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.  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. 

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 Quilting the Grid. 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.

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