Category: Craftsy

10 – Fun and Fast Spring Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Are you looking forward to Spring?  This is certainly a perfect time to think about Spring Theme projects for your home, and maybe for gifts too!  Here are ten fun and fast Spring Theme projects that caught my attention:

Natalia Bonner (Piece N Quilt) has a great free tutorial to make St.  Patrick’s Day theme blocks.

Connie Kreskin has a lovely FREE pattern with Butterflies, which would be perfect for Spring, a downloadable pattern on Craftsy.

Of course her Shamrock table topper pattern (also available on Craftsy) would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Marian Pena (Seams to be Sew) has a variety of Spring Theme designs on Craftsy, including some row quilt designs with Sunbonnet Sue that are adorable.

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb, has many beautiful table toppers, mug rugs, etc., that certainly welcome in Spring, all available on Craftsy.

This GO! Butterfly pattern, a free downloadable pattern from AccuQuilt is definitely a perfect project for Spring.

GO! Hearts Bed Runner also is a perfect touch for Spring.

Craftsy Class Review – The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It, with Christa Watson

Today I’m delighted to share insights about a new class on Craftsy, called “The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It“, with Christa Watson.  This is definitely an excellent class for newbies to free-motion quilting, but also a great opportunity for those that might want to lean some fun and fast techniques for incorporating your walking foot with free-motion quilting designs.  Christa shares plenty of tips and inspiration, that will help you plan out how to quilt your projects and get them finished.

ABOUT CHRISTA

Christa Watson is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, designer, teacher and author.  She’s the author of two books: “Machine Quilting With Style” and “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.”   She also enjoys traveling to teach at quilt shows, quilt shops and to quilt guilds.

CLASS OVERVIEW

You can quilt it yourself on your sewing machine! Join quilter Christa Watson and discover simple techniques for machine quilting with a walking foot or free-motion stitches. Along the way, learn the most efficient way to travel around your quilt as you quilt it.

CLASS MATERIALS:

Students get a free downloadable pattern for the “Pinwheels quilt pattern” designed by Christa.  This is a fun and fast quilt design, which Christa uses to show you how to quilt in this class.  Of course, you can use a practice sandwich, as well as apply the designs on any project you wish, but this is a great design that I think many will be inspired to create and use for the FMQ lessons in this virtual class.

Here is a summary of the six lessons provided in this class.  Don’t forget, like all classes at Craftsy, you can take these classes at your leisure, start/stop/repeat according to your schedule and interest.

LESSON ONE:  QUILTING WITH YOUR WALKING FOOT (25:52 minutes)

Christa kicks off this class with this lesson providing a great Introduction, as well as insights on using a Walking Foot vs Dual-Feed, selecting Fabric Thread and Warming Up, as well as stitching Wavy Lines.

LESSON TWO: MORE WALKING FOOT DESIGNS (26:31)

In this lesson, Christa shows us a variety of beautiful walking foot designs: straight lines, shattered lines, decorative lines, continuous spirals, square spirals.  She also shares a collection of her inspirational quilts and discusses the quilting designs she applied to create interest and texture.

LESSON THREE:  QUILTING WITH FREE-MOTION (22:27 minutes)

Great lesson for the basics of free-motion quilting, Christa’s  favorite supplies, with plenty of FMQ tips to help you quilt your quilt, as well as designs in this lesson:  loop designs, fun loops for single, double and triple loops, loops & flowers.

LESSON FOUR:  NO MARK DESIGNS (23:47)

Building on your skills acquired in the previous lessons, in this lesson you’ll learn how to create a large variety of free-motion quilting designs:boxes, switchbacks and swirl motifs with plenty of variations of each family of designs (e.g.  ribbon candy. crazy eights, etc).

LESSON FIVE: FREE-MOTION COMBINATIONS (23:01)

Christa shows how fun it is to combine free-motion quilting designs in this lesson, where she teaches you a variety of swirl combinations, Woodgrains and waves, and improv designs.  I also love her inspirational quote “Aiming for texture vs perfection”.

