Liz’s FMQ Quilting Story!

Hello Friends, I am working on a quilt I have titled Thread Journey – sneak peeks are forthcoming.   Indeed quilting is very much a journey. Oftentimes quilters relate to the events in their life by the quilts they make.  I made my first quilt when a nephew was born, and now that nephew is 10 years old.  I look back, and it’s definitely been a journey.

Starting something new in the journey is what came to mind when Liz wrote me about the class project she made from my online machine quilting class, Learn to Machine Quilt.  Click here to read more about the class. Liz graciously sent me pictures of her class project.  She did a great job, don’t you think?

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Here is what Liz shared about attempting something new in her quilting journey:

“Well, the only quilting I have ever done is “stitch in the ditch” or just straight line quilting. It was so much quicker and easier to just go straight. Now, I haven’t made many quilts. Probably a half dozen or so wall quilts, two lap quilts and some mug rugs and pot holders. All of these were done with straight line quilting. You can probably guess that after a while you feel you need to grow and expand your stitching repertoire.

I’ve been reading Wendy’s blog for quite some time now and even purchased Wendy’s book, Recreating Antique Quilts. I saw Wendy’s Learn to Machine Quilt class offered on Annie’s, and signed up.  Wendy’s teaching style seemed patient* and yet orderly. I really learned from the repetitive motions of sketching out my stitches before actually stitching them. Also, in Wendy’s Learn to Machine Quilt Class, I learned how valuable it is it practice, practice, practice first with the sketching and then with actually stitching out the designs on practice panels first. I started out feeling as though I was fumbling and then by the end of stitching the sampler I felt as if I could definitely add a little style to my next quilt.
I know I have a long way to go at becoming proficient but the journey to get there is so much fun! I love to quilt and now I feel like an artist who is painting with thread!  I’m looking forward to starting Wendy’s next Machine Quilting Class and project.”

Liz said it so well about machine quilting on her domestic machine being so much fun, and that she now feels like an artist who is painting with thread!  I just love that!  Friends, it is a journey, truly!

NOW — email me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net if you would like to have $5 off for signing up the class!

*Wendy’s note:  Miss Baby probably probably has a different take on my patience, or rather impatience! :)

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Click here and here to see pictures of class projects sent to me by other quilters.

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Announcing Annie’s MACHINE QUILTING LEVEL 2 class

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are doing well.  I have waited rather impatiently to share with you the news, and I can finally do so!  Many of you had written to ask if there is going to be a follow-up class on my Learn to Machine Quilt (a best-seller) class…

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Now, I can finally share with you there IS a follow-up class!  But before that, please allow me to take the opportunity to announce the winner of my most recent Learn to Machine Quilt giveaway!  The winner is #85: dandish074 — an email is sent to you! :)  Congrats and Happy Quilting.

Without further delay… please allow me to introduce to you Machine Quilting Level 2!

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In this class, you will get to see a bit of show-and-tell of my existing quilts for inspiration. Then, we will explore more quilting motifs by making this class sample by stitching EVERYTHING you see on the sample!

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and what do you know…?  We will finally get to touch on FEATHER QUILTING!  Many many of you have written to ask about a feather quilting class.  While this class isn’t exclusively on feather quilting, we will at least get you started on your own feathering journey!

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The online class is yours to keep once you purchase it, and you may view the class as often as you wish, anytime you wish.  The class material comes with diagrams showing stitching paths of the motifs, as well as instructions to make 3 additional (!) exclusive projects, including an applique and pieced medallion quilt that I had nicknamed the WOW project for the class.  You will get to see close-up on how I have quilted each project to give you an idea how you might want to quilt those projects and make your own masterpieces!

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I will have more close-up pictures of the quilting on each project to share with you in the near future.  So stay tuned. Meanwhile, Annie’s is running a 3-day discount special for the launching of the class.  Between now through April 4, 2015, you will get a 20% discount if you sign up for the online streaming class!  Enter keycode: EADMACH.

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Thank you for stopping by.  And I do hope that you will let me be your quilting buddy by signing up for Machine Quilting Level 2 class, or Learn to Machine Quilt if you are just now starting to dabble in domestic machine quilting.

