#PrecisionPiecingQAL – WorldWide Quilting Day – The Quilt Show

Today I’m sharing a variety of insights, with a common theme:  Precision Piecing.    You may already be a perfect piecer who can tackle the most challenging projects and always come out with crisp points and even seams (lucky you).  I’ll confess I’m far from perfect, but I have found ways that have helped me and I need continual reminder to slow down as well as check my accuracy along the way.  And, yes, it can still be fun!

The #PrecisionPiecing QAL has officially kicked off, but I’ve extended the deadline to March 19th, to enter to win prizes.  New posts are released every Wednesday, supplemented with a few extra precision piecing themed posts throughout the event.

While WorldWide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday, March 18th, many of us enjoy celebrating International Quilting Weekend March 17-19, 2017.  While I hope you can find time to enjoy and create anytime, I really hope you can do so this coming weekend.  It is also a great time to visit your local quilt shops, but you’ll also find great fun online.  And, even plenty of opportunities to work on your precision piecing skills.  

TQS is hosting an amazing World Wide International Quilting event, where everyone can access all TQS shows over the weekend, for free.  Plus everyone can enter to win amazing prize bundles sponsored by AccuQuilt, Jinny Beyer, Eleanor Burns and Quilt In A Day, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hunter, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Bernina.  Just be sure to enter to win on March 18th on the TQS site.


I can honestly say that I love everything about TQS and find great value in their premium “Star” members ($42.95/year), where you can watch all of the 250+ shows including 26 Brand new shows a year., at your liesure.  And, yes, they have a number of episodes with tips to help you learn/improve your precision piecing skills.  Here are some that caught my attention and I hope you get a chance to watch this weekend (but Star Members can watch anytime):

Dee Christopher talks about Precision Piecing, in her show that was released Jan 25, 2017.  Here is a short Youtube excerpt about pinning:

  • #1801 – Lessa Siegele – perfect piecing techniques
  • #1602 with Sally Collins How to cut precision templates for your quilting projects, Learn the correct way to sew straight and press your fabrics
  • #1401 Janet Stone – piecing tips to achieve perfect results – create Flying Geese and HST’s
  • #1203 – Marsha McCloskey – Drafting and piecing the perfect Feathered Star
  • #1107 – Ricky Times – Piecing the Montana Star or Lone Star Quilt
  • #1008 Alex Anderson – Make a custom pincushion with perfect piecing
  • #905 – Anita Grossman Solomon – Cutting & Piecing – Key West & Windmill Blocks for Accuracy
  • #407 – Elsie Campbell – Precision Piecing – choosing fabric – 8 pointed star HST
  • #311 Alex Anderson – Piecing the perfect pinwheel

Classrooms – TQS hosts a variety of classrooms that offer a variety of learning opportunities, all free for Star Members.

 

BOM Quilts – every year TQS releases a free BOM quilt that is always stunning and free for Star Members.  This year the design is the beautiful  Halo Medallion Quilt, including tips for paper piecing, fabric selection, trimming, and pressing. Even if you aren’t making the quilt, you might want to check out these great tips.

FEATURED GUEST DVDs offer a great learning opportunity where various DVDs, from world class quilters, are accessible for Star Members.  The topics vary, but always fun and educational, increasing the value of a TQS Star Membership.

You can find The Quilt Show at:

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow/?fref=ts

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom
https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Official Kick Off

Today I want to officially kick off our Precision Piecing Quilt Along.  I want to recognize our sponsors:

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 gift certificate, which will be randomly awarded to one lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

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The Quilt Show has generously donated a TQS membership, which will be randomly awarded to only lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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As QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the lucky winners (1 book each), postage has been raised by those that kindly use my Affiliate links when making a purchase at Craftsy, AccuQuilt, CreativeBug, ThermoWeb or Amazon.  As such, a maximum of one international participant will win a book, with all US/Canada participants eligible to win a book.

