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...



December 04, 2017

Preorders open for Wedge Quilt Workshop!


Good things are happening! My first book on the wonders of patchwork, specifically, WEDGE patchwork, is about to fly out into the world on the magical hooves of reindeer and the scent of peppermint. We're so close. So so close. Can you smell the minty freshness? 


And here I am to show you a few pretty pictures (like the quilt above, "Hello Gorgeous") and get you thinking about some of the cool things you can do with wedge shapes. Do you have a wedge ruler? If so, great! If not, no worries, the book has all the patterns and instructions for using them with your trusty old quilting ruler. 


I love the way the diamonds float on the one above. And how about the full view of that cover quilt below? Does it make your eyes go buggy? The circles flash when I look at it!


So I know plenty of you will buy it on Amazon (And probably even leave a review! Thanks!) and many of you will buy it at your local quilt shop (Shopping local, right on!) and some of you will say "But Christina, can't we preorder a copy from you?" And I, intoxicated by reindeer magic and peppermint fumes, will temporarily set aside my impulse to avoid the post office and I will say Why Yes! Yes you can.

And, you may ask, "Can that copy be signed?" Oh ever so much Yes Again!

For you, my fellow wedge lovers, I am taking preorders. Just until the book comes out. And then I will make a single, joyful, and slightly sweaty trip to the post office and then, then...then the spell will be broken, for I will have remembered that I Do Not Like That Place. After that you can still Amazon or Buy Local it and I will be so delighted that you wanted to read my book.


So are you getting in on this not-to-be-repeated post office trip? Are you one of my signed copy preorder tribe? Fabulous! Click this little button below and you'll be ushered over to Paypal where you can sign in securely and send payment (the total will be filled in automatically for you). Quick and easy. Then when I get the books in about a week I'll sign them and send one to you! 


Now, if you don't live in the United States, please don't click that button. It'll charge you the wrong amount for shipping and that will anger the reindeer. We need them on our side. Email me for international shipping and I'll send you a Paypal invoice. Same thing if you want to order more than one. Or add my other books. Or any other great ideas that I haven't thought of but you have. If you are trying to do anything other than order one signed book in the United States, email me, we'll work it out!

I'll be sure to show more pictures from the book when it's officially released! I still haven't shown you some of my favorites!


November 30, 2017

Little Quilted Buckets *free pattern*

I have a sweet little treat for everyone today! A free pattern you can download and whip up in (almost) no time at all.


I love gifting these little buckets so I thought you might too! I wrote this pattern for anyone cranking out holiday goodies: you can make three at a time from one quilted fat quarter.  Or if you're like me, and you save every little quilted scrap, you can use any already quilted pieces you have. I sure do love turning a bit of practice quilting into something useful!


While I've had my pattern for a set of three Quilted Nesting Buckets for a couple of years, this small-buckets-only version came about because over time I've noticed I have given away all the small buckets from the nested sets I've made! I've given them filled with candied nuts, with my homemade granola, with chocolates, with craft supplies, with socks, with flower bulbs...any other ideas? They're an easy way to both wrap a gift and give a useful handmade container. 


Now, there's just a couple of steps in this pattern that you may have not seen done before so I made a quick video to point out the things you'll want to know as you put the pattern together. (Note: it might look like I'm in a bathrobe. Not so. It's just a cozy fleece because Portland is always too cold for me.)


If you're ready to jump in, grab a fat quarter and quilt it.  Hey....I wouldn't be seducing you into practicing your free-motion quilting would I? Bwahahaha, yes, I would. Free-motion teachers are like that. Sneeeeeeaky.  


You can find the FREE Little Quilted Buckets pattern on my Craftsy page. Please make sure you pick the pattern that says "free" and not the one that says "$5" unless you want the pattern that has three sizes of buckets.

Annnnnnnd because I'm trying to be a better business woman I'll mention that that page also has links to all my free-motion quilting classes, and because you used my link you will get 33% off full price. (Reminder: you won't see the discount on the class page but you'll see it in the shopping cart when you go to check out. The discount/coupon/good fortune is good through February 26th, 2018.) In case you've never gotten a pattern on Craftsy, when you buy a pattern on their site, you should see a button that lets you download the pattern to your computer. (Don't wait for an email, there is no email. You have immediate access to the pattern in your Pattern Library on Craftsy!)

So that's my holiday gift to you, my vibrant and crafty readers! May your holidays, and your buckets, be full and lovely. 

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. That discount is expired but here is one for 33% off!


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!

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!   That discount is expired but the link above will give you 33% off the class price!


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