Sew Many Blocks is celebrating National Quilting Month by giving away a free Craftsy Class. We've chosen Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine with Ann Petersen. This popular Craftsy class teaches five quilting methods for your home machine and dozens of tips and tricks that will add to both beginning and advanced quilter's skills. Did I mention it's free to one lucky winner?
I love Craftsy classes and I have to admit I have many. The classes are always available 24/7 and I can look back anytime I want to review a technique or just enjoy the lessons. If you have a question you can ask the instructor in the virtual classroom at Craftsy. I also like to look at the beautiful projects that students upload. Craftsy classes can be viewed on your computer or iPad.
2. Sign in if you already have an account or if you're new to Craftsy sign up for a new account.
3. Follow the instructions to enter. Cross your fingers. Just kidding but it might help.
Craftsy has generously given us this free class to give away and will randomly select the winner. The deadline to enter is April 6, 2014, 11:59 p.m., Alaska time. If you are the lucky winner, Craftsy will send you an email with a link to the free class, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine. We'll also announce the winner on Sew Many Blocks.
This time of year is full of sales...New Year's, inventory overstock, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, holiday fabric clearance, and more. With all this fun in the air (plus the want to spend my gift card that I won from Seams Like Home) my Mom and I decided to take a day and have some quilt supply shopping fun. We managed to get to Just Sew in Palmer, Dina's Cozy Cabin Quilts in Eagle River, Seams Like Home in Anchorage, and JoAnn's Fabric and Craft Store in Anchorage. It was a long day but a lot of fun too. Here's some of the loot I got...
You'll notice I picked up some of the holiday fabrics that were on sale and some fabric that just had to come home with me. You'll also see a lot of Valentine's Day colored fabric. I'm playing around with some ideas for a project and realized my stash was a little lacking in reds and pinks.
And besides fabric, I got some supplies I've been needing or meaning to try out and the latest issue of Generation Q magazine. Oh the fun I'm going to have. I love shopping days like this because they are so inspiring. There are so many wonderful quilts at our local shops, beautiful fabric that I can't resist, and fun tools to play with. I'll be posting some reviews of the tools that are new to me as I get into using them.
If all this shopping fun has inspired you, this coming Saturday (January 25th) is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Why not get out and find a new treasure. Share your great finds in the comments below or on our social networking pages. I'd love to see what you find. I'm sure I'll be out to at least one shop this weekend myself.
It's been a very busy year. I'm sure you could tell since we've been a bit quiet lately. So what have we been up to?
We participated in Quilting Gallery's August coaster swap. The pattern was designed by Vicki Ruebel from the Quilting Lodge. Here are the ones we made and sent off. Mine went to Mississippi and Mom's went to Australia.
We finished and exhibited our first items in the Alaska State Fair at the end of August and beginning of September. Even managed to win some ribbons! My hexagon snowflake wall hanging was a very intricate project. I cut the whole thing out on my AccuQuilt GO! and then made each individual hexagon into a separate little pillow turned quilt and then hand sewed them all together. And last, because I couldn't stop there, I finished the whole thing with a little free motion quilting on my sewing machine (Ya! First feathers I've ever done.) and some hand sewn on beads that look like frozen water drops.