Behind the scenes… & Giveaway!

Dear Friends, I hope you have had a great start to your week!  First of all, I want to thank you all for your encouraging words on my Annie’s Learn to Machine Quilt class.  Click on the Annie’s Online Classes on my blog sidebar to access the webpage of my Learn to Machine Quilt class.

The class has generated a bit of talk within my inner circle after they viewed some of the clips.  The comments I have gotten are something like the following:

  • You look chic and metropolitan!
  • What?  You had a manicure, pink at that!

You see, on a decent day, I look like this – in my plain Jane self who’d rather do anything else than think about how best to apply blusher on my cheeks!  I normally leave that sort of thing to my beloved sister.  That’s why it’s a little shocking for my close friends and family to see me all decked out for the video clips, I supposed. :)

For the video shoot, Amy the professional stylist extraordinaire wielded her make-up brushes and transformed my look into totally chic!  How amazing is that?  I was tempted to pack Amy in my suitcase to bring her home with me after the shoot was over.  Back to the hair, it took me 3 washes to wash out the hairspray – you could probably guess-timate the amount of hairspray sprayed on my crown!  I thought to myself at one point a basketball would have no problem or whatsoever bouncing off my hair!

The video shoot took about 16 hours – two full grueling days of work for everyone involved.  Now I have no problem speaking in public, but having to speak into a camera with a teleprompter outside of a classroom setting with no real audience, that took some getting use to.  For a short while after I returned home, my mind would automatically switch to the “teleprompter” mode whenever I saw a string of words.

I did work with some really nice people though, and we settled into a nice working rhythm that almost always went like this:  “Wendy, give a big smile”, “I need you to do that with a smile”, “Could you do that again and smile?”, “Tug on your blouse, Wendy”, and “Smile!” etc.

After we were done, the very capable staff at Annie’s then threw the footage from the near 16 hour shoot into a blender, and hit the crush button, and out came this nice presentation on Learning to Machine Quilt.  How cool is that…

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Lightheartedness aside, I would like to share with you a story.

Quite a few years ago, there was a girl who didn’t dare to order something over the phone off of a catalog because she got nervous speaking English to a stranger, fearing that she wouldn’t be understood.  It’s not that she didn’t know the language.  She did, but just wasn’t comfortable speaking to strangers.  So, her husband would always have to order.

In time, she learned to be a bit bolder, and somehow stumbled herself into studying Chemical Engineering in Graduate School where she had the sole responsibility of calling about technical support on complicated equipment systems.  She was also responsible in conducting various experiments that at times totally overwhelmed her.  It was a time of personal growth where the girl learned to trust in God, and gain confidence in what she did.

That girl is me.  From one who didn’t dare to speak with strangers over the phone to one who felt extremely honored to be asked to do the class for Annie’s.  This online class has definitely been a time of personal growth spurt for me, not to mention it being another Philippians 4:13 experience as well. I am thankful to God for the opportunities to grow in various stages of my life.  And I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ever encouraging support.

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GIVEAWAY!

Now for the surprise I mentioned in last Friday’s post, you will be entered into a giveaway for a free “Learn to Machine Quilt” class between now and next Monday (11/12/2012) if you leave a comment about what other online quilting classes you would personally like to see – I would love to see specifics.  You can still leave comments about anything related to the post content (PLEASE DO!), but just won’t be entered into the giveaway if no suggestion about quilting classes is mentioned.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow if you want to catch a glimpse of a sewing machine used to make (some of) Queen Elizabeth’s outfits!

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152 thoughts on “Behind the scenes… & Giveaway!

  1. I loved your blog about your online quilting class especially the part about the stylist. We all should have one at home then we could look like the models in the magazines when we go to the grocery store! Your blog and instructions have made a significant impact on my machine quilting and I can’t thank you enough. If this latest venture doesn’t have instructions on your feathers, then hopefully your next one will.

  2. Well you are beautiful inside and out with or without the blush :)
    I know for me when I quilt I always get stuck in a place and have to get out what to do do you tie a knot or do you do a few stitches in place. I find it hard to stay with a rhythm of stitching. It is because I can’t draw either. I can stipple but the leaves, feathers etc I never know what end to start. Hugs Bunny.

  3. I love the on-line courses. they are great and you can do them at your own speed and go back anytime you want. I would like to see more classes involving free motion quilting techniques and machine embroidery techniques. Thanks for sharing

  4. I just loved your post and God has given you favor. Your very talented and I would also love to win your class. I would love to see more classes on feathers, and also not to sew myself into a corner and having to restart the many times I find myself in a corner. Just to have a rhythm, as Bunny suggested would be awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I signed up last Friday night and couldn’t have been more pleased to be some of the first ones signed up for the class. It has been so much fun to get to know Wendy the last few months through the blog and the her magazines articles, and now to be taking her classes is just icing on the cake! I’m hoping tomorrow evening, I can sit down and start the lessons, I’ve listened to the first part of the video about getting ready and all things necessary but I just haven’t had time to do more. Can’t wait to see this “special” sewing machine!

