One of my most popular classes, Techniques for Quilting Negative Space, is also one of my favorite to teach. Whether the negative space in a quilt is small or large, the machine quilting designs you choose can really highlight a quilt. But sometimes, it can be so overwhelming! Usually the problem isn’t a lack of quilting options, it’s the fact that there are so many fun ways that you can go with the quilting. You could think that since I teach this class a lot, and that I have been a professional machine quilting for many years, that I would never get stumped by a quilt. While, I would love for you to think I am perfect, that isn’t the case at all. I get stumped all the time! To help get you motivated to tackle that project you have been putting off, I have put together a 4 part blog series on different techniques for quilting the negative space. With each post featuring a different quilt and a different technique. My hope is that by time you have read through the series, quilting the negative space on yo
This is one of my favorite times of the year…..fall leaves, crisp air and food, lots of food. I hope that you have an amazingly wonderful Thanksgiving Day wherever you are! Thanksgiving Holiday Sale I have had an online store for a while now. But this year, for the first time, I am having a big Thanksgiving sale from now until Saturday. So, if you need some quilting therapy, check out these sales!! *Use the promo code FABRIC to get 20% off Fabric bundles and Quilt Kits. *Use the promo code PATTERN to get 20% off all Patterns *Use promo code BOOK to get 10% off all books, even preorders! All Large Aurifil Collections are $94.95, regular $109.95 (no promo code needed) If that wasn’t enough, we are giving free shipping on orders over $50! No promo code needed! Read more… This is a preview of Quilting Therapy Sale!. Click here to read the full post…..
Wanderlust [won-der-luhst] n. a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. Example: Angela Walters feels a sense of wanderlust when it’s been awhile since she has taught a quilting class. I think we can all relate to a sense of wanderlust, whether in our quilting life or beyond. My friend, Mandy, knows that feeling as well! And now, I am cheering her on as she celebrates the release of her new book, Wanderlust Quilts. This projects in this book are inspired by classic art and architecture….which isn’t surprising because she went to archaeology school. She really knows her stuff! The projects are a great mix of modern quilt designs that leave space for the quilting to supply the details. Even if you aren’t a quilter, I am sure that you can appreciate the beautiful aesthetic of the book! Mandy challenged her friends to share places that inspire them creatively…..talk about a challenge! Of course, I have been inspired by many things, from wrought iron to bathroom floors (I a
Quilting Is My Therapy Preview Party Oh my gosh…..time flies when you are running around like a crazy person trying to get everything finished in time. Last time I blogged, we were gearing up for the Preview Party….which happened a couple of weeks ago. Now, I can report that it was a smashing success! There is nothing quite like throwing a party and hoping that people show up. Especially when it turned out that the Kansas City Royals had a play off game at the same time. Thankfully, people showed up! We were stunned by the turnout and the amazing people who stopped by to cheer us on. The first 50 people received a swag bag full of goodies! (A huge thanks to the companies that donated prizes!!) Once the doors opened, the fun really began! I got to see quilters that I have known forever as well as meet new quilting friends. We even had some quilting celebrities drop by to show their support. Tula Pink and Jenny Doan, from Missouri Star Quilt Company, both happened to drop by at the same time. I
A few months ago, my husband and I took a huge step in our business by purchasing a historic building situated on a historic town square in Liberty, Missouri. (Just a 45 minute drive from Missouri Star Quilt Company……you know, just in case you happen to be making a road trip) The shop, Quilting Is My Therapy, will not only house my private studio, we will be selling fabric, notions, machine quilting supplies and HandiQuilter quilting machines as well. Believe me, I am more than a little excited about not working out of my house any more! It’s been a crazy few months, with more than a few freak-outs on my end. The kids have played way too much on their iPads, while I learned way more than I wanted to about galvanized pipe, refurbishing radiators and the importance of priming before painting. But even though I never thought it would happen, we are finally getting close to being finished. (And trust me, there are several times that I thought it would never get done!). Now it’s time to celebrate! I would li