Back in 2009 i purchased a used Gammill longarm quilting machine in hopes of making a little extra $ to help send my sons to college. Oh wow! I never imagined how much I would LOVE my new ...
Back in 2009 i purchased a used Gammill longarm quilting machine in hopes of making a little extra $ to help send my sons to college. Oh wow! I never imagined how much I would LOVE my new adventure!
Before that, I was a full time stay at home mom, volunteering in just about everything...even the local quilt shop. You'll find me in the 2002 Quilt Sampler magazine, just my picture, nothing more. lol :) I believe those days fueled my passion and here i am today, longarm quilting for clients, teaching classes at local quilt shops, and designing patterns. You'll find more about me and my work on my quilting blog: laugh yourself into Stitches* http://chezstitches.blogspot.com/
Other than hit by the quilting bug...i love antiques, repurposing junk and digging in the dirt... but most of all, spending time with family...nothing better than that!
Update: In March 2015, i sold my Gammill friend (it was a sad parting!) and bough a new Innova Longarm with an AutoPilot. Most of my longarm work is stitching all over pantographs for clients. The AutoPilot allows me to get off my feet (they were getting tired) while it stitches the pattern. I love my Innova too! It gives me the ability to continue quilting free hand too...which i love! You'll see custom quilting by visiting my blog and clicking on 'Why Me?'
Learn, Share, Quilt!
**This pattern is a digital PDF download and can be downloaded instantly after purchase.
PLEASE READ THIS PATTERN CLASS DESCRIPTION IN IT'S ENTIRETY BEFORE PURCHASING. If you have questions regarding how this pattern class is structured, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Begins January 2014~~~Complete the journey December 2014. You can purchase at anytime.
A 12 month 'Quilt Journey' and a look back into time through letters written by farmer's wives in the 1920's.
Laurie Aaron Hird's book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt is designed using templates and hand piecing methods....NOT THIS PATTERN CLASS!!
**This pattern class will teach each block using MODERN piecing techniques. (see my blog for a sampling)
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book is necessary for this 12 month class and can be found and purchased here in my blog post:
At the beginning of each month, there will be another pattern class available offering approximately 10 new blocks and introducing new techniques. You may purchase each of the 12 classes, piecing all 111 quilt blocks resulting in a queen size quilt...or stop after the second class and have enough blocks to make a runner. Class Three includes a small table topper pattern.
Continue a few more classes and make a lap or twin size quilt. The choice is yours.
Each class is $8.50.
The pattern classes will strengthen one's piecing techniques; take the intimidation out of making 6 1/2" blocks and enhance one's quilting skills.
Designed for a Strong beginner with competent skills in cutting, stitching a quarter inch seam allowance, good understanding of quilting terms and the desire to learn
Before you begin:
Determine a 'focus color' and build from there using complimentary scraps or precuts. A variety of large and small prints as well as lights, mediums and darks should find their way into your patchwork.
There are no exact amounts of precuts or scraps, just pull from what you like and keep adding bits and pieces as you go.
The techniques or patchwork skills shared in the classes will be used in multiple blocks. Once a new technique is introduced, there will be a handful of blocks using the same method. The blocks have been divided based upon patchwork skills, not in chronological order as shown in the book. Class One begins with simple techniques and builds from there. Some months will have as little as 8 blocks, some months there will be more...most have 10
My advice is to begin with Class One and continue in Class order as the skill levels advance and new techniques introduced.
Included in Class One are two additional documents with important information to begin your Farmer's Wife Quilt~Along. Please read them carefully and keep them in a special notebook with all your class instructions.
The piecing illustrations are in color...if you choose to print in black and white, you may want to refer to the download copy on your computer from time to time. All the pdf's are high quality.
Work at your own pace or get a group of friends together!
Let the Journey begin!!
**view my blog post for a few more tips and color options!!