  6. I would love to see a class dealing with thread tension and how to use different types of thread. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I just found your blog and at a great time, hehe. Enjoyed your post and learning how much goes into making the shows. I’m a beginner machine quilter and learning stippling. I’d love to learn feathers as well as continueous line, where two or three items are done to make a “picture”.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. My comments are similar to the above, if you haven’t covered feathers extensively in this first class, that would be a great topic for another entire class! Though the designs I have the most problem with are the overall meandery types, like Jesters Hat, Swirly Swirls, those types. I can sort of see where to go next drawing on paper (sometimes) but once the fabric is under the machine, it’s a whole different story, perhaps because it’s the fabric moving rather than the pencil?

  9. Love what you do, Wendy. I’m always looking for unique background fills, can’t get enough of them. An added bonus for the class would be feathers. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thank you for sharing your story about your experience shooting your new online class! I love your comment about trying to wash out the hairspray lol! I’m definitely going to be taking your course since you are my machine quilting Guru!!! I’d love to see a class on how to design a quilt or one to learn even more free motion quilting designs or one just specializing in mastering feathers! Thanks for the giveaway! I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

  11. I am fairly new to machine quilting so any and all instructions are helpful but feathers are so pretty and a real challenge for me so help with those would be wonderful.Thanks for the chance to win .

  12. hi. great to see how well you are doing ..Always follow your fb and now this..What next? you do such great work.Think I would like to see more leaves in the quilting patterns.. such a variety and you could get many different designs…. thanks for all you do . also for the give away..

  13. You look beautiful! I would like to see a quilting class on feathers as someone else mentioned. I think they are the most difficult and I quit almost as soon as I started.

  14. You look beautiful! I need help with feathers and a class on those would help me “feather my nest” much better I’m sure. Thanks!

  15. Thanks for your great instructions regarding machine quilting. Would really enjoy a class on how you decide on which quilting designs for a particular quilt. Always enjoy your feathers and fillers.
    CarolynV

  16. I enjoyed your story and how much you have grown. I personally hate to use the phone. I will say that living in Samoa I was so fearful of saying their names wrong and was learning the language but so afraid to speak it ….so you amazing.

    And your giveaway…oh my stinking gosh!!!! Anyone would love to take your class.

    I would love a class on threads….. show and tell on different threads and what they can do and what works best and their effects of the quilting.

  17. I’d love to see another machine quilting class on how to quilt sashing and cornerstones. I really enjoy reading your blog…it’s very uplifting and inspiring. I’m guessing I’m twice your age…I’ve been a hand-quilter for over 35 years and am just now trying to master machine quilting. So little time…so many…well…you know. Anyway..thanks for lifting my spirit so many times.

  18. I would love to learn more about feathering, and learn more about finishing
    the quilt, to make it look professional all the way around.

    Thank you for the opportunity to take your class possibly.

    I love your sneak peaks on your blog, but also at the same time wishing
    I could see the whole quilt then too.

  19. Hi Wendy! I think personal milestones are the best, since we know inside how long the road was to reach it.

    I would like to see a class regarding stitch length and control for those of us who cannot afford a sewing machine with a stitch regulator. I know that practice is important, but if you have tips to shear, I’d love to learn.

    Thanks so much for the time you spend sharing with all of us. I have learned so much and I appreciate the tips and hints so much.

  20. Hi Wendy, you look fabulous, not that you don’t always, but isn’t a stylist fun? Not that I would know, just from watching Project Runway. I, too, would like to see design decisions with feathers on pieced quilts. Any designing of quilting patterns on pieced quilts would be helpful. Love the online classroom concept, and will check this one, too! Best regards, Susan

  21. I was happy to see you had the class.I would like to see a quilt as you go class. I would like to learn feathers swirls and pebbles. Thanks

  22. Hi Wendy!! You look wonderful, and thanks for sharing your story about how your confidence has grown, it is inspirational to all of us with our fears. Along with all the other suggestions (feathers, sashing, binding…) I would love to see some examples of how to precisely match up points and intersections when piecing for perfect blocks! And how to fix mistakes…? I would love to take your class!

  23. I am like you when it comes to make up. I only wear it on special occasions.
    You look beautiful either way. Pink is definitely your color.
    Thanks for sharing your story. I am so excited for you.
    As far as other quilting videos, I think I would like something about how you or others come up with your own patterns. It is very complex to me.
    thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Wendy you look so chic. Was so happy to see that your teaching a class it is so much nicer to see everything on video. Was ready to sign up for your class but will wait with my fingers crossed to see what happens in the give away. It will be a long week. As for another class I would like to see feathers,beginner and advanced . Also, if you haven’t already batting and thread and the reason you pick them, Also, how do you really decide on what to quilt on your quilts. You have come a long way and have inspired a lot of people with your story.
    Thank You So Much

  25. You know I can’t sew and don’t have a machine (so the classes are out for me), but I just want to tell you once again how very, very proud I am of you, Wendy! And makeup or not, you are beautiful to me because you are so beautiful on the inside. And you are also beautiful on the outside made doubly so by your inner glow of kindness. You are truly lovely, and I am so blessed to know you. And you are talented as can be. God broke the mold when he made you, my sweet, beautiful, smart, talented friend.

