BLOCK BREAKDOWN

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Block Breakdown 13 - Weathervane (August 2018)

Hey Quilties - another Block Breakdown is available!!  As always, I'm a little late posting...

Block Breakdown 13 - Weathervane (August 2018)



You can always find the latest episode on Gammill's website, Gammill's YouTube channel, and also on the Block Breakdown tab above.  Don't forget, if there is a specific block you'd like to see, just let me know!

Happy Stitches!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Andromeda Crossing

I'm pleased to introduce you to Andromeda Crossing.  This morning I finished her and this afternoon shipped it off!  It will be debuting at MQX Midwest so hopefully, if you're there you can see it!


And a few detail pics:



And a peek at the back before blocking, binding, and the sleeve was done:

So, the details...
The front hand dyed mandalas are my own.  I did them in a private group class with Cindy Lohbeck of Hands on Hand Dyes.  If you want to read more about that day, click here.  It was a lot of fun.  So from then until now, I've changed the squares quite a bit.  I added frames, cut a few of them up, and kinda made some magic happen!  There are a few progress posts of this piece over on my Patreon page (subscription) if you want to see more!  I'm also hoping to have a few more posts over there about the quilting, even though I didn't get to film much of it as there wasn't much extra time with my overdue deadline!  The beautiful backing is a piece dyed by Sondra Millard of She's Got Mojo.

So... the name, Andromeda Crossing.  Well, this quilt went through several names (formally thanking my friends for dealing with me through that)... it was bad.  Finally one day my friend Marian said the dyes kinda look like nebulas.  So I did a little research and found this photo of the Andromeda galaxy on Wikipedia:

Wow... purple and brown just like my fabrics!  And the crossing comes from the somewhat of an X pattern in my design.  So that's how I came up with Andromeda Crossing!

I do want to share that this beauty has 49.87 hours of quilting in it - we're just gonna round that up to 50!  That is just quilting hours, not construction, not design planning, just quilting.  And, I have done my fastest binding ever on this beauty... and yes, I have the bloody fingers to prove it!  And, after all that, why not add a few hundred dollars worth of Swarovski crystals?!!  Oh, and it finished up at 83" square (one of my largest pieces yet).  Is it perfect, not even close, but I am so unbelievably happy with it!!

Monday, September 3, 2018

MQX Midwest

You guys... MQX Midwest is only two weeks away!!  Make sure you read this post all the way to the end as I share a bit of big news!

I'm super excited to be teaching there as this is my first time at Midwest... hard to believe, I know!  I have a full line up of classes and I'd love to share some of them with you.

In the hands-on classroom I have:

Pop Those Lines!

Do you struggle with ruler work?  Do you want your ruler work to POP off the quilt?  Let me share some fun techniques with you and you'll be popping those lines almost instantly!

This class is on Wednesday - will I see you?!!




Spunky Funky Feathers

These are NOT your typical feather so don't let that feather word scare you.  These are also ZERO backtracking so they go super fast and are loads of fun!

This class is on Thursday - will I see you?!!



Build-A-Stitch

Are you a beginner?  Do you want to move from pantographs to the front of the machine?  Do you need a little confidence in your free motion capabilities?  Well, let me help you with ALL of that!  We'll start with a basic line and add one element at a time to create oodles of different stitches!

This class is on Thursday - HOPE to see you!


Scrollwork

Who doesn't love a scroll?  Let me share multiple variations of the basic scroll as well as several other ways to utilize them in your daily quilting.  Scrolls are one of the easiest ways to create a cohesive design in almost any quilting project, and they are super fast and fun!

This hands-on class is on Friday - will I see you?!!




Breaking Down the Block

A brand new class based on my Block Breakdown series.  Do you ever struggle with what to stitch in each and every block?  Are continuous travel paths difficult for you?  Working on a preprinted panel we'll conquer thirteen common blocks and I'll be sharing several continuous travel paths for each one!  You'll then get to stitch your favorite version on your panel.  So many ideas and inspirations for almost any block!

This hands-on class is on Friday - will I see YOU?!!

I also have a couple lecture/demo classes - you know, in case hands-on just isn't your thing (or in the event they are full):

Spunky Funky Feathers lecture/demo style on Wednesday
Build-A-Stitch lecture/demo style on Wednesday

and, ready for this...

I'm also offering a DRAWING class!

Saturday morning you can spend picking my brain in The Creative Process as we draw, design, and plan out our very own quilts on paper!  This is one of my most favorite things to do (besides quilting)!  Before you know it you'll be designing your very next masterpiece!  No patterns here, it's all YOU!

I sure hope to see you!!



Here is the LINK for registering for my classes:  https://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/Midwest/Classes/MidwestFaculty/KarenMarchetti/

Oh, and the big news... until midnight on September 5th you can use the following coupon code!!  WHAT?!!  Just sign up for a class OR add a class and get a $20 discount.  Enter coupon code: Add-a-Class20 at checkout!  Special events do not qualify. Coupon is effective from Wednesday August 29 through midnight September 5th

Monday, August 13, 2018

Build-A-Stitch Online Class - FALL SESSION!


There are many people that can't travel or are unable to attend when I teach at national events. There are also people that just prefer to learn in their own environment. Well, if you are one of them, here is your chance!

Build-A-Stitch ONLINE interactive class will be offered this fall! Class begins October 26th - registration for this first class is limited as I want everyone to have a great experience, so don't wait too long!

