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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to…………

Sorry it’s been awhile since I have written.  I got back from MQX and dove right in to getting ready for my next adventure.  A little bit about that in a moment, but first I will share about MQX.

MQX was a great experience!!  Not only is it a wonderful show, but the students are all so excited to learn.  I had such a fun time teaching and getting to share with other quilters.  I taught several classes, and while I forgot to take pictures in some of the classes, here is a sampling of what some of my students did.

This was a Beginner’s Free Motion Class in the Handi Quilter Avante room.

I can’t tell you how proud I was of these students!!  Some of them had never even touched a longarm before, and they all did such a great job!!!

There was a drawing class….where I taught about thinking “outside the box” and letting fabric influence your quilting.  The students in this class were great!!  They all were willing to give it a try and I think they did a splendid job!!  I’m hoping to get some pictures of some finished projects once they get them quilted!!

In this next class (Ordinary to Heirloom) we practiced micro-quilting and then worked on a pre-printed whole cloth project.  These quilters knocked it out of the park with this class.

So for my next adventure…………..

On Tuesday, I am off to Germany to teach for Handi Quilter at the Nadelwelt Karlsruhe Quilt Show.  How fun is that!!!  I am nervous and excited all at the same time.  I can’t wait to make new quilt friends in Germany and I will be sure to share my trip with all of you when I return.

I will be posting pictures on Facebook and Instagram throughout my time there, so be sure to follow me, and share my experiences!!

Happy Quilting!!

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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!!!!



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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!!!




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!!






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!!









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.




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






This is a sample of fill designs for my classes.






Happy Quilting!!

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A Summer of Fun Quilting!!

It has definitely been a Summer of Fun Quilting!!! And it is so hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end!!  It is already feeling cooler in the evenings.  Pretty soon it will be jeans and sweatshirt time……and wrapping up in quilts time!!

We recently had the Maryland State Fair and I wanted to wish a big congratulations to the winners!!  Unfortunately, I did not make it up to see them this year, but here are a few pictures that were taken by someone else.

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I was thrilled with the ribbons I won, and was totally surprised to get them.

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I have been busy quilting and trying to stay on schedule.  Here is a recent quilt that was just finished.  It is a New Age Block of the Month..20160907_103350_resized

A friend of mine recently let me go through all of her vintage linens, so as a thank you, I made this for her from one of the linens that was in the bag.  I love how these vintage pieces are able to be made into other pieces that can be used instead of being in a closet somewhere!!



For Handi Quilter, I have to be able to teach many classes, so I have been busy writing lesson plans and preparing student handouts and making samples for these classes.  Here are a couple of the samples I have recently completed.


Some things you can do besides quilting on a long arm….weaving and chenille.


Start with a simple stencil and expand what you can do with it!

There has been a lot going on here.  I have been working on a lot of teacher proposals and am happy to say that so far I have been asked to teach at:  Birds of a Feather and MQX  New Hampshire.  I still have some more proposals to send and then I also have my Handi Quilter events.  I am fortunate through them to be teaching at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois in October 2016, and have been assigned to teach at a show in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2017.  I have to say, I am pretty excited about that!!!!

I am off tomorrow to work at AQS Chattanooga and you can find me in the Handi Quilter Booth there!!  I will try to take some pictures and post when I get a chance, although they will most likely be posted on my Instagram account or my Facebook page sooner, so if you don’t already follow me there, please make sure you do. (Instagram – @janestitchbystitch  and on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JanesStitchByStitch.

Happy Quilting!!

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