BLOCK BREAKDOWN

Friday, July 12, 2019

Houston... We've Got Classes!

I am once again thrilled and honored to be teaching classes in Houston at International Quilt Festival this fall!  If you're thinking about attending NOW is the time to plan your class schedules -- online registration (new this year) starts on Monday, July 15 (sometime after 10am CDT) -- that gives you ALL weekend to make your choices!  

Here's the link to ALL the classes.  Following are my classes, they are all Hands-On Longarm classes:





If you're on the fence and thinking about it don't wait too long -- hands-on classes fill up FAST!  I hope you get all your choices and I can't wait to see you!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

New Digital Design!!

I've just finished a new digital quilt design for the Lumina Feathered Star and it is beautiful!  Many thanks to my friend Jodi who stitched them all out to make sure they were perfect for all of you!

It consists of 19 individual patterns (some used in reverse) - they are available individually OR as a set on Gammill's Pattern Cloud.  If you're having problems finding the SET, follow the instructions below.  You actually save money purchasing the entire set.

Start out at https://patterncloud.com/

Click on SHOP

Then click on BUY PATTERN SETS

There is also a layout sheet for downloading

So go check them out!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Exciting News!

So while I was away teaching in Seattle and Portland I received some awesome emails!  And let me tell you, these never get old!

Andromeda Crossing has been accepted to AQS Grand Rapids! 

And email number two was the acceptance of Journeys Thru Art Guild Challenge - Spirals!

Don't you just love happy emails!

Monday, June 10, 2019

May was a blur...

Seriously... did May even happen?  There was so much going on in my little world during May that I barely remember, except for photos!  Aren't they the best - at least for me.  They actually prove that May did happen, and apparently I participated!

So let's rewind back to the beginning - 5/1 - that was the first day of Gammill's Quilting with Confidence 2019 Tour - and well, I was a part of it!  I was honored to be on the first three stops -- Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Lubbock.  That was exciting enough on its own, but add in lots of eager students and magic happens -- so much learning and confidence building!  If you want to see oodles of pictures - just check out my Instagram, that's where I put most of the tour pics.

Then a quick stop at home for my old Gammill's spa day... my dealer, Itching for Stitching was out and pampered old Gam so now she's feeling brand new!

Then I snuck over to Florida's west coast and had an awesome time with the Peace River Quilters Guild of Punta Gorda.  The morning I shared a lot of my quilts during the trunk show and then in the afternoon a fills workshop.  What an awesome group of ladies!

And then back to the QWC Tour - next stops were Casper, WY and Pierre, SD.  More awesome students!  I couldn't be happier, being a part of this tour is amazing... watching that spark when a student tries something new... and gets it!  It is the most awesome part of being an educator!!

Another perk of being on the tour is if you wake up at an hour before dark-thirty on travel day you might get to squeeze in a super-fast speed version of sightseeing.  Jodi and I did just that, on our way to Pierre, we swung through Badlands National Park -- and even at super speed mode, it was incredible!  If you want to see some fantastic pics from that day, check out my photo blog - Peek of Inspiration.


And the day after I got home, the momma came for a visit.  And we started tiling...
I did manage to do one client quilt - it was a t-shirt quilt and the quilting was an all-over meander just to hold things together.  At the very end of the month, I did start on an awesome custom for another client, but it's now the 10th of June and I'm still not finished - Florida rainy season has started with daily thunderstorms.  It won't be finished for another week or so as I'm off again tomorrow touring away...

Stay happy peeps... stitch often!

Friday, April 26, 2019

A whole lotta catch up!

I've been traveling my tushy off so now it's time to pay the piper and blog all about it... so fair warning, it's probably going to be a long post (but lots of pics)!

So let's rewind two weeks ago, back to MQX.  It was a blast (as always), my students were awesome, and I had a bunch of fun!

Let's start out with... S N O W
No, it's not something we see in Florida, but remember, I'm a Jersey girl and I really do miss snow!


Here's part of my class during a lecture/demo -- haha, I'm still a hands-on teacher - everyone had a chance to try something from class!  And apparently, this is the only photo I took in any of my machine classes...

A peek of me with my Prince Challenge!

I awarded my Faculty Ribbon to this awesome quilt - Big ASS(terisk) by Becky Everett - such a cool piece!

And a pic with Gods Eye and yes, Trippy was there, but I didn't get a picture with it?? - must be show brain...

