Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Lucky Day ~ Inspiration ~ Review ~ Giveaway

Hey fellow quilters -- welcome!

I'm honored to be sharing a review & giveaway for Teresa Silva's amazing new book: "Longarm Quilting Workbook -- Basic Skills, Techniques & Motifs for Modern Longarming"   
Thanks for joining in the fun!!
Image Courtesy F+W Media

I've followed Teresa's Blog and Instagram, Quilting Is My Bliss, for years and I'm always inspired by Teresa's amazing free motion quilting.    Teresa quilts on a longarm and delivers quilts to satisfied clients faster than I can admire all the beautiful details of her work!  
Modern Wholecloth by Teresa Silva - Image Courtesy Quilting Is My Bliss

Teresa's very successful longarm quilting business is well respected in the industry.  Her creativity and work ethic have enabled her to become a "go-to" quilter for great fabric companies like Free Spirit Fabrics and Moda Fabrics.   
Big Sky - Designed by Lissa Alexander ~ Pieced by Tammy Vonderschmitt
Fabric by Annie Brady for Moda
Quilted by Teresa Silva ~ Image Quilting is My Bliss

Last year I had the opportunity to meet Teresa in person at the Birds of a Feather event in Southern VA.  It was then I realized Teresa is not only an amazing longarm quilter she is a down-to-earth sweetheart.  

I was pretty excited to take Teresa's Modern Quilting Workshop at Birds of a Feather.
Oh the things you learn... thank you, Teresa.  

Now, let's talk a bit about the Workbook.

First, don't be deceived by the title!
It's NOT just about Longarming.  Teresa shares tips, notions, motifs, patterns and amazing free motion quilting information and inspiration for all quilters -- independent of the machine
they're quilting on.  

The Longarm Quilting Workbook has 143 illustrated pages and includes these 5 chapters:
  1. First Steps -- Things to consider before and after you purchase your first machine.  I Love that this chapter also covers materials, supplies, and troubleshooting ideas.  
  2. Motifs -- More than 20 freehand quilting motifs with beautifully detailed stitching diagrams -- Wow!  You'll find a few of my favorites including feathers and bead board quilting.   This chapter makes the whole book worth its weight in GOLD.   
  3. Doodling & Drawing -- This is so fun -- YOU KNOW I encourage folks to doodle and draw their motifs before stitching them.  This chapter made me smile!  Teresa discusses the importance of doodling on paper, describes how to transition from paper to fabric, and shares a couple of fun whole-cloth designs for you to stitch out.    Maybe we're really a lot alike right --  Teresa and me?  That means someday I too can have a great business like hers!  HA HA HA!!
  4. Pieced Projects --  Need a fun, new quilt to try out a few of Teresa's favorite motifs?  Teresa's book includes 3 pieced patterns with detail descriptions and images suggesting how to quilt them.   I Loved this Chapter!!  Here's a fun (and simple) design Teresa shares -- I won't even need a straight jacket to piece this one.  And look at those feathers -- WOW!
Go with the Flow by T. Silva - Image Courtesy F+W Media
  
    5.  Gallery of Quilts -- 36 pages of completed quilt images including the Gravity Quilt (pattern by  Julie Herman - Fabric by Tula Pink) -- Inspiration abounds in Chapter 5!!  
Gravity Quilt pieced and quilted by T. Silva - Pattern by Jaybird Quilts

There are several really special touches about this book.   
  • It's spiral bound.  This means you can have it wide open beside you when you're trying out one of the motifs or making one of the patterns.  This is a nice touch.
  • It contains clear and concise stitching paths -- I LOVE diagrams!  Visual clues always enhance my learning adventure.
  • The photography is a AmaZing!  Really -- who doesn't love looking at details of completed quilts -- you'll love this too.
  • Each Chapter includes tips and tricks -- Those little things that Teresa relies on to make amazing quilts... summarized and at your finger tips.
In summary, Teresa's new book is a great way to learn new motifs, get a little background about longarm quilting, get inspired AND create several new quilts to practice free motion quilting.
It's a must have book in your Quilting Library!!

