Category: free-motion quilting

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Simple Flowers

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI7i5KDCh_o&list=PLAv_1YBO6AmlgrVm-BAX1vx35J4SIqFU-

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:  

Linky Party #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – tba – kicks off July 15th

Linky Party #3 – tba – kicks off August 15th

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – BackGrounds – Triangles/Diamonds

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7PwY83Lo5M

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Free-Motion Quilting

While attending QuiltCon West, this past February, I enjoyed many Modern Quilts, but also the stunning free-motion quilting.  Today I want to share a quilt made by Beth Shutty, of Summerfield, Florida.

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“Cut Diamonds” is the name of her quilt, which she designed using EQ7 software.  She started with a one block triangle grid, changing block colors and placement until she settled on a diamond shape.  I found her over design brilliant.  P1140588

She also used beautiful colors to create shading and depth.P1140589

And her free-motion quilting, stitched on a domestic machine, added complementary texture and design to her quilt.P1140590

You can find the Las Vegas MQG at:

http://lasvegasmqg.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasModernQuiltGuild
https://www.instagram.com/lasvegasmqg/

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Everything You Need To Know

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chIs63r5sPk

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Coming Soon – The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016

ultimate quilt challenge badgeThis 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.

Sponsors (preliminary list):

There will be several phases of this challenge, with different ways you can enter to win prizes:

  • VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PREVIOUSLY MADE QUILT: Kicks off June 15th, when a Linky Party is released, for those that have previously made a project, of any size/style, which incorporates free-motion quilting using any of the of the Ultimate Stencil Collections, by Cindy Needham. Share and inspire others.

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{above} This quilt was made by Jacqueline and incorporates a variety of stencils from the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection.

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{above} Block made by Lori Lucille Nanson Korell using the Ultimate Stencil Collection.

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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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.

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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.
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.  You also have my permission to use the artwork for this event, which is at the top of this post.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

The Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild has a stunning quilt which caught my attention when I attended the QuiltCon West, this past February.

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It incorporates their club logo beautifully, into the overall design of the quilt.
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And I love the variety of blocks and colors.

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And a variety of spectacular free-motion quilting was incorporated in this quilt, making it really stand out.

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Great job Las Vegas MQG. Spectacular guild logo quilt.  

You can find the Las Vegas MQG at:

http://lasvegasmqg.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasModernQuiltGuild
https://www.instagram.com/lasvegasmqg/

You can find the QuiltCon at:
http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Inspirational Quilt and Free-Motion Quilting

Today I want to share insights about an award winning quilt that was on exhibit at the Road to California Quilt Show, this past January.

Cameo Rose, by Laurie Tigner, of Rapid City, SD, is an amazing quilt.  I hope you can see why it caught my attention while at Road.

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Artist statement: My mother in law gave me two small traditional cameo pins of beautiful women. I loved the look of the carving and decided to try to duplicate that look in a fairly traditional wholecloth quilt. This was the result!

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I loved the overall design of this quilt, the colors, the spectacular free-motion quilting.  I believe she used Inktense watercolor pencils (permanent) to add color to this quilt.

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I definitely found inspiration in this quilt and hope you do too!

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Laurie teaches a variety of classes, including free-motion quilting on a domestic machine as well as long-arm machine.

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It is also easy to see why this quilt is an award winning quilt.

You can find Laurie Tigner at:

http://www.laurietignerdesigns.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LaurieTignerDesigns?fref=nf

Inspirational Quilt and Free-Motion Quilting

A stunning wholecloth quilt, with spectacular free-motion quilting, by Donna James, of British Columbia, Canada caught my eye when I attended the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show, this past January.

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This stunning quilt has won awards at Road to California 2015, AQS Quilt Week Lancaster 2016, possibly more.  

