#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

While at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February, this stunning quilt, by Jess Frost, of  Mount Stuart, Tasmania, Australia  caught my attention:

 

 

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In addition to glitz, this quilt had inspirational free-motion quilting.

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And a variety of quilting motifs.

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Even beautiful swirls and pearls.

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I hope you enjoy seeing Jess’s quilt as much as I did.

 

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Great job Jess.  Total #CreativeGoodness.

You can find Jess at:

https://www.facebook.com/jess.frost.180?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/TheElvenGarden/?pnref=about.overview

 

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Ruler Work with Patsy Thompson

There are a number of amazing quilters that have adopted Ruler Work on a domestic machine, some of which teach classes on Ruler Work, as well as share insights on their blog.   In keeping with the heart of my series of articles on Ruler Work, I do plan to continue to share insights on experts with Ruler Work on domestic machines, as well as tools, tips, learning opportunities and inspirational projects.  But today, I want to focus on a particular quilter that is a master free-motion quilter (and more) who has also incorporated Ruler Work, with her stunning FMQ. 

Patsy Thompson is an amazing quilter, teacher, designer, author and Expert Free-Motion Quilter.  She is also one, of a growing number of quilters, that have adopted Ruler Work, with general free-motion quilting.  Although, I think she is the only teacher, that I’m aware of, that has mastered using both regular FMQ and Ruler Work, on a domestic machine, and teaches how to do this to create beautiful FMQ on your projects.  

Patsy has recently shared insights about a new  clear Ruler Foot on the market by Accents and Designs.  Here is a brief video she created,  introducing the Clarity Foot, a new ruler foot for sit down. Since it is clear you can easily see through it to see your markings and your stitching as you proceed. No more obstruction by metal ruler feet. This foot fits nearly all domestic machines and will be a great addition to your quilting arsenal!

Now in contrast, here is an older video by Patsy Thompson that talks about the Westalee Ruler Foot, that is adaptable to a variety of high and low shank domestic sewing machines. although in this video she does focus on this foot using a Bernina 830.

 

Here is a link to a chart, by Accents and Designs, that can help you figure out if your machine is a high or low shank machine:  http://media.wix.com/ugd/181170_b782316a4d57489799cd42b9091e55f5.pdf

Lastly, I want to heighten awareness that Patsy Thompson also has

  • a DVD for Ruler Work on Domestic Machines.  I’ve not yet watched this video, but I have seen all of her videos for free-motion quilting and can highly recommend them.  Thus, I’m confident this new Ruler Work DVD is also an excellent value.

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You can find Patsy Thompson at:

You can find Accents and Designs at:

Help Spread This News – Jamie Wallen/Quilt Festival/Houston 2016

I had a post planned for today, but something more important came up.  I’m hopeful that you’ll read this post and and understand why I feel this is important and help to increase awareness by sharing with others.  If you are a blogger, you have my permission to copy anything from this post and share on your blog.  And for those that can share with quilting and sewing friends, I hope you will do so.

Jamie Wallen is an amazing quilter, artist and teacher, also known as Quilters Apothecary , from Indiana.  Jamie is scheduled to teach this week at Quilt Festival/Houston, as well as Vend.  He and his partner awoke Monday to discover his trailer full of quilts and supplies was stolen overnight from the Houston Extended Stay America hotel parking lot in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway service road.

For those on Facebook, here is a link to a video that shares Jamie’s perspective on this theft and what it means to him  https://www.facebook.com/jamie.wallen.165/videos/1179636702112600/

Here are photos of “some” of the projects that were in the trailer:

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And this is the license plate for this trailer:

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Various news reports in Houston have been reporting this story.  Here is a summary of their reports:

Jamie Wallen of Quilters Apothecary is in Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  His trailer full of $125,000 worth of quilts and supplies was stolen from the hotel where he was staying.

Wallen was set to teach at Quilt Festival, but the thieves got away with his teach supplies, as well as his inventory that he was going to sell at this venue, as well as many beautiful quilts that he was going to share with others to inspire them.  The stolen property conprises over a year of work.  Wallen was going to be setting up his booth on Tuesday (today) for a quilt show that begins on Wednesday.

