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September 18, 2019
Teaching Update: New York Next Month, New Hampshire Next Year from Christa Quilts

I like to update you all occasionally on where I’ll be heading to teach because I often get asked if I’ll be in a certain area of the country. So the interesting thing is that I’ve never been to New York state in my life and now I’m going there twice in a row! Tomorrow I’m headed out to a visit the Snow Country quilt guild  in Remsen and I can’t wait.

If You Can Quilt It Here – You Can Quilt It Anywhere!

Then next month I’ll be doing a super fun event ...

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September 16, 2019
Join me for a Quilting Cruise! from Quilted Joy

Quilting takes me to many places and opportunities I never expected. I’ve met incredible people and traveled all over the world. All because of quilts! Next spring I’ll embark on another exciting and unexpected quilting adventure – a quilting cruise!

On March 1-8, 2020 I’ll be one of the featured teachers for Quilter’s Emporium’s 20th Quilting Cruise!

Cruise with Angela

This 8 day cruise will be on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas ship. We’ll sail out of Galveston, Texas and make stops in Roatan, Honduras, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico. In between these stops ...

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September 10, 2019
Meet Annette Ashbach, a Missouri Star Academy Instructor from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Missouri Star Academy is all about providing education and empowering you to create. From weekly tutorials to online in-depth classes, events and even classes held here in Hamilton, MO at our Education Center where there is something for everyone!

Annette Ashbach is one of our Education Center instructors and she teaches many things ranging from making full quilt tops to smaller projects like aprons and totes!

Annette first found interest in sewing after she became fascinated with watching her grandmother’s hand-stitching and embroidery techniques. Her love for sewing continued as she grew up watching her mother create costumes and ...

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August 29, 2019
Just In Time for Fall from Quilt Paint Create

I got a little behind on things because of my trip last week, but I did finish the acorn runner.
acorn partyThe blocks were constructed using free form piecing. No templates, no pattern. I took a class through my Guild in July 2017 taught by a Guild member.
I have two more sets of blocks from that class. One set is quarter circle curves and the other is leaves.
The acorns were my least favorite of all the blocks. I’m not sure what possessed me to use those first, but I’m glad I did. I like the finished quilt ...

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July 11, 2019
Beginning Machine Appliqué from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Let’s talk about appliqué. If you’ve always wanted to try it out, but imagined it might be intimidating, we’ve got the tools, techniques, and tips to change your mind. Appliqué is a lot easier than it looks – and it looks pretty spectacular personalizing and decorating your quilt!

Beginning Machine Applique

Our newest class at Missouri Star is Beginning Machine Appliqué with Courtenay Hughes. In this online class, you’ll learn approachable machine appliqué tips that will build your confidence. You’ll learn:

  • Fusible appliqué techniques with two different fusible webs
  • How to layer multiple fabrics and shades to create your ...

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May 26, 2019
Learn How to Quilt with Circle Rulers! from Quilted Joy

There is a whole world of possibilities open to you once you’ve mastered the basics of machine quilting with rulers! For almost any design you can think of, there’s a quilting ruler out there to accomplish it. A must have ruler for my stash is a good circle ruler. Circles are so versatile – you can quilt a lot more than just a simple circle. If you’re ready to access the full potential of your circle rulers, then you’re ready to join me for my hands on Ruler Spotlight: Circles Class!

Longarm Machine Quilting With Rulers Spotlight ...

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May 22, 2019
A Day of Play with Michelle May - The Crazy Bunny Lady from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hello my friend! I do hope you have been enjoying your Spring. Isn't it crazy how fast the month of May has gone by? It's been busy around here in Bunnyville with some new designs, having dead trees cut down from the yard and trying to get people to do what they say they are going to do. What is up with that???

Anyway, I wanted to share some Play Date news. Teaching is my favorite part of what I do. I get down-right giddy seeing my student's imagination and creativity come to life. It's so ...

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April 9, 2019
All over and back again! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  Can you believe we are already in April?  It’s been a hectic year for me, but it’s been a productive one so far.

I was in CA late January and taught 5 classes on domestic machine and feather quilting at Road to CA quilt show.  I made really sweet friends -and want to thank everyone who took my classes.

I also did an Aurifilosophy presentation close to home to chat about all things-Aurifil!  Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to speak to your group about ...

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February 16, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 5 – Basting from Christa Quilts

Welcome to everyone’s LEAST favorite part of making a quilt – basting! But hopefully with my methods and tips, it will be less painful of a chore for you. My #1 tip is to take your time with basting and don’t rush the process. If you have a nice and flat quilt while basting, it will make machine quilting sooo much easier!!

Spray Basting - smoothing the quilt

The key to successful basting is ensuring smooth, flat layers.

I use 505 Basting Spray to baste my quilts. It allows me to avoid pins while quilting and it ensures that every single inch of the quilt ...

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January 2, 2019
Moving Sale Week 3: Save on Fabric by the Yard from Christa Quilts

Today’s the day!! We close on the house and get the keys – whoo hoo!! Although we are giving ourselves some extra time to decorate before the big move, I want it to be done like NOW. But last week was very productive. I ordered a new set of couches for the living room – leather in a very pretty seafoam green that will match the blacksplash in our kitchen.

