BLOCK BREAKDOWN

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!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

BIG NEWS!... almost

I have been so busy in a spectacular creative world... I like to call it December. 
Haha, let me rewind.  I always try to take the month of December off to work on my own stuff -- new products, new books, maybe even design a new quilt idea (or several). 

Well, in December I was a creative fool!... yes, it did totally run into January, but it's all good.

I finished writing my fourth book, Fast Forward Feathers, and the preorders flew out the door.  The books arrived early (yay) and the preorders were shipped.  Whew... but, on a back burner (slightly over-simmering) was the other project I've been working on... I'm now realizing that working on two creative ideas at the same time takes a lot of energy.  Oh, did I mention that I also have that yearly cruddy cold... yes, that too!  So needless to say, my brain has been working in overdrive and not quite at 100% even though it has been required... I need to thank several people for the use of their brain cells during this time.

So, the big reveal isn't quite ready... soon, I promise, but read on - there might be a little hinting going on.  I have some prototype testing to do this weekend.  Next week I'll be in Washington State (ooh, is there snow? - a girl can hope, right?) doing some really important stuff, which I'm sure will require full brain cell capacity (is it asking too much to be totally over this cold in three days??).  More on that soon too... I really can't wait to share all about that too!

As soon as I get back I am doing a trunk show and fun workshop at Manatee Patchworkers Quilt Guild over in Bradenton.  We'll be creating this fun mandala applique project:

Hmm... if you've been following along with my posts you may have been following the clues.  This project is what started the creative idea that is going to be revealed in the coming weeks.  So, I'm sure you can guess it is mandala related... it is, and it is so awesome.  No really, it is so awesome that it is almost magical.  I am super excited about it and I hope you all will be too! 

Oh, and here's a quick peek of project birth... Candace from Barn Catz Studio has been so helpful in bringing my idea and drawings into real life usable things!!  Enjoy it -- it is your only peek until I share the products!!

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.