Latest Happenings…..

First , I have to thank you all for your wonderful name suggestions!  So far I have narrowed it down and these are the ones in the forefront.  I could change my mind as I am quilting but who knows….

Citrus Starburst

Persian Rose

Mimosa Blush

Navigating my Passion

Raspberry Fields

Raspberry Delight

Love to hear more if something pops into your head.

I am going to chronicle my journey with the quilting so make sure to subscribe to my blog.

So I printed off my black and white print out but I had some trouble seeing the area I wanted to work on. So I zoomed in on the center and printed that off.  Here is what  I have so far….

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A couple of weeks ago, I spent a Friday at Olde City Quilts with Teri Lucas!  We were filming how Teri uses templates on her Domestic machine.  While I was in Houston, I got a lot of question as to whether you could use templates on a domestic machine.  The answer is YES!!!  Teri makes it look so easy.  I will be posting the link on Friday barring any unforeseen computer glitches, so stay tuned!! Here are some of the very talented quilters who used this method.  Come join us.

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Quilt on!

Lisa

Beat the Winter Blues…. Take a Road Trip

Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful….. ok, no, I’m not going to torture you by singing.  I can’t carry a tune to save my life so I will spare you that.  But the weather has been terribly cold and most of you might know, I can’t stand the cold.  So I am flying south from Feb 6th -8th to Virginia Beach to teach at Birds of a Feather.    What?? you haven’t heard of it?  Where have you been?  This is a wonderful conference to further your machine quilting skills with lectures, hands on classes, drawing classes and lecture demos and  the faculty list is amazing!!!

Check out this great class!  I will not be teaching this class again this year on the East Coast so don’t miss out.

Totally Templates:

Totally Template Sample

Totally Template Sample

“Lisa relies on quilting templates to make the most of her complex and dynamic quilting designs. But using templates and rulers to stitch straight lines and perfect curves can be daunting. Join her as she shares her insider knowledge on how to use them and how just a few simple shapes open up 100‘s of possibilities. You will leave this class with a solid knowledge of how to make the most of templates and work with them with confidence. This is a beginner template class.”

Totally Templates

Totally Templates

 

Join me for this 2 hour hands on class on Feb 7th from 8-10!  We will have a blast!

Quilt on!

Lisa

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, it feels like it went by in a huge blur, but it was very enjoyable.  2014, wow, it will be at least till June before I will write the correct year on my checks.

In the beginning of each year I like to review how the previous year went and look to see what I would like to accomplish in the new year.  One of the things that came to mind was my blog.  I am going to try and be a better “blogger”.  This year I would like to use my blog to post things I feel would be helpful in both long arming and quilting in general.  I am by no means saying I am an expert and what I convey may or may not be helpful to you but I am going to give it a go.  So here goes nothing… ( I could be talking to myself here..)

I have been working hard on my template class for the spring.  I tend to procrastinate so I have 2 more classes to finish up as well but since I am teaching the template class at Olde City Quilts on Jan 18 from 10-2 (hint, hint) I figure that I better work on that one first.  😉  If you can’t make it to Olde City, I will be teaching this at Birds of a Feather, MQX East and HMQS in Salt Lake City in the coming months.  Click here for dates.

Some things to think about…. not everyone will love quilting with templates as much as I do and that’s ok.  Templates are for creating accuracy not speed.  You will not be an expert right out of the gate but don’t get frustrated.  One of the hardest things is getting use to holding the template.  You will want a secure hold but not a death grip, you don’t want to press too hard or the machine won’t move either.  I have found that if you put a piece of paper underneath your template on a flat surface, you will want to apply enough pressure that you are able to pull the paper out from underneath but not too much that the paper won’t pull out at all.  There is also a give and take, side to side as well since your hopping foot is being guided by the template.    This class is great for beginners as we go over all of this in class.

One question I get asked a lot is what is my favorite template for beginners.  I believe that if you have determined that you like using templates, you must have a straight edge ruler and a set of circles.  You can get by with just these two  for some time.  ( I am working on my straight edge now.  I just need to make sure the size is right).    There are so many things you can use the circles for aside from wreaths, you can use them for CC (continuous curves), spines, swags, clamshells etc.  I also use them for marking scallops for borders.  You will not regret having them!

One last item about templates…. SID or stitch in the ditch.  If you like custom work, this is a skill worth mastering.  There is a high side and a low side of a seam.  You will want to SID on the low side with a thread that blends.  If you quilt for other people, check out their seam pressing before suggesting a lot of ditch work.  I have found that some seams go both  ways….

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If the seam indeed goes both ways, sometimes you will be able to “swipe” the seam back to its correct side.  Insert a needle or pin on the low side near the seam and swipe the needle in an arc shape to push the seam back.

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This is not always possible but worth a try so you don’t have to jump the ditch.  🙂 I like to use monopoly thread when I am doing ditch work but silk thread works great as well.  You will want a thinner thread so it disappears.

This is the sample for the hands on template class.  This is a class designed to get you comfortable with using holding and using templates,  straight edge and circles.  Hope to see you in class.

Template sample

If you have any questions about templates, don’t hesitate to ask.  You can find mine line of templates at http://www.stonehousequilting.com

Lisa