    I really loved readng your success story and how you gave the glory to the Lord.

    Love you…

    XO,

    Sheila

  26. Wendy – Congratulations on your new class! So very excited for you — and you do look beautiful – with or without makeup. Thanks for sharing your very personal story.

    I would love to learn more about what to quilt to fill in an area — I sometimes look at a quilt design and go… “how do I break this up”… what pattern do I quilt where… I’m lost getting started on the design of the quilting. It would be great if you could share that with us in a class.

    Thanks and congratulations again ! I so much admire your work !!
    Karen

  27. I’m so happy for you doing your online class! Congratulations!! I’d like a class on how to figure the overall quilting design. Your quilts are so beautiful, but for me to get from the finished quilt top to a beautifully quilted piece is a scary stretch. Thank you for your witness for the Lord. Trusting Him takes us places we’d never get otherwise!

  28. What a wonderful and hopeful post. Hope that oneday….. we all might be that super/superbly confident!

  29. I would love to see a quilt as you go tutorial, and well as instruction on how to quilt around appliques. I loved reading your post, and what a wonderful testimony you have! Our God is truly great.

  30. Congratulations on your latest endeavor! You are such a beautiful person, inside and out! I look forward to your posts! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    I would love to learn about competition quilting…using the specialty threads and silk fabrics and learn more about what judges look for in competition quilting. Maybe less of the basics as there is a lot of that already out there. Oh yes, and it all has to be able to be done on a domestic machine for those of us who can’t afford the big investment in a long arm.

  31. I’m so glad I have signed up for your class. You look like the sweetheart I thought you to be!
    Anything machine quilting related will help me. I’m a hand quilter so I need advice about most things with a machine. But I think trying to figure out just what to quilt is the hardest thing for me. That’s usually where I decide to put the quilt top into the UFO pile ;)

  32. Great ideas! I would like ideas for which type of machine quilting would suit which block design. I find choosing what to quilt to be very tricky.

  33. Congratulations on getting your class done! You look great and it is fabulous that you found the courage to be confident! That is a message that everyone needs to hear now and then. As for the quilting class – feathers (both following a design and freestyle) would be fabulous. Also maybe a whole cloth quilting class, and quilting designs that are not stippling but don’t need marking to look pretty. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  34. Loved reading your story of overcoming your fear and of God bringing you out of that space into a place where you can help others with your skills. Our daughter Katie does not like to talk to strangers, store employees, phone solicitors…she’s also come a long way.

  35. You are inspirational to me and so many others; your talent and your ability to teach well have touched more lives than you will ever know. I would love to see a class that explains how to plan your quilting, or, of course, feathers!!

  36. I love the idea of more free-motion quilting classes. More is always good. There are so many ways to do feathers that this would certainly be good, but ultimately I’d just like to see more in general (more background filler designs, more feathers, more ways to plan out how to decide what FMQ to apply to a quilt and what should go where, more, more, more. :)

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  37. Hi Wendy, congratulations on your taping and success. Good for you! Pushing ourselves is not easy to do, but essential for growth.

    As for a quilting class, I’d like to see something on feathers as they are so lovely and, for me, so hard to make! Maybe 4 kinds of feathers and how to do them. I’d be grateful for most any topic really ;-)

    Michelle

  38. You’re such an inspiration! Love the reminder from phillipians…we all need to remember that! As for online classes, how about a class with all sorts of applique methoods inone class? I love applique but even after doing several projects, i still stuggle. Just amazed by designs with intricate details. Thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

  39. You look so lovely! I’m glad you took the challenges and accepted the growth. You inspire me in so many ways. I love the flower design, and the jester you did for the FMQ challenge. I need to see more feathers and feathered wreaths. I’m still practicing them, but they don’t look as good as others I’ve seen. I need to see what I’m doing that needs improvement. Thanks!

  40. What a fun post, Wendy. Yeah, I’d want to pack her up and bring her home, too. :D (Except for the show-level hairspray factor – heh!)

    I’d love to see an online class of double-needle quilting. I was really amazed at some shots I saw a few months back of someone’s quilting with those. I’ve never used a double needle, but my machine does have one that came with it 3 years ago. . . so maybe I should find out how to use it and try it out!

  41. I would like to see a class on how to handle a larger quilt while trying to do FMQ using your home machine. I have a Designer I and I’m afraid that if I’m having trouble with a lap quilt how will I manage the King size that I am planning to make for our master bedroom. What magical things do I need to do to get it all under the arm of the machine???