Before we get talk about the giveaway -- be sure to get inspired by these other blog hoppers.  You won't want to miss out on their reviews and giveaway chances:
Also -- I know you want to buy this book!!  You're guaranteed to get a copy at any one of these sites:
For an autographed copy... http://www.quiltingismybliss.com 
http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/
https://www.amazon.com/
http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/


Now for the Giveaway!  
F+W Media and Teresa are providing me one hardcopy book to giveaway - YAY!  

 To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post letting me know how many quilt tops are in YOUR stash waiting to be quilted.
Also -- tell me why they're not quilted? 
What is holding you back?

Be sure to leave an email address for me to reach you -- especially if you're a guest to Blogger.  

The giveaway will be open through end of day October 20th.
Remember to visit Teresa's Blog on Tuesday, October 17th to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway -- there's some great products going to 2 lucky winners!

Oh -- and there's another fun announcement and giveaway scheduled for the 18th of October so do stop back by then.

Happy Quilting!
Karen

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Watch it Live!! A Quilter's Doodles

Hey everyone -- I'm here in St. Louis, Missouri at International Quilt Market -- I hope you're tuning into the amazing quilts and creations I've been sharing on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Today I'm going to be chatting with the Aurifil team on Facebook Live -- we'll discuss and I'll demo A Quilter's Doodles -- free motion creations stitched on a home machine using Aurifil 28Wt thread.
This sweet piece was prepared on Moda Grunge fabric with a layer each of Dream Wool and Dream Blend (Thank you Moda Fabrics and Quilters Dream Batting).    I also used my favorite needle, the Superior Top Stitch needle.
Be sure to tune into the Aurifil Facebook page at 11:30am Central to ask questions or just get a quick laugh as I work my way through the experience.

Happy Quilting!
Karen

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Let's Quilt It -- A Winner and More

Many, many thanks for the kind feedback
on my latest Free Motion Quilting tutorial
"Let's Quilt It - A Valentine for You"
recently published on the Moda Bake Shop.

I do hope the diagrams,


details,


images,


recently added YouTube videos,



and never ending chatter,

Yadda, Yadda Yadda !!

aid in your quest to improve your 
free motion quilting
skills!

Now to announce a winner of the 
"Let's Quilt It - A Valentine for You" 
Kit... 
which includes some seriously
beautiful Moda Fabric
4 Large Spools of Aurifil Thread

I combined the entries from the blog post with the comments on the Bake Shop Recipe for a total of  219 eligible entries.

I used Mr. Random.Org to choose a Winner... 

There's a Kicker ... 

Wait for It.... 
 Mr. Random  first selected comment #77,
 my dear friend Shari from Bear Creek Quilting Company. 
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 If you're not familiar with Shari's fantastic Online Quilt Shop you should certainly check it out. 
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Shari has an amazing selection of fabric, Aurifil thread, panels, kits, blocks of the month selections, and she's always sharing free patterns and inspirational blog posts & tutorials

Shari is one of the most gracious and giving folks I know.
In true form -- she wanted me to give the "kit" to another lucky winner....
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So... we drew again.
Mr. Random.Org Choose
And the winner is:
Congratulations Linda !!
You're the winner of the fabric and thread kit!
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I'll send you an email so we can get your shipments in the mail to you!
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Thanks again to those who took the time to comment and share.
I LOVE when we can come together to improve our skills.
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Many thanks again to
and

for always sharing inspiration and fabulous products!

Before I go... 
Sister Michele and I take an Eagle Spotting Road Trip
Annually every 3rd of March  
Her Birthday!!
This year we broke records observing more than 35 eagles on our day-long trip.
Here are 2 neat shots that she snapped:

P41 in his new nest by the River (Deposit, NY) Image Courtesy Michele Morningstar

Mature Bald Eagle near Cannonsville Reservoir, Deposit NY - Image courtesy Michele Morningstar
It was an amazing day!!!
Thanks everyone -- Happy Quilting!
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If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.


Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines
Basics ~ A Quilters Doodles ~ McTavishing
A Full Day of Feathers
Ruler & Template Work
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Wool & Needle turn Applique
Technique or Project Oriented Workshops available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Let's Quilt It - A Valentine and Giveaway For You!

Greetings quilty friends...

I'm excited to share a Free Motion Quilting
recipe on the Moda Bake Shop today.
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We start with a little
💕 Moda Grunge & French General fabric...💕
layer with Dream Wool batting
add in my favorite Aurifil thread
and walk through the steps necessary
to free motion quilt
pebbles, echos, feathers & matchsticks
using a HOME machine!!
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So... if you need a quick gift for a friend...
Or to dress-up a table display,
Be sure to visit the Moda Bake Shop and
learn how to create and quilt
this sweet 11" mini.
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It will get YOUR creative stitches hopping!
The design and quilting is very versatile so you might consider the following
finishing options:

1.  Forget the applique and prepare a mini whole-cloth.
Quilted on Moda Muslin with Aurifil 40Wt thread - Dream Wool batting
In the sample above I used my QP Edge Template by my dear friend Linda Hrcka ~ The Quilted Pineapple and added a double-line cross hatch in the center.
Sew FUN!!!

2. Make it larger by duplicating the design for a 4 patch!!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
The hearts look fabulous oriented in either direction.
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
3.  Consider adding sashing to the middle of a 4 patch... so pretty!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
 4. Or surround the blocks with setting triangles...
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
Just a few of the things you can do to turn the mini into a real quilt.

Be sure to jump to the Moda Bake Shop post for the quilting details
and return here to enter:

A Kit Giveaway!

That's right!!
I've packaged up
Moda Grunge & French General fabric
and my dear friends at
tossed in the exact colors of Aurifil 40Wt and 50Wt thread that I used to make the sample.
💖
Moda Fabric +
4 Large Spools of Aurifil
Oh MY!!!

You will LOVE working with this fabric and thread...

To get in on the giveaway
I need a little feedback....

Leave a comment below or on the
Moda Bake Shop tutorial...
describing what you like best about it.
Is it the images, the advice, the project, learning a new Free Motion motif ?

For an extra (optional) entry -- share this blog post or the Moda Bake Shop tutorial with your friends on social media and leave a comment letting me know you did.

Need one more (optional) chance to win ?
If you're on Facebook -- be sure to "Like" Redbird Quilt Co,  Moda Bake Shop and Aurifil Thread for another optional entry.  Leave another comment here letting me know you did.

Giveaway Entries Open through Midnight EST Feb 27th
 💕  Sister Janet's Birthday!!  💕

Updated 27-Feb-2017
I've uploaded 2 YouTube videos for "Let's Quilt It... A Valentine for You!"
Click the images below for Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.

Also -- stay tuned as I've recorded a YouTube video of my stitching the sampler.
As soon as it's uploaded I'll include the direct link here.

Comedy and quilting go hand-in-hand

Updated 5-Mar-2017
Click the image below to download the Heart Template from Google Drive:


Thanks for your continued support!

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I'm booking Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2018 & 2019
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.


Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines
Basics ~ A Quilters Doodles ~ McTavishing
A Full Day of Feathers
Ruler & Template Work
*
Wool & Needle turn Applique
Technique or Project Oriented Workshops available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com


Note:  The FTC requires that I tell you.... I occasionally use affiliate links on my blog and website.  I may be compensated for purchases made using the links.  Rest assured I will only share sales and promotions for products I know and love myself.  Many thanks for your support of my very small business.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winners and More Winter Bliss Details

