Puzzling with Paola Jo~ How To Make a Quilt WITHOUT a Pattern

Paola Jo’s second class available on MKQuilts is about Making a Quilt WITHOUT a Pattern, but rather using a Technique for two types of blocks… a 9 Patch Block and Fussy Cutting a Directional Print into the Correct Size Plain Block to off set the pieced blocks.

Paola Jo shows you how to figure things out… how to start with a basic sketch of what you kinda sorta want and what fabric you have in your stash… make it fit… and put together a wonderful quilt… the way Grandma used to make quilts!

This class is plumb full of Helpful Hints on how to puzzle things out… especially with hands-on and visual methods: tricks with rulers and painters tape, measuring hints, pressing tips, lay out on a design wall, time saving piecing tricks… and so much more.

Planning, Puzzling, Piecing 9Patch
https://mkquilts.yondo.com/video/2634/embed

You can now purchase my Online Class… FMQ: Stabilize~Details~Fills

Labyrinth Walk from The Guilty Quilter, pieced by Amanda, quilted by Paola Jo

https://mkquilts.yondo.com/video/9212/embed

Yeaaay! My first class is now for sale! Click the link above.

 

Dragonflies above the Grass, pieced by Jodi, quilted by Paola Jo

FMQ: Stabilize~Details~Fills

In this first class, Paola Jo teaches you the secret to easier Free Motion Quilting: Stabilize~Details~Fills… This technique will minimize many FMQ issues…

I can think of at least a half a dozen reasons why S~D~F is So Important in FMQ…

1~ Keeps quilt flat & square (minimize wonkiness)

2~ Consistency of FMQ (shapes and sizes)

3~ Manage lumpy bumpy areas

4~ Borders & Turning

…just to name a few…

 

Tanzania, pieced by Sheri, quilted by Paola Jo

Plus… Paola Jo’s Philosophy about Oopsies and being Real is very encouraging… (you could apply this to many things in life… it’s worth the price of admission all by itself!)

I love the Skitch app

And her Summarizing Seder-izing is inspiring…  (showing samples of how to apply S~D~F to several quilting styles…) You will want to take all her upcoming classes to learn more of Paola Jo’s creative secrets and enjoy your Free Motion Quilting!  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride!

Suburbs, pieced by Carmen, quilted by Paola Jo from SederQuilts

 

 

PJ & MK … FMQ & HQ PSP

Paola Jo’s FMQ Classes will be available soon! You can learn to do this!
The starting block… a Disappearing 9 Patch of Cherrywood and Batiks Clotheslined by Paola Jo

MK invited me to join her Quilters Community, to offer online classes specializing in FMQ on her hosting site… MKQuilts Video Training Store

… I said Yes!

MK Quilts HQ PSP & Sim (computerized)

This week has been a rollercoaster of excitement,  late nights and learning curves …

I had no idea how long an upload would take… or why it could not finalize…

but I think the video files are all completed… a few more clicks and they will be available for viewing!

Paola Jo’s FMQ (Hand Guided)
MK calls it: “crazy awesome magic”

Our introductory video highlights our similarities and differences in how we approach the same Disappearing 9Patch Block …

MK using HandiQuilter ProStitcher Premium Simulation software, then stitching by computer (PSP) …

Puzzling with Paola on SKITCH

and Paola Jo using Skitch to draw on photos to plan her “crazy awesome Free Motion magic”, then stitching it out all Free Hand…

You CAN learn to quilt like this! …using a computer guided system, or totally free hand… or a combination of BOTH! …we offer Oodles of Options!

Grab a cup of coffee or lemonade and a banana bread muffin… and enjoy our intro video… (oops… more computer stuff to upload or download or embed… I’ll add it as soon as I puzzle it out again…)   Tutoluu!

Exciting News!!! MKQuilts has invited me to Teach FMQ Classes on her hosting site!

I am so excited! Some of you might know Melissa… aka MK from MKQuilts.com… She and Paul (aka Mr. MK) have invited me to teach FMQ classes online on their Hosting Site at MKQuilts.com! This opportunity is an answer to prayers for me, and is a win-win-win situation for all of us…

Let me back up… Melissa and I have so much in common!  We are both busy Professional Longarm Quilters, both using Handi Quilters with ProSticher (PS), and have been following each other for awhile on Facebook… (Please follow us on our Facebook sites… there is always lots of good info and photos and questions etc on our FB pages!) … We share our musical talents at our local churches… We are each head-over-heals in love with our husbands, we each have a daughter living out west, (I am doubly blessed, I have a daughter who lives less than an hour from me in Minnesota, and my western daughter has two little boys… I love being a mom… and being a grandma is even better!) … Both MK and I are from Minnesota (she now lives in Florida)… We both upgraded to PS Premium as soon as it was available, and started posting Quilting Tutorials on Youtube about the same time a year ago. (If you haven’t already been watching and following us on YouTube… oh my! You should! You can search for either one or both of us, or better yet, Subscribe to each of us! We have so much FREE info to share with you on our YouTube channels!)  We both love Wiggle Ditch! (We both have videos about Wiggle Ditch)  We often have similar content… (How to load a quilt on a Longarm frame with Leader Grips and/or magnets and/or zippers)…  the list goes on and on… but here is the BIG DIFFERENCE… MK’s quilting is focused on Computerized Quilting (PS) pre planning in Simulation Mode (Sim Style) and saving lots of info on a flash stick; mine is focused on Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) usually planned out by drawing in Skitch, marking with chalk or FriXion markers, Flathead pins, and saving lots of photos as I quilt…  Her way (the MK WAY) of using PS Sim is so helpful, she started offering classes, in person and online. (I strongly recommend you take her classes on Best Practices for Pantos, Layout & Rendering, and Whole Cloth!) 🌸We are two peas in a pod!🌸