LESSON SIX:  COMBINING WALKING FOOT AND FREE-MOTION QUILTING (18:54)

In the final lesson, Christa covers combining walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques. She also shares insights for planning your quilt using an approach called “divide and conquer”, one section at a time to add texture. She shares several quilt samples and shares insights on how she quilted them to add texture, while combining designs taught in this class.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This is an absolutely perfect class for beginners, as you will learn how to quilt your projects using a walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques.  But I think it is also a good class for those with experience that may want to round out their skills, and learn more tips and designs.  It is a fun class packed with inspiration, tips, as well as beautiful and easy walking foot and free-motion quilting designs that can help you quilt your quilts with traditional or modern designs, as you desire.

Christa shared a link so new students can get 50% off the class using this link, which is valid through 4/4/17: http://craftsy.me/2iIqdEy.    

Lastly, while Christa will be teaching at the upcoming QuiltCon East, her classes are sold out.  But she is holding a meet ‘n greet/book signing at QuiltCon on Friday, February 24, from 12-1 in the Electric Quilt Company booth # 337. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and it’s a great chance to stop by and say hi.

You can find Christa at:

 

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More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!

SHEREE SEWS

Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.

MARTINGALE

Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl

WENDY SHEPPARD/IVORY SPRING

Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.

WE ALL SEW/BERNINA

Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial

LANDAUER PUBLISHING

Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.

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ANGIE STEVESON/LUNCHBOX QUILTS

Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.

MARJORIE BUSBY/BLUE FEATHER QUILTING STUDIO

Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.

SARAH VEDELER DESIGNS

Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:  http://quiltshopgal.com/fun-and-fast-valentines-day-theme-projects-freebies-and-a-sale/

Free Motion Quilting With Rulers – Opportunities on Craftsy

There are a lot of ways to learn/improve your skills for using rulers for free-motion quilting on a domestic machine.  Today, I want to share insights about some amazing classes on Craftsy, to help you learn about using rulers for FMQ on a domestic machine.  But there are also many classes filled with #CreativeGoodness available via Craftsy and EVERY class on Crafty is on on sale this weekend for < $20 USD.

For those interested in learning/improving their skills for FMQ using rulers, check out:

Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine, by Amy Johnson

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Creative Quilting with Amy Johnson

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Craftsy has plenty of free-motion quilting classes, quilting in general, cooking, gardening, photography, and many more topics.

 

You can find Craftsy at:

Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – Wrap Up

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The Ultimate Quilt Challenge was created to encourage quilters to learn/improve their free-motion quilting skills.  While any free-motion quilting style or motif could be used, the core focus of this challenge was to incorporate any of the versatile Ultimate Quilting Stencils, which have been designed by Cindy Needham, a Master Free-Motion Quilting Expert.  Participants in this challenge could share a project previously completed that incorporated any of these stencils, quilters could use the downloadable  Master Templates to sketch out and share ideas they’ve created on paper or electronically, or the final option to enter, was to stitch out any project, any size, any style, any design, using any of the Ultimate Stencils, but do so during the summer of 2016.  

Today I’m thrilled to share photos from some of the participants. I strongly believe all of the entries were absolutely beautiful and I hope that they inspire you to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills, as well as see the versatility of using the Ultimate Quilting Stencils.  I also want to encourage you to click thru to visit these blogs, as the participants shared more photos and insights and many have more posts for inspirational FMQ, as well as working with the Ultimate Stencil Collections.

Karen of the Quilt Yarn shared an amazing whole cloth quilt which she had previously created, using some of the stencils from various Ultimate Stencil Collections.   Her project measures 35″x35″ and incorporates the original Ultimate Stencil Collection, as well as some hyperquilting techniques from Patsy Thompson.

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Anna of Anna’s Quilting Studio shared her doodle/sketch ideas for designs using some of the Ultimate Stencils.

