I realize that sometime we talk about topics on blogs and don't really appeal to the beginner because we assume everyone knows what we are talking about!
I hope to inspire individuals to quilt because it's a creative and very therapeutic past time in a rather fast paced world.
So today I want to talk about how to get started quilting:
1) Check out by searching on the internet, quilt/patchwork shops in your area and sign up for a beginner class.
2) Go to the library and yes there are quilt books at the library!
3) Ask for advice from friends and relatives and blogs like www.quiltingintheloft.com, we are always happy to answer questions and give advice at no charge.
4)"Just do it" as they say, think of where quilting projects would fit into your home and jump in to this lovely pool of quilting knowledge!!
5) Purchase a great book and try it yourself at home.
See a recommended book below:
Beginners Guide to Quilting-16 Projects to Learn to Quilt by Elizabeth Betts
This book was published in 2013 so it is current and you can learn how to make beautiful quilts with this comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. Covers all aspects of quilting from piecing and applique to quilting and binding. Choose from 16 simple projects, each focusing on a different technique, from bags and cushions to table mats, wall hangings and bed quilts. Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions accompany each project, making them all suitable for even a complete novice. The book also includes a quilting glossary explaining common quilting and sewing terms.
This book has a 5 star rating, it is recommended as a top book for beginners and has excellent reviews and is available at Amazon.ca for $21.74 Cdn
Check it out below:
This week was busy as usual these days! I worked on free motion samples and instructed a small free motion quilting workshop.
I also attended my Elmira Needle Sisters quilt guild meeting this week and can I say.... What a wonderful group of ladies! Check out their website here
Linda, Alison and I had some time to work on our Hexagon Quilt along.
Check out the pic below, what a mess we made with scraps in my living room! So Quilty though, don't you think? Quilters can sure make a mess!! (it's a clean mess)
For those blog followers who are working on the Hexagon Quilt Along from a distance we would love to see your progress as you go and it will be posted if you email it to me at email@example.com.
In addition, I devoted this week to finishing a quilt I am custom quilting on my long arm. There was a lot of straight line work, feather design and a leaf design (a www.quiltingintheloft.com original!), I will be showing you pics after it's owner has picked this up and has had a chance to look at it. Check back later in the gallery page to see pics.
Happy Friday Everyone! January is almost done! Yeah!
Block #4 of 52 is called "Lorraine" from the book The New Hexagon, join us for this quilt along! There is still time to join our English Paper Piecing Project until Jan 31, 2016 to be eligible for a prize at the end of the quilt along!! Details are here
If you want to quilt along with us, there is still time (deadline to join is Jan 31, 2016) and you can get the book here . There is a prize if you follow along and finish! Email us if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the requirements to join on the blog post for Wednesday January 6th 2015 on this website.
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are enjoying the Hexagon Quilt Along!!
A few weeks ago I reorganized all my buttons, put them into canning jars and blogged about it! See it here. Today I used a found object and reused/repurposed something to make a totable storage container for some of my buttons. This project will cost you nothing if you buy clementines in those wooden crates that just get recycled again or thrown into a landfill.
Say yes to sustainable projects!
If you make this, you will have a bright, recognizable, go to storage for your buttons.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I have been gluten free now for about one and a half years and have been purchasing over priced small sliced, gluten free bread that I don't even like! Enough is enough!
I decided to try this recipe and I feel like I have found gold!! I know it looks a little lumpy, but the taste and texture is wonderful and the slice size is normal!
I just had to share and I hope that others enjoy it as much as I do.
What you will need:
How to make it: (follow directions exactly for best results)
I would love to hear what you think of this bread, please comment below if you make some.
I started out the week cooking a lovely beef post roast and Gluten Free Bread (check out the recipe on this Sunday's blog post)
I completed some more decorating items for my sewing room, see Jan 19 blog post:
I've been working on a king sized quilt for a customer on my long arm. All custom work with straight line squares in squares, a feather border, a wavy border and a maple leaf border and maple leaf motifs within the squares, stay tuned for a final completed picture, the one below is in progress.
I attended my quilt guild meeting this week Waterloo County Quilters' Guild, Check out their Facebook page here
I also taught a new quilter via a private lesson, trying to inspire more quilters this year. A nine patch and 4 patch pinwheel lesson. More lessons and blocks to come!
