It’s my new class, Creative Longarm Quilting! When Craftsy first contacted me back in October, they were interested in finding someone who used their longarm in new and different ways to make a class on … new and different ways to use a longarm. I had to laugh because, for a while, I had taken it as a personal challenge to deliberately break all the rules I could think of for longarm quilting and challenge myself to do things I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to see what I could create as an artist and quilter, and have a great time in the process. Multiple lines crossing? Check. Bunched and layered fabric? Check. Raw edges and not using my domestic machine for a single thing? Check.
My new class, “Creative Longarm Quilting” actually is inspired by the things I learned from this rule-breaking time. I think the projects are really fun to do, and also push us creatively to think outside of our usual quilted squares. There are quite a few projects, and the techniques can be used to make a variety of things from pillows to quilts, wall hangings, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make giant freezer paper templates, then this is the class for you; but please, don’t ever feel like you have to do exactly what I do! I would love it more than anything if you watched it, took the information, and turned out something entirely your own! I also believe that these techniques are really workable on domestic machines, too, and I’ve since heard back from the Craftsy folk that that is the case! Sweet.
But one of the things that makes me happiest? I could wear my glasses this time around
And now for the giveaway! You can enter to win a free class of Creative Longarm Quilting a total of three ways!
1) I’d love for you to leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to tackle next in your creative life.
2) like me on Facebook, and leave a second comment on *this* post that you did so (or that you are already!)
3) Follow me on instagram, and leave me a third comment on *this* post that you did (or that you are already!) My handle is mandaleiquilts
GOOD LUCK!! Contest will be open through Sunday, January 26, 8 PM EST, and winner will be announced Monday!