 

The trailer is described as a white trailer by the company Universal Trailer. It has an Indiana license plate number of: TR388APP

If you have any information call the Houston Police Department’s Auto Theft Division at 713 308-3500.

You can find Jamie Wallen at:

http://www.jamiewallen.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jamie.wallen.165 https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiewallenchannel

Again, help is needed to increase awareness of this stolen trailer and items inside.  We need quilters who can help spot these products, should they see them, report them and the person in possession, as well as heighten awareness with non-quilters, in hopes that the thief will return the trailer and merchandise.  All they have to do is return it to the front parking lot of the Houston Extended Stay America hotel parking lot in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway service road, or a Houston Police Department parking lot.  No questions asked.

 A GO FUND ME page has also been setup for those that may wish to donate money to help Jamie Wallen.   As Ricky Tims shared “A hefty amount of $$$ that will equal and offset their lost Hoston Quilt Festival revenue and expenses would be beneficial”.  Here is a link to this Go Fund Me Page, where even small donations can help to make a difference: https://www.gofundme.com/jamie-wallen 

Personally, I hope a Donation Jar is setup in Jamie’s booth where ALL Quilt Festival attendees stop by and make a donation.  Even small donations ($1-5) can make a difference.  This guy has massive expenses, plus loss of selling his products at Festival, will certainly negatively impact his income for the future.  Help is needed to show support and help this quilter get back on his feet.

 

Ruler Work On Domestic Machines

Before I begin, I want to clarify that there are a variety of rulers for free-motion quilting on longarm and mid-arm machines, as well as feet.  But the feet, as well as the rulers, used on longarm and mid-arm machines are not typically useful on a domestic machine.  The shank of the machine, where the foot resides is completely different.  And the neck of the machine is also different, much smaller on a domestic machine, thus prohibiting the use of many longarm rulers on a domestic machine.

While I am not an expert on Ruler Work, I do want to heighten awareness of how easy it is to use rulers on a domestic machine and how much fun it can be.  Thus, I’ve started a series of articles on this topic where I plan to showcase experts, rulers, feet, tips, tutorials and hopefully plenty of inspiration.  My goal you ask?  I simply want to encourage every quilter to try Ruler Work, on their domestic machines, regardless if you have ever done any free-motion quilting or not.  And I want to increase awareness of a variety of ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills by way of Ruler Work.

I’m confident rulers can help you stitch beautiful FMQ designs without having to mark your fabric.   I also believe you’ll find Ruler Work can also be faster and more accurate to traditional FMQ.  While some may be happy to only use Rulers, I also feel the hybrid of using Ruler Work with traditional FMQ can be amazing.  It will be up to you to pick your style.

Some quilters use rulers without a special foot.  For example, several years ago Teri Lucas shared a  Youtube video showing how to use rulers with common machine feet.

A true ruler foot is a 1/4″ foot that guides along the ruler, to allow the free-motion quilting to stitch 1/4″ from the guide (ruler).  The foot typically has a round base that allows the ruler to be rotated completely around the foot, consistently stitching 1/4″ away.  Non-sewing machine companies are the leaders in designing ruler feet, for various brands.  While you need to know if your machine is a high vs low shank machine before you purchase a generic ruler foot for your machine, I also recommend you check with your sewing machine dealer to learn if they have a specific ruler foot for your machine.  Bernina has recently released such a foot, but not all dealers have them in stock yet.

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Westalee, based in Australia, has design of generic ruler feet for high or low shank machines and they also have a large selection of rulers.  In the US, one of their largest resellers is Sew Steady who sales a variety of ruler bundles.

Personally, I prefer using a Ruler Foot vs other feet, as I find it is simply smoother when sewing against a ruler and doesn’t want to sneak underneath the ruler.  Plus, I can stitch faster when using a true Ruler Foot, but that could be just me.

 

Here is a good intro to Ruler Work video tutorial by Angela Walters.  I also really like this video as Angela shares how to incorporate regular FMQ with ruler work.