Throughout this event, I’ll be showcasing tips, tutorials, teachers, books, etc., to help you improve your Precision Piecing skills.  Here are a few tips:

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Riley Blake has a free downloadable PDF with really good basic tips for precision piecing.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all mini blocks, designed by Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th 19th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

The deadline to enter has been extended thru March 19th, to link up with International Quilt Weekend celebrations.  

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:

 

 

Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

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

A Precision Piecing Quilt-Along

Today I want to invite you to join an easy quilt-along that is all about improving/learning your precision piecing skills, while having fun.  Each week, through mid-March, I will release a post about precision piecing.  We’ll have a linky party where participants can make one or more blocks to enter to win prizes donated by generous sponsors.

Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) is from South East NSW, Australia and she is a talented quilter and designer.  

She has many of her designs on Craftsy, including several FREE mini-blocks that finish at 1-1/2″.  Each of her patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, but her mini-blocks have inspired me for along time, as I think they are also a perfect design to use to learn/improve your precision piecing skills.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all of Hope’s mini blocks which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

 

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

SPONSORS

Next week I’ll announce our sponsors for this event.  There will also be prizes for WW participants, but some sponsors may require the prize to be awarded to US Only, or US/Canada, due to postage expenses.

Hope can be found at:

Sewing Teddy Bears – Sewing Hope

Many of us know that a quilt can provide great comfort to those dealing with various life challenges, just as sewn animals.  But I find it amazing and heartwarming when I hear about young people who go above and beyond to make things to provide such comfort to strangers.  Sewing Hope, is one story that should not be overlooked and I want to share it with you today:

Campbell, a 12 year old boy, looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down, making hundreds of teddy bears for sick children.

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"He looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down".12 year old Campbell spends his time making hundreds of teddy bears for sick children. Get out the tissues.

Posted by The Feed SBS VICELAND on Monday, October 24, 2016

For those that may have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to view it directly in Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quHdFGV94OM

While I tried to make contact with young Campbell, to find out if there is a way those interested could donate supplies and/or money, I was not able to do so.  Still, I wanted to share this heartwarming story.

 

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider – Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book from Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider, by Natalie Bird

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Once you pick up your needle and thread, you won’t want to put them down! Enjoy stitching small and sweet quilted projects with embroidered accents, including a table topper, pincushion, tote bag, wall hangings, and more.

  • Create decor for your entire home with designs you can customize with your favorite colors and fabrics
  • Add simple embroidery motifs including birds, flowers, hearts, and houses for the whimsical look you love
  • Clear how-to illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions are included

About the Author:

Popular Australian designer Natalie Bird is known for charming patchwork patterns that feature appliqué and embroidery. She is inspired by family and friends, nature, and the world around her. Natalie is also a fabric designer for Clothworks. You can find her at Thebirdhouse.com.au.

Click here for more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with sweet projects based on themes of friendship, family, and home.  The projects range from small projects (e.g. Cushions, Totes, Coin Purse, Table Topper, Pincushion, thread catcher baskets) to mini stitchery that are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to quilts that are 70 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.

All of the projects have easy to follow instructions with great visuals and certainly would make beautiful projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as heartwarming gifts that would be cherished for years to come.  With 10 projects in this book, I feel this book is an exceptional value.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you are interested in them making this book available, as it is so new they may not yet be aware of it.

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

You can find Natalie Bird at:

http://thebirdhouse.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/thebirdhouse01
https://www.instagram.com/_natalie_bird_/

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Thanks to Martingale, I have one copy of this new book to giveaway to one lucky follower.  But due to postage expenses and my limited budget, this prize is limited to US Only Residents.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim one or more entries, as appropriate.  I will notify the winner via email and update this post to reflect the winner, next week.

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Fat Quarter Shop – Classic & Vintage Quilt Series – Free Jacob’s Ladder Pattern

The Fat Quarter Shop  has kicked off a free quilt-along event today, called the Jacob’s Ladder Classic & Vintage Quilt Series.  I’m participating in this QAL and I hope you will join the fun too!  