 

Karen of the Quilt Yarn shared a variety of doodle/sketch ideas using various Ultimate Stencils.  Karen has also shared a number of blog posts showing more stunning design ideas that she has sketched on paper, but recently she has also been sharing tips for using software for creating electronic sketches for various FMQ motifs appropriate for blocks, or wholecloth quilts.

Patty D of A Stitch N Time also shared inspirational doodle/sketch design ideas.

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Kearstie of KB’s Quilting  shared her sketch designs, which incorporated some of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils.  And she shared a lovely project she stitched out with this design this summer.

 

Laura of Laura Luvs Loons shared sketches with us, for her design idea that incorporated some  of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils. She applied FMQ  ideas to a Vintage Linen to create a stunning table runner which she stitched out this summer.

Vicki of Fabric Under Foot shared her sketches with us, which incorporated some of the Ultimate Background Stencils.  And while Vicki is still stitching out this lovely project, she shared with us a photo show how much she has progressed this summer.

Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors:

Martingale

Craftsy

FabricWorm

Inspired LED

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Aurifil

SewSteady

While I think anyone that uses any of the Ultimate Stencil Collections is a winner, as they truly are so versatile and help you create stunning free-motion quilting, the Ultimate Quilting Challenge has announced winners.  Congratulations to:  Karen of the Quilt YarnAnna of Anna’s Quilting Studio, Patty D of A Stitch N Time,  Kearstie of KB’s QuiltingLaura of Laura Luvs Loons and Vicki of Fabric Under Foot.  While we didn’t have that many participants in this Challenge,  those that did participate certainly shared inspirational ideas and projects.  Thank you.
You can find Cindy Needham at:

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #3 – Learn/Improve Your Free-Motion Quilting Skills This Summer

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Welcome to the 3rd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This parties is all about learning/improving your FMQ skills by using any/all of the Ultimate Stencil Collections on any project, including a practice quilt sandwich, this summer.  To clarify, you get to make the decision to use a UFO that needs quilting, a pieced, applique’, or whole cloth quilt.  You can even create a new project specific for this challenge, or do something simple on a practice quilt sandwich.  Your entry can be simple, with minimal quilting or dense, with plenty of stitching.  Again, totally up to you as I simply want everyone to practice, learn, have fun and inspire. 

Sponsors for this event include:

 

 

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Let the Party begin!  Please be sure to read the rules before you add an entry to this Linky Party #3.  This event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, all around the world.

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • For this linky party, you need to share any project, any style, any size that you quilted this summer using any of the Ultimate Stencil collections by Cindy Needham.  You can even do FMQ on a practice piece and enter.  And projects need not be completed, but should have enough quilted to clearly show you have used any of the Ultimate Stencils.
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. Of course, you can also incorporate other FMQ motifs, as desired.

Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

For a complete list of prizes for this event, visit the Main Page which you can find underneath the blog header labeled “The Ultimate Quilting Challenge 2016“.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

If you have any questions, please email me. I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Don’t forget there are three linky parties, three ways you can enter the 2016 Ultimate Quilting Challenge to win one or more prizes, but you have to enter by September 15th.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #2 – Doodle/Sketching – Everyone Can Do This!

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Welcome to the 2nd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This 2nd of three Linky Parties is all about doodling/sketching on paper, your free-motion quilting design ideas for The Ultimate Stencil Collections.  This is a great way to build up your muscle memory for free-motion quilting such designs, as well as a great way to inspire others thru your sharing.  And, by sharing in our Linky Party you are automatically entered to win prizes in this challenge! 

Our sponsors for this event include, but are not limited to:

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #2Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.