Ok so I did do something this week!
Blogging is a great forum to journal activities.
Sometimes my head is spinning and at the end of the week I'm not sure what I got finished.
Try this: Journal your week and you will be surprised what you did accomplish!
Have a great weekend everyone! WOW TGIF!!!
Block #3 of 52 is called "Sarah" from the book The New Hexagon, join us for this quilt along! There is still time until Jan 31, 2016 to be eligible for a prize at the end of the quilt along!! Details are here
We started this great quilt along - the week of Jan 4- see blog post January 6th
and January 13th
We are using the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek and That Patchwork Place
Please see the book below:
Honestly, I can complete one block easily in an evening, so there is still time for anyone to catch up. I am loving this English Piecing (hand piecing method), loving the accuracy, loving that I'm getting something done in front of the TV, loving re-admiring my fabric scraps.
Ok so now you get it, I love my fabric and I might be just a wee bit fabric obsessed :)
Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope your week is progressing nicely!
The above is not my studio, but these cute letters will be in my studio once it is done. I will be sure to share photos at a later date!
I will have a designated long arm quilting area where I will use the word "quilt" and a designated studio sewing area where I will use the word "sew". I purchased the wood letters at the "Dollar Store and More" for $1.25 each, they are 6 inch tall letters. I also purchased some basic acrylic paints and used a sharpie marker (from home) and paint brushes (also from the $ store), so all in this project cost me a whopping $24.01 taxes included.
My studio is planned to be painted white in order to maximize light and clarity as it is in a loft. These letters and the bulletin boards from last tuesdays blog post (have a look at January 12, 2016) these will be my "pops" of colour.
Check out how I did it below:
Your Sewing Space!
Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you enjoyed this wee tutorial!
Today is your last chance! , Craftsy is doing something they almost never do — all new online classes are up to 50% off. That's right! That just-released class you've been eyeing from your favorite instructor? It's on sale at prices so rare, you definitely don't want to miss out. These deals will be gone soon, so shop now! Sale ends at 11:59 pm tonight. 01/18/16 11:59pm
Click on the image above to look at classes.
Not just quilting and sewing but all classes
Happy Monday everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Today I am feeling very inspired! I just finished watching Lola Jenkins' Thread Art on www.craftsy.com.
Most of you who know me, know that thread painting is a passion of mine. I decided that I wanted to branch out however and learn some new skills and techniques from someone else's perspective. I learned a lot from this class!
Lola specializes in black line thread art quilts where she outlines portraiture, figure drawings and copyright free floral designs onto cotton and then adds colour to them. See a sample of her work below, so lovely:
Lola is very effective at discussing her tools and supplies. choosing a design, utilizing technology to edit, tracing her portrait and floral designs, stitching out the designs and adding colour, dimension and quilting.
At the end of the 11 lesson class she shows a gallery of her work and this is very inspiring. This class was awesome!! She also shows how to effectively colour in and outline an eye which turned out simply beautiful. I don't know about anyone else but I think an eye would be hard to colour in and she breaks it down to a very achievable method even for a non-artist.
Yes I am a proud Craftsy affiliate! , I am confident about recommending this class because I have watched all 11 lessons and feel it is very informative and would support my followers to reach their potential. Yes www.craftsy.com does compensate me for encouraging my followers to enrol in classes. Please feel free to click on my affiliate link to see about this class here
The Craftsy platform for classes is amazing as it is an interactive video platform and typically shows an outline of all the lessons you will learn, gives you class materials and resources, a place for notes, a gallery of other students projects, allows you a place to ask questions and see discussions that are going on about the class as you are watching it.
The classes are very affordable (some are even FREE) and there are also several new quilting classes on sale at 50% off this weekend only! Starting at only 14.99! Offer ends at 11:59 PM MT on January 18, 2016.
Keep watching this blog and stay tuned when I share with you my Lola Jenkins project in future blog posts, I am so excited to try her techniques!!
So I encourage you to give Lola Jenkins' Thread Art and Craftsy classes a try and learn a new skill this year, you will enjoy it and be reinvigorated creatively like I am.
Happy Friday Everyone, I hope you have a great weekend!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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