Craftsy Class Review!

Have you tried out any of the great classes offered by Craftsy yet? One of my local quilty friends, Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts, recently filmed two great classes for Craftsy! Her first class, A New Look at Long Arm Quilting, is totally free, and it's a great intro into playing around with a long arm. A lot of the tips will work for free motion on a domestic machine as well! I definitely recommend viewing it - and hey, it's free!

Mandy recently had a second class pop up on Craftsy, this one is called Creative Long Arm Quilting. I had the chance to view the class, and I wanted to share a little bit with you! First I'd like to point out that all of the ideas in the class can be achieved without a long arm. If you have a basic understanding of free motion quilting on a domestic machine, you can tackle all of these projects!

The class is split into 5 techniques, with 20-30 minutes of video for each of the techniques. Mandy provides great tips that she's learned in her quilting experiences, including how to avoid pitfalls and "fix" issues such as cutting fabric a bit too small. These little things can bring a project to a grinding halt if you're not prepared to deal with them, and Mandy's suggestions are always a unique and easy solution to keep your project moving forward!

My favorite project is the first technique, which uses freezer paper templates to create an abstract, raw edge quilt. Mandy shows how to create an entire throw quilt with the technique! There is a great combination of free-form piecing and quilting to give this project a lot of depth and texture. I can imagine really spectacular wall hangings made this way!
This project is absolutely doable with a domestic machine, and I think it's also a great project for many skill levels. It is very free form and forgiving for beginners, yet it is a new and different technique that many advanced quilters will enjoy. The project also gives many opportunities to practice new free motion styles!

If you'd like to hear a bit more about Mandy and the projects in her class, hop over to Quilting Is My Therapy where Angela interviewed Mandy a few weeks ago! I hope you decide to give Mandy's classe a try, and if you do please share your finished projects with her. It's always so much fun to see!

9-Patch Puzzle Tester Quilts!

I'm so excited to share what my pattern testers came up with for their 9-Patch Puzzle Quilts!

Cindy at Live a Colorful Life tested the the pattern using solid (unpieced) blocks. She was so sweet to squeeze in my pattern testing among all of her other sewing! Cindy used the Quilt Blocks fabric line by Moda, and I really the results! The fabric gives the illusion of being pieced and the large, unpieced blocks really showcase the prints!

Cindy's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

Watch out for more pictures on Cindy's blog soon!

My friend Meaghan from Seattle also pattern tested for me. I'm totally in love with the quilt that she created! Meaghan has a great eye for color, so I guess I shouldn't have been so blown away by her quilt!

Meaghan's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

I think my favorite aspect of Meaghan's quilt is the floral print that she included! Her colors and fabric choices are so great!
Here is a close up of the prints that she used:

Meaghan's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

A huge thank you to Cindy and Meaghan, and the several friends who proofread for me!
If you make a quilt from this pattern, I would love to see it! You can always email me or add your photos to the flickr group.

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy or Craftsy!

And lastly, I hope you'll join in the February Challenge Link Up! Details are here!
Link ups will close at the end of the day on Feb 5th, and one participant will win a copy of this pattern  and set of 42-10" square solids (perfect to use for the pattern!).

9-Patch Puzzle Quilt Pattern - For Sale Now!

I'm so excited to finish my second pattern!

9-patch puzzle pattern! 

You may remember last year when I created this quilt for my good friend's daughter. Since then, I've had several requests for a pattern.

I wrote the pattern using a layer cake and included 2 design options:

Use the layer cakes to create modern 9-match blocks
Trim the layer cakes to size and use as is

I created this first quilt using 21 different solids (mostly Kona) for the blocks, 7 different neutrals for the borders, and the green and white stripe print:
Puzzle Me Not Quilt

Here's a detail shot (binding is Chicopee):
Puzzle Me Not Quilt - Detail
(This lucky quilt is one of the two that will be in the quilt show at QuiltCon in February!!)

This second quilt is an example of how the pattern comes together if you choose not to piece the modern 9-patch blocks, but rather use the layer cake sheets trimmed to size (fabric is Lucy's Crab Shack):
Lucy's Crab Shack Puzzle Quilt

The details:
Lucy's Crab Shack Puzzle Quilt - detail

The layout is deceivingly simple to create, and comes together very quickly!

The pattern includes detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations for cutting, piecing the blocks, and creating the quilt top.

Finished quilt size is 64" x 72"

The pattern is listed for sale here in my Etsy shop and also here on Craftsy!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the pattern!

I'll post more about each of these quilts in a few days. I also want to share the amazing work done by my pattern testers - more to come!