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!
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).
Are you looking for an affordable and adorable way to turn your quilt tops into actual quilts? You’ve come to the right place… Seder Quilts!
My name is Paola and I offer a full range of quilting services and styles… Simple, Standard, Specialty, and Spectacular!
Simple all-over quilting designs are also called Edge-to-Edge (E2E), Border to Border, or Pantographs. One thread color throughout, not too closely stitched, it stays soft and fluffy, and is the most affordable option because it is quick and easy, with no rulers, no borders, no marking, and very little measuring.
Simple designs can be stitched by Freemotion Quilting or by Computerized Quilting; they can be Traditional (meander, floral, feathers, leaves), Modern (geometrics, straight lines, iconic silhouettes), or anything inbetween.
Freemotion Quilting (FMQ, Freehand, or Hand Guided) means I actually control the movement of my great big wonderful quilting machine (a HandiQuilter Fusion Longarm) by hand… I push, pull, wiggle, and squiggle every stitch.
Computerized Quilting means you choose a design from the ProStitcher computerized system connected to the quilter, and then the computer guides and controls the stitching as it moves. There are hundreds of designs to choose from, (and there are thousands more online.)
If you want something unique, I can design from your idea and stitch as I go… or plan, draw, and memorize an original image into the computer… (But we’ll talk about Specialty Custom Quilting another day!)
My name is Paola, I love quilting, and I would love to help you finish your next quilt! Contact me at SederQuilts@gmail.com or 701.388.1461.