 

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RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • You can only share doodle/sketch design ideas that you have sketched on paper using The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection.  But you can incorporate any FMQ motif with these stencil designs that you wish.  To clarify, you need not stitch your ideas out on fabric.  
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

OTHER LINKY PARTIES PLANNED FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

  • LINKY PARTY #1 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE PRIOR TO THIS CHALLENGE can be shared in a Linky Party that kicked off June 15th.  Projects can be any size, any style, but need to incorporate the FMQ based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collections. And, of course, you can incorporate any FMQ design with these stencils that you wish.
  • LINKY PARTY #3 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

 

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. For sketching and doodling everyone can dowload the FREE handout from Cindy, which includes the Master circle and square template from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, which you can copy and use to doodle/sketch out FMQ design ideas from Cindy, shared by others, and hopefully also create your own design ideas to share in this challenge.  

 

The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.   Cindy also has a great collection of inspirational ideas for these stencils on Pinterest.

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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

There are many prizes that our generous sponsors have donated, including some great prizes that will be eligible for International participants, not just US Only participants.  A detailed list of prizes is at the bottom of this post.

PRIZES FOR THE ULTIMATE FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE THIS SUMMER:

Note:  We hope you are inspired to participate in this event to learn/improve your FMQ skills and have fun, not just to win prizes.  On the other hand, we have some very generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in one or all of these events.  To clarify, the more events you participate in the more chances you’ll have to win prizes.  You may also win prizes for Viewer’s Choice, which will open in September for all three Linky Parties.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Martingale Five new release books (to be announced later this summer)

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes, one each, to five lucky winners. A maximum of 1 winner will be an International winner, with a minimum of 4 winners that are US only residents.

 Prize #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Craftsy A Craftsy class of your choice.  This prize is open to WW participants.  Prize #6  winner – Tba
FabricWorm  A Fat Quarter bundle of Birch Fabrics.  Specific details are not yet available, but bundle is estimated at $35-95.

This prize is open to WW participants.

 Prize #7  winner – Tba
Inspired LED 5 LED kits, one each

These prizes are open to US only participants.

 Prize #8, #9, #10, #11, #12  winner – Tba
Robert Kaufman Fabrics A beautiful bundle of Radiance, 1 yard cuts of four different colors.  This prize is open to US only participants.  Prize #13  winner – Tba
Aurifil  Sewn Desert thread collection:

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
You can find Cindy Needham at:

PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can, but be prepared it may be 7-10 days before you hear back from me.  Thus, I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Kick Off with Virtual Quilt Show/Linky Party #1

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Welcome to the kick off of the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This first of three Linky Parties is all about showing off past quilt projects to help inspire and encourage others to continue to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills, as well as have fun.    Ok – are you wondering how much fun you’ll have IF you have not made such a project?  Trust me, this Linky Party is going to be loads of fun and inspiration and we’ll have two different Linky Parties before this challenge is over, so keep reading….

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We’ll have plenty of sharing, tips and tutorials shared along the way, as well as our generous sponsors will create some added fun, as everyone that participate will have chances to win prizes. 

Our sponsors for this event include, but are not limited to:

This summer, everyone is invited to participate in The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Quilters of all levels, from those new to free-motion quilting, those confident but want to practice and learn, those that are comfortable, as well as award winning quilters are invited to participate.  We’ll have plenty of sharing, tips and tutorials shared along the way, as well as our generous sponsors will create some added fun, as everyone that participate will have chances to win prizes.

Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.

 

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one project with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • You can only share a project previously made in this linky party (not all three).
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

OTHER LINKY PARTIES PLANNED FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

  • SKETCH/DOODLE Challenge: Kicks of July 15th, with a Linky Party,  where you can use the templates for the Ultimate Stencil Collection to sketch out your design ideas, share and inspire others.  Sharing is open to any design possibility with the Ultimate Stencil, regardless if you stitch it out or not.  Of course, if you stitch it out, we hope you’ll share that too! 
  • VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  The design possibilities with these stencils are endless, but if you feel stumped with what to create, throughout the summer, you’ll find tips, some tutorials, as well as many inspirational projects to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

 

The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.   Cindy also has a great collection of inspirational ideas for these stencils on Pinterest.

