BLOCK BREAKDOWN

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Math is Painful...

Yes, math is painful... at least for me.

Some might say I'm a creative genius and hopefully so, at least as pertains to my latest product line that I'm feverishly working on (almost daily).  The reveal is coming soon... probably within the next couple of weeks if all goes well.  More on that... soon!

Anyway, back to this post.  I suck at math.  Yes, I can balance a checkbook with the best of them, but once we get into adding letters with numbers I am lost.  So, tonight I asked a question on Facebook, which in hindsight probably wasn't the smartest thing.  But, I needed to know a calculation.  Being the math-idiot that I am, I couldn't even properly ask my question... I needed questions asked of me in order for a helpful friend to get the correct information to come up with the answer.

I am NOT ashamed of being a math-idiot.  It does not make me any less of a person... in fact, even with being math-defunct I still fall into the highly-intelligent/gifted IQ range.  Pfft... who knew!  But as I commented on that very Facebook post - I know my faults and issues and I wear them proudly!

This math dilemma all goes hand-in-hand with my latest product line.  Almost a year ago I was asked to adjust one of my classes - the group wanted their own special project.  What, change a class just because.  Yes, and let me tell you, it has turned into something bigger than I could have ever imagined.  Again, more on this later - and no, I'm not trying to create hype... tonight's incident got me thinking.  I didn't always hate math, so what happened?  Well, while pondering on it over a delicious cup of evening coffee, it hit me... ninth-grade algebra class.  And it wasn't even algebra that did it... it was Mr. ________ (I'll leave his name out of this, we'll just call him psycho).  So... psycho - strong word, right?  Well... my class of 26 or so students consisted of only two girls.  And I'm not going to say that Mr. Psycho was a chauvinistic jerk or anything, but the first day of class he did mention that two of us would most likely fail his course.  I truly hope this man was removed from education and wish that I had made a bigger deal out of everything that happened that year.  That first-day statement was the *nicest* thing that happened all year.  Oh, other than the two days a month he would leave for National Guard duty - they were kinda nice.  But all the others day, no.  Like the time he lifted his metal desk up and let it slam to the floor because the kid in front of him was tapping his pencil on the desk, or when he smashed the piece of chalk into dust on the chalkboard when someone questioned the equation he was writing out.  And on... and on... and OMG thinking back actually gave me heart palpitations.  So, you may or may not know that I have some serious anxiety... yep.  I definitely think that was what started my hate for math.

Now... wasn't that a fun little piece of self-counseling - and now you all know yet another odd thing about me!  Okay, time for me to get back to writing instructions...

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My newest book

I've been crazy busy writing, drawing, editing, and now finishing! 
Let me introduce you to Fast Forward Feathers, my fourth book.
Well, almost... it is headed to the printer and I plan to have copies in my hands the first week of February.  In the meantime, it is available for PRESALE here:  https://creativelongarmquilting.com/

It has over 160 fast forward feather options -- all of which require ZERO backtracking!  The book is 106 pages and will be spiral bound.  The PRESALE link is for US orders only, if you're international and would like to order, email karen@creativelongarmquilting.com for shipping rates.

Oh, and a little teaser... there's more big news coming very soon!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Last Two Wedding Star Sets!

Finally, the last two sets that I designed for use with Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer Wedding Star patterns are available!

SET 400 is now available on the Gammill Quilting Pattern Cloud - available as a set or individually


SET 500 is also available as a set or individually.

Let me know if you like them - and even better, if you have purchased and used them, please share pics!

And to answer the non-stop question, yes, I am working on offering them in other formats, please be patient.  I will surely let you know when they become available!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

WEDDING STAR SET 300

And... SET 300 is now available on the Gammill Quilting Pattern Cloud - they are available as a set or individually.

Here's a peek:

The last two sets will be posted shortly... stay tuned!  And to answer the non-stop question, yes, I am working on offering them in other formats, please be patient.  I will surely let you know when they become available!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Got Geese?

If you're familiar with my Build-A-Stitch series of books, these will look familiar. In all my *spare time* I've been feverishly working on digitizing (if you follow here you're probably sick of it) and seriously, it's kinda fun!  So, here are five BAS designs for flying geese - they are available on Gammill's Pattern Cloud:

BAS1-13_KM

BAS2-11_KM

BAS2-22_KM

BAS2-40_KM

BAS2-44_KM

I originally developed the Build-A-Stitch technique to help beginners become confident with their free-motion skills and gain muscle memory, but here I am making those same stitches available to computerized people... kinda funny - but I wouldn't want to exclude anyone from the Build-A-Stitch awesomeness!

Well... if you know me you already know that I'm kinda an over-achiever.  So, if you're curious, yes there are many more coming!  Now, time to get back to some client work!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

WEDDING STAR SET 200

I've just uploaded SET 200 to the Gammill Quilting Pattern Cloud - they are available as a set or individually.

Here's a peek:

The other three sets will be posted shortly... stay tuned!

Monday, November 26, 2018

WEDDING STAR SET 100

I've been working on five (5) new digital pattern sets for use with Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer Wedding Star patterns.

I've just uploaded SET 100 to the Gammill Quilting Pattern Cloud - they are available as a set or individually.

Here's a peek:

And yes, the other four sets are coming soon!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Patreon Changes...

Yes, change is a scary word.  You're never sure which way it'll go but, this time, change is good!  I've made some changes to my Patreon account.  I have brought back the Quilty Peek tier and also added a Quilty Know-How tier.  You now have three levels of choice if you subscribe!

So, let me explain each one:


With PEEK! you'll have access to Patron-only blog posts as well as all Lens Views.  This is the quick, don't-need-all-the-details tier, more of a photos and mini-vids only.  (Also, since Lens videos/photos only stay posted for 24 hours, it's best to use the Patreon App so you have up-to-the-minute access)




With WATCH! you'll have access to my monthly First Friday Fill series - a new background fill on the first Friday of every month).  You'll also have access to videos of amazing quilty happenings in my world - videos of my stitching, discussing how/why I did stuff, working on my competition pieces, fixing mess ups, everyday quilty stuff!  A minimum of 2 videos per month as well as all the benefits of PEEK!.  Also a 10% discount on my special events.


With KNOW-HOW! you'll have access to my monthly Monday Method series - where I'll share step-by-step design planning on various quilts.  You'll also have access to my monthly Tuesday Tute series where I share a quick, easy, and fun project.  On top of that, you'll also have access to my monthly Saturday Scribble - because doodles, they are soooo important to free-motion quilting!  You'll also have all the benefits of both the WATCH! and PEEK! tiers and will receive a 15% discount on my special events.

I hope to see you over on Patreon where I share inspiration and creativity!  The monthly series will begin in December.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Block Breakdown Episode 14 - Monkey Wrench

Hey Quilties, another episode of Block Breakdown is available!
In this episode, I cover the Monkey Wrench block, get your printable here


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

Happy Stitches!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Build-A-Stitch Online Class - FALL SESSION

Sign-Ups for the Build-A-Stitch Online Class - FALL SESSION are happening now!


Class starts 10/26/2018!  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

The July online class was great - just look at some of the student's real-world use of some of the stitches:

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