Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Introducing my new Craftsy class, Start Paper Piecing!

Drumroll, please! It's finally time to share my newest Craftsy class, Start Paper Piecing!

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If you've followed my blog for more than five minutes, then you probably know how much I adore paper piecing. It's hands down my favorite kind of piecing, and one of my favorite topics to teach. Learning a new technique can be a daunting experience, but with this class, I'm right there with you, on demand, to help you build your paper piecing confidence! Most of the blocks I sew these days are paper pieced, and I love to share my tips and tricks for making the technique as simple as possible.

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Start Paper Piecing walks you through a total of seven different paper pieced blocks, ranging from some interesting angled blocks to a few star blocks and even some pictorial blocks. There's a wide variety, and there's me to hold your hand the entire way. I'll tell you about how I fell in love with paper piecing, and give you all the information you need to get started with paper piecing!

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If you haven't checked out Craftsy before, let me tell you, you can learn just about anything there. Seriously, they have such a wild variety of classes! Want to prepare a new dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner next week? No worries, Craftsy has you covered with their Sweet & Simple: 10 Classic Desserts class with Nick Malgieri. Are you interested in trying out garment sewing? Let Deborah Moebes help you with her Design & Sew an A Line Skirt class. Itching to make some quilts for the holidays? 3 Blocks 30 Quilts with Kate Colleran has some great setting ideas that will get your creative juices positively flowing. I'm itching to check out the Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery class with Jessica Marquez, which looks super fun, but I think you get my point - they really have something for just everyone. The best part is that whenever you purchase a Craftsy class, it's yours to watch as many times as you want, to rewind and fast forward as you please, and to ask as many questions as you want - that's been one of the most fun parts about my first class, Start Free-Motion Quilting! I love getting to interact with other quilters.

So what are you waiting for? Jump in and fall in love with paper piecing! Get a $20 discount on your class registration when you click right here to register. Have a super day!
Monday, November 17, 2014

Coffee, coffee, coffee!

It's all paper piecing all the time these days in my sewing room, and this weekend I finally finished off a little pattern that's been half-finished for an embarrassingly long while, the Coffee Cup block. This is a mini-pattern, available as a PDF pattern now both at my Pattern Shop and Craftsy. There will be a few other mini-pattern releases over the next few months. Every mini pattern will include a paper pieced block template in two sizes, in this case 6" and 8", as well as complete cutting instructions. These mini-patterns, however, are intended for those with some paper piecing experience, as step-by-step instructions are not included.


If you've done more than a block or two with paper piecing, you've probably noticed that the process of paper piecing does not change from block to block, the technique is identical, so that's precisely why I'm introducing these mini-patterns. Quick and easy fun paper pieced blocks are a great way to add some fun pizzazz to a zipper pouch or a tote, or to use in a mini quilt!



Each mini-pattern also includes a piecing diagram to show you exactly where each piece in the block winds up.

Love the idea of paper piecing but haven't given it a try yet? Stay tuned tomorrow for the official release of my newest Craftsy class, Start Paper Piecing! I'm super excited to share the projects with you all. Have a fantastic day!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hello New Juki

You know you really love a sewing machine when you buy it twice! And that's what I did just recently - I've been sewing on a used Juki TL98Q for over the last year, and after a completely-my-fault-mishap with it in which I broke the presser foot lever, I decided it was a sign that I ought to buy the new model, the TL2010Q. So that's exactly what I did from my local Juki dealer Gigi's Fabrics, and oh my goodness, it's true love :)

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I loved my TL98Q, which I bought used via Craig's List last year, and didn't know it was possible for it to get any better...and yet, with the 2010, Juki really hit a home run. They took a fantastic machine, and somehow made it more fantastic! Here's a few of the upgrades that I've noticed that I've really appreciated thus far...

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The telescoping thread stand is another great addition. There's also a nice stand (hidden by my giant cone of Aurifil) to really secure your cones to keep them from teetering when the thread is spooling off super fast, as is so often the case with this machine! 

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The speed limiter is possibly my favorite upgrade on the 2010. Unlike the 98, you can now control the maximum speed of the machine, so if you have a lead foot, like I do, and maybe don't want to be stitching at lightning speed, you can control that. I never FMQ on this machine at full speed, so this is a feature that I expect to be using pretty often!

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I also think there's better lighting on the 2010, which is especially nice since all of my sewing these days seems to be at night!

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All in all, I'm super happy with the new machine. I've done a good bit of free-motioning on it so far, plus some paper piecing and some binding-making, so I feel like I've put it through its paces, and I cannot recommend this machine enough. The level of durability and sturdiness it provides and the quality of the stitches is just fantastic. I wouldn't trade it for any other machine out there! 
Monday, November 10, 2014

The Arcadian Star - November's Lucky Star Block of the Month

Goodness gracious, how is it already the second week of November?! Deadlines and work has been fast and furious over the last several weeks, hence my absence here around the blog, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing and setting up posts in advance. First up is catching up with the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club!

The November Star is the Arcadian Star. As usual, this star has loads of potential, and can be really quite unique depending on your color placement. Here's mine for this month:

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I also made an Arcadian Star for Spring Market for Robert Kaufman, with a bit of a different look. I'm not usually much of a purple fan, but I really like it in this block!

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And here's a few digital mockups to give you some other fun color stories to get your creative juices flowing...

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We've got just one more Lucky Star Block of the Month coming up, for December, and that will be a wrap on the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club! Not a member yet? No worries, you can still join in the paper piecing fun right here. And not to worry, I do have some new paper piecing patterns coming very soon through my brand new Craftsy class, Start Paper Piecing, which will be coming out later this month. Stay tuned!!
Monday, October 6, 2014

A wee bit of travel

So if you follow me on Instagram, this won't be news to you, but I know not everyone is an Instagram addict like I am :) I was a lucky girl a few weeks ago - I got to spend a week in beautiful Denver, Colorado mixing a little business with pleasure. The munchkin and I got to spend time with my immediate family that happens to live in Denver, providing him with tons of quality time with his cousins, and I also got to head back to a place I enjoy immensely - the Craftsy studios.

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I had a great time working on set for my new Craftsy class. I'm always bowled over by how much fun it is to work on these classes. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching in person as well, but it's just oodles of fun for me to get to spend a week feeling like my college degree in television production is actually getting some use! I had a great team working with me again this time, and I got to head back to beautiful Studio E for this shoot, which I was really happy about. Thank you so much to my wonderful on-set team, J.C., Tony, Jeff, Tiffany and John - you guys made this past week fly by and you made it feel like fun instead of work!!

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We did get some tourist-y time as well, and checked out the newly renovated Union Station, which was just gorgeous at night. I wish we'd gotten a chance to stop by Fancy Tiger again, but time wasn't on our side. Much to do, and a limited amount of daylight after a long day of shooting, I suppose! Maybe next time?

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I can't wait to share more from the class with you! This was a great class and I can't wait to tell you more about it :) Have a super Monday!

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