Couldn't help it - Celtic

Posted by Ruth on 4 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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Well as busy as I am, I just couldn't help it. I commited myself to Nancy Chong's Stress-free Celtic Knot Tablerunner class. I have always loved doing Celtic work. In fact, last year I published a new pattern called Celtic Jewel which is a mix of patchwork, applique and celtic knots. I usually do my work by machine (not always, but in more recent years mainly because of the time factor), but today I wanted to try Nancy's way, because it is always fun to learn new ways to do things.

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Screen Printing Fun

Posted by Ruth on 29 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Time to share some work from one of Shirley Goodwin's students in her Screen Printing class - which by the way, starts this weekend at the Academy of Quilting and to see what Shirley has been up to recently. Screen Printing is an inexpensive way to make fantastic new fabric - one of a kind at that and in Shirley's case, a fantastic new look to a quilt that she wasn't happy with.

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CorelDraw for Quilters

Posted by Ruth on 27 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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I have to say, Lily Kerns has been working really hard, through all elements such as computer crashes and storms causing power outages, to bring her CorelDraw learning class up to date with the newest version of CorelDraw. Not only has she changed the lessons where needed but she is now including a new way of learning CorelDraw, through video. The class has three methods, so one is bound to suit you if not all three!

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Do you know how to do Broderie Perse?

Posted by Ruth on 16 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Do you know what Broderie Perse is and how to use it? I used it in one of my stitch along challenges last year so if you joined me then, you'll know what it is all about. It is a form of applique using motifs from fabric prints. Susan Dorchester teaches the class and knows all the ins and outs. Today she shares with me and you some of the pieces she has made using Broderie Perse.

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Machine Embroidery for Beginners

Posted by Ruth on 12 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Do you have an embroidery machine? Do you know how to use it with confidence and ease? Did you know you can get free designs for it?

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Crazy Quilt Piecing

Posted by Ruth on 8 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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What is, Crazy quilting? Crazy quilting is not just slapping together whatever scraps you have laying around and hoping for the best. There are different methods of constructing the blocks depending on the look you want to achieve and the kind of scraps you are working with.

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Two Classes by Lily

Posted by Ruth on 7 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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We don't normally have tow classes taught by the same teacher starting on the same date, but this weekend is an exception. Lily Kern's two classes are very different.

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Learn Machine Quilting

Posted by Ruth on 25 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Do you have many quilt tops sitting in the cupboard waiting to be quilted? How about joining my other new students and learn how to quilt your own quilt tops.... I'm eager to start you on this wonderful journey of quilting. Recently I updated the class, adding a new design and new videos, including an introduction video.

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3-dimensional applique

Posted by Ruth on 10 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Recently Jennifer Leslie shared a photo of a quilt she made after attending my Poppin Poppies online class at the Academy of Quilting. She used the techniques learned to create a beautiful autumn quilt called "When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall". Can you see the three-dimensional leaves?

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How do you Display Your Quilts

Posted by Ruth on 10 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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What do you do with your quilts? How do you present them and display them for everyone to enjoy? I hope they are not stuck away in a chest or closet. I have to admit, some of mine are and I need to find ways to better display them so they can be enjoyed by all. 

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