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Artist statement: This original wholecloth design was inspired by my love of mandalas, feathers, and stars. I started with the central star, and the radial symmetrical design developed from there. The name, Imperial Majesty, is a nod to tradition, as well as the deep royal blue color of the dupioni silk. All quilting is hand-guided, on my A-1 longarm. Threads used were Superior’s So Fine and Kimono Silk.

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Easy to see why this inspiration quilt received awards at two highly competitive quilt shows.

Congratulations to Donna James.  This is truly an amazing quilt. Sadly, my photos did not do this quilt justice.  But Donna has shared a photo on her Facebook Wall that really shows of the beauty of this quilt.

You can find Donna James at:

https://www.facebook.com/donna.james.50

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and a Giveaway

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down,  Angela Walters, Christa Watson, and published by Martingale, is officially released today.  And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share insights with you about this book today, as share insights about how you can win a copy.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

In this must-have resource, long-arm-quilting expert Angela Walters and home-sewing-machine specialist Christa Watson team up to provide the ultimate guide for machine quilters. Gain insight into long-arm quilting, as well as guidance on quilting at a sit-down sewing machine. Whichever machine you use, you’ll find warm encouragement and expert tips to help you every step of the way.

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  • Find out why some designs and motifs are ideal for sit-down quilting while others are better suited to long-arm quilting
  • Packed with tips, tricks, and advice on how to machine quilt better, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started confidently and finish strong
  • Learn from the masters as you discover how to stitch a wide range of quilting designs, with instructions for 10 quilts

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christa Watson:  From Las Vegas, Nevada, is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, Christa Watson has had designs featured in such magazines as Quilty, The Quilting Quarterly, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Make Modern, QuiltCon, and various other publications. She designs quilt patterns, teaches workshops, and is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild, the National Quilting Association, and the American Quilter’s Society. Christa enjoys being a wife to her husband and a mom to her three kids, who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.

You can find Christa at:

http://christaquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Christa-Watson-of-Christa-Quilts-349005183053/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/christaquilts/

https://twitter.com/ChristaQuilts

Angela Walters: From Kearney, Missouri,  Angela is a long-arm quilter, teacher, and author. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch design that is still on her bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, and parallel lines later, she has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. Angela also designs fabrics. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts.

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

 

MY REVIEW

This innovative approach to writing a quilting book I think will certainly influence the style of many books in the future. It walks you thru every step, every design, showing two different perspectives, by two very talented quilters.

This book is also perfect for quilters with a variety of interests:  Want to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills on a domestic or long arm machine ?  Want to learn when, where and why certain designs and motifs are better suited to long-arm machines or sit-down machines?  This book will help you be a better quilter.  If you don’t feel you are interested in learning free-motion quilting, don’t overlook this book as I’m sure you’ll still find it to be a great resource.

There are ten super creative and fun quilt patterns included in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  They range in size from  41″ x 27 1/2″ to 80 1/2″ x 90 1/2″

Here is an example of what makes this book so innovative.  Throughout the book you’ll find both Christa and Angela share their perspective on a topic (e.g.. tools of the trade, marking, FMQ motifs, quilts  and more).  Here is an example where they each share insights on “Choosing Colors”.

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This book is packed with more free-motion quilting motifs (and how to stitch them) than I’ve ever seen in any other FMQ book.  Plus there are so many more tips and tricks.  This, combined with the ten patterns included in this book, makes it an exceptional value and I honestly feel it is a “must have” for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, as well as those that are interested in creating wonderful projects provided in this book.

I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see it, don’t forget to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

Also, over the next ten weeks Christa will be sharing one of the quilt designs each week, by sharing two quilts: one made by Christa and one made by Angela.  Check out her post this week to see “Choosing Colors”, which is a super fun and creative design, as all of the designs in this book are.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has kindly offered to give an ebook copy to one of my followers.  If you are interested in winning a copy, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  While there are a variety of ways to enter, it really only takes one entry to win. The extra options are for those that just like to increase their chances.

