Today’s blog post is brought to you by talented longarm quilter, author, and Craftsy instructor Angela Walters.
I can hardly believe that it’s been almost a year since I started planning my first Craftsy class, Machine Quilting Negative Space. It was my first experience of teaching on camera and the class turned out better than I could have imagined.
When we (Craftsy and I) began the process of putting the class together, I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate quilt panels into the class. I think that practicing quilting on a quilt top or a quilt panel helps a quilter learn machine quilting even quicker!
I was thrilled that the awesome people at Craftsy were on board and we moved forward on the idea. As a part of the class, I designed three different panels and used them during the filming. Designing those panels was my first experience in designing fabric, and I quickly realized that I loved it.
Once the class was released, the feedback about the quilt panels was overwhelmingly positive. I took that encouragement and decided to see if I could design a quilt panel as a part of a fabric collection. I was completely ecstatic when Art Gallery Fabrics agreed to release it as a part of my debut fabric line Textures.
We decided to take the quilt panel idea and tweak it just a bit, the result is the Right Angles Quilt panel.
The Right Angles panel is divided into two sections, totaling a yard. One half of it is a modern quilt panel and the other half is a coordinating print. This allows a quilter to use it as the front and back of a quilt, so that they can get right to the quilting.
Even though I designed the Right Angles quilt panel as a way to practice machine quilting, it can be way more than that. I like to think of it as a jump start to your project. Cutting it apart and using it in different ways allows for a multitude of fun projects.
For instance, you can use several panels to make a larger quilt.
Textured Frames is a free quilt pattern available here.
Or use it to make a minimalist looking quilt like Alex did!
Fractions by Alex Ledgerwood
Of course, you don’t have to make a quilt, use it to give your projects a patchwork look.
But nothing gets inspiration flowing like free fabric. Three lucky winners will each win a Right Angles quilt panel and their choice of one Craftsy class! To enter for a chance to win all you need to do is register or sign in on Craftsy by clicking here, then comment on the blog and tell me what you would make with it, by June 1, 2013. We will pick the lucky winners on June 2, 2013.
The Make it Right Challenge!
I am so excited to team up with Craftsy and Art Gallery Fabrics to present the Make It Right Challenge. We want to see what kind of creative and original items can be made using the panel. Here is your chance to let your creativity shine and maybe even win some cold, hard cash while you are at it!
Check out the FAQs for deadlines and more information about the challenge. Look for the panel at your local quilt shop or online stores! Happy Quilting!