I have been very busy lately with designing, teaching and trunk shows. I was teaching again Saturday at Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie my Explore Threading Painting Class. It was so much fun! The ladies did a great job with their individual projects. All were experienced at free motion quilting and therefore were able to grasp the beginner thread painting concept with ease. See a picture of the ladies and their projects below:
'Thank You to these lovely ladies for allowing me to share pictures of their work with you and for attending my class. It was truly an honour to share my love of thread painting with you!
I know it is somewhat hard to see but what I taught was my method of basic raw edge machine appliqué and then a technique to thread paint using a sewing machine and needle over the appliqué to make the project textured, shaded and dimensional.
We used embroidery thread, variegated threads and solid coloured threads of many varieties. Who does not love thread? It only makes everything better and this class is a great opportunity to audition those lovely thread strands ❤️
Do you have a guild or group who wants to learn how to thread paint?
Click on the "More" tab above and then "Teaching" or click here to see how I can teach with your group. I love this technique so much that I would be happy to teach it to all quilters and those passionate about needle work.
I am off to The Region of York Quilters' Guild Meeting this evening to show my "Quilters Journey" and Trunk Show and looking forward to it.
As promised I completed the pattern for my "Modern Ombré Quilt".
I just loved making this queen sized bed quilt (or modern wall hanging)
It is easy to construct and it's a great way to examine what colours and shades you have in your stash or your 5 favourite colours!
Another reuse project for me this year. I am bent on using up my stash while still making nice things!
To make mine, all the strips came from my stash except 2 in the pink to red section. I clearly love colour and I think this quilt is so bright and happy it was not only a pleasure to design and construct, but I also enjoyed the simplicity of the quilting.
Check out this my pattern below, available as a PDF download here for only $5.00 Cdn or we are happy to ship it to you for $12.00 Cdn as well if you are interested in a journey to explore colours with ombré placement.
All of the math is done for you, the pattern contains clear and concise directions, a coloured layout diagram and quilting suggestions.
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Happy Tuesday! Happy Spring🌷☀️
The above table runner was designed and constructed here at quiltingintheloft but made as a sample for a free motion quilting class at Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie and then I was asked me to make it into a commercial pattern. If you take the class at Hummingbird Sewing you will get the pattern FREE! Who doesn't love that!
The idea is - make a simple table runner (from a 5" charm pack) and try a different free motion design in each block and students in my class are encouraged to do so as practise homework after the class. I figured if I gave them a pattern they might be inspired to practise. As I always say "practise makes perfect".
A tip for you if your free motion quilting is rusty or you want to try some new designs. Make this table runner and give it a go!
The fabric is from Flow by Zen Chick ( for Moda Fabric). So fresh and pretty!
If you wish to purchase this "5" charm pack friendly", "Charming' Table Runner Pattern, you can get it here or click on the shop tab above a $5.00 download or $10.00 for the actual hard copy pattern and we will ship it to you!
Need to find some lovely Charm Packs? Check out some pretty ones here
I was able to complete my Ombre Quilt just before Easter and put it on the bed in my spare room. I am pleased with the way it turned out and planning on making it into a pattern as it is my own custom design. See photos of the completed quilt below:
I'm continuing to find unique ways to use up my stash.
Stay tuned for a pattern release soon complete with colour your own pages!
Happy Tuesday and Happy Spring!🌷
I have been busy lately finishing up some custom quilting, getting ready for Easter and finishing up my Ombre quilt. Check out my progress below:
Next week I will be showing you the completed and quilted quilt.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and a restful holiday! 🐰🐥🐣
I have designed with EQ7 a new quilt to 1) use up my stash by using up my ombre strips 2) design a bargello style quilt 4) audition the colour combinations and 5) make a very accurate quilt.
EQ 7 is wonderful and EQ software has been the top quilt design software in the industry for 25 years!
I am happy to say I have started the quilt making process finally! See my photo below. 1/5 of the quilt is pieced!!! It will be double/queen sized.
I auditioned background colours and wanted it modern so grey and white were my options for background. See photo of my strip sets auditioning it with white below:
I felt like the white made the colours pop! I tried grey and they looked dull in comparison.
EQ7 made designing this quilt so much easier than if I had to draw it on paper and colour it in. It is a wonderful design tool because you can decide on the size of your quilt and whether it needs sashing, blocks, colours, fabric, placement etc and just press buttons, drag and drop and voila your quilt is designed!
Most of my patterns and quilts these days are being designed on this wonderful software and I hope to use it much more into the future. There is a learning curve with it and I am learning on it every time I try to work with it.
I would be sugar coating it if I did not say there are challenges with it. It is a multifaceted program with lots to learn and there in lies the challenge! However, with so many design, block, sashing, border, fabric, colour and quilting options available, once you master the learning curve you have designs that you can "visually audition" and draw accurately with EQ7.
Can you imagine your unique possibilities with this software?
Tune in next tuesday for my next instalment of this quilt... I'm hoping to get it done fast now that I have mastered the design process with EQ7!
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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