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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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April 30, 2018
Start Free Motion Quilting in my Longarm Class from Quilted Joy

In May I’ll be teaching my hands on Breaking into Freemotion on the Longarm Class and I’d love for you to join me!

Pantographs and design boards look stunning when quilted. But there is a whole world of possibility in free motion quilting! The challenge is knowing where to start. Moving to the front of the machine shouldn’t be scary! Spend a couple of hours with us and play with a number of easy freemotion designs.

beginner longarm free motion quilting class by Angela Huffman

I designed this class with my wonderful longarm renters in mind. These folks have experience quilting with pantographs and design boards ...

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April 29, 2018
Sunday Stash April 29, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week.
I finished the name tag and wrapped my embroidery hoop in muslin to prevent creases for a small amount of usage.
I signed up for a class at AQS Grand Rapids in August, which tripled my spending for the year. It’s unusual that most my spending this year is on classes as I take very few.
The embroidery tips I put to use this week made a huge difference in my stitching. The tiny leaves are the new improved version.
leaves improved
Fabric In: 2.5 yards
Fabric Out: 4.5 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2 ...

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April 11, 2018
Join Craftsy Unlimited for All You Can Watch Classes (Including Mine!) from Christa Quilts

You guys – I’m so excited! It’s almost time for the launch of my brand new Craftsy class!! But before it goes “live” I invite you to join Craftsy’s new subscription service “Craftsy Unlimited.”

craftsy unlimited

Click here to start a free trial of Craftsy Unlimited and watch all my classes for free!!

How is this different from regular Craftsy – you say?? Rather than paying a one time fee to own the class, Craftsy Unlimited is a monthly streaming service, similar to Netflix, Hulu, etc. but on your computer. With Craftsy Unlimited, you don’t own the class, but you ...

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April 4, 2018
I’m Teaching in Las Vegas at the New Quilt Show this October! from Christa Quilts

I’m excited that the quilting scene in Las Vegas is now big enough to support two quilt shows a year! I’ll be sharing my entry results from Quilt Las Vegas soon (a show I’ve been participating in for over 20 years). But now I’m excited to be involved with the newest show, “Points West” hosted by the Las Vegas Quilters.

Las Vegas Quilt Show

Click here for my lecture and teaching schedule at the show.

Points West Quilt Show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18-20, 2018. It’s the only time I’ll be teaching ...

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March 26, 2018
Registration Now Open for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival (AMQF) 2018 from Christa Quilts

This is mainly for my Australian friends, or for anyone who wants to take a trip with me down under this September! Registration is now open for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival in Adelaide, Australia. Yep, I’m going and taking the family, too!!

Australian Machine Quilting Festival

I’m thrilled to be joining some amazing instructors including Ricky Tims, Cindy Needham, Angela Huffman, Kathleen Riggins and many more. I’m just sad that I’ll be so busy teaching that I won’t have a chance to take any of their classes!! Though maybe I’ll have to sneak in a lecture or ...

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February 11, 2018
We’ve Got Some Exciting Classes Coming Your Way! from Quilted Joy

I have been hard at work putting together my spring schedule of classes and I’m so excited for everything we have coming up! We’ve got everything from piecing techniques to machine quilting on the stand ups AND the sit down domestic machines. So are you ready to learn a lot this spring? Take a look at all of the amazing classes we have on our jam-packed schedule this spring.

Take a (P)Fantastic Adventure in Machine Quilting with Claudia Pfeil

Claudia Pfeil Longarm Machine Quilter

The workshop I’m most looking forward to is Claudia Pfeil’s (P)Fantastic Adventure. You may not ...

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February 3, 2018
Heritage Class Was In Session from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
An absolutely delightful group of women gathered together at Friends Around the Block in Colusa last Saturday for my Heritage class.  By the end of class, the girls had some beautiful blocks completed.  I can't wait to go back and see everyone again.

The magic begins when the pieces are placed on the block layout sheet which is included in each pattern.  (Unless my pattern stuffer, Mr. Joe, forgets to put one in!)

The dynamic mother-daughter duo went to town on their blocks. I love seeing this quilt made in blue!

Sharon has an eye for detail ...

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