I Just Wanna Have Fun

 

 

Most of you know it’s with much excitement that I’ve announced that Perfect Plumes has made its big debut.  But what you don’t know is that during the process of constructing my latest class, with a little help, I filmed a little promo video for the launch of my newest addition.  Below you will find the small segment to watch, if you haven’t already. And if you’re about to click “play” keep in mind that there’s nothing I love more than adding a bit of comedy into my work days.

So feel free take a look at the video:

Since you have watched the above little clip I’d like to now reveal the first couple recordings that were filmed.  But first I need to disclose that my red-headed assistant, Drea, was helping with this project. And whenever the two of us are found in the same room, regardless of size, a unique and rare element of playfulness fills the space. For the record I’d like to say that despite how many times fits of laughter place our work on a brief pause; we still manage to be productive!  So, on this particular day Drea, and I thought it would be fun to add a “tiny” bit of costuming to the video; and the chosen accessory was a wig. The end result is what you are about to observe below.  Now, I realize that you may not find it nearly as comical as we did; but trust me, managing a falling wig makes “serious” acting a bit difficult. My intent in sharing these clips is to encourage everyone to permit themselves to embrace silly, laughter-filled, moments in their day.  And if you’re lucky enough to have someone who brings that aspect into your life then make sure that you incorporate them into your tomorrows!

Enjoy and have a laugh…

 

Folks We Are SOO Close!

 

Does the following little video have you glancing in the mirror saying, “Oh my god! That’s me!”  If so, then you’ll be happy to know I have a solution!

 

Yes, step by step, things are really starting to move forward in my little studio, here in Pennsylvania.  Even during the process of preparing for shows, lectures, etc. I have remained focused on producing the ProFeather™ ruler AND the Perfect Plumes Class.  No doubt it’s a lot to juggle, but I’m so excited that I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest ruler and class that I can’t set it aside now! Heck no! So be on the look out, they are coming your way very soon!!!

 

Feathers Create My Happy Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feathers, feathers, feathers.  Yes, I do know how to quilt many other things, however, I absolutely love to quilt feathers.  As soon as I had finalized the purchase on my machine I was determined to master the technique of  quilting these beauties.   So, maybe you have just bought your first machine and are having the same thoughts I just shared of loving feathers , or you have a machine and simply haven’t taken the time to learn this technique. Well, then this post will come in handy!  Although this is an older video I thought I would repost it for some of my newer followers, and for those of you that have yet to tackle this motif.

The video I am sharing below is a tutorial on formal feathers, some quilters refer to it as the “hump and  bump”.

 

 

Whether you are new feathers, or just needed a refresher on fine tuning your skills I hope you found this video beneficial.  By the way what are your favorite motifs to quilt?

 

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ProEcho Rulers, What’s the Big Fuss?



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Not too long ago in a previous post I mentioned the rulers that are used most often in my studio, which are the ProEcho’s.   These rulers are a jack of all traits. I use them for drawing out applique motifs, paper piecing, and stitching out continuous curves.  Basically if my project calls for a curve, I reach for one of my ProEcho Rulers.  And since we all incorporate variations of curves into our quilt, wouldn’t it be a little silly not to have different size rulers to choose from? So of course these rulers are available in different sizes. If you look at the below picture of ProEcho rulers you will notice they all have a corresponding number on them (i.e ProEcho 12).  The number on the ruler refers to the size circle that the arc of the curve comes from. These rulers range from a       ProEcho 3 all the way to a ProEcho 22.  There will no project to small or to big for the ProEcho’s!

 

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Maybe you are thinking, “Sounds great, but what exactly do they do?”                                                                                    Somehow I knew you might have that question.  So take a minute a view this video , hopefully you will get a little glimpse of what these curves of heaven will do.

 

Don’t let this be you:

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Days spent in a bad mood over templates are simply unneccessary, let the ProEcho keep you smiling.

**For those that find your templates slipping a bit or you are using a domestic machine, a great product to prevent movement is the Handi Grip. I don’t generally use anything on my templates but I definitely would give the Handi Grip two thumbs up!