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!

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.

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!

Clotheslining. How to cut your piecing time in half!

Clotheslining your quilt top…

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!)

Chain stitching
Chain stitching

First of all… Think of CHAIN PIECING…

Don't cut that thread!
Don’t cut that thread!

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.

Kite tail
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.

Numbered, Flat head pins
Numbered, Flat head pins

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.

Many blocks, labeled & stacked
Many blocks, labeled TOP & CENTER, and stacked

(If you are doing lots of blocks, then you need that many sets)

Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall
Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall

First, lay out your design on the floor, or a DESIGN WALL (or a flannel back tablecloth).

Lay out block
Lay out block

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…

Fold 2nd column onto first
Fold 2nd column onto first

The second column is folded onto the first column, and chain pieced into a kite tail.

Kite tail
Kite tail- keep the completed column together, but snip the thread at the bottom of the tail. ~note the pin labels Top & Center!

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…

Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns
Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns

 

All three columns chained together.
All three columns chained together.

Now press your seams, fold the row over, stitch your horizontal seams…

Press seams to the dark side
Press seams to the dark side

The intersecting seams will nest together perfectly!

Please excuse the dark thread, don't report me to the quilt police.
Please excuse the dark thread, don’t report me to the quilt police.
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
The "chained" thread acts like a pin to hold things together
The “chained” thread acts like a pin to hold things together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together

(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).

Watch for future posts featuring larger blocks and/or whole quilt tops.

See Clotheslining…(the short version) NOW… at www.facebook.com/SederQuilts

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My name is Paola Jo, and I want to be your favorite LongArm Quilter!

Affordable Quilting…

It’s not a quilt until it’s quilted…

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!

Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain
Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain

My name is Paola and I offer a full range of quilting services and styles… Simple, Standard, Specialty, and Spectacular!

Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander
Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander

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 E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

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.

Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

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.

Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium
Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium

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.)

E2E comp ~Daisy Marie
Simple E2E comp ~Daisy Marie

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.

Simple Allover Computerized ~Falling Feathers
Simple E2E Computerized ~Falling Feathers