  42. haha it just goes to show what a little make up and a can of hairspray can do to us girlies!!! I like the before look best though….Hmm new idea for a class, probably been done before somewhere on the web but I would like to see more of Fancy Feathers, you know the type, with flowers inside them or curlywhirly bits, not sure what you call them. Meantime though, absolutely anything that concerns FMQ is just great for me. I am learning so much from the WWW about this subject. from Jan across the Pond.

  43. Feathers !!! I simply can’t do feathers !!! I would love to learn a simple way to get them to look fantastic.. I have a mid arm but just can’t do feathers for the life of me..There has got to be some kind of trick you can show me… Gail

  44. I would love to see more applique or even English paper piecing classes.
    I will be signing up for your class Wendy..you have been inspiring me since I found your website some time ago. I’m changing my blogname from CathyC in Alberta to QuiltinGram as I am no longer living in Alberta. I moved back home to BC 5 days ago. It is very hard not to have my sewing room set-up so that I can sew. We are removing the carpet and putting down laminate flooring so if I somehow drop a pin it doesn’t get lost.

  45. This IS the class I would like to see online! Other than this, maybe a series of free motion quilting motifs for beginners on the home machine or a class on quilt as you go. Anything about machine quilting for dummies will interest me as I am a hand quilter who just purchased a super expensive machine complete with BSR and I have no idea how to begin!

    I’d also like to learn more about appliqué techniques by hand and/or machine.

  46. Congratulations on overcoming your fears!

    I would love to see a class on rotary cutting and getting accurate cuts. Also on how to use the different angles on the rulers (45 degree, 60 degree, etc.) A class on the different types of applique would be great too!

    Thanks!

  47. Wendy, you are on your way. No one could be happier for you than I am. You know what I want to learn~~FEATHERS!!!!!!

  48. I would love to see you actually doing your quilting – feathers (as mentioned numerous times above), your pearl/circle fillers, as well as the quilting on your whole-cloth quilt. I have learned so much just from your drawings with Miss Baby’s crayons. I feel my quilting has grown along with you since following your blog. (“Muscles” are always painful to develop, even spiritual growth ones).

    Becky

  49. I enjoyed reading your blog so much, You have grown and reach out with your talents. Thank you for sharing how your faith has given you the foundation for what you do. I am still a beginner at free motion quilting. I would like more instruction about how to decide what motif(s) to implement in my quilts.

  50. Congratulations on filming your class–what a great accomplishment. I need help with planning my quilting, especially on large negative spaces, so would love to see a class on planning/designing quilting patterns.

  51. I am always stumped when trying to quilt around a machine embroidered
    block. Echo quilting sometimes has smaller room at the top of the block and I don’t know how to transition from small spaces to large. I am so excited for you. I couldn’t see the intro – figured there were too many of your followers trying to see it too!

  52. Your work is beautiful, Wendy! Your “jester’s hat” design is one of my favorites (although difficult for me, but I’ll keep practicing). I would love to learn more about quilting with specialty threads – silk, monofilament, metallic, etc.

  53. Oh Wendy, you look so beautiful! Love the color your wearing in the shoot, it really is your color.

    As far as other online classes I would love to take or see offered? Applique from the Master appliquer’s and how to machine quilt around those appliqued
    beauties. Or how to go about designing borders or what/how to quilt around hand embroidery.

  54. I would love to take your class because I havent done any FMQ yet. I guess I am scarred of it a little, I have some tops ready to quilt but after Christmas I will try your class. Thanks for the drawing.

  55. Girl, you look gorgeous – and congratulations on all of this, your hard work has paid off! I loved your story about not even being able to talk on the phone. God is good, all the time! Don’t enter me in your give-away, just wanted to say that I’m thrilled for you!

  56. I would agree with Karen, that a class that explains how you decide what quilting would look best on a quilt. I love to piece, but get very mystified by what to do for the quilting part. Thanks for your help and letting The Lord use you.

  57. And blossom she did and I treasure her friendship dearly! Your ability to connect with people (even in a video venue) in such a very personal caring way goes way beyond the educational content conveyed (so beautifully). Blessings and hugs, D

  58. Congratulations on your class! The topic I would like to see covered is how to quilt tops with lots of pieced blocks that don’t have a lot of space for fillers. Also design ideas for borders.
    Pamela L.

  59. Why would you need makeup when you look so beautiful naturally?

    Congratulations on your wonderful success. It’s hard to imagine that you were ever that afraid of speaking.

    OMGosh…where to begin. I would love to know why you choose the type of thread that you do, more about adjusting tension on the machine, types of needles and why and then, of course, how to choose the perfect design for the quilt you are working on. How many years do we have????

  60. I would like classes specifically for filling challenging spaces: triangles, narrow borders, etc, and for techniques such as cross hatching, and larger fill (as opposed to close fill).

  61. A class that I would find helpful is one about deciding what type of quilting to put in various parts of the quilt.

  62. Wendy, I too saw the clip and thought “what a chic chick” :-) I think you look great with and without the makeup and style.

