Happy New Year!!!!!

As we are ending 2016, I want to thank each and every one of you for following along in my journey!!  What a year it has been!!!  I never expected that I would be teaching at National Quilt Shows (MQX & AQS)….(yes, I did apply to teach on a whim, but never thought I would be accepted!!!) or that I would become a Handi Quilter National Educator.  I am still pinching myself!!!

On a side note……I would not have had such a smooth transition into teaching if it hadn’t been for a couple of people that gave me wonderful advice and answered many questions……Jamie Wallen and Lisa Calle.  The quilt community is such a wonderful and caring community and I am thrilled to be a part of it!!

The Handi Quilter Educators just got back from a week of training, and here is a picture of all the wonderful people I get to work with at Handi Quilter and Superior Threads!!

Along with teaching, there are a lot of behind the scenes things that you don’t see……..preparing samples….and more samples….and more samples!!!  Trying to update and keep lesson plans fresh and fun.  Writing proposals to teach at shows for the following year!  All of this takes a lot of time and energy, and in this mix, I am trying to quilt customer quilts, hoping to quilt my own quilts (I have a closet full of tops of my own!!!), and hoping to get some piecing done, and spending time with my family…..but it always works out in the end!!

My one quilt group is having a UFO challenge this year, and since I have a multitude of UFO’s, I am going to give it a shot.  You had to pick twelve UFO items for your list.  I picked items that I thought I had a chance of getting done….although in glancing up at the list (it’s right above my computer on the bulletin board), I see I chose to have three quilts totally completed in that list of 12.  Good grief….what was I thinking!!!  Even if I don’t get all twelve done, at least it will challenge me to get a few things done.  I’ll keep you in the loop about that as 2017 progresses!!

While I thoroughly enjoy quilting for others, I am having to cut back on how many quilts I take on for 2017, as I need to see how quilting for others, teaching personally and being a Handi Quilter Educator, all mesh with one another.  I do have a fairly busy 2017 so far, as I am currently contracted to teach at:  Birds of a Feather (Virginia), MQX (New Hampshire), MAQ (Maryland), Handi Quilter Academy (Utah), and AQS Fall Paducah (Kentucky), and Nadelwelt Karlsruhe (Germany).  And as I am sitting here writing this, I am still having a hard time believing that all of this has come about!!!  It just goes to show that it doesn’t hurt to try!!  If you don’t try, you will never know and always wonder “what if”……..

Again, I wish each and every one of you a fabulous 2017 and hope that you all continue to follow along in this crazy journey!!!

Happy Quilting!!!

Jane
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Merry Christmas and some Eye Candy!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!  I hope that you have a safe, happy and healthy Holiday season!!!

I haven’t had much time to write lately, but I wanted to share a few quilts with you that I recently worked on. I hope you enjoy the eye candy!!!

Here is Debbie’s quilt, which she patiently waited until I could use it to practice computerized edge to edge quilting on the ProStitcher!!  I had been putting this off for awhile, as it was a little intimidating for this free motion girl, but I have to say it went better than I anticipated.  Debbie did a really beautiful job making this quilt!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next quilt is from Pat.  We decided that we would keep it fairly simple as far as quilting goes, as it was going to her son, we didn’t think he would appreciate too much custom work.

This last quilt is from Nancy.  This is called Sea of Love (It’s a play on Storm at Sea) and we wanted everything except the hearts to be flowing!!  I think it worked!!

 

Again, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!

 

 

A Whirlwind of Activity Going On!!!

As we are in the midst of Fall and the temperature is dropping, I have been reflecting on this year and all I can think of is how quickly this year has gone by and what a whirlwind of activity it has been!!!

Teaching this year has been a blast and I have had the best students!!!  Handi Quilter has been an awesome adventure and I am loving teaching with them and meeting so many new people throughout the country!!

I was teaching at a Handi Quilter Event this past weekend and when I returned home, I had two surprises waiting for me in the mail!!!  I have been working on two new rulers for the past few months and I received my first shipment of them this weekend!!

I designed these rulers for several reasons:

  1.  I like the way smaller rulers fit into my hand.
  2.  I like the way that smaller rulers are much easier for me to manage when I quilt.
  3.  I like to offer smaller rulers for those people that are using their domestic machines with a free motion ruler foot.  If you haven’t tried this before, it is a lot of fun!!!

Here are the new rulers and I am so excited about them!!!

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The measurements of these rulers:

Curvy Small:  5 1/4″ x 2″ x 1/4″
Curvy Medium:  7″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/4″

I have also updated my Curvy Straight Ruler with some registration lines.  This ruler is great for a straight edge as your hand fits very nicely on the curved side, and you can also use the curved side to stitch curves or use the entire curvy side to create a spine of a feather!!

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I hope to have video tutorials up on my website within the next few days!!

And of course, I still have my Curvy Applique ruler available.  This ruler is great for guiding your hopping foot around applique.

Another new item I will be offering, is my pre-printed whole cloths on black background.  The white marking will wash away once you have done the stitching on them that you desire to do.  This is a wonderful way to practice your free motion skills and on this one in particular….your feathering skills.  I hope to have one quilted soon to show what it will look like on black fabric!!

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To order any of these items, just hop on over to my store page.

I already have several shows booked for next year where I will be teaching.  MQX is going to be opening their registration on November 15, and those classes tend to fill very quickly!!

Birds of a Feather has open registration right now.  This is also another fabulous quilting/educational show.  To find out more, click here!

I am also teaching at Mid-Appalachian Quilters in July and at Quilting Elevated – Handi Quilter Academy in June.

Here are a couple of pictures of some of my own things I have been working on.

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This is from a Debby Kratovil pattern, where I changed up the colorway a little.

 

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This is a sample of fill designs for my classes.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Quilting!!

This is Why I Love to Teach!!

I hope everyone is doing well.

If you remember, In July I taught a class and did a lecture at AQS Syracuse.  During the lecture, I shared how I go about deciding how to quilt my quilts, and also had students bring in quilt tops to try to get ideas of how to quilt them.

Much to my surprise and delight, I received an email from a quilter that attended my lecture and she also sent me a picture of the finished quilt.

Here is the content of her email:

Hello Jane,

I attended your lecture at Quiltweek in Syracuse last July.  I had a quilt with me asking for suggestions.  I finished it this week, and thought I’d share it with you.  This is a close up shot, as the full one doesn’t show the quilting very well. 

I want to thank you for sharing your experience and skill with the rest of us, and giving me the confidence to do more of this kind of quilting!

Martha

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I also thought I would attach a couple of links to her blog, as she talks about the lecture and then about finishing this quilt.

It does my heart so good to know that I was able to help someone with even a little bit of information or encouragement!!

Here are a couple of the latest quilts I have been working on……

Ellen's Quilt - uses two ombre fabrics!!

Ellen’s Quilt – uses two ombre fabrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilt made by Beth C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt made by Beth S.

Quilt made by Beth S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Quilting!!