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You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Free-Motion Quilting – Great Opportunities to learn/improve your skills with Cindy Needham

While I don’t typically share insights on upcoming events, while I’m still wrapping up past events (e.g. I’m trying to catch up with shipping prizes, announcing winners, auditing past events to ensure all winners have prizes, etc), something has caught my attention that I didn’t want to wait to share some great opportunities with you now:

2016 SUMMER FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE WITH CINDY NEEDHAM

This summer, I will be hosting a free-motion quilting challenge that is focused on helping you learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.  This is a flexible challenge, for quilters of all levels, where I hope to inspire you to participate.  You’ll be able to enter just about any sort of project, finished or not:  e.g. practice sandwiches, table runners, wallhangings, baby quilts, full size quilts, pieced quilts, applique quilts, wholecloth quilts, etc. You’ll even be able to enter your sketched design ideas!

All entries will need to 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.

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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 pageIf 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.

WHY AM I SHARING THIS NOW?

Cindy is having a rare sale on her stencils and books and I’m sharing some info that she sent out via her email list:

Clear transparencies have been added to the set to make it SO much easier to draft your designs.

In the past I have instructed everyone to predraft their designs on photocopied Master Grids.  This made it difficult as the photocopied grids were not the same size as The Ultimate Stencils and it also made it difficult to visualize exactly how the design would look on your quilt top.

A friend/student suggested that the master grids be copied full size to transparency film.  I was able to find the product and am happy to say it’s fabulous and makes designing with the Ultimate Stencils a snap.  Please check out the YouTube video for a demo.

If you have previously purchased The Ultimate Stencils, the transparencies ONLY are available for sale for $10.  Click HERE to purchase the transparencies.

The Ultimate Stencil set now includes the two transparencies and and the complete set is available for sale for $35.00.

My Ultimate Backgrounds is a 20-stencil set of six different background designs in three different sizes.  This is available for sale for $75.00.

My Complete Collection of Handbooks normally sells for $100 and includes:  Beginning Machine Quilting; Needles and Threads; Heirloom Backgrounds; Heirloom Feathers; Learning to Design-Wholecloth & Pieced; Linen Wholecloth Quilts; Pin & Straight Basting, Thread Education by Dr. Bob and Handbook Supplements.  This set also includes my newly updated and written quilting designs book “New and Improved-The Ultimate Stencil” and “Oldies But Goodies”.

“New and Improved” is now 153 pages and includes hundreds of designs already drafted on the Ultimate Stencil master grids.  I’ve included wholecloth design ideas using the drafted designs.

To celebrate the new transparencies I’ve decided to run a sale for six days only (thru 4/6).  If you purchase the Complete Collection of Stencils for $95,  (includes The Ultimate Stencils/Transparencies as well as the Ultimate Backgrounds), I will include my Complete Collection of Handbooks for FREE!  This handbook set normally sells for $100 and includes the New and Improved and Oldies but Goodies designs books. These books come with free yearly updates which are sent every February by email download. Purchased separately these three sets would sell for $210.

Click HERE to purchase.

If you would like to purchase only the set of Ultimate Stencils for $35, (new transparencies are included), I will include the 2-book set of designs for $25 for a total cost of $60.00. Purchased separately these two sets would sell for $85.
Click HERE to purchase this set.

 

OTHER WAYS TO LEARN FMQ WITH CINDY

Cindy teaches two classes at Crafty, which I can honestly recommend both.  They are excellent classes that you can take at your leisure and well worth the reasonable price.

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Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts

Also, Cindy provided a free tutorial for the 2012 FMQ Challenge, which is free to everyone: http://quiltshopgal.com/june-fmq-challenge-by-cindy-needham/

And don’t forget, Cindy’s Youtube channel has a variety of video tutorials.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

You can find Craftsy at:

http:/www.craftsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/craftsy
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/

More info on the 2016 FMQ Summer Challenge with Cindy Needham will be shared in May.  Potential Sponsors can email me for more info.

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