    I think a great online class would be how to do hand applique. I think it is beautiful, but I’ve never tried it.

    Your quilting is beautiful, I’ve just had such a hard time with control and consistency. I easily get discouraged and just go back to the walking foot :-(

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

    And YES We Can Do All Things through Christ!

    Jocelyn

  63. I truly feel honored to have found your blog as I would imagine every other person feels the same way about you sharing your talents with us. I would mostly like to continue to being able to absorb some of your free motion quilting knowledge in any and all forms. Fillers are especially important. Thank you for being there for all of us. DottieK

  64. I would love to see a class on how to determine WHAT to quilt on a quilt top. Especially, the thought process you go through in coming up with your ideas.

  65. Girl! You look so GOOD!!! But then, I like you in the “plain Jane” picture too! Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story. I was very touched and it makes me that much happier for you to have the chance to be doing these classes – you’ll be so good at it – as long as you *smile* of course :*) I would be absolutely THRILLED to take an online class from you! You are my quilting idol – okay, we Christians don’t like that word LOL!!!

    I would love to take a class that teaches me how to produce gorgeous quilting designs on my quilts that look as amazing as the long-armed quilts. I just don’t care to purchase a long arm, but I do want to quilt my own quilts and be able to know that I can make them just as beautiful. I know it may take a lot longer, but that’s not a problem. The problem is knowing how to do that. I hope I’m making sense. One of the things I love about you and your blog is the underlying message that you are a real person, just like all of us who follow along and read your blog. And that if you can do it, then I can do it too if I apply myself. I believe you could teach such a class and help the rest of us begin to produce gorgeous quilts like yours :*)

  66. Great blog post!! When I first saw the picture, I did a double-take, but when I listened to the Introduction clip and heard your voice, it was the same sweet, caring Wendy I’ve always known!! I’m so happy for you and your accomplishments. Amazing blessings to a truly deserving person!

    I’d like to see an online class on feathers. I know I’ve taken your class in person and love all of your tutorials but an online class would be nice to go back and refer to when I need help (which is often)!!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Hugs!

  67. What a blessing this opportunity is for you, and how lucky we are to get to benefit from it! I would love to see a lesson on quilting unusual shapes. I’ve been doing a lot of paper-pieced pointy stars, and am struggling with how I will quilt all those spikes. The projects are ones that I’ve spent a lot of hours (months!) putting together, and just throwing an all-over design on them just wouildn’t do them justice.

  68. What a lovely story, to go along with all the lovely quilting you do. I have always done basic quilting, to timid to try anything more. Now, I really want to learn more about free motion quilting techniques. Thanks

  69. Class looks great! I’d like to see a class that shows us how to decide what to quilt. That’s one of my biggest issues with the quilting aspect. I look at my finished top and think “Now what?”. I have trouble envisioning the quilting. I don’t know everything you touch on in your class but I’m hoping that you show us how to actually maneuver a large quilt on a domestic machine. So many times, we’re shown how to make designs on small squares and a large quilt presents it’s own set of issues. :-)

  70. Hi Wendy, you look beautiful either way. I too, don’t wear make up very often, me I always want to stay in bed just a little bit longer, lol. Way to go, on your journey. I know it takes a lot of effort to come out of that “shell”. Been there and done that! God is the greatest source of strength. I am happy he has been by your side. Your quilting class looks like fun! Even tho, I don’t consider myself a beginner, I think I could benefit from your class. I would like to see a class that helps you figure out what to quilt and where. I am just getting into different designs at different parts of the quilt. Also, from paper to quilt. How to take a “doodle” and make it quiltable. I would also like an intermediate class on FMQ. Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck with your class. I hope it leads to many more! :)

  71. Your quilting class looks so interesting – I would love to see a video on different types of filler stitches and how to balance a variety of stitches throughout the quilt. Thanks!

  72. I LOVE your blog and hadn’t read it before and don’t even remember how I found it but I am so happy I did. You are super confident gorgeous young woman either way – with or without make-up.

    I have purchased so many classes from Craftsy but no FMQ classes for complete beginners and this one looks like it would be right up my street – a terrified beginner. What other kind of class would I like to see? Ummm a Quilt As You Go class that would teach me how to join the blocks without having to put sashing in between the blocks as I’m not a big fan of sashing. Is this even possible?

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this one but if I don’t win it well ….

  73. Congratulations on your new venture. I would defu=initely like an on line class on your method of making feathers and also tips on using the bSR.

  74. Wendy, I struggle quite a bit in preparing my “quilt sandwich” properly for quilting … As a result, I don’t (yet) quilt anything larger than a table topper. I’d so love to see a class, even a mini one, dedicated to making this manageable even for bed quilts. Thank you for so generously sharing your talents with us! Wendy H, Texas

  75. You had me in tears with your story. Your courage and faith is a gift we can all share. Thanks so much.

    I’ve taken quite a few free motion quilting classes and always seem to get something new out of them. I love new designs but my biggest problem is still controlling quilts when they’re over 60″ square. Not letting them slip or ‘seeing’ the design (working a small area on a big quilt design). Controlling stitch quality.

