This quilted wall hanging ( Quilt # 19 for 2024 for me) is approximately 56 x 56" square & is a quilt that I taught as a private lesson to a small group over about 8 months. I call mine Mardi Gras Lone Star because it's so colourful! Lessons learned: 60 degree angle strip piecing, Y-seams, curved piecing, english paper piecing and a unique border layout. It was fun & my little group did a fantastic job on theirs too! I ended up ruler quilting it for the most part with some free motion quilting.
This is a customer's quilt for Simon, quilted on my Bernina Q20 Long Arm with chicken feet (corners) eggs, wavy lines & feather like texture. It was fun to quilt and I love all the colours. Simon is a lucky boy and my customer Sue has fantastic taste, I love quilting her quilts!
This week I was teaching at BERNINA Canada in Whitby Ontario for Sept 20 & 21. My topic "Learn Your Long Arm", discussing the operation of the Q24, Q20 & Q16 BERNINA Long Arm Machines. This involved may subtopics about these incredible machines, including maintenance, software, mechanical knowledge and a whole host of creative possibilities.
My sister (Alison) & I made 15 gorgeous tote bags with Benartex Fabric as gifts to this inaugural class & door prizes for all.
We also had some awesome sponsors including: BERNINA Canada, www.sillymonquiltingco.ca (rulers), Uh Oh Creations Patterns, HA Kidd (Unique Quilting Notions), Alison Lumb Sewing Studio, www.quiltingintheloft.com, Schmetz Needles,, Benartex Fabric, Northcott Fabric, Sew Tite Magnets, Madeira Thread & Creekbank Sewing Shop (Mountforest). In addition, Kawartha Quilting & Sewing offered to do a last minute pop up shop!. A total of 12 participants (dealers & consumers) from all over Ontario, Quebec & BC attended the first 2 days .
This was an awesome event with great participation, questions from the audience, lot's of camaraderie & laughter.
We finished off day 2 with a rapid fire thread painting session where we tested out 10 very willing students & a Q Frame & Q Sit Down Model machines. Team Frame vs Team Sit Down. The laughter & competitive spirit that ensued was contagious to put it mildly.
On Sept 22, Adrienne Gallagher BERNINA Educator taught a fantastic Q Matic Class with about 7 participants in attendance. Lot's to learn & again more fun to imagine all of the possibilities of this amazing computer equipment.
Deb Yew also a BERNINA Educator was essential to coordinating this with me over many months, she took a real leap of faith and then was there to help me & participants throughout the whole event. Deb you are the best! 😊
I have already gotten lots of positive feedback so I am hoping to present this class & format again soon, stay tuned.
If you are a shop owner & you need a class like this, please feel free to contact me via my contact tab above. I will also be sure to post about upcoming teaching events on this blog.
Thanks so much again to BERNINA Canada, Adrienne, Deb, Jay Trudy & Andrew , all of our awesome sponsors, my sister Alison for all of her help (our timer, bell ringer & sewist extraordinaire!). A big thank you to all of the wonderful participants who took their valuable time to attend. I sincerely hope you are inspired. I know I was inspired by your energy, brand loyalty, questions & ideas so THANKS VERY MUCH!
Enjoy the videos & images below:
Rapid Fire Thread Painting Videos Karon Team Frame & Bizz Team Table Below:
and the winner is...... Team Sit Down, all 10 participants did a great job but the judges had to decide
I hope you enjoyed this visual montage from the event and please don't hesitate to contact me if you need BERNINA Q series training, Thanks again to all BERNINA Staff, Participants & Sponsors!
Join me today at www.quiltsocial.com when I discuss many creative layouts for one block! One Bargello block has lots of possibilities!
.Check out www.quiltsocial.com where I discuss accurate piecing tips and a pretty "Batty for Bargello" Fall/halloween table runner. Download the free bat appliqué pattern for the reverse side of this table runner.
Happy Wednesday! 🦇🍁
Tuesday Sept 12, 2023. tips for fabric selection, ironing & notions make for easy Bargello piecing at www.quiltsocial.com all this week Sept 11-15 in a 5 part series. You can also make a quilt , follow along all week to see how. 🤓
Join me this week on www.quiltsocial.com when I talk all about the composition for a Bargello Table Runner with Fabric Creations Cotton, Gütermann Thread, Best Press, HeatnBond and more! It's reversible with bat appliques on the back. There is a free Bat applique pattern for download. I'll talk all about fabric selection and how to use this technique to design a quilt as well all week Sept 11-15th on Quiltsocial. A free tutorial for you to get ready for Halloween.
Have a great week and follow along!
I was interviewed last week by a fellow You Tuber Steven Bland from Bland Designs & The Idiot Quilter. Steven is an enthusiastic quilter who films videos available on YouTube about quilting, sewing, machine embroidery and paper crafting! I was included in his series about other quilters who are on YouTube.
I met Steven originally at the invitation of a mutual friends (Judy) at Quilt Canada for a meet & greet Thanks to Judy!
Tomorrow our interview will go live at 9:00 am ish . The link is here if you are interested, he asked my lots of questions about my passion for quilting.
Also, you might also enjoy his ongoing quilty/crafty content, check out his YouTube Channel here There is an abundance of videos and topics discussed!
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I will also post our video tomorrow once it goes live on this website.
I hope you all enjoy the interview and have a fantastic week! ☀️🙂
My blog post about Twin Needle Ruler Quilting that I demo'd at Quilt Canada is posted on the Bernina Blog here. Have a read and let me know what you think. You could also try this technique on a domestic (home) sewing machine. It was so much fun! Give me some feedback, I would love to hear if you think you'll try it and what you think about this as a creative option for quilting. FYI this is also Quilt #13 on my BERNINA Q20 Longarm Machine!
Showed my quilts to the lovely community of quilters at the Grimsby Quilters Guild on Thursday Night, Lots of fun. Thanks so much to the Grimsby Guild Exec for inviting me! Ida and Candy, thanks so much for coordinating this evening.
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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