We’ve teamed up with our friends at Spoonflower to offer a special giveaway featuring Craftsy quilting instructor Angela Walters’ fabric panels for Spoonflower.
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Once you’ve entered, read on below where Angela explains her inspiration for designing these fabric panels!
My quilting career began at the side of Grandpa Ford, my husband’s grandpa. Over ten years ago, he patiently showed me how to make quilts and was my sewing partner. A few years after that, he encouraged me to buy a quilting machine. Even though I didn’t even know what a quilting machine was, I agreed.
Anyone who knew Grandpa Ford knew that he never ever saw a quilt that he didn’t like! He would buy old quilt tops at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets, no matter what condition they were in or how ugly they were. Once my machine was delivered and set up, Grandpa gave me all his quilt tops to practice quilting.
It was on those old quilt tops that I learned how to machine quilt. Fast forward several years and many quilts later. When I am teaching machine quilting classes, I encourage quilters to practice free-motion quilting on a quilt. Doing so helps the quilter learn how fill in areas and work their way around the quilt.
When I was working with Craftsy to put together my class, Machine Quilting Negative Space, I immediately thought about putting together a collection of quilt panels. Quilt panels are great for practicing quilting. It’s the best of both worlds! Quilters can practice quilting within the context of a quilt without having to take the time to piece a quilt top.
Designing the three quilt panels to use in the class was even more fun than making a quilt. It was hard to pick out just a few colors and layouts! I finally picked three layouts, each of them in three different colorways.
My hope is that by having quilt panels that are readily available through Spoonflower, quilters that take my class will feel encouraged to practice the techniques that they learn.