    Thanks for the give away. Crossing my fingers here.

  76. What a wonderful testimony. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I feel as though I am stuck in a crossroad, with my daughter having pretty much flown the coop. I would like to learn how to better manipulate a large quilt and be able to do more than straight stitches. I have tried flowers etc and found it very hard to move the quilt to get the design. It works fine on the edge of the quilt. Thanks for sharing your gift with me. Leslie

  77. I would like to see other motifs, how to quilt them and or how to transition from one motif to another smoothly.

    I was very shy as a child and even through high school but when I went to college I decided I was tired of being shy so made myself speak up. I figured no one knew me and knew I was always the shy girl so decided to just go for it. Was hard at the beginning but now my friends don’t believe me when I tell them I used to be very shy as I am quite the talker now. Glad you got over your reticence about talking to strangers too.

  78. I would really love to learn to FMQ I have tried on my own but just can’t get the hang of it. I follow your blog and love all of your work so I imagine you are a good teacher. I use to hand quilt but arthritis doesn’t allow me to do that anymore. I have never tried an online class but since I don’t get out a lot I think they would be great for me. Blessings Sandra

  79. I love your story of conquering the language barrier. You have such a dear heart & attitude of gratefulness in your life. I’m excited for this teaching opportunity for you. I wish you lots of enjoyment as you do this.

  80. I really love all your beautiful free motion quilting. It is still a struggle for me. Sometimes I think I am getting better at it and then I go backwards. I think learning more about the correct needles and thread to use might be helpful. There’s so much to learn about the many kinds of thread. I just want to see beautiful stitches and that is difficult for me. It is also difficult to relax while free motion quilting and and I understand that is supposed to help. Keep up your beautiful stitching!

  81. Wendy, you have always inspired me to challenge myself to do more free motion quilting. I admire you for going headlong into a country whose mother tongue is not your own. I salute you. I would love to see more of what you have to teach as well as other experts in the field. I am often stumped as to what to quilt in a border, so perhaps a class of quilting sashings and borders would be great.

  82. What a great “behind the scenes”! What fun it was hearing – and seeing – all about it! And, you look lovely with or without make-up! o:) The dress is stunning. Lovely personal story too – so glad you have gotten the confidence you deserve!

    I would love to see a quilting class on feathers – they are always a bug – and very scary, I think! I would love to have more confidence in attempting them!

  83. I had to do a double take when I got this. I didn’t know if it was you are not. Look good either way. I’m so glad I got to take classes in person with you. You have taught me a lot about the feathers. They still are not easy for me but I’m sure I will learn if I continue to work on it. I just never think my stuff is good enough. God blessed you with a lot of talent and I’m glad you share what you learn through your teachings. Miss ya.

  84. I would really like to see some classes on several different binding techniques and lots of helpful tips about quilting in general.

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  86. I need a very basic quilting class. I need hints on how to control the machine with free motion quilting. (or should i say fabric). My movements are jerky not smooth. I haven’t tryed any of annies classes yet. Would love to win one to check them out. I would also like to see a class on English Paper Peicing. I have a UFO on that.

  87. Wendy, I don’t remember how I came upon your blog last year about this time…that’s when I started quilting. You are my favorite quilter/blogger and an inspiration to all who visit here! You are a master quilter teacher and I love how you don’t hesitate to share your God-given gifts with us. I cannot wait to take your class! I would love to see a class on applique. I also loved your bon bon and candy quilt and would love to learn how to add depth and texture to future quilts.

  88. I just love all your feathers and variations.
    So enjoy your blog. Can’t get enough of your hints and helps! Thanks!

  89. Wow! Loved your sharing of the behind the scenes……so cool to see what goes on to create such cool lessons! Thanks!

    I’m soooo new to just the makin’ a Quilt top….scared to try Machine Quilting…wanna learn tho! :) I have followed sewin lines (stitch in the ditch)…but a class on filling in areas would be great, Also want to learn Applique….and sewing curved shapes,,,,excited about any classes for new quiters! Thanks :)

  90. Since I’ve been following your blog for quite sometime I think it’s such a great opportunity to watch you quilt and learn more from you. I would also like an applique class and also a class on binding a quilt, particularly curves. Thanks for the opportunity to win the class, but I put it on my Christmas wishlist anyhow! lol! Your the best Wendy!

  91. I have been doing some free motion quilting on my home sewing machine and LOVE it…I guess you could say I am a little obsessed! BUT…I am wishing that I felt more artistic and confident in quilting my own free hand designs…without stencils or patterns. I would love a class that teaches some beautiful designs I could just sit down and quilt myself. Enjoy your hints and helps! Thanks!

  92. I loved seeing these “behind the scenes” peeks and hearing how the Lord has stretched out out of your comfort zone. That’s encouraging to me because I tend to resist that stretching.