I’ve received plenty of questions that I’m researching (e.g. WW status of availability of the new Bernina Ruler Foot for Domestic Machines, What other Brands have their own Ruler Foot, How to identify differences of rulers best for longarm vs domestic or midarm machines, etc.).

For those of you that have pursued Ruler Work on a sit down machine, I’m hoping you can share your favorite brand of rulers and/or favorite “go to” ruler.  And, of course, I hope you’ll share photos of any Ruler Work you have done (or any FMQ) on my Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/quiltshopgal   as I’d love to see what you’ve created, as well as have your help to inspire others to give Ruler Work (and FMQ) a try.
Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork

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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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

Ruler Work on Domestic Machines

This is a simple post today, all about Ruler work on domestic machines, which is rapidly growing in popularity.  

Many that have tried free-motion quilting (FMQ) and do beautiful work are incorporating ruler work in their projects, many modern quilters are using only ruler work, and there are many newbies to FMQ that are learning thru ruler work.

I’m hoping you’ll share your experience with FMQ and ruler work today.  Have you used quilting rulers on a domestic machine?  Are you interested in learning/improving your skills for FMQ using rulers??

Here is a video by Westalee that talks about Ruler Feet for domestic machines, which I think has become a favored tool for many:

Here is a video demonstration by Patsy Thompson that shows off some fun stuff you can create with rulers.

Several sewing machine manufacturers have created a specific ruler foot for their brand, but if not, the adapter feet are highly recommended.  I’ve been able to purchase the recently released Bernina Ruler Foot and absolutely love it.

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Again, I’d love to hear from you on your experience with FMQ, Ruler Feet, as well as interest in learning about FMQ using rulers.  For those that have been using rulers for FMQ, do you have “go to” rulers, any classes to recommend, or tips you can share?  

Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork

Fall Quilt Market – Things Attendees Should Not Miss

Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year.  It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes.  It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business.  Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:

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Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!

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AURIFIL  (booth #1924)

Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.

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HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRICS (Booth #1901, 1904)

ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)

This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.

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MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)

There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth.  And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.

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PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.

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Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.
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ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)

Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.

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LANDAUER PUBLISHING (booth #646)

You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for  Landauer Publishing.  But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:

  • Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
  • Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
    You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)

LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)

Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.

TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)

Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures.  I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen.  Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.

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Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network.   Check out:

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  • #102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
  • #200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
  • #211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
  • #513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani

For a complete list of classes and events:  http://quilts.com/quilt-market-houston-classes-and-events.html

 

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47).  I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it.  Definitely  check it out at Market.  I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.

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You can find International Quilt Market at:

http://quilts.com/market-info.html

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I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate.   I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more.  Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.

Zirkel

Do you have a Zirkel ?  If so, I’m curious what you think about it and if you’d give it an positive recommendation?zirkel

The Zirkel’s claim to fame:

  • Repels & separates items to the edge in a fanned out pattern
  • Weight allows it to also be used as a paper weight

I bought a Zirkel last year.  I’ve been on the fence about it and wanted to share my perspective today:

What I like:

  • Nice size (4″x4″)
  • The way the pins spin around, separating from each other.
  • Comes in a variety of colors (Black, Green, Turquoise, Pink, and Purple)
  • Duals as a paperweight

What I don’t like:

  • You have to drop your pins tip down to get them to land with their head of the pin placed outward (I tend to do a light toss of a pin to my pin holder, not arrange a handful of pins before I drop them on the holder).
  • The magnet is so strong, it can easily pick up pins on the sides of the pin holder, as well as the bottom.
  • The strength of the magnet makes me nervous about having it close to my sewing machine, or other electronics, although I’ve not heard of anyone having problems with the magnet being nearby electronics.  Note:  The FAQ on the Zirkel website shows that it is safe around sewing machines.
  • Price vs value proposition (other magnet pin holders, even homemade magnetic pin holders have a better value proposition).  Note:  This is a personal choice.

My conclusion:  A Zirkel magnetic pin holder may be absolutely perfect for you. It just isn’t one of my favorite finds.

For those interested in getting a Zirkel, you can find them in various quilt and sewing stores, as well as online at Amazon and Craftsy.