MK was planning a trip back home (only about an hour from me) last spring and was looking for quilt shops or home studios to teach her HQ ProStitcher Simulator classes… I wanted to take her classes and offered to host her in my studio… so Melissa decided to also visit her cousin near by… come to find out, she lives about a mile from me, we go to the same church, and usually sat just a pew or two from each other!!!

Needless to say, when we finally met in person, Melissa and I hit it off! Right away! And now… Melissa has offered to host me on her website, mkquilts.com through her Video Training Store… look for Paola Jo’s Free Featured Videos, and watch for my FMQ CLASSES, and PUZZLING & PLANNING Without a Pattern classes for sale or rent, coming soon! And if you haven’t already seen or rented MK’s quilting videos… you must check her out, too!

I will add more to this post… but for now… it is way past my bed time … again… so please watch the video… thank you… thank you… thank you❤️

Quick Tip Tuesday~ Rotary Cutting 2 Sets of Multi Layered Strips with 2 Rulers

This is a great tutorial… showing you lots of details on my helpful hints to use a rotary cutter with TWO Rulers… my favorite O’LIPFA 5″x 24″ ruler with a no-slip handle (it has two pins that you push down through the fabric into the cutting mat to hold things in place… i LOVE it!) … and a 16.5″ big square ruler… and my quick tips on how to cut TWO SETS of Multiple Layers of fabric into 6″ squares.

FMQ Drawing Board ~on the Side~  FMQ/PSP Combo

I’ve been doing mainly free motion quilting for most of these seventeen years, but I upgraded to a HandiQuilter Fusion (24″ deep) with their ProStitcher computerized option a couple years ago, upgraded to Premium as soon as that was available… I LOVE PSP!… and started making Quilting Tutorial Videos a year ago.  If you like the video below, please subscribe to Seder Quilts on YouTube.

Now you have to understand, as an Apple gal, I’m not very good with all the Windows techie stuff… not even a mouse. But I’m a good Artsy~Fartsy Puzzler, and I enjoy thinking outside the box and Outside the Blocks! In this and other posts (and videos) I hope to explain some of the ways you can combine a computerized quilting system with lots of FreeMotion.

I frequently use the ProStitcher to Memorize my free motion stitching, then Computerize it (save & name the design, modify the size, rotate, duplicate, multiply, and/or skew the design~ it is so cool!) and then Seder-ize it (sprinkle in some more FMQ backgrounds and fills).

stitch, memorize, computerize, Seder-ize!

Sometimes I do that on the fly, as I’m quilting… and sometimes I use an extra piece of fabric On the Side (held on by huge magnets) and draw or trace a design, stitch it bigger than needed without thread ~ for best details~ then shrink it down to the perfect size, and let the PSP stitch it exactly where I want it!

FriXion heat erasable highlighters are my preferred drawing tools, often on an old sheet ~thin enough to see through for tracing free clip art off the iPad~, then iron it to erase and use again! I also use them to mark measurements or draw notes in the excess batting… But NEVER use FriXion markers on the actual quilt top. Our cold Minnesota temps can cause the marks to reappear (just iron them off again).

Please watch a short video of this FMQ Drawing Board On the Side process… I hope you find this helpful, or at least interesting and entertaining! Come back to see me again! Tutoluu!

Paola’s Pillow Party

What to Do with Batting Scraps? Make a Memory Shirt Pillow!

Paola’s Pillow Party

 

Join Paola Jo for a fun-filled half hour tutorial on transforming a cute T-shirt

 

 

custom quilting prep on memory pillows

 

(or lounge pants, or orphan blocks, fuzzy fabric,

 

 

 

or your mama’s old favorite bathrobe… you get the idea)

add a poem: “Made from a top I used to wear, When you see this, Remember me there”

into a huggable snuggle,

Faux Flange Binding

displayable decorative memory pillow!

Oodles of Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip Tuesday Video Tutorial~Fixing Oopsies

Life took a few rough and sad turns this past year. So we changed the pace and focus for a while. (I might share more about that later.)  I’ve been busy on my Facebook page and YouTube, and now hope to start paying some attention to my website again (…and Pinterest and Instagram… goodness, so much to keep up on!)

Hopefully the links for my Quick Tip Tuesday video tutorials will work easy peasy …. Please check them out and subscribe to my YouTube Seder Quilts channel…  (it’s free, and then you can easily see all my helpful videos!)

This tutorial is on fixing the not quite so perfect Start and Stop points of Computerized quilting with FreeMotion quilying.  I hope you find it helpful… I like to be helpful!