 And, seriously, the best class ever - Dyeing to Cut It Part 2 - where we took all the amazing dyes that the students made in Cindy Lohbeck's class and cut them up to make little bits of awesomeness!!

And then on Friday night, Kyra Reps was using a bunch of us as guinea pigs to test out her dot painted mandalas - so we (the Gammill crew) all participated!  What fun it was!!

Oh!  I almost forgot... I had new headshots done by the uber talented Bonnie McCaffery - here's my sneak peek!  I can't wait to see the others!  New headshots were kinda a must as my grey has really grown in nicely.

So right before takedown, I had a few minutes to stitch... fun stuff!

And of course... takedown - I have the best work family!

So from MQX it was a direct (haha...delay, delay, cancel, new flight) shot out to the Mothership (aka Gammill headquarters) in West Plains.  It was our dry run of the new Quilting with Confidence 2019 Tour - and from West Plains, we headed up to the Satellite Mothership (aka Statler) - and also to the hatchery (Warehouse).  Keep reading to learn more about the tour, I promise, it's coming.  So some of these pics are mine and some are from others... and no, I can't possibly remember who I've borrowed them from, but thanks!  So... in no particular order:











So... the tour - Quilting with Confidence!  I know I've talked about this recently, but here it is again - you know because not everyone sees every single thing.  Let me start with...

I am crazy excited about the tour!
I am honored to be a part of this amazing educational team!
No, this tour is not a sales pitch - we have been working our tushies off creating educational content to make YOU a more confident quilter - whether hand guide or computerized, or both!

The tour will be traveling to 50+ cities worldwide!  The classes, schedules, descriptions, and location information can be found here.  But wait... there's more... you don't have to be a Gammill user, owning a Gammill is NOT a requirement.  The only requirement is the desire to learn and gain confidence!

So... here's the really important part - registration is open for almost half of the cities, and new ones are opening every few days.  Go, check it out, see if there is a city near you and sign up!!  Next week is the kick-off event in Kansas City -- I can't wait!  Hope to see you at an event soon!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Quilting with Confidence 2019 Tour

I'm sure by now you've all heard about Gammill's Quilting with Confidence 2019 Tour.  If, by chance, you haven't, read on!  I am super crazy excited about the tour!

Gammill is having an educational tour and will be traveling to 50+ cities worldwide!  For real... we'll be all over the place!  I say we'll because I am honored to be part of Gammill's Educational Team.  There are fourteen of us, each with our own amazing specialized talents -- all very accomplished quilters.  And I truly mean honored -- this is a fantastic group of brilliant quilty people.  

The preparation for this tour has been going on for quite some time behind the scenes... we are ready!  And hopefully you, the students, are too!  The class schedule and descriptions for the 2019 tour can be found here -- both for hand guiding as well as computerized users.  But here is the really awesome part about this tour -- you don't have to be a Gammill user, owning a Gammill is not a requirement.  The only requirement is the desire to learn and gain confidence in your skills!  How cool is that?!!  

So, where are we going?  Wow... kinda everywhere, or at least pretty close!  You can find all the locations, dates, and details here.  Registration has started for the first set of tour dates, and every week or so registration opens for more locations.  You'll definitely want to check the website often!!

I can't wait and I hope to see you at an event soon!!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Journeys Thru Art - Spirals

So, I'm in an art group, Journeys Thru Art - usually referred to as Journeys or JTA.  Well, we've just finished our latest challenge -- Spirals!

You might remember our Bridges Challenge, our Famous Female Faces Challenge, or our Door Challenge.  Yes, we love a good challenge!

So here are the Spirals:
Aren't they awesome!!!  I am truly honored to be included in this group of amazingly talented people!

So... you'll be able to see a few of these at MQX next week, but you'll have to wait until AQS Grand Rapids to see them all together!

Oh and I just have to share my label... sometimes I have the most fun with them!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Block Breakdown Episodes 15-19

Wow, what a total slacker I've been...
I have been so busy I neglected to share the latest episodes of Block Breakdown with all of you.  Hopefully, you've been following along with the Gammill website or their YouTube Channel.  That's the best place to look if you don't see anything here.

So, let's catch up!

Block Breakdown Episode 15 - Old Maids Puzzle
Old Maids Puzzle Printable


Block Breakdown Episode 16 - Kansas Troubles
Kansas Troubles Printable


Block  Breakdown Episode 17 - Bear Paw
Bear Paw Printable


Block Breakdown Episode 18 - Flying Geese
Flying Geese Printable















Block Breakdown Episode 19 - Card Trick
Card Trick Printable

Monday, February 11, 2019

Up Next... MQX

My next teaching event is in April at MQX in Manchester, NH - if you've never been you really need to!  If you have been, you already know how awesome this event is!