Find all the details here: http://www.creativelongarmquilting.com/online-classes.html

My first online class was great - just look at some of the student real-world use of some of the stitches:


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Block Breakdown Episode 12 - Cross and Crown

Block Breakdown 12 - Cross and Crown (July 2018)


Don't forget, you can access all of the Block Breakdowns on the tab above, the link in the sidebar, or on Gammill's You Tube channel.

There are lots more blocks in the planning!  What are some you'd like to see?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cherrywood Challenge 2018

The Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric Challenge for 2018 was Prince.  Entries were due yesterday -- me, I actually completed my online entry early -- way back on June 29th - woohoo!

Cherrywood has announced that there were 388 entries... wow!  Now the wait begins to see who will be selected. 

I know you're all waiting... so here it is -
That Night at First Avenue

I had my design for this years challenge right after I purchased my fabrics.  Then, it sat.  And sat some more.  It sat for so long that I truly didn't think I was going to do anything with it.

Then, a friend posted some pics of the Van Gogh challenge and just happened to share a photo of mine along with some beautiful words... that.  That is what sparked my desire to get off my busy butt and get to work on my Prince Challenge.

I actually came together quite quickly.  I thought I was finished but, then I realized that I really wanted to stitch down all the edges to that raw edge applique... I started thinking if my piece gets selected and travels around, I really don't want little pieces of detail falling off -- no, I never trust fused raw edge anymore.  So I spent some time slowly stitching all those tiny pieces.  I think it was worth it -- I'm pleased with my piece.

And a few detail pics:



So we won't know how many pieces are selected until July 13, when all finalists are notified.  Well, my fingers are crossed...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Block Breakdown Episode 11

June's Block Breakdown is the 3-Blade Dresden:

Block Breakdown 11 - 3-Blade Dresden (June 2018)
3-Blade Dresden Printable


Don't forget, you can access all of the Block Breakdowns on the tab above, the link in the side bar, or on Gammill's You Tube channel.

There are lots more blocks in the planning!  What are some you'd like to see?

Friday, June 29, 2018

MQX Midwest

This September I'll be teaching at MQX Midwest -- this will be my first time at Midwest and I'm super excited.  I'll be offering a variety of classes.  Check them out here:  https://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/Midwest/Classes/MidwestFaculty/KarenMarchetti/index.cfm

Oh, and a little piece of awesome -- they have a few of my classes set up as both Hands-On as well as Lecture/Demo -- cool, right?  So many options!!  There truly is something for everyone.

Who will I see there?!!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Natalie's Tie Quilt

Here's an awesome little tie quilt that Natalie whipped up.  Stitched this last night using the Elevate by Gammill -- such a cute quilt for a special little girl.  Hope she has many memories of her Grandpa seeing his ties.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

JULY 2018 INTERACTIVE ONLINE CLASS!


I have finally done it, I am now offering my first interactive online class! There are many people that can't travel or are unable to attend when I teach at national events. There are also people that just prefer to learn in their own environment. Well, if you are one of them, here is your chance!

Class begins July 6th - registration for this first class is limited so don't wait too long!
Find all the details here: http://www.creativelongarmquilting.com/online-classes.html

Monday, June 4, 2018

Block Breakdown #10 - Whirlwind

You guys... I'm behind again.  Here is May's Block Breakdown - Whirlwind:

Block Breakdown 10 - Whirlwind (May 2018)
Whirlwind Printable


Don't forget, you can access all of the Block Breakdowns on the tab above, the link in the side bar, or on Gammill's You Tube channel.

There are lots more in the planning!  What are some blocks you'd like to see?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rock for a Cause

My friend Michelle (yes, many of you know her, she is a Registration Coordinator for AQS), has organized this amazing event.  It will be a day full of music as well as a silent art auction.  It runs from noon until midnight on June 9, 2018 and will be held at Paducah Beer Werks.  Some of you many not know, her daughter was shot at the Marshal County High school.  The proceeds from this event will benefit the families of the shooting victims.

When Michelle put out the call for artists I was more than happy to donate one of my pieces.  I felt Word on a Whim would be perfect.

The event was featured in the Paducah Sun yesterday -

So, if you're anywhere near there -- maybe think about an awesome day of fun for a good cause!  If you have something you might want to donate, you can send it to:
Michelle Thompson, AQS, 5801 Kentucky Damn Road, Paducah, KY 42002 -- she needs to receive it by June 7th!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ogees, Ogees, Everywhere!

So you all know I have Ogee rulers, right?!!
Well, I took it a step further and digitized an all-over Ogee fill!  It's available on Gammill's pattern cloud - here's the link: https://www.patterncloud.com/pages/store/pattern.php?id=5075

Here's the funny part of this, I digitized the design using CS7 and then went to test it on my Elevate.  Well, being that I haven't cleaned up any of my return from teaching in Paducah mess I would have had to spend a couple of days cleaning that half of my studio before I could even test the pattern.  What to do?.... ahh, send the file to Jodi for stitch-out testing on her Elevate.  Yay, no cleanup or organized necessary, at least for this week.

So... Jodi didn't just do a test stitch out.  She went beyond that and added all kind of freehand stuff as well -- just check out some of the awesomeness:

Photo/work courtesy of Jodi Robinson/JR Designs

Photo/work courtesy of Jodi Robinson/JR Designs

Photo/work courtesy of Jodi Robinson/JR Designs

If you're interested, in my Ogee rulers, here's the link for those:  http://www.creativelongarmquilting.com/store.html

They are available in three sizes - 2", 4", and 6"







Oh, and these are my other designs available on the Gammill Pattern Cloud:

You can view a more detailed post about the others here.