May 23, 2017

Tough gloves for Free-Motion Quilting

BIG NEWS in my little world. I'm on DVD! My Craftsy class Free Motion Quilting Essentials is fresh out on DVD, which I know a number of you with slower bandwidth have been asking for! I'm so thrilled Craftsy is taking this step!

Here is a link to the DVD, which includes the same 7 lessons that are in the online class as well as the course materials. And of course, it also shows me in my cutoff gloves on the cover which I know makes me look like tough stuff.

I cut the fingers off my gloves because I like having fingers that can do things, like thread my needle, take out basting pins and of course, use my touch screen phone to take pictures of what I'm doing. The internet needs to know!!

I find that when I'm using my gloves to FMQ it's really the palms and outer fingers that are doing the work of moving the piece, so cutting off the fingertips doesn't change my control over the piece I'm quilting. But it does make things so much cooler and I don't have to take the gloves off and on all the time.

I bring sample gloves with the fingers cut off for my students to try in my classes and most find that after they've tried them that way, they don't want to go back. Seriously, it's cutoff season everyone. Summer is almost here. Pull out the scissors.

If you're just starting and not so sure about cutting up your gloves, try starting with just the tip of the first finger of your dominant hand. Pretty soon you'll probably want the other tip free, and then the thumbs and then you'll be stopping me at QuiltCon telling me how we are badass fingerless gloves soul twins! I love it. I'm so glad we met in the future. You rock.

Oh, another note about the DVDs, Craftsy is releasing only some of their classes on DVD but happily ALL THREE of my classes made the cut!

Free Motion Quilting Essentials
Wild Quilting 
Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting

Happy stitching everyone!