Many thanks to all that participated in the first ever Redbird Quilt Co Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale and Thank You for your continued support and encouragement.    
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I'm excited to announce 3 winners (Blog, Instagram and Facebook) of the Really Mini Redbird and Berries Wool Quilt Kits
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....Before I share the quilt kit winners I thought I'd share a few "process" pics and information about my recent "Winter Bliss" finish.   
My Version of Winter Bliss -- Original Design by Pat Sloan
Winter Bliss is a pattern by Pat Sloan and can be found in Pat's latest book
"Teach Me To Machine Quilt"
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a comprehensive and wonderfully detailed book focused on making new quilters comfortable with the process of quilting through 3 layers of fabric.
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You can read my
Book Tour Review in this post.
and 40 other Book Tour posts using this index page.
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Winter Bliss finishes appx 25" x 28" and is a wonderful addition to any winter decor.
Created with Blackbird Designs Autumn Lily cotton fabric (for Moda) on the borders and
Primitive Gatherings Muslin Flannel for the background.

I used wool from my stash including Primitive Gatherings wool and a variety of others I've collected over the years.
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I followed Pat's pattern to prepare the quilt top after hand stitching the snowman to the background fabric.
Also following the pattern, I cut all of the applique pieces from wool and hand stitched them to the quilt background using my favorite Aurifil 12Wt thread
On the snowman and the holly leaves I used a blanket stitch.
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On the berries, birds, poinsettia leaves and stems I used an overhand or whip stitch.
This stitch moves along much faster than a blanket stitch and still looks beautiful.
I added a few fancy stitches to top off the poinsettia center -- that was fun!
Once the applique was stitched down I layered the quilt top with Quilters Dream - Dream Orient batting and pin basted.
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Again following Pat's amazingly detailed and thorough book, I put a new needed in my Janome 7700 and got busy quilting.
You can see my quilting setup in this post.
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I stitched around the wool applique with my trusty FMQ Echo Foot and using Aurifil 40Wt thread in the top and 50 wt in the bobbin.
This foot is so handy when stitching around wool.  
Because the foot is slightly curved it gently rides up over the edge of the wool applique, allowing you to stitch just outside of the edge. 
An open toed foot would catch on the stitches and other rounded feet would keep you from getting close to the applique.
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This foot is perfect.
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Once I outlined all the applique (per Pat's suggestion in Teach Me To Machine Quilt) I decided to top stitch border 1 using Aurifil 12 Wt thread and a walking foot. 
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I always love how that looks:
Now back to quilting... time to get the background and the snowman quilted:
 I used Aurifil 40Wt thread for most of the quilting.  It gives such beautiful texture.
Around the outside border I quilted a simple teardrop / paisley with loops.
The fabric is too busy to see much of the quilting.
When you're quilting busy fabrics though, take the opportunity to be creative with your practice as mistakes will go unseen ;)
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When I got to the corner blocks I tried out Free Motion Straight Line quilting per Pat's Book.
Simple, fun, effective...
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Done quilting, I squared up the quilt top, cut a 2" binding on the bias and attached it to the quilt top with my favorite mitered finish tutorial by Lisa Bongean for the Fat Quarter Shop.
Thank you Lisa and Kimberly.
You can see my mitered, flanged, machine binding variation of this tutorial here.
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Quilt Top Complete...
Sew much fun!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the Winter Bliss prep and quilting.  It's a fun project that can be displayed for months during the winter.  I would love to see any project you create from Pat's new book -- Teach Me to Machine Quilt.
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And now for the winners of the
Really Mini Redbird and Berries Wool Kits
complete with Background Grunge Fabric, Wool Pieces, Aurifil 12Wt thread and Layout Diagram
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On Facebook the Winner is:

On Instagram the Winner is:


And on the Blog the Winner is:
 Congratulations everyone -- if you've not already sent me your addresses please do --- I can't wait to get your kits in the mail.

Many thanks again to all that participated in the Sale and Giveaway.

Happy Quilting!!

I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017 & 2018
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
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Have a blessed week all and many thanks for your continued support!
YOU Make my World a Happy Place!
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