In the US, one of our customs is for the day after Thanksgiving to be a massive shopping day. Merchants all over the country have these phenomenal sales to lure shoppers into their stores.
When I was a bit younger, I recall getting up at 5 am to visit a couple of my favorite stores. My biggest Black Friday win was the year we went first to JoAnn Fabrics to take advantage of their Early Bird specials. Then it was off to Herberger's to get a free cookbook that was being given to the first 100 customers. Each cookbook also had a coupon in it. I was fortunate enough to get a $100 coupon in mine. I am pretty sure I retired the towels I purchased with that coupon many years ago -- but I still have (and use) that cookbook.
What was your favorite Black Friday find?
One Hour Electric Quilt Private Consultation with Kari Schell 50% Off Coupon
A number of you have told me that you have gotten stuck in the middle of attempting to draft your next great design in Electric Quilt 7. You know it can be done -- but you just can't seem to find the right tools to make it happen.
My one hour private consultation is designed to help you get unstuck and move your project from dream to reality (at least an Electric Quilt reality).
For the next week (from 11/25/2016 - 12/1/2016) I am offering a coupon good for 50% off these one hour sessions. Sessions regularly retail for $99. So this is a fabulous bargain for $49.50. Limit 2 sessions at the discounted rate. You can use your sessions at any future time -- feel free to save them for your next drafting emergency. Or use them to focus on one-on-one training for a particular aspect of the program.
Sessions may be completed on weekdays, weekends, or even evening time slots. We just need to find a time that works for both of us. We will use screen sharing technology -- so I can see your screen and you can see mine. You will also have the option of recording the session for future playback.
Fine Print: Consultation sessions must be scheduled within 12 months of purchase date. Consultations must be completed in one session.
Purchase sessions here. Enter BlackFriday in the coupon section to receive your 50% discount.
Pentagon and Decagon Block 2
Last week I presented a video on some basic pentagon and decagon blocks. If you missed it, check out the post.
When putting together my rosette, I realized that I needed to include some setting pieces for my blocks so they all intersect.
For this block, I added the setting piece to the actual block which made interlocking the blocks easier.
Next week I will cover the setting for these blocks.
I just got back from a fantastic time with the Lees Summit Quilt Guild in Lees Summit Missouri. They were very welcoming and a blast to work with. A number of ladies went through three Electric Quilt classes in two days to really get to know the software.
The last day was a piecing class for Whim Wham Stars where they had a chance to play with one of my favorite patterns. This one used 3 different rulers, which we had a chance to work with during the class.
I am sorry to say I forgot to take pictures -- but hoping that the group will share their finished projects with me in the future.
I also got a chance to spend the evenings with my sister and her family. Great meals and an introduction to 24 hours of back to back college basketball.
Pentagons and Decagons
This week Electric Quilt posted a picture of a quilt on the Yahoo Electric Quilt group -- and were curious if their were suggestions on creating this in Electric Quilt.
I spent an hour and played with the concept and came up with this.
See how I created a couple of the "blocks" for this quilt in under five minutes.
Once the units were complete, I set them in a custom set quilt. Resizing and rotating was pretty much trial and error.
I have a couple of additional blocks that I hope to share in a future video.
Featured Pattern - Christmas Presents
Tech Know Quilters Update
I have been crazy trying to catch up after market. I've been finishing up my videos for my new Tech Know Quilter Club program. This Electric Quilt club program is now ready to be released to brick and mortar quilt shops across the country.
Here are the quilts included in this program.
If you know of a shop that may be interested in the program (or maybe you may interested in leading a club) -- let me know. I would be happy to send out more specifics on the program to shops and potential club leaders.
About a month ago(pre-market), I mentioned on a Facebook group that I have been having fun playing with drafting Hexagon blocks in Patch Draw. I had done a series of hexagon blocks from a well-known book and was hoping to share one of them here -- but the author was concerned about copyright.
Linda Frantz jumped into the conversation and graciously offered me permission to use any of her 300 hexagon blocks to demonstrate my technique. Linda Frantz is the owner/designer behind Inklingo. Inklingo are shapes that can be printed on fabric or on paper. They are extremely popular for hand piecing and English paper piecing. (I have personally use the Shape #2 Collection for Flying Geese, Half Square and Quarter Square triangles -- which I did by machine since I don't have the patience for hand piecing.)
This morning I decided to take an hour and play. Wow! I absolutely love Linida's blocks. And they are very friendly to draft in PatchDraw within Electric Quilt.
Here is my first rosette using four of her blocks.
This week's Electric Quilt video tutorial will share how I drafted one of the blocks from her 300 hexagon block book. Click here to access the Inklingo page with the complete video of all Linda's hexagon blocks. The website also has links to her shapes collections to purchase and download the shapes for piecing all of her 300 hexagon blocks.