You can also find Zirkel at:

http://www.thezirkel.com/
https://twitter.com/zirkelmagnet
https://www.instagram.com/zirkelmag/

As previously mentioned, if you have/have had a Zirkel, I hope you’ll share your perspective on this magnetic pin holder, including your thoughts for the value proposition.

Fall is a Great Time to Moisturize – I Use Udderly Smooth, by Redex

I have been a long time user of Udderly Smooth moisturizers, from Redex, and with the arrival of Fall, as well as upcoming holidays, I simply want to heighten awareness of these moisturizers.
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First, I want to let you know Udderly Smooth  is made in Salem, Ohio and distributed to 13 countries.  They have a great line of moisturizers, which I have found to feel smooth and non-greasy, as well as not have any annoying perfumes.  They are also very reasonably priced moisturizers.

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As mentioned, I have happily used this brand for years.  And, with the arrival of Fall, it just seems like a great time to remind everyone to remember to use moisturizers.

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Udderly Smooth also makes for great gifts, even perfect stocking stuffers.

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You can find Udderly Smooth products on Amazon.  But many premium quilt shops often carry them.  There are also a variety of retail stores that carry them:  Walgreens, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Rite Aid, etc.  For a complete list of retailers that offer Udderly Smooth products visit: http://www.udderlysmooth.com/availability.shtml 

 

You can find Udderly Smooth at:

Block Genius

Today, I’m happy to share insights on an excellent new book, that I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released “Block Genius” and I think the name of this book truly captures what is inside.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Block Genius: 201 Pieced Quilt Blocks With No Math Charts, by Sue Voegtlin

A block library to inspire and instruct quilters of all levels.

About the Book:

In one volume, quilters will find over 200 classic blocks that they can use to one their sewing skills, in block exchanges, or to create wonderful block sampler quilts.  In this impressive collection, the author organizes the blocks in groups of 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and 6 x 6 grids with instructions and math provided for 6-, 9- and 12-inch blocks.  This book is a block library that will be quilt shops and quilters’ go-to source for reference, inspiration and instruction.

mosaic-13With the exception of a few that were designed by the author, the block designs are all nearly 100 years old.  Some designs are still sewn to this day.  Others deserve new recognition and use by today’s quiltrs.

  • A browser’s delight:  the photography provides color and fabric-choice inspiration to quilters, and each block’s evocative name recalls quilting’s rich history.
  • Clear instructions and expert advice:  exploded diagrams of each block make construction a snap without special rulers.  Tips on fabric selection, color choice, cutting, pressing, and sewing.
  • No math:  The author provides accurate dimensions for each cut so that quilters can easily size their blocks for 6- 9- or 12-inches.
  • Includes instructions on constructing half-square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, square-in-a-squares and parallel blocks.
  • Contains No Match Charts for resizing blocks.
  • Four classic to contemporary setting suggestions

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About the author:

Sue Voegtlin has been Laundauer Publishing’s photographer since 2008 and has designed several quilts for our books.  She is an avid outdoorswoman and loves outdoor photography.  She is also a wonderful sewer, who began with garments, but graduated to the world of quilting when she came to Landauer, using our books to guide her.

About the publisher:

Landauer Publishing is an independently-owned, award-winning publisher managed by people passionate about books and about bringing high-quality inspirational and creative, techniques and how-to publications to life.  We are all about excellence in content, photography, design, and service to all our customers and to our authors.

 

MY REVIEW:

This is an amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for quilters of all levels.  With 201 pieced block designs, each in three different sizes (6″, 9″ and 12″), it is an exceptional reference tool and one that can also help you easily create your own unique quilt designs.

The optional setting designs are all lovely, but I was particularly drawn to the Asymmetrical Setting, which I think enables creating stunning designs with a Modern Quilt style.  Possibilities are endless.

You’ll also find great visuals and instructions for cutting and assembly, plus plenty of “Good to Know” tips and techniques.  I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.

maple-leaf-2 Don’t forget that if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know about it.  It is such a new book they may simply not be aware of it yet.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Landauer Publishing, or Amazon.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

www.landauerpub.com
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

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