Friends, there have been so many things happening lately, nearly all of which I am not allowed to share publicly. That makes writing an interesting blog with things to show a bit problematic!
Today, though… Today, I can share with you one of the things that I have been working on: a free class with Craftsy and Gammill, “A New Look at Longarm Quilting”!
This class is for people who are either new to longarming, or who have a longarm but for one reason or another have fallen out of using it, or perhaps who have hit a wall and need a way to get moving again.
My inspiration for this class comes from my own experiences. I offer quilting services for others, but in addition to that, I also write my own patterns and I design and make custom quilts for customers; there are times when I am piecing or writing a new pattern where I may be a week away from my longarm, so I always have a few things I do to get back into the swing of things. The tips and tricks I offer are great for someone who may not use their machine 10 hours a day and needs the boost!
Speaking of patterns, for my class “A New Look at Longarm Quilting” (which, in my mind I think of as “Learn to Love Your Longarm and Being Joyful”) I provide two free quilt patterns to use for practice for the class, too! One is based on a “Victory” quilt and has two layout options, and you can see a closeup here:
and the other is based on an ancient design and can be made into placemats or a quilt, depending on your fancy. I don’t actually know if I have pictures of this one! As a quilt, it’s very interesting, and gives lots of space and opportunity for trying new technique and just PPP (practicepracticepractice!)
In this class, you see me really doing my honest-to-goodness practicing. I asked to leave the flubs and blemishes in since the whole point of the class is to learn how to incorporate and move past mistakes — I hope you find it encouraging! I’m really proud of this class, and super happy that I can share my love of quilting with you, and my absolute belief that the act of creating should be, in the end, a joyful and fun experience —I was a teacher for a long time, and one of the things I love most about quilting is how, in this community, we are always looking to learn more, improve our skills, and support each other while doing it.
I can’t wait to see what you do, and I am honored to share part of this journey with you, no matter what style, no matter what techniques, no matter… whatever! Happy creating and quilting, y’all!