Sofa Shopping

Jason is testing out the sofa while I rearranged the furniture in the store. Fortunately the sales person was very accommodating of our request to move things around, LOL. I grabbed ...

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October 16, 2018
Surprise Janome Shop Stop! #1 from Quilting with Kimberly

As the National Spokesperson for Janome, I decided it would be fun to start a new trend of visiting as many Janome dealerships as possible whenever I’m traveling for business or pleasure. I’m going to call these surprise, drop-in visits “Janome Shop Stops.” And during our recent trip to Maui, I had the opportunity to visit a fabulous shop called Sew Special.

Kent and I spent several hours visiting Barbara and Roy Huntley at Sew Special in Kahului, Maui…. and it was a very special shop indeed! As we entered their store there was so much to see ...

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August 26, 2018
Sunday Stash August 26, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week, which is just short of a miracle. There were so many interesting quilts at the AQS show that I forgot to manage my time and didn’t get a chance to shop.
The YLI people didn’t vend, but I was able to find some YLI thread at the Tsuniko inks booth. That’s all I bought at the show. On the way home I found basting spray on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
I also spent money on the class handout fee. The teacher gave us each a spool of WonderFil thread and I won ...

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August 25, 2018
Creating Collages Class from Quilt Paint Create

I’m back from the show and had a great time.
I started on Wednesday with a Trish Stuart class, Creating Collages. It was a great class and she did a really good job of explaining the mechanics of collage. I learned a lot in a short time and finished my collage pear. She was the most positive, supportive teacher I’ve ever had.
I didn’t have the Kaffe Fassett fabric I needed for the class and decided to take what I had rather than buy something else. It felt more relevant to learn the technique using my fabrics ...

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August 5, 2018
Sunday Stash August 5, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No change to any of the numbers.
I’ve mostly done hand work this week, finishing the square with the moon and stars.
moon and starsThe background fabric is hand painted and stamped cotton sateen. I followed the spiral shape of the stamp to embroider the moon using a linked chain stitch.
I started the quilt in a Rose Hughes class in July 2015. The class theme was learning to embellish quilts with embroidery. A couple hours in I realized she didn’t intend to show us anything beyond straight stitch variations. I can appreciate a good straight stitch, but I had ...

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August 1, 2018
Country Pines Quilt Shop from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
So much has been going on since we returned from Alaska, that I don't know where to begin to tell the story and fill you in on our adventures.
Last Thursday, I set off by myself on a four-hour drive to Susanville, CA. to teach two classes.

I headed over Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4.  The road is not for the faint of heart. This is a narrow mountain pass that climbs to over 9,000 feet then plunges down into Nevada. It is not unusual to see range cattle wandering down the road along with some ...

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July 3, 2018
Onward to enter…. from Quilting with Kimberly

I simply love it when former students take the time to send me photos of their completed quilt class projects. I enjoy writing back to each and every person because I value the fact they took time from their busy day to show me what they created from the class they took. Sometimes they will even write to say “thank you” or tell me a tip or technique I shared in class helped them improve their skills and become a better quilter. This tickles me no end; I’m honored and thrilled to think something I shared may have had ...

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June 25, 2018
QuiltCon Registration Opens June 26 for MQG Members from Christa Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that QuiltCon 2019 registration opens for MQG members Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (10 AM Eastern). Here’s a recap of what I’m offering:

My QuiltCon 2019 Teaching Schedule

DSMQ200 Walking Foot Wonders, Thursday Feb. 21, 9-5

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include: wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, several different spirals, straight‐line designs, and more. You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt ...

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June 12, 2018
A Plethora of Stepping Stones Quilts: Student Work from my Latest Workshop from Christa Quilts

Last week I taught a week-long class at John C. Campbell Folkschool on how to make a complete quilt from start to finish. Everyone made the same quilt from my Stepping Stones quilt pattern – but as you can see in the group pic below, they all look so different – and so fabulous!

Students' Stepping Stones Quilts

A Colorful Plethora of Stepping Stones Quilts

Last Saturday, I flew to Atlanta, Georgia along with my mom, Jason and two of my kids. My mom and the kids stayed with my aunt and uncle for the week while Jason and I drove over to the Folkschool. He ...

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May 31, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Catalog Just Released – Here’s What I’m Teaching from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to be teaching at QuiltCon once again February 21-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve been to every QuiltCon since it began and this will be my third time as a member of the faculty. I’m most excited about the fact that although I’ll be plenty busy teaching 3 workshops and a lecture, I’ll still have plenty of time for all of the social events, too.

QuiltCon 2019 CatalogClick here to get the complete QuiltCon 2019 catalog.
Member registration opens June 26 and general registration begins July 10.

My QuiltCon 2019 Teaching Schedule

DSMQ200 Walking Foot Wonders ...

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May 22, 2018
Trunk Shows and Classes from Patterns by Jen

Did you know I do Trunk Shows and Classes?

I love to talk quilting with fellow quilters and share my love of the craft. If your guild is looking for a trunk show or class please feel free to contact me. patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com

My trunk show lasts about an hour and has over 30 quilts to see. Trunk show only fee: $250  Plus travel.

Any of my patterns are available to be taught as a class, but if you are looking for a quilt that can often be done at a one day retreat I have a ...

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