I'm teaching a bunch of lecture classes, an exclusive-to-MQX design class, as well as a couple of hands-on classes.  Don't worry, I'll explain more in a bit.

So... lectures.  Yeah, these are more design and draw classes.  If you know me, you know I can't just stand in front of class and talk... haha, I can talk, but I can't speak... if that makes any sense - I like to keep it more personable.  I like to share, so we'll draw and demo, and draw and demo, and you, the students, totally participate.  This isn't a sit-back-and-listen for two hours kinda thing - that's not me, well, unless you're really tired, then maybe okay.  

The lecture/demos I'll be teaching are:


Build-A-Stitch - In Build-A-Stitch we start with a very basic stitch and then add one element at a time.  This class is great for beginners as well as those wanting to move from pantos to free motion.  The technique improves muscle-memory all while increasing confidence.  By the end of class, you'll have a full library of go-to stitches!  Bring a notebook and a pen for practice!

Scrollwork - Scrolls... so much more than just sashing fillers!  We'll cover several variations of a basic scroll and then move on to using them in blocks as well as all overs.  There will be lost of curly, scrolly fun all while adding a bunch of scroll options to your go-to stitch library.  Bring a notebook and a pen for practice!


Spunky Funky Feathers - Formal feathers? Not in this class!  I'll share a bunch of super fun, no backtrack, whimsical, and creative feathers.  They definitely aren't traditional, but they sure are fun and fill space rather quickly.  Also, you might not know it, but this is the class that started the idea for my newest book, Fast Forward Feathers (in the book there's 160+ of them).  Again, bring a notebook and a pen for practice!

Functional Fills - Fills are fantastic, fun, and functional too!  Whether filling oodles of empty space or accentuating beautiful applique, fills are a very necessary part of quilting.  In this class, I'll share many of my favorite background fills, including my signature fan fill, as well as combining fills for maximum effect.  I'll also cover density and scale of various designs and when to know which to use.  Bring that notebook and pen for practice!!



Now on to the hands-on classes - I have two, and yes, at MQX it is one student per machine so there will be no time waiting to stitch!

Pop Those Lines - Using straight and curved edge rulers and some amazing background fills on a custom-printed panel, I'll share how to make your ruler work pop! You will take basic ruler work to the next level as well as learn some unique ruler ideas. Straight edge and curved longarm rulers are required – bring your favorites; I will have my rulers available for purchase.




Breaking Down the Block - What a fun class this is!  I'll share several stitch path variations of several common blocks using only one start and stop.  You'll then have the opportunity to stitch your favorite version of each block on a custom printed panel.  Maybe you'll even add your own flair to each block making it uniquely your own!  You'll get so many design ideas in class that what to quilt on samplers will be a thing of the past!

This is a spin-off of my Block Breakdown series with Gammill -- and no, not a single repeat!!  Since so many people love the series I thought bringing it into a class would be the next best thing!



Now, the exclusive design class.  It is Part 2 of the Dyeing to Cut It class.  In Part 1 you'll be learning how to do some amazing dyes with Cindy Lohbeck of Hands on Hand Dye (one of my dear friends).  Then you'll do all the rinsing, washing, drying, etc.  Next will be Part 2 where I'll be sharing how to take these awesome dyes and cut them up into wonderful pieces to create this (no, it's not yet quilted - I'll share that pic soon):

This class was a brainchild of Cindy and me- I had taken her mini mandala dye class and then created my latest quilt, Andromeda Crossing.  When Andromeda Crossing won 1st Place at MQX MidWest, Cindy and I started thinking... so many people take her dye class and are apprehensive to cut the fabrics.  Yes, they are beautiful on their own, but can also be chopped up into even more beautiful things!  Why is everyone so afraid to cut up dyes?  We do it every day with regular fabrics... let me help you with that cut-the-dye-fear!  So here's a peek at Andromeda Crossing - the quilt that started the class idea:

Yes, this quilt is a massive 83x83 with a lot of detail - the design we'll construct in class is approximately 45 square with a little less detail - but that doesn't mean you have to stop.  Once you're home you can continue cutting and creating even more!

So... that's my scheduled week at MQX -- who will I see? Hope you can join me for a class, or two, or possibly more!