Let me hear from you, Dear Friends.  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.  I’d better run, there are still things to be checked of on my mile-long list. :)  Love you all!

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p.s.  If you would like to receive my machine quilting class postcards (with $5 off coupon, and both classes) for any of your guild events and gatherings and meetings, please email me!  I can arrange and have them sent directly to you.  I know they are going out to groups that have requested them.

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Learn to Machine Quilt offer cards now available!

Hello Friends!   I hope you have had a lovely Fall!  We have had some glorious as well as wet days.  You remembered the foxy jumper I showed you last week?  Miss Baby modeled the jumper at a recent event.

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I want to also show you these postcards about my Learn to Machine quilt class that just came in the mail today.  Click here to read more about the class.  Click here and here to view students’ class sample.

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These postcards have on them a $5 off offer code that is good through 12/31/2014.  They are available for distribution at your quilting group or quilt guild or quilt shop at no cost to you!  If you would like to have them at your quilt group meeting, please email me your mailing address and the number you need at wendy2@wendysheppard.net.   Also, please write “postcards” in the subject line.  I will get them mailed to you!

Meanwhile, have you checked out the behind-the-scenes thoughts that shaped my book Recreating Antique Quilts hereDon’t forget to enter the giveaway while you are there.

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For the FIRST time in months, I am able to say I won’t be feeling guilty for sleeping more than 4-5 hours a night!  So, you know I am going to sleep well tonight.  I have still a lot to do, to be sure, but at least I think I will be able to put in a good night rest tonight before tackling what’s next on my list!

Have a great weekend, my Dear Friends — and goodnight!

Lynette Anderson’s Wildflower Wood companion goodies & Giveaway winner!

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Hello Friends, I have posted a few times previously regarding Lynette Anderson’s Wildflower Wood projects, shown in the following:

{FOREST FLOOR Free Download – click here}

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{WOODLAND SECRETS Stitchery BOM Quilt – more information here}

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The other neat thing about Lynette’s fabric collection is that Lynette often has companion pieces that go with her fabrics.  In the following photo,  you will see trims, ribbons, and buttons that go with Lynette’s newly released Wildflower Wood fabrics.  Click here to view/purchase the items.  Those ribbons are personally my favorite!

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Lynette’s new book “Stitch It For Spring” also features projects made with her Wildflower Wood fabrics.  You have to click here to see yummy pictures of the projects in the book – you won’t be disappointed!

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If you live in the US, Fat Quarter Shop carries the book and the fabrics.

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It’s time to announce the winner of my “Learn to Machine Quilt” class giveaway.  The winner is Barbara Woods (Comment #10 picked by Random Generator)!  Barbara, you should be getting an email detailing how to claim your free class.

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Thank you all for entering my giveaway.  Meanwhile, the class is still offered at 50% if you have never signed up for a class with Annie’s before.  Click here for more details.

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Thanks for stopping by, Friends!  I hope you are well, and always look forward to hearing from you.  I have to really buckle down and work on a quilt that is shipping out next Monday.  So, I won’t have too much play this weekend.  Hugs to you all.

Joyce’s quilt made from Annie’s “Learn to Machine Quilt” Class & Giveaway

Hello Friends, you have seen Joyce’s work before here.  Today I am sharing with you a quilt Joyce made from my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class.  Joyce wrote of the class project, “Mine is a bit larger, but still your designs. I had a ball doing it. I am loving the quilt and having fun sharing it with others.”

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I always love it when quilters use their quilts!  And Joyce displayed her quilt beautifully on her table.

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Joyce did a great job, don’t you think?  A huge “THANK YOU” to Joyce for letting me share her beautiful quilt.

Click here to view Jean’s quilt made from the same class.

Click here to read more about my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class.

Learn to Machine QuiltClick here to view other readers’ projects.  Stay tuned for more…

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Giveaway: Annie’s is giving away a free “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class to celebrate my 50th Thread Talk installment on this blog.  Leave in the comment section your quilting goals between now and next Wednesday (6/26/2013) to enter the contest.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you all a lovely weekend.  See you again next Monday.

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