Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last month, I came home from a holiday trip to Michigan to some very fun mail. Quilter, teacher, and friend Catherine Redford sent me a copy of her newest Quilting Arts Workshop DVD, Modern Machine Quilting. With the kids back in school, I finally had a chance yesterday to pop it into my laptop and check it out.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Catherine and I live about 15 minutes away from each other, and I’ve had the chance to see her work in person many times. She is a very experienced and talented quilter, so I knew her expertise would show in this video. At the beginning of this 1 hour and 15 minute class, Catherine gives some information and her tips on batting, thread, needles, pressing, batting tape, feet, and stitch plates. All very important components to getting the best results with your machine quilting.

She moves on and discusses the importance of sketching out your plan and showing how to practice your designs on paper.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how before demonstrating each type of quilting in this video, Catherine is shown sketching out the design first.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Catherine covers a huge range of free motion quilting motifs, from stippling to swirls and loops, from filler designs (flowers, puzzle pieces, pebbles, clam shells, flames, snail trails) to borders. She even shows how to make those popular feathers and ferns.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Throughout the video, you also see finished mini quilts that incorporate a lot of the designs. And Catherine also gives great tips – my favorite is to remember to breathe while quilting! How many of us have found ourselves completely tense and holding our breath when quilting? I know I have.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In celebration of her new Modern Machine Quilting dvd release, Catherine is running a giveaway over on her blog. Simply go to her website and leave a comment. At the end of the blog hop listed below, she will pick 2 DVD winners and 1 grand prize winner who will receive a Stella task lamp (winner’s choice of color!) and a DVD as well.

++ Reminder: Comments posted here on my blog will not be included in the giveaway. ++

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thursday January 7th – Catherine Redford
Friday January 8th – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Saturday January 9th – Bonnie Hunter
Sunday January 10th – Svetlana Sotak
Monday January 11th – Kim Niedzwiecki (Aurifil)
Tuesday January 12th – Julia Wood
Wednesday January 13th – Susan Brubaker Knapp
Thursday January 14th – Jenny Lyon
Friday January 15th – Kathy Matthews
Saturday January 16th – Back to Catherine!

I hope you will check out Modern Machine Quilting (DVD or digital download) and add some new skills to your quilts in 2016!

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing ~ Giveaway

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Oh boy, curved piecing. Is everyone already shaking in fear in front of your screens? Whenever I mention sewing curves, I feel like I get the same reaction as when I mention paper piecing: “Oh no no no no, there is no way I could do that! Looks so pretty though…sigh…”

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I’ll come clean. That was basically my reaction when I thought about attempting to sew curves. After some research and practice though, I’m feeling more confident. And I owe much of that to my dear friend Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology. You might remember me blogging about the book last year, and even making a quilt from her Petal Pusher pattern.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela has just released a companion video through Interweave called Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing: Basics and Beyond (DVD and Video Download). Today I’m here to share a bit about it with you.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I am a visual learner – I love LOTS of pictures or learning a technique straight from the expert. I love this video. Angela walks us through examples of Modern, Traditional, and Improvisational curved piecing.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She starts off talking about cutting your curved pieces. The only downfall of this part is I guarantee you will instantly want to go out and buy an Accuquilt Die Cutter and a new collection of Bloc Loc rulers. I know they are now on my wish list!

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela spends time going over how to pin the various types of curves you will encounter in quilting, and then shows the process of sewing the curves on the machine. Seeing this in action is a serious confidence booster.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She makes blocks, stitches together larger sections, and then shows the finished quilt or project.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I love seeing how different a quilt can look based on block size and color placement. The next two pictures below are the same block:

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

For those of you that love Improvisational Curved Piecing but don’t know where to start, Angela walks you through the steps to create really stunning pieces as well.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

There is a LOT of information packed into this video. It was so enjoyable and helpful, I hope you will check it out!

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/ – Me!
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

Angela and Interweave are giving away one copy of the DVD to a lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA only (sorry international readers!). To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, along with the winners of my February Great Big Giveaway Day. It’s a busy week here on the blog! :)

++ Closing comments and will pick the winner shortly! ++

The winner is #210, Erin Lillibridge. Congratulations Erin! I will be in contact to set you up with your prize. :)

A Weekend at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Cedarburg, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. Saturday I participated in the Menu of Modern Event. Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I each spent some time talking to the group about our quilts, design and color. We also had a Q&A panel session and book signing. What a great group! It was a lot of fun to meet several of you. The museum itself is in a restored barn with areas for classes, exhibits and a gift shop. So cute! I’m thinking I need to take my mom up there next time she is in town.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sunday, Lee and I stayed for Jacquie’s class on the Slice