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!
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!
I’m a visual learner… so I LOVE the SKITCH app for puzzling out good stuff… (Stop&Start points, the best path through the maze, etc). Choose from multiple colors and line thicknesses, add text or arrows, save or send the options as photos, go back and trace them for muscle memory… (Did I mention I love it?)
“SKITCH” is a free app, (I use mine on an iPad, and I prefer to use a stylus, but it works with chubby fingertips, too.) It allows you to draw, or sketch, on a digital photo; you can save a new photo of your doodlings at any point; several options to send it to other people; you can delete your markings, and try many attempts. It’s a modern techy Etch-a-Sketch.
I use it to audition stitch routes on quilt blocks. I find it quicker than drawing out the block on graph paper by hand, and easier to erase and make changes. (My brother-in-law would use it to draw mustaches and big eyebrows on portraits.)
Bonus tip… For nicer curves when stitching an Orange Peel… Weave in and out of several blocks with “S” shapes, as far as possible… rather than “C,C,C”… (Who doesn’t like nicer curves?)
Today was special at Seder Quilts… A good kind of special. Not just because it is Thursday (Thursday is usually my favorite day of the week… that started decades ago) and not just because I thoroughly enjoy my “job” (I spend most of my days longarm quilting beautiful client quilts with custom freehand freemotion gorgeous stitching on my HandyQuilter) … but because I had a very special one-day-turn-around project to do today… New binding for a vintage quilt.
I love old, meaningful stuff; vintage stuff …not just cuz it’s old and cool, but because it had special meaning to someone, was taken care of, loved, used, and nearly worn out from being useful and special. And if the cool old stuff has been passed along to someone else, who also appreciates it, that really tickles me.