Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tuesday Tip! 7 Reasons to Take a Quilting Class & Where to Find Them

7 Reasons to Take a Quilting Class & Where to Find Them

Today’s tip is go out & take a class!

There are tons of reasons of why you should, but here are some of my favorites:

1.  You might learn a new technique that works better for you
2.  You might learn that a technique you’ve always been interested in is NOT your cuppa tea!
3.  You might meet some great people in your class & begin new friendships
4.  You might be inspired to “get out of a rut.”
5.  You might use some precious fabric you’ve been hoarding
6.  You might completely fail (and that’s ok)
7.  You might make something beautiful

So go learn something new- it doens’t have to be a queen size quilt, it could be one block or a baby quilt you end up donating to a local charity- just go try something new!

Where can you find classes?  Here are the places I like to check out:
1. Your local quilt shops (or non-local!  Depending on the class, I’d be willing to drive an hour & half each way.)
2. Online- you’ve got Craftsy www.craftsy.com (anyone else have classes they’ve purchased & not watched yet? *hanging my head in shame*) or Creativebug www.creativebug.com
3. Your local (or not so local) quilt guilds (www.quiltersresources.net/quiltguilds.html has listings for the US & Canada)
4. Continuing education departments at local universities or community colleges
5. Art studios
6. Community Centers/Rec Centers
7. Quilt Retreat Centers

I hope you’re inspired to learn something new!  If you do take a class, please share what you’ve learned- I loved to see!

Tuesday Tip! Keep Your Rulers from Shifting

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re going along, cutting all your fabric pieces & then suddenly your ruler has shifted & you realized you’ve made a crooked cut like this?

Shifing

I’ve tried the sandpaper dots on the backs of rulers, but I don’t like them on “regular rulers” as I feel their opaqueness prevents me from accuracy.

I’ve tried the plastic dots, but I felt they lifted the ruler too high & sometimes the ruler would shift.

I’ve tried the plastic sheets you place to the back, but they were difficult for me to afix them (think of a bad duct tape experience….)

So when I found this technique!  I couldn’t believe how wonderfully simple it was!

Take a 2″x2″ or so piece of non-adhesive plastic shelving liner:

shifting 2

And place it under your ruler:

shifting 3 final
I love this because:
1. Since it’s not permanent, it doesn’t interfere with any markings on the ruler
2. I can use 1 for several rulers instead of buying enough for every ruler

Tuesday Tip! How to Keep from Losing your Tools at Classes

I’m very excited to bring back the Tuesday Tip!

Fob
Have you ever been to a class or sew-in or retreat & at when cleaning up to go home, you can’t find your rotary cutter or scissors?

This happens to me all the time!  Somehow it made it’s way to the community cutting table or even someone else’s sewing station!

I used to put my initials on the cutter with “permanent” marker, before I learned it would eventually rub off the plastic handle.

Now I use a beaded fob on the end to avoid any confusion.  I received mine as a retreat gift, but I’ve seen cute ones at LQS’s.  If you can’t find a fob, or if you need one right now for the class you’re going to in 10 minutes, you can take a scrap piece of fabric & knot that around the end!

Happy Sewing!

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!

2013 was one of those “life changing” years I’ll never forget, but I’m also glad it’s over & I’m ready to move forward!

I didn’t make resolutions for this year like I normally do, instead I reworked a “life map” (something that evolved from me reading the ebook “Tell Your Time” (with some changes, ok, a lot of changes- if you really want me to go into it, just let me know & I can post about it).  So in my “life map” I picked the areas I really want to focus on & I can make short term goals based on the year & eventually break it down to weekly goals.  It’s all done visually (those are my changes), so it works for the artistic/visual side of me.

I’m very excited because for the first time I’ve separated “work” & “life” goals with respect to quilting!  Hopefully this will help keep me energized throughout the year (ok, for the 1st part of the year, i.e. before baby!) as I see will be able something happening with my personal projects.

I’ve got some good plans for the website/blog to include some design changes & the Tuesday Tip will be coming back!

I’ll be teaching classes for kids again at Art at the Center.  They went so well last Fall I can’t wait for them to start up again!

So what am I doing now?  Well besides some background stuff no one can see (& honestly you don’t want to see!), here’s what’s currently on my machine: EKG Quilt
What better way to start the new year than by finishing a personal UFO?  This is from a few years ago- it’s got a great story & I can’t wait to share it with you!

Oh yeah!  And the scrappy UFO I blogged about last time is done, I just need to get outside to take decent pictures- but it came out great & will make a fantastic baby quilt!

Happy Quilting!