Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Big Quilty Secret

I've mentioned before that I've been working on developing a class to teach how to use rulers with a stationary machine, whether a domestic sewing machine or a sit down long arm. The class is all ready to go and I'll be offering it locally on a small scale.

free motion quilting with rulers on home machine

Sadly, the summer has been busier than I had planned and I am slowly working on the sampler quilt that will showcase many of the designs in this class. I can't be too disappointed that it's not done as I've been making up some fun time with my kids after finishing up my big project of the summer.

My big secret project? Well, it had me boarding a plane for the first time in 18 years, so this could happen:



If you've taken advantage of the fabulous learning platform that is Craftsy, this scene is familiar to you. That's right, I'm releasing a ruler work class on Craftsy and it should be available towards the end of this month!



Squeeeeeeee! You can't imagine how hard it has been to not announce it here as soon as it was a certainty! Especially as so many readers had commented that they wished I would do a class with Craftsy.

free motion quilting with rulers on sewing machine

The exact release date isn't established yet, but my filming is all done. Craftsy is doing their post production work making sure you get a high-quality class. (Kindly put, among other things, they're cutting out all the bits where I got flustered and messed up!)

I'm looking forward to telling you more about the experience and the class. In the meantime, I've got some great posts lined up and I'll be showing more of my ruler work sampler. I'm hoping to post pictures of it when finished on the "projects" forum of my class alongside pics that I hope my students will post also.


43 comments:

  1. How neat! I have my ruler foot from Westerlee for my Juki so I'm all set for the class. Congrats, Amy, know it will be well recieved.

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  2. Congratulations! That is huuuuge! Can't wait to take the class.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it. I hope you and my other readers will post samples of their ruler work on the Craftsy platform when you take the class. I want to see it.

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  3. Congratulations Amy, that is fantastic.

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  4. Cutting edge stuff there,Missy!!!!!! I'm thrilled for you! 😍

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  5. Hooray!!! I can't wait! Can you recommend any particular rulers we should pick up to be ready for the class?

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    1. Great question, thanks for asking. In the class there are a couple of exercises for a straight ruler and a curved ruler and it's not too specific on the size of curve as long as it's something that is a gentle curve and 6-8 inches long. The starter ruler that comes with the Westalee foot is perfect as are any straight rulers over 6 inches and a basic curve of about that same length. There is one lesson in which I am demonstrating using more complex rulers, but they aren't needed for the class and there's another lesson in which a variety of curves are used, but it's more of a reference lesson, not a project to follow along with. I tried to balance exercises with basic rulers against showing how you can use many different rulers, without requiring more students to buy a bunch of rulers

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  6. Wow - what exciting news! Congratulations to you Amy. I think your video will be an excellent addition to the Craftsy line-up and my Craftsy video library!

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  7. Congrats - your website has the best info on ruler work and I'm glad you are taking it to the next level - teaching on Craftsy!

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  8. Good for you! You've shared your techniques so freely, I'm glad to hear you are getting some professional work too.

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  9. Congrats to you Amy! How exciting. BTW, did you ever hear back from the manufacturer about that question you had about the ruler tool? I have that particular ruler also.

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    1. Thanks for asking Nancy. I had taken a picture of the ruler along with another ruler of theirs that was cut correctly and had forgotten to send them an email in all the busyness of what you now know is Craftsy class creation. I emailed them yesterday and they got right back to me in a hurry to say it was cut wrong and that they'd send me a replacement asap. They also said they had gone through a box of rulers and found a few more and were addressing the quality issue with the people who cut and distribute their rulers. I got the feeling that they were horrified to have such a quality issue and were serious about fixing it. So if you have a messed up ruler send them an email about it.

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  10. What wonderful news, Amy! I can't wait to see the class!

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  11. Congratulations! And a HUGE thank you because this is exactly what I have been wishing for. I even asked Craftsy for it! You are a wonderful teacher here in your blog so I cannot wait to see you n the Craftsy platform!

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  12. Congratulations, and how fun is this!

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  13. Keep us posted. I will defineatley getting that clas!

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  14. congratulations - I can't wait to see it.

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  15. Awesome!! I LOVE Craftsy - I have over 80 classes and love all of them!! I'll definitely be adding your class to my list as soon as it comes out. I quilt on a BabyLock Tiara - the same machine as the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen and I already have a bunch of rulers for ruler work. Have done a little ruler work but looking forward to learning even more from you! Love your blog!!

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  16. WooHoo!!! So glad to hear this news, and I know you must be so so excited. I have not wanted to try ruler work because I want to get FMQ down first. But with a class on Craftsy, I will be surely checking it out. I also am a Craftsy hog - over 100 classes. With only about 5 years to retirement, I am preparing myself to be able to do a lot of wonderful things. Thanks much for your wonderful blog and for the upcoming class.

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  17. Can't wait, so good to hear!! I can only imagine how excited you must be. I have all the tools now I'll just wait for the class and then I'm off.

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  18. Can't wait, so good to hear!! I can only imagine how excited you must be. I have all the tools now I'll just wait for the class and then I'm off.

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  19. I am so excited about this course!! I have learned so much from you and Patsy Thompson, but to have a whole Craftsy course devoted to ruler work is beyond wonderful!! I will work on patience now as we wait for the release.

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  20. So happy for you, congratulations!!! I know it will be a huge success.

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  21. Can't wait for the class! I will sign up ASAP!

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  22. Big big congratulations!! I am so happy for you. You should do great!

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  23. Congratulations Amy! So exciting. You are an awesome quilter and inspiration to people who use their domestic sewing machines. Your teaching is also applicable to short-arm machines. I am looking forward to enrolling in your class and getting my ruler work "on the line". Regards, Dianne (Adelaide, South Australia)

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  24. good for you, Amy!!!! you will be great!!

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  25. Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I can't wait to see it because I know it will be fabulous! Thanks again for all you do in sharing your great free motion quilting skills!

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  26. I am so excited, for you and for me! I love Craftsy and I love your blog. Have been watching your You Tube channel for quite a while. I think your You Tube demos are great, you have a great speaking voice (that can make or break a video) and I know you have tons to teach. I can hardly wait.

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  27. Congrats. Amy!!! Yes this is so exciting! I have watched everything I can off of youtube but to have a class, will be the cats meow!! I too left a message at Craftsy to check your blog and tutes and asked for a class. I am really liking the Westalee rulers. And go back and forth between the Westalee foot and Janome foot. Haven't used them a ton yet as I am just getting started with ruler work. I have a Babylock Crescendo. All your work has paid off. Thank you so much. I will be signing up for sure.

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  28. You've been such a big help already, Amy, with your videos, but I'll be watching eagerly for the class announcement, so that I can sign up right away. Craftsy classes have been such a good learning experience for me, and I look forward to your ruler-work class.

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  29. Super. Your ruler work has been an inspiration for me. Needless to say, I have invested in the ruler foot and rulers. Congratulations. Yes, I will sign up for the class.

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  30. Woweeee!!! I definitely looking forward to your class.

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  31. Congratulations!!!! You sooo deserve your own Craftsy Video!! I know you were fantastic!!

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  32. Congratulations! How wonderful for you to be able to do a Craftsy class....I know it will be wonderful! blessings, marlene

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