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FQS shows off a beautiful collection of fabrics by Jo Morton, with Moda Fabrics, called  Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle which they use for their Jacob’s Ladder.  It certainly makes for a very beautiful quilt, with a classic look and feel that is absolutely perfect for the Jacob’s Ladder design.

 The free FQS pattern for Jacob’s Ladder pattern has been written for using fat quarters.   It is an easy to follow pattern, with great visuals. And, it provides fabric requirements and instructions to make a table topper, Lap quilt, as well as twin or queen size quilt.

While you can make a stunning quilt with a  Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle  fat quarter bundle, this quilt will look great using almost any fat quarter bundle, or like me, you could easily adapt this pattern to use yardage.  

While I do love the Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle, I also fell in love with the Old Glory Stonehenge Fat Quarter Bundle and I hope to use it to make another Jacob’s Ladder quilt. but in a lap top or twin size.

But, I ended up with a plan to create a Jacob’s Ladder quilt with a variety of blues and greys to create a nautical feeling.   As I couldn’t find a fat quarter bundle, in the colors I wanted to use, I opted to use yardage for this project.   I’m making the “queen size” Jacob’s Ladder and still have more blocks to finish, but I wanted to share how my quilt is progressing.  I have the majority of the pieces stitched and I’m working on assembling my blocks.

I hope you’ll check out this classic pattern and join the fun sew-along too!  You can more info on the “Jolly Jabber blog today,  where you’ll be able to watch a excellent video tutorial  by Kimberly, with plenty of helpful tips for precision piecing, as well as find a link to download the free pattern.  There are also links to several bloggers who are participating in this sew-along and sharing their project/WIP with you today.   Stay tuned, as I’ll share more on how my Jacob’s Ladder comes together, as well as how I quilt it (pretty sure I’ll be using rulers for FMQ).  

Don’t forget to go visit the Jolly Jabber blog, where the Fat Quarter Shop will share more insights on this free pattern and sew-along.

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https:www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

Star Cross Quilt-A-Long, a #freemotion QAL, with Dena Wilkins

Are you interested in learning/improving your free-motion quilting skills in 2017?  How about learning Ruler Work?  Check out the free quilt-a-long, hosted by Dena Wilkins (Living Water Quilter).


 

You can find Dena at:

http://livingwaterquilter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LivingWaterQuilterLLC/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Msddeennaa
https://www.instagram.com/livingwaterquilter/
https://www.pinterest.com/livinh20/

Her email is: dena@livingwaterquilter.com

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:

 

You can find Craftsy at:

QuiltCon

QuiltCon East is coming soon and I hope you get a chance to attend.  Angela Walters will be the keynote speaker and there is a special exhibit of many of her quilts, as well as quilts by Tula Pink, Emily Cier, Jacquie Gering, Alexandra Ledgerwood, Cherri House, and more.  

There will be inspirational quilts on display, great vendors, and plenty of excellent classes at this fun event.

At QuiltCon West, this past February, I was thoroughly impressed with the quilts and vendors and I’m confident that attendees of QuiltCon East will be so too!

Here is a quilt that caught my attention for design and free-motion quilting:

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#IAMONBOARD was designed and made by Allison Chambers, of San Antonio, Texas.

 

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Artist Description for this quilt: “I have always loved the traditional quilt block.  I modernized it by blowing it up to an 18″ x 24” block.  The boat floats on half-square triangle waves against a large expanse of a sky.  The popularity of Saturday Night Live’s video short “I’m on a boat” featuring Andy Samberg and the resulting Instagram hashtag is the inspiration for the title of this quilt.  I used Chambrey to add texture to the water and Jessica created a design for the quilting that mimics clouds and wind for the sky and the churning waves and sea foam bubbles of the ocean.

Have you ever attended a Modern Quilt Show?  What do you think of Modern Quilting ?  Are you going to attend QuiltCon East?

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