I didn't realize that it has been over a month since I did any Free-Motion Quilting.
I have said before that I am a S-L-O-W P-O-K-E Quilter
so it should come as no surprise - least of all to me - that it took me that long to get those practice blocks made into a full-blown quilt.
I put them all together as a "quilt-as-you-go" quilt and still have to quilt the sashing and borders - so I plan to use those areas for more "practice". And since it has been over a month - I am totally "out of practice" and I have managed to forget most of what I thought I had learned. I need to go back and re-watch that class and re-do all of the lessons - but that is one of the best parts about getting a Craftsy
OK - so now I'm going to sound like a commercial/ad for Craftsy
classes are online videos of course - but - unlike some other classes that I have seen offered - once I buy the class - it is available to me 24/7 - any day - any time - FOREVER
. All I have to do is go to the Craftsy
site - sign in to my account and choose the class that I want to watch - then watch it - haha. You can download the "class materials" list - ask the teacher questions - and share your projects. And the classes have a "pause" button and a "30-sec repeat" feature that is really cool. You can watch the teacher - hit repeat - and replay what she just did. You can replay the lesson - or the whole class - which is what I plan to do.
These practice blocks are from the class - Free Motion Quilting Essentials with Christina Cameli
. The "class materials" list includes the patterns for the blocks and each lesson uses three of them. Christina shows you how to quilt various designs in large squares - small squares - corner triangles - in wedges going from small to large or large to small - and how to go around corners. It truly does cover the Essentials
. At the end of the class you will have 15 blocks ready to be assembled in a "quilt-as-you-go" quilt.
I have tried FMQ before - many times - and failed. This class is TERRIFIC!!
The best thing is that I'm not afraid of FMQ designs any more. I may not be able to do them well at first - but I know now that I CAN do them! All I have to do is PRACTICE!
Now I could/would give you the link to her blog or to the Craftsy
site - but my bloggy buddy, Gene Black - is an "affiliate" and gets a small "stipend" if you go to his blog and click through and purchase - so I'll give you a link to his blog instead - HERE
. I don't mind supporting my friends - and the "stipend" might be enough to keep him in supplies and/or fabric.
- Gene Black's blog states that - "Links in posts may be affiliate links for which I am compensated if you click through and purchase."
EDIT UPDATE - I forgot to mention that your cost is the same whether you sign up with Craftsy - or through Christina's blog - or through Gene's blog. The "stipend" is paid by Craftsy - not you - ;))
Last night I watched part of another class - Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gering
. I have some tops that might be better quilted with my walking foot - so I'm going to get some of them basted and ready to go. If I get bored with one class/technique - I can always switch to the other one.
That pile of unquilted tops should keep me busy for quite a while.
And that's not counting the "backs" that need to be made - and the bags of blocks - scraps - strips - and half-done projects that are lying around - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -
DISCLAIMER - GeneBlack's blog states that - "Links in posts may be affiliate links for which I am compensated if you click through and purchase."