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Here is a message from Cindy:

Hi Everyone! I’m thrilled to be joining you once again for yet another FMQ challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your projects. I am trying to post as many of my students’ projects as possible using The Ultimate Stencils on my Pinterest page. If you would be interested in having me post YOUR project please send me a photo via email (linenqltr@comcast.net). You can access my Pinterest page via the home page of my website and be inspired by designs for your own project. Thank you and I’m excited to see what you come up with! 

Hugs, Cindy 🙂

 I also highly recommend that you watch the Youtube videos that Cindy has created for to share insights on the Ultimate Stencil: https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter
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Don’t forget Cindy has a 21-page booklet on these stencils that you can download for free, from her website.
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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

There are many prizes that our generous sponsors have donated, including some great prizes that will be eligible for International participants, not just US Only participants.  A detailed list of prizes is at the bottom of this post.

PRIZES FOR THE ULTIMATE FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE THIS SUMMER:

Note:  We hope you are inspired to participate in this event to learn/improve your FMQ skills and have fun, not just to win prizes.  On the other hand, we have some very generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in one or all of these events.  To clarify, the more events you participate in the more chances you’ll have to win prizes.  You may also win prizes for Viewer’s Choice, which will open in September for all three Linky Parties.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Martingale Five new release books (to be announced later this summer)

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes, one each, to five lucky winners. A maximum of 1 winner will be an International winner, with a minimum of 4 winners that are US only residents.

 Prize #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Craftsy A Craftsy class of your choice.  This prize is open to WW participants.  Prize #6  winner – Tba
FabricWorm  A Fat Quarter bundle of Birch Fabrics.  Specific details are not yet available, but bundle is estimated at $35-95.

This prize is open to WW participants.

 Prize #7  winner – Tba
Inspired LED 5 LED kits, one each

These prizes are open to US only participants.

 Prize #8, #9, #10, #11, #12  winner – Tba
Robert Kaufman Fabrics A beautiful bundle of Radiance, 1 yard cuts of four different colors.  This prize is open to US only participants.  Prize #13  winner – Tba
Aurifil  Sewn Desert thread collection:

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
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PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can, but be prepared it may be 7-10 days before you hear back from me.  Thus, I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

New Classes at Craftsy

I’m having PC problems (again), so don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a few days, as I’m taking it in to my PC Technician and not sure when it will come back.  These sort of things happen when one trips over a power cord and cause the laptop to fall hard to the floor.  But, I thought I’d highlight some new classes at Craftsy, first.

Creative Free-Motion Techniques – From Doodle to Design, with Lori Kennedy

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Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine, with Amy Johnson

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Patchwork Piecing:  Woodland Animals, with Elizabeth Hartman

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But you may want to check out all the classes at Craftsy as they have a huge selection of great classes.  Curious to know what your favorite class on Craftsy is, or which class you are wanting to take?

Playful Piecing Techniques, with Camille Roskelley

Disclosure:  This post contains Affiliate links.

I recently completed a class with Camille Roskelly, that I want to share insights with you today.  I purchased Playful Piecing Techniques, from Craftsy and thoroughly enjoyed this class and wanted to share insights with you today.

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Use a range of pre-cuts to create four colorful quilts with timesaving techniques for Dresden blocks, monograms and more!

Unlock the secrets behind beautiful pre-cut quilts, including the the Craftsy-exclusive Field Day quilt! Join Moda fabric designer Camille Roskelley for her signature timesaving techniques, and brush up on basics with a cute Charm Square pincushion project. Then, learn to use Jelly Roll pre-cuts for the charming Spools quilt and conquer Honeycomb pre-cuts for the Juggle quilt. You’ll learn to sew up these hexagons without tricky Y-seams! Quickly cut Dresden blades and centers using templates, and create an adorable custom monogram in mere minutes. Plus, explore machine quilting and nine stunning stitches to finish off your quilt in style, and shave hours off your project with machine binding. You can also add to your class experience with the same fabric kit Camille uses to create the Piece of Cake 2 quilt. Look for info about the kit when you add the class to your cart!

