I started quilting back when my twins were babies, now they’re 21. So I’ve been quilting for quite a long time. Hand piecing, paper piecing and hand applique have been my favorite techniques, I feel I have so much more control than I do when I piece and quilt on my machine. I belonged to a guild and those ladies were slicing and dicing and machine piecing to perfection! I looked on in amazement and tried my best. I’ve decided to revisit machine quilting with a new more mature approach ;)
I’ve signed up for the Craftsy (one of my fabulous new sponsors) Block of the Month 2013 taught by Laura Nownes. She knows what she’s doing no doubt! She wrote, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, back in the late 90′s and I’ve had my copy for years.
January’s block was the Offset Log Cabin. Her instruction is fabulous, very clear and detailed. And if I didn’t quite get anything I just go back and watch it again! The block went together easily, I made 4 and moved on…
Next up for February was the Spring Blooms and this block is put together using partial seams. I watched the video and this block went together like a dream.
I signed up for this class a month ago and figured I could catch up easily. I had to skip the March and April blocks and will go back when my graph paper and other supplies arrive in the mail.
Onto the May block which is my favorite so far and I’ve made a bunch of them! Strippy Spools is the name and it’s all 45-degree triangles.
Triangles have always intimidated me but this block went together so easily! Maybe I just have more patience now?
One of my other favorite quilt makers/authors/teachers is Anita Grossman Solomon. Two of her books sit on my shelf and I refer to them often. She is somehow able to figure out how to make rather complex blocks using a super simple technique. When I joined the Craftsy affiliate program I received a complimentary class of my choice and when I saw that Anita was teaching it was an easy decision. The name of her class is Traditional Blocks Made Simple, I’m gathering up my fabric and supplies and will be getting started with this course soon.
Here’s a baby quilt I made from one of her books, Rotary Cutting Revolution. I used all Kaffe Fassett fabrics which I just love! The Ikats in this quilt are the real thing.
On May 18th, Craftsy is hosting Free Class Day to benefit DonorsChoose. For one day only, new members can choose one free course from a selection of favorite Craftsy classes, up to a $39.99 value! Click here to see the classes. If you haven’t taken a Craftsy class yet, Saturday is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, and more. Pick one out it’s free! There are a million classes with all the best instructors. And yes they are a sponsor of mine but my opinions are my own, the patterns I’ve ordered and class I’ve taken have been wonderful. I have renewed confidence and my Bernina is loving the workout!