    Since I only took one basic, general quilting class years ago, it would be hard for me to say what other classes I might like to see. I guess maybe something on piecing or applique. Piecing is what discouraged me from quilting because I have trouble doing anything in a straight line — even drawing with a ruler or cutting an already marked line straight. Even with my seam guide my stitching wobbles, and that’s not too much of a problem on clothing (most of the time) but it would definitely make piecing look “off.”

    The other things I’d like to see are ways of dealing with a quilt sandwich if you don’t have one of those big quilt frames and you’re wrestling with it by yourself.

  93. Hi Wendy! I love your blog. Your very talented person and made beautifull quilts. I would like to see a quilting class about trapunto. Thanks for sharing

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  95. I would really like a class on how to quilt landscapes. Mountains rivers ocean trees etc. That is what I am really interested in.

  96. Hints and tips about getting started with machine quilting. Equipment needed, how to set it up and just generally getting going. Once I can started, i might be OK.

  97. I love on line tutorials on free motion quilting, and I love learning new techniques. I would also like to learn how to incorporate machine embroidery into quilts, thanks!

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  99. I would love to see more on free motion quilting techniques & perhaps some applique quilting. Great to read about all of the work that goes into filming.

  100. Love the story of your videotaping experience! Would live to see a class discussing thread types and weights, mixing different colors on top and bottom, and the different needle sizes used with different thread sizes. Thank you!

  101. I really want to learn machine quilting! I have never done it so a class would be great! And as far as a future class I think any of the suggestions from these quilters would be great! Thank you for the opportunity to win this class.

  102. Hi I would Love some paper piecing classes, here where i live arent much people who do parchwork at all. Congratulaciones and great giveaway

  103. Good morning! I would like to learn how to quilt in half-circles or rainbow shaped. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  104. I would like to see FMQ class on just borders.
    Narrow boarder and wide boarders. The most
    appropriate for the style of quilt, modern, traditional, etc. Also best for all over prints or solid colors.

  105. I have quilted for about 10 years and am tired of stitch in the ditch! I need to learn something I can do with quilts with a REGULAR sewing machine. I would love to see techniques on how to get to the middle of the quilt and sewing! Also I would love to learn how to quilt on the border.

  106. I would love to see tips on how to decide what designs to use on various parts of the quilt. Picking the design is always the hardest part for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

  107. I came for a visit after seeing your giveaway on Craft Gossip…..I loved your post. The visual of the budding/blooming tree was very effective as an illustration of your growth. I love it when we can look back and see where we were guided along life’s journey to where we are today.
    I am new to machine quilting…..I would love to see free motion quilting with a bit of marked guidelines….also how do you decide on the motif/pattern you will use for the quilting. What makes a good design? The little I have tried machine quilting, I ended up with lumpy stitching. How do you keep everything in place while quilting. Could you take one motif and change it up so it is suitable for an entire quilt? Using different thread colors for the quilting and how those colors affect the design.
    Thanks to Craft Gossip for featuring you, now I have a new place to follow.
    Deb

  108. I would love to see a machine quilting class that shows:

    how to better regulate stitch size (for those that don’t have stitch regulators),

    HOW to start/end those great concentric designs so you don’t have obvious double stitch lines.

    how are you actually marking your quilt top for those feather designs? I’ve tried chalk–messy and it rubs away. Marking pens? takes too long. freeform? I don’t know when to stop.

    how to choose the color of quilting thread–should the top and bottom be the same color? I’ve always been afraid of bright colors because I figure it would highlight my less-than-perfect stitching.

    thanks for letting me vent!

  109. I’d love to win a spot in one of your classes. I just learned about your website and hope to learn more. I am intersted in feather quilting, echo quilting, and free motion designs that are more than meandering. Thanks!

  110. Your video on machine quilting looks wonderful!
    I really want an indepth look at planning out the quilting. I have heard so many people say “let your quilt speak to you”. Well, mine don’t like to talk to me I guess because I usually have no idea what to do or where exactly to start. :)
    I have some free motion experience (self taught, so I could really use a class to improve my skills), but I find I stitch myself into corners a lot. I also don’t mark designs or registration points or anything like that because I don’t know how to go about doing that. I would love some instruction on those aspects of the quilting process.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  111. Thanks for the generous giveaway. The things I need help with are: planning the machine quilting so I don’t end up going back towards the centre of the quilt, whereupon I almost always get a pucker in the backing fabric, and secondly, i seem to get into a nice rhythm only to find I have loose stitching underneath on the curves. Maybe you cover these in your new course?

  112. Thank You for sharing that story. My biggest problem with FMQ on my little sewing machine is the (bobbin) stitch tension, It is so discouraging. So a CLASS on stitch tension would be helpful. Thank You.

