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.
Yeaaay! My first class is now for sale! Click the link above.
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…
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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) …
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!
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❤️
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.
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!
If I never teach you anything else, please remember this tutorial and SHARE it with your friends (or at least the ones you like… or at least the ones who like to quilt!)
First of all… Think of CHAIN PIECING…
You will stitch the entire FIRST TWO COLUMNS of pieces together, (PAIRS OF SQUARES) one set right after the other, WITHOUT CUTTING THEM APART… making a chain, or more precisely a kite tail.
Second… Think of COLUMNS, not rows. (Trust me, this is the most important paradigm to change, it will cut your piecing time in half! I promise!)
You will sew (or add) an entire column at a time.
They will all be connected by the chained thread, creating a clothesline of kite tails.
Third… Think of TURNING PAGES OF A BOOK. (Or like taping several sheets of music together, so they balance on your music stand.)
I will teach you to stack and label your columns with numbered pins. Then add “one page” to each row, as you chain your columns.
This works best with squares; it works for a little 9-patch block, or for your entire king sized quilt top. I will use a 9-patch block in this example, 3 columns by 3 rows.
Label some flat head pins with sets of numbers.
How many columns in your block (or quilt top)?
You don’t need any “ones”, just start with 2,3,4… As many as columns.
(If you are doing lots of blocks, then you need that many sets)
First, lay out your design on the floor, or a DESIGN WALL (or a flannel back tablecloth).
Next, you will label and stack your columns with numbered pins.
Pin the corresponding number TOP & CENTER of each piece in the TOP ROW. (This is especially important for Directional Print fabrics, you’ll always know which end is up by the little pin holes… Yes, you are welcome.)
Left to right.. (Leave the first one blank,) then 2,3, etc…
The second column is folded onto the first column, and chain pieced into a kite tail.
The third column is stacked with the top piece on top, pin through Top & Center.
Now think of Turning Pages of a Book, as you add the “third page” to each row… Still chain piecing the columns…
Now press your seams, fold the row over, stitch your horizontal seams…
The intersecting seams will nest together perfectly!
(NOW… IF you were doing a larger block, or a whole quilt top, you would stack 1&2 folded together with a pin through the first pair.
Then STACK the REST of the columns. Always keep the TOP piece on the TOP of each stack.
Start on the far right, with the last column.
Pick up the top piece, and go down the column, adding the next piece to the bottom the stack.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set the stack down.
Stack the next column, keeping the TOP piece ON TOP.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set each new stack on top of the previously stacked pieces (biggest # on bottom).
#ProjectQUILTING challenge quilt week 3. It’s all about that Thread.
Finished. Just in the nick of time. Displayed on the slightly melting snow.
Its the tiniest quilt I’ve ever made, only 10×11″. I like Batiks and Cherrywood together… they play so well together. There are no wrong sides, the colors are true through and through, and the longer you look…the more you see.. lots of layers and shadows.
It is a quilt, I used two layers of Hobbs Heirloom batting. It has an optional pillow back… I might stuff it later to be kept on a bed, but for now I’ll display it with some of my favorite photos.
I started with the idea to have many different flowers, but used inspiration from our daughter’s wedding bouquet, and stayed with mainly daisy type mums, and the tiny 5-petal star-flowers she always likes. There is one carnation, I like them because they last so much longer than most flowers. Most are stitched with layers of creams, yellows, and golds, with a hint of pinks and burgundy. I threw three colorful flowers and a few leaves in there, too.
This has been an emotional month. How can you love and miss someone so tiny, you never saw, and will have to wait till eternity to meet? 💕