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?





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 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! :)


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

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…


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.



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!

Annie’s LEARN TO MACHINE QUILT with Wendy Sheppard

Happy Friday, Friends!  I was going go share with you a magazine feature quilt, but I am going to bump that for next week… because I have BIG and EXCITING news to share!  Annie’s is debuting my online Learn to Machine Quilt class!!  Click here to view the free preview clips.

This has been a massive effort contributed by different people at Annie’s over the course of many many months.  I know for a fact that they have worked hard on this.  Kudos and a huge THANK YOU to the staff at Annie’s in making the class happen!

In the class, I will be stitching along with students different motifs on a 24″ x 24″ wall hanging shown below.  These motifs are specially selected to help “baby” beginning machine quilters gain confidence in quilting their own quilts.  I have tried to keep the class layout simple — with no huge demands on notions or skills to start — just so that you can sort of jump right into this quilting adventure without too much trouble or prep work, and hopefully discover the joy in machine quilting.

You will be able to see the individual motifs better in the following close-up images.  I will tell you a secret – the images you see are actually the back of the quilt for a better contrast!  You can view more motifs close-up by clicking here.

Here are a few VERY cool features of the class:

1.  The class never expires once you purchase it.  You can view it anytime and anywhere you want as long as you have your computer with you, and as many times as you wish.

2.  It is divided into segments in case you need to just review a particular technique, again, as often as you desire.

3.  You will have an “ASK THE INSTRUCTOR” feature where you can ask me questions on the class content!  I shall be there to assist you to the best my ability to get over the humps!  [I think that’s the coolest feature myself as I love interacting with quilters, as some of you can attest, I hope!]

4.  There will be downloadable instructions and schematics exclusive to this class.  Let me just say some of the schematics done by the editing staff look quite awesome and make my engineering senses all tingly!

5.  This class is 100% online.  You will get everything pertinent to the class online.  So, no wait on shipping etc.  For my international friends, the class can be purchased from anywhere in the world!

I would be so honored if you would let me play a (small) part in your machine quilting journey and adventure by signing up for the class.  The main focus of this class is to help beginners to master the art of moving their quilt sandwiches through the different stitching motifs that can be used later for quilting their own quilts.  Now, this class might not be for you if you are beyond the rudimentary stage, but I hope you will tell all your friends about it if they are just starting out, or thinking about starting out in machine quilting… because I sure hope I will be asked to do a feather class for you feather fanatics out there in the near future!

Come back Monday for the behind-the-scenes and personal anecdotes of this rather new adventure in my quilting life!  I will also have a surprise for you!!!

p.s.  Annie’s also has a story on my quilting journey in their “Meet the Instructor” section.  Click here to read if you are interested.