Here is one of Linda's block redrafted by me in Electric Quilt followed by my Electric Quilt video tutorial.
These blocks are very addicting. I may need to draft all 300 of them.
Did you play with a Spirograph™ as a child (or even as an adult)? At International Quilt Market, many people noted that the designs in my new quilt patterns reminded them of their Spirograph tool.
I released two Thread Art Quilts at Market. The Embroidery/Quilt designs are also available for purchase.
Also -- if you are interested in in-person Electric Quilt training, I will be in Lees Summit MO from November 14-16. More information below on this opportunity.
Miniature Thread Art
Are you looking for a quilt to showcase charm squares? Or maybe you purchased designs for your embroidery machine’s 4″ hoop, but haven’t found the best way to display them? Make these fabrics or special blocks stand out by incorporating them in a miniature quilt.
XS (6 blocks) 18-1/4″ x 24-1/2″
S (9 blocks) 24-1/2″ x 24-1/2″
M (12 blocks) 24-1/2″ x 30-3/4″
L (16 blocks) 30-3/4″ x 30-3/4″
XL (20 blocks) 30-3/4″ x 37″
Purchase digital copy here.
Purchase physical copy (mailed to you) here.
Large Thread Art
Are you looking for a quilt to showcase Layer Cake (10″ x 10″) squares? Or maybe you wish to highlight a series of quilting designs. Make these fabrics or quilting designs stand out by incorporating them in a thread art quilt.
XS (6 blocks) 36″ x 48-1/2″
S (9 blocks) 48-1/2″ x 48-1/2″
M (12 blocks) 48-1/2″ x 61″
L (16 blocks) 61″ x 61″
XL (20 blocks) 61″ x 73-1/2″
Purchase download version here.
Purchase physical copy (mailed to you) here.
Thread Art Bundles
31 separate Spirograph-like designs for embroidery and computerized longarm machines. Watch the slideshow to see all the them. These were stitched at 4 inch on my embroidery machine.
Art and Stitch file included for those who wish to make other modifications of the designs.
Bundles are available in the following sizes. Click on the link to be directed to the product in the store.
All Thread Art bundles are economically priced at only $45.
Suggestion: Purchase the Miniature or Large Thread Art piecing patterns first. They include a $10 coupon that may be used for purchasing one of the Thread Art digital bundles.
Electric Quilt Classes (Plus Whim Wham Stars) in Lees Summit Missouri
The Lees Summit Quilt Guild is sponsoring Electric Quilt classes on November 14-16. I am also leading a full-day piecing class on Whim Wham Stars. For those looking for one of my in person classes, this is a great opportunity for training in Missouri.
Contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Introduction to EQ Refresher (Monday, November 15, 1-4)
This class is focused on those who have previously taken an Introduction to Electric Quilt class, but are looking for a refresher on the basics of the program. Level: Advanced Beginner
Introduction to Easy Draw (Tuesday, November 15, 9-12)
Have you ever found the “perfect” block online. But then realized you wanted to piece it a different way. Maybe you want rotary cutting instructions or a foundation pattern. Or maybe you want a different size to incorporate into a different quilt. With Electric Quilt you can redraft these blocks. This class will focus on how to “read a block” and then come up with the most efficient way to draft it with Electric Quilt. The blocks in this class are those that can be done in a “grid” format – basically just like drawing with a pencil and graph paper. Within Electric Quilt these blocks are drafted within Easy Draw. Level: Advanced Beginner.
Beginning Setting and Borders in Electric Quilt (Tuesday, November 15, 1-4)
Explore taking your Electric Quilt skills to the next level by working with the various setting options in Electric Quilt. This will include Basic Layouts, Adding Borders, Auto Borders, and a number of options that will work for Sampler quilts. Level: Advanced Beginner
Whim Wham Stars (Wednesday, November 16th, 9-4)
Do you like gazing at twinkling stars on a clear night? You can now put those stars on your bed. The asymmetrical star used in the sashing will make it appear that the stars are dancing across the quilt. Quilt may be completed with seven fabrics or may be scrapped using fat quarters.
Learn tips and tricks for using recommended specialty rulers while piecing this quilt.
Trunk Show plus Using Specialty Rulers for Enhanced Speed and Accuracy (9:00 AM, Monday, November 14th)
Prepare to be educated as I describe my design process, show beautiful quilts and demonstrate useful tools. During this lecture, you will see several quilts from my current designs and often sneak peeks at new projects. Many of my projects utilize over-sized piecing and subsequent trim-downs with rulers from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. I will share tips for effectively using these rulers.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.