 

ABOUT THE TEACHER:

instructorCamille Roskelley grew up sewing in her mother’s studio, and has since become a celebrated fabric designer, quiltmaker and author. She wrote Simplify: Quilts for the Modern Home and Simply Retro: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks , has designed more than 70 original quilt patterns, and creates annual fabric collections for Moda under her Thimble Blossoms brand. As a mom to three boys she stays very busy, and is thrilled that Craftsy lets her teach without traveling!

Camille is also the author of:

Simplify with Camille Roskelly

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelly

CLASS MATERIALS

  • Fabric requirements vary by project. Finished quilt sizes:
  • Spools, large 50″ x 63″, small 38″ x 46″
  • Free Pattern download: Field Day, 70″ x 70″ (requires a Dresden ruler or template plastic)
  • Free Pattern download: Piece of Cake, 60″ x 70″
  • Free Pattern download: Juggle, large 50″ x 59″, small 42″ x 37″

 

LESSONS:

 

Lesson one – Getting Started (15:14)

Get acquainted with Camille Roskelley and learn about the fabrics and supplies we’ll be using in the class!

  • About Camille
  • About Pre-Cut Fabrics
  • Choosing Your Fabric
  • Supplies

Lesson Two – Quilting Basics (21:16)

Get a handy refresher on the basics of cutting, piecing, quilting and finishing a quilt. In the process, you’ll make a cute pincushion.

  • Cutting fabric
  • Piecng and Pressing
  • Quilting a Mini Quilt Sandwich
  • Finishing

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Lesson three – Piece of Cake 2 Quilt (24:19)

Get step-by-step instructions on piecing the quilt top of Piece of Cake 2. Also learn about chain piecing and adding borders.

  • Cutting the Layer Cake Squares
  • Chain Piecing
  • Assembling the Rows
  • Borders

Lesson Four – Spools Quilt (19:36)

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Learn Camille’s method of piecing together the delightful spool blocks, and how to get your pieces lined up perfectly.

  • Getting Started
  • Strip Piecing
  • Constructing your blocks

Lesson five – Adding Applique (20:58)

Have fun using appliqué to achieve various looks, including adding monograms and creating Dresden plates.

  • Using fusible web
  • stitching the monogram
  • creating the Dresden circles

Lesson six – Field Day Quilt (27:54)

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Piece together the fun Field Day quilt top, which boasts colorful Dresden plates and 16-patch blocks!

  • Using templates
  • cutting the fabric
  • making the Dresden blades
  • assembling the Dresden plate
  • creating the 16 patch blocks

Lesson seven – Juggle quilt (29:03)

Use hexagon precuts to create the Juggle quilt.

  • getting started
  • cutting the neutral yardage
  • creating the pieced hexagons
  • stitching the row
  • sewing the rows together
  • trimming the edges

Lesson eight – machine quilting (30:22)

Get great ideas from Camille on how to machine quilt your work, from basic straight-line quilting to cathedral windows!

    • basting
    • straight line quilting
    • stippling
    • looping

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  • cathedral windows
  • pebbling
  • L shapes
  • scallops
  • scrolling

 

Lesson nine – Machine binding (23:18)

Learn how to quickly and easily attach a binding to your quilts without taking a single stitch by hand.

  • trimming the edges
  • making the binding
  • attaching the binding

MY REVIEW:

Camilla is a delightful teacher who has a friendly and approachable style, while being knowledgeable and able to articular and show visual examples, step by step, that are easy to follow, making this class perfect for quilters of all levels.  I learned many new tips and tricks and the free downloadable patterns are certainly going to be fun and fast to make.  I can honestly recommend this class and believe it is an exception value. It is perfect for beginners, as well as experienced quilters. Plus, like all Craftsy classes, you can watch, enjoy and learn on your own pace and repeat as often as you wish.

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