  113. I have been saving pieces of silk (mostly old blouses) to make a crazy quilt. A class on sewing and embroidering silk, what batting to use, binding with silk and anything else to do with silk cloth. This is my first time on your blog so I don’t know if that is even in your realm. (I signed up immediately!)
    My story about hairspray: I was working in a clinic doing massage. I think it is important to work on the neck and head so I always asked if it was OK to put my (greasy) hands in their hair. They could have a shower after or I could use a towel but it was their choice. One woman had hair that stuck up in a pattern and when I asked her, she said it was fine as she had used so much hair spray over the past week that it wouldn’t matter. She was correct. Her hair was as solid as a helmet and it stayed in its pattern!

  114. You look wonderful, and I think it’s great how much you’ve grown! I would love to see a quilting class that combines art with quilting, like painting a picture with cloth and thread.

  115. I would love a class on deciding where to quilt what. Feathers on Borders? Stipples put where. I just never know what to quilt where so instead of practicing I end up in the ditch.

  116. My daughter is a feather fanatic and I would love to make her a quilt that is as special as she is, so a class on feathers would be just wonderful.

  117. What I need is help deciding what to quilt where. I think that would be a great class. There must be some guidelines that you go by or at least some suggestions. Everyone needs help with this so I think it would be a good class.

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  119. You know, I’d love to see a class on doing the quilting pattern that is the background for your blog design, all those little circles overlapping to make little squishy diamonds or orange segments or whatever it’s called. I am guessing you need to mark a grid for it, but I haven’t seen anyone doing a demo of that design and I really, really like it. Hmmm… I would also like to see a class showing how to layer and baste a large quilt properly, since I have tried several different ways and always seem to get a few puckers and pleats anyway. How do the COOL quilters do it? ;-)

  120. You look lovely either way, homey or chic! As for FMQ, being mainly self taught, hearing problems are very restrictive in class, the finer points on balancing designs and also fiting feathers in the borders would be helpful. I must admit I still get lost on fillers by quilting into dead-ends, hopeless at stippling, but am quilting acceptable feathers which are what I love the most. My brain automatically plans custom quilting but would love to have a go at all-over quilting but I am frightened of that dead-end problem.

  121. Tips and Tricks and Finishing….securing thread at the start and end, changing thread mid quilting, quilting at the edges of the sandwich, how to baste,

  122. I would love to see a beginners quilt-a-long. For example, a baby quilt. Day 1 could be choosing material, fabric requirements and supplies – you could include pictures or a video clip in a fabric store. Day 2 would be cutting and piecing together, day 3 – sewing your pieces together and trimming the quilt to get it ready for binding, day 4 – binding, day 5 – machine quilting! And maybe a tutorial for those who would want to hand quilt their baby blanket? I think it would be perfect to get brand new quilters hooked! I can’t wait to take part in your class!

  123. I would love to learn more about design, as in what kind of quilting best suits certain quilt blocks or styles. I am also new to FMQ and would love to learn more in general. Thanks

  124. Your work is lovely professional. I am a textile designer and used to travel overseas for work but I never got to see the process. I am disabled now due to severe arthritis and would LOVE to learn machine quilting to use for scrapbooking. Thanks for being here and sharing your expertise! Blessings to you!

  125. Congratulations on what you have achieved. I hope your future achievements are as great. I’d love to learn more about deciding what goes where in quilting and gaining confidence in free-forming – (I guess that 2nd one is just practise huh?!)

  126. Hello Wendy. Congratulations on your online course. I haven’t looked at the outline yet, but am hoping that you cover (or will in another course) thread tension and how to get a regular, but not tiny, stitch length when fmqing. Thank you for your fantastic blog

  127. Congrats Wendy! Looks like you had fun creating your new class :) There is one thing that I struggle with, but not sure it can be a class, but maybe more of a discussion… it’s the deciding what to do where part of the process. I can spend days, weeks, sometime months agonizing over how to quilt a particular project. Sometimes it is easy – almost like the quilt speaks to me right away. Other times it is a much slower process. Being on the road all the time gives me time to play with sketches (I ALWAYS have my sketch book with me), so sometimes I come up with something on the road and then can’t wait to get home to do some quilting! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and I still have to send you a pic or 2 from the FMQ Challenge :)

  128. I would like some hints on keeping free motion designs relatively the same size. Is there a secret to keeping the design balanced over the whold quilt? Your class sounds interesting.

  129. I have blogged yet, because I haven’t yet to do idt. But hearing the first lesson is the class, I am really excited tho get started. I have so many projects, I don’t know what to yet. Well that’s not quite true. I have making 6 or sevemt table runners tow. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

  130. I would love to see a quilting class which covers how to plan out the entire quilting (blocks, borders, negative spaces, etc.) before you put the needle to the quilt. Also, how to use a free-form design without stencils? Also, I detest washing my quilts after using water soluable markers for designs. I’d love to see a method that can trace (transparency, chalk, etc.) an accurate design for quilting. (I’ve tried the air dry pencil but it only works if you can finish your quilting in a matter of minutes). Looking forward to some great ideas. Thanks

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