Sunday, May 1, 2016

Peeks at My Craftsy Projects

Less than a week after my class, Creative Quilting with Rulers, More Techniques and Motifs (25% off discount link there!), I got a big box from Craftsy. Inside were my projects from the class. I'm so excited to get these back.


Imagine being halfway through a quilt that you're very excited about and having to stop working on it. That's what it was like with these projects. It was very important to me to use actual quilts in this class to help my students see how to use piecing lines and corners for placement of rulers when creating designs.

The solid samples from my first class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine (50% off discount link there) just wouldn't do this time. That class is all about how to stitch alongside rulers, to hold them, and an introduction to all the different types of rulers that are available as well as introducing how to use rulers for different basic designs. It was easier to stitch various "step outs" as they are called, to show the different stages of each lesson segment when they were just plain samples. This new class is focused more on creating designs with rulers you have using the seams and points of the quilt as anchor points for the rulers.


Each quilt in this class had areas that were completely finished, as well as areas that were in various stages of completion to demonstrate each step. Camera crews, producers, and production editors aren't cheap, so I can't just have them wait around while I finish each step so we can shoot the next step.

ruler work with rulers on a sewing machine

My ruler work sampler was the only completed project. It was used as part of the background, as well as used to show a few of the variations and finished designs. But everything else is awaiting me to finish them.

applique quilt with crosshatching done with rulers on a sewing or domestic machine.

We ran out of time for me to show one of the techniques I had ready on the above quilt, so I can share that here on the blog. We try to fit so much stuff and so much detail into these classes, but they've got a particular time line and class plan we've got to stick to, so some things have to be left out.

Craftsy also kept my favorite rulers so they could be used in the professional still shots of the class. I felt a little bit like a child after having her toys taken away. Now I've got them back and I am ready to use them.


I think this quilt with its turquoise and green stars is the project I am most happy to see. I can't wait to stitch it up and show it off. I've been calling it my "Starfall" quilt. It's being stitched in a gorgeous variegated thread too.



If that's not enough to keep me busy, it looks like my special somewhat secret project is also finally coming together. It's huge! I can't wait to finalize it and share it with you. If it works out like we're hoping, it will help me pull several areas of my life together so my days aren't quite as disjointed as they have been lately.

Don't forget that I'm still having a sale on ruler feet, rulers, and everything else that I sell online at Amy's Quilting Adventures. Enter the promo code SpringFling15 at checkout for 15% off everything there. It only lasts until May 15th and the proceeds are very important to the success of my special project I mentioned above. This is your chance to get rulers and other products at fabulous prices.

11 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you AND can't wait to see what's coming. :)

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  2. It must have been like Christmas getting your quilts and supplies back home!

    I have not signed up for the 2nd class yet. I have way too much on my plate at this time to even think about adding another class. But I'm very interested in seeing how you quilted the pieced blocks. You class is on my wish list!

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  3. I just finished watching your 2nd class and it was awesome!! I just finished a queen size quilt for a gift and hope to do some ruler work on it but it does have a deadline so can't get too carried away! But there will be many more quilts to practice on - lots of comfy (charity) quilts to do!! Thanks for your great classes & this blog - so informative!!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you liked it! Kudos to you for making charity quilts. Your efforts will bring warmth and smiles to a lot of people I'm sure. I'd love to have you review the class on Craftsy if you have a chance.

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  4. I've been watching you new class this afternoon, another awesome class! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to hear it. A review on the Craftsy site would be much appreciated.

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  5. I am still working my way thru your first class, slow going for me as I can't seem to find a big block of time...question for you...do you, or will you, have a pattern for your ruler sampler quilt? I love this quilt! Your second class is on my wish/to do list. Thank you for such clear instructions you provide. You, and your work, are awesome!

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    1. Pat, I'll have to contact Natalia Bonner of http://www.pieceandquilt.com as the pieced blocks are from her free block tutorials. It wouldn't be a pattern, but maybe a series of posts. I did create the butterfly, so I could give out the pattern for that. If you back through my archives to early 2015, you can see more on the making of the top.

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  6. I am still working my way thru your first class, slow going for me as I can't seem to find a big block of time...question for you...do you, or will you, have a pattern for your ruler sampler quilt? I love this quilt! Your second class is on my wish/to do list. Thank you for such clear instructions you provide. You, and your work, are awesome!

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  7. I completely understand the need for all the partial projects. I came "this close" to making a video of beginner quilting classes, and had created all the step-outs before it was decided it was too expensive to produce. I still use some of those pieces for in-person teaching. Sorry that I missed out on your great sale! Next time...

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