Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a “Help! How Do I Quilt it?” class at my shop. It’s fun seeing everyone’s beautiful quilt tops and giving suggestions for quilting designs. Since I don’t have to actually do any of the machine quilting, I can suggest anything……how about micro-stippling around trapunto feathers? Just kidding, there were no crazy complex or difficult suggestions. In fact, one thing that I said over and over was that quilting doesn’t have to be difficult to be effective. To illustrate my point, I took the class on a field trip to the front of the quilt shop and pointed out the quilt that I feel illustrates that point so very well. The Tumbler quilt is one of the 17 quilts featured in the book I wrote with Tula Pink, “Quilt with Tula & Angela”. It showcases the one thing that most of us already know, Tula Pink is genius with colors. The colors in this vibrant quilt give it a 3D illusion. My only job as the machine quilter was to not mess it up! I am sure some of you feel like
I have not one, but two episodes of The Midnight Quilt Show to share with you! I hope you have enjoyed watching them as much as I have enjoyed putting them together. First, a reality check: During filming, I kept things as real as possible. If I made a block incorrectly, I showed it. If I didn’t have time to iron the fabric, I didn’t stress out about it. These videos aren’t about me trying to look perfect or to impress anyone. They are to show you that it doesn’t matter what you make or how you make it, the most important thing is to enjoy the process! So as you watch them, I hope you are entertained and motivated to start (or finish) that special project that you been meaning to get to. Strip City First up, Strip City: This free pattern offered though Craftsy is a fun exercise in sewing strips, then cutting them up. This quilt was just begging for some fun quilting! But, the quilting had to be efficient as well. I love quilting a quilt to death, but I don’t want to take forever do
I hope you are ready for another fun video because the second episode of The Midnight Quilt show is up. I have to admit, I am always a little nervous the first time I watch each episode. It’s kind of bizarre having 8-10 hours of filming edited down to just a few minutes….especially when I remember just how silly I can get while filming! But the editing crew at Craftsy never disappoints, and the result is 6 minutes of fun! This time, I used the Solar Flare quilt kit designed by Janice Ryan. It was so fun to use so many colors, even ones that were a little out of my comfort zone! A lot of work goes into making all the steps looks so nice on camera, and the crew helped a lot. So if you want to see what kinds of shenanigans happened in this episode, you can watch below: Be sure to let me know what you think about the video! I love reading your comments. And if you want to get your midnight quilting on, pick up a Solar Flare kit at Craftsy. Permanent link to this post (187 words, estimated 45 secs
The first episode of The Midnight Quilt Show aired last week and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. We didn’t have a whole lot of time to go into the quilting of the Variable Star Quilt, but there were many requests to see more! So I put together this post to discuss the quilting designs that I used on the Variable Star quilt . Quilting in the blocks Big Star Blocks Read more… This is a preview of Machine Quilting Star Blocks. Click here to read the full post…..
The Midnight Quilt Show Oh my goodness, you all!!! I am beyond excited to share the first episode of The Midnight Quilt Show . But first, can I tell you a story? One regular, ordinary day, I was at work at my quilt shop (one of my favorite places to be!) when I got a call from Craftsy. That wasn’t unusual, having filmed 6 classes and several short YouTube videos for them, we tend to talk often. Except this time, they had a proposition for me. “Would you like to host a YouTube channel for us,” they asked. “Something that is part entertainment, part education,” they explained. “We really want to showcase your personality,” they continued. I am not going to lie and try to pretend that I was super cool…..I did the happy dance right there while on the phone. After somewhat calmly agreeing to this new venture, I ran out of my office and told everyone in the building (and some beyond) the exciting news. Fast forward through several months of designing, frantic sewing and long days of filming. Now I finally ge