A while back I wrote about some quilts that were in trouble with me for a post called “Quilts in the Doghouse.” I just finished piecing another top, a recent UFO (which means I started it in the past year or so), and near the end of the process, I had what you might call a full-on hissy fit.
Another recent finish is my Bitty Blocks row quilt. I started this years ago when I was working as an editor for Quiltmaker. We had this idea to create 3″ and 4″ blocks and post them for free on our website. There was no such thing as a marketing team so we had to market ourselves, and this was one of the ways we did it.
The thing about Bitty Blocks is that they’re addictive. You make a few, and then you make a few more, and you’re having so much fun that pretty soon you have 50 little 4″ stars or 70 tiny houses at 3″ x 3″, and then what?
Yesterday, online learning platform Bluprint, formerly Craftsy, sent an email to instructors saying the company would be closing over the next few months. This was at once surprising and completely unsurprising.
When Craftsy began about 10 years ago (because a guy received a quilt from his aunt), the quilters I knew loved it. It provided something new in the form of online learning, and it was well done. You could interact with the instructors, get answers to your questions, post your progress and make friends with others in your classes. It was amazing.
I’m not going to talk about the pandemic. We’re all frustrated. So…
Let’s Talk Quilts.
I’ve been finishing up some things the past few weeks. I have a lot of UFOs squirreled away in closets and cupboards and it would feel great to be done with them. And, BONUS, some of them can go into trunk shows! I have extra time because my engagements with guilds have been cancelled for April, May and June.
Two quilts I finished this week gave me pause. One was My Christmas Album, above. It’s a great design by Tina Curran with fusible applique and a border of Christmas sweaters. But when I took the final stitch, I didn’t feel anything good. I felt all manner of royally ticked off.
I’m doing a lot more machine quilting these days and boy, am I learning a lot.
I’m using the HQ Capri stationary longarm with its Insight table, which provides stitch regulation and support for the quilt.
In my search for ideas of what to quilt on Wild Garden, an improv throw-size UFO, I pulled out my books on machine quilting.
And that’s when it hit me.
Thank you to everyone who has viewed the mini trunk show from the Quilt Candy event. I really appreciate your time. I wanted to follow up with a few things and put all of the links in one place.
Nine Patch Jambalaya is a quilt that gets a lot of attention during the Make Extraordinary Scrap Quilts trunk show.
We’re on to more of the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show. These are the links for today, Sunday April 5, and tomorrow, Monday April 6. You can watch them live on Facebook at the times listed or you may watch them anytime after the live broadcast that is convenient for you.
My own trunk show will be today at 4 pm CST, 5 pm EST. I hope you’ll take a peek! I’m going to share tips for making scrap quilts, some free quilt patterns and a few quilts that are part of my various trunk shows. Nothing to buy! 😊 Just watch, learn and enjoy.
Today, Sunday April 5 (note that these are Eastern times):
April 5 12pm EST Ebony Love https://www.facebook.com/LoveBugStudios/
April 5 1pm EST Bill Locke https://www.facebook.com/bill.locke.96
April 5 2pm EST Marlene Oddie https://www.facebook.com/kissedquilts/
April 5 3pm EST Sandy Fitzpatrick https://www.facebook.com/HissyfitzDesigns
April 5 4pm EST Reed Johnson https://www.facebook.com/BlueBearQuilts/
April 5 5pm EST Diane Harris https://www.facebook.com/stashbandit/
April 5 7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio https://www.facebook.com/dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio
Tomorrow, Monday April 6 (note that these are Eastern times):
April 6 1pm EST Cherry Guidry https://www.facebook.com/CherryBlossomsQuiltingStudio
April 6 2pm EST Cheryl Lynch www.facebook.com/CherylLynchFiberArts
April 6 3pm EST Annie Smith https://www.facebook.com/anniesmithqs
April 6 7pm EST Melissa Marginet https://www.facebook.com/melissa.marginet.quilter/
My business focus is two-fold.
- I give trunk shows and classes for guilds and shops. I’d love to visit your town!
- I design quilts for magazines in the US and abroad. I’d love to appear on your pages!
Get in touch and Let’s Talk Quilts.
The Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Shows continue today beginning at 11 CST on Facebook Live. You can watch live or any time afterward when it’s convenient for you. There’s a lot of great talent being displayed.
My own trunk shows will be Sunday at 4 pm CST and Tuesday at 6 pm CST on my Facebook business page. It’s kind of fun to watch them live but I have caught many afterward as well. Either way you get to see it all!
There are more designers hosting short Facebook Live events in the Quilt Candy Trunk Show! I hope you’ll take a peek. Remember that you don’t have to watch it live, you can watch them any time after they go live, too.
April 2 1pm EST Beth Helfter Www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns
April 2 2pm EST Diane Bohn/From Blank Pages https://facebook.com/fromblankpages
April 2 3pm EST Deb Eggers/the cottage rose https://www.facebook.com/cottagerosequilt/
April 2 4pm EST Heidi Pridemore/The Whimsical Workshop https:/www.facebook.com/thewhimsicalworkshop
April 2 5pm EST Kate Colleran https://www.facebook.com/SeamsLikeaDreamQuilts/
April 3 12pm EST Darcy Hunter www.facebook.com/darcydoodlequilts
April 3 1pm EST Teresa Weaver www.facebook.com/yoursewingfriend
April 3 2pm EST Annette Ornelas https://www.facebook.com/southwind.designs/
April 3 3pm EST Jo Westfoot – The Crafty Nomad www.facebook.com/thecraftynomad
April 3 4pm EST Lynn Kane https://facebook.com/puppygirllynn
April 3 5pm EST Geeky Bobbin https://facebook.com/geekybobbin
April 3 7pm EST Laura Strickland https://m.facebook.com/orangeblossomquilt/
April 3 8pm EST Jen Frost https://www.facebook.com/FaithAndFabric/
If you like what you see, go ahead and “like” that person’s Facebook page because she will likely share other good stuff and you’ll want to be part of it. I’m up on Sunday, I’ll see you then!
A group of quilt designers have teamed up to offer a fun and free event online during this time. Each designer will spend about 15 minutes showing some of her favorite quilts. You can watch live on Facebook at the top of each hour from 12 noon to 8 pm Eastern time every day from April 1 to April 10.
If you don’t catch it live, you can still watch each video when you have time. Today’s designers:
1pm EST Nancy Scott facebook.com/MasterpieceQ
2pm EST Becky Jorgensen https://www.facebook.com/patchworkposse/
3pm EST Carolina Moore facebook.com/alwaysexpectmoore
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel https://www.facebook.com/cantonvillagequiltworks/
5pm EST Connie Jonson Sayler https://www.facebook.com/PacificRimQuiltCompany/
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts https://www.facebook.com/sliceofpiquilts/
7pm EST Sandra Starley https://www.facebook.com/TextileTimeTravels