Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne Cummings

Hi everyone:
Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne Cummings
On this week's Telecast Thursday I'll be reviewing Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne Cummings. This is one of my favourite books and the one I go to for inspiration sources and just to feel happy. You can't help but smile reading this book as Marisa Anne's designs are so cheerful and upbeat. Take a peek inside Creative Thursday in the video below.

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Happy quilting!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Modern Low Volume Quilts

Hi everyone:

Every so often I look for a quilt project to do that is mindless. Not unappealing. Not really fast to make. Just something that is relaxing and easy, where I don't have to think too much. I find this is a good way to recharge my batteries and allow new ideas to flow in.

I found the perfect project in the issue 18 of Love Patchwork and Quilting
I really enjoy this publication, especially the fun, modern quilt designs. Even better, I can download a digital copy of it from my local library!

In this issue I found the Kantha Cool quilt by Jo Avery and decided I would work on this. It's a combination of easy blocks and hand stitching. 
Kantha Cool by Jo Avery
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Haven't heard of kanthas? They originate in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India. Women create layers of old saris and cloth scraps and then hand stitch them together with heavy thread to create thin throws or blankets. A great way to upcycle old fabrics!

I had several bags of fabric leftovers languishing in my studio and I thought these would be perfect for this project.

As I didn't quite have enough fabric for the sizes suggested in the pattern, I adjusted my measurements and cut a few extra blocks. 

I laid out the blocks on the floor to decide on their placement and then labelled the rows. They are ready to be pieced together - which is where I am now.

Rather than batting, Jo suggests using old sheets for the interior layers so the quilt will have the right amount of drape and I have several of these, so I think I'll try that. Her instructions advise to use two layers of sheets, do the hand stitching through the pieced top and sheets, and then add the quilt backing. This way your hand stitches don't show through on the back. I'm going to give this a try.
This layout is Teeka approved
While kantha-style throws are not a new idea, this pattern reminds me of modern quilt designs. I'm recently been exploring these types of quilts and I've curated a list of some of my favourite modern quilt books on my sidebar. Check these out and let me know what your favourite modern quilt books are in the Comments below.

Happy quilting!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sneak Peek at Essential Guide to Fusible Web Appliqué

Hi everyone:
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!!!!Online video lessons by Chatterbox Quilts!!!!

As you can probably tell, I'm excited to be a teacher on Curious. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with students, and this is the perfect venue for me. 

I've been quilting for many years and my favourite technique is fusible web appliqué. It's fast and easy and that appeals to me. It was only natural that my first course with Curious would be about fusible web appliqué! In creating Essential Guide to Fusible Web Appliqué I wanted to cover all the basics and provide my students with helpful tips to make their projects successful. The courses that I've taken often miss the finer points of this technique and I want to ensure that even a beginner would be able to enjoy this type of appliqué and have fun creating their first project. 

For a sneak peek at the content in Essential Guide to Fusible Web Appliqué, view the video below or you can see the video on my Youtube channel (don't forget to subscribe while you're there).

Curious offers a 7 day FREE trial when you'll have an opportunity to check out all the lessons and courses that they offer. They have lots of courses on a wide variety of subjects, not just quilting (which is, of course, my favourite subject!). After that, if you want to become a subscriber (and why wouldn't you?), you can elect to buy an annual membership at an early-bird Charter membership price of $60.00 per year. That's only $5.00 per month. That still leaves lots of money to spend on quilting fabric! This is a great opportunity to access learning on a wide variety of topics. Of course you could opt for the monthly membership rate of $14.99, if you prefer.

Hurry! The special annual rate of $60 expires on February 28, 2015. 

I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity and subscribe to Essential Guide to Fusible Web Appliqué on Curious