler is that it goes narrower than most other wedge rulers, so it has a lot of design potential if you want to try some of the other ideas in the book your own way.

Because Creative Grids generously gave me two of this ruler I'm giving away one on Instagram, and one on Facebook. Head on over to like and follow me to get your chance! Happy stitching!

January 04, 2018

Giveaways going on now!

Would you like to win a signed copy of my new book? And how about a fancy new wedge ruler? I guess I'm not quite done going to the post office, because I can't wait to send these prizes to my two winners!

That's right: TWO! I have two Wedge Quilt Workshop giveaways going on right now: one on Instagram and one on Facebook!

These giveaways are co-hosted by Phillips Fiber Art. Each giveaway includes a Ten Degree Wedge Tool. These quilting rulers are designed by fellow wedge lover Cheryl Phillips, who has taught me so much about working with wedges and been incredibly supportive of my drive to share more about how to work with this versatile shape. If you're looking for a wedge to make the 10 degree quilts in my book, Cheryl's tools will do the trick!

Entries for the giveaways will be open until Monday. Enter for yourself (or a friend, if you already have a copy!) by clicking on over to Instagram and/or Facebook. Entry is super simple: follow me and like the post. That's it!

If you're thinking you might be interested in playing with wedges but not feeling certain about which wedge ruler to get, I'll have some posts coming up with my thoughts on that in the next week or two. For now, enter the giveaways and maybe luck will pick your wedge ruler for you!

January 02, 2018

Wedge Quilt Workshop is here!

It's here! Wedge Quilt Workshop is shipping to happy quilters everywhere!

Those who preordered from the USA should get it in the mail today if you haven't already!

I'm delighted that more quilters who like this shape can start using it. Did I already mention you don't have to have a wedge ruler? I made sure to mention it in my "trailer": here's that video including quilts you haven't seen yet...

And you can see a flip-through of the book over on my Instagram or Facebook page! To celebrate I have some wedge ruler giveaways coming THIS WEEK and you'll want to follow me on those channels to participate! 

Those of you who have seen the book, I can't wait to hear what you think. For all the encouraging words sent my way already, thank you! I'm getting a little better about this process of publishing, about trusting that I've done my work and it deserves to be out in the world. But it always feels a bit tender and vulnerable to release something so big and so personal for public consumption, so finding a joyful reception for this new project is quite comforting.

Thanks to Brenda who asked below about e-books for this book. The ebook is available now at C & T Publishing's website and I think it will also be available on Amazon on the "release" date of January 7th!

Happy new year and happy stitching everyone! 

December 08, 2017

Free-Motion Quilting Weekend in Portland

I'm thrilled to share a new local class offering I have. And for those of you who aren't local, it would be a great reason to take a trip to Portland, if I do say so myself! I've scheduled a two-day beginner's free-motion quilting workshop in January at my local quilt shop, Modern Domestic.

This class is exactly the way I love to teach free-motion quilting: small class size (we limit to 12), and only 3 hours of class a day so no one gets exhausted. Everyone comes back the next day fresh and full of energy and with the added benefit of having had a night of sleep, which research reveals helps us learn complex tasks; tasks like free-motion quilting!

The staff at Modern Domestic are happy to make recommendations for nearby places to stay if you're thinking of traveling to Portland for the weekend. And I'm happy to advise on local restaurants and sightseeing. It's always fun to have visitors!

If you're looking for a more advanced class, I also have another grid quilting class on the calendar. 

And I'd love to hear what you think of the two-day class idea. I feel like I often see my student's energy flagging around hour 5 in an all day class. Have you ever gotten burned out in a 6 hour quilting class?

December 06, 2017

Quilting Spirals with the Walking Foot

Today I get to share another quilting segment of mine from the TV show Fresh Quilting! This is from episode 203 "Mix It Up" which you can see anytime at www.freshquilting.com.

You know I've been playing with my walking foot more these days, and getting a really even, smooth quilted spiral is definitely a job for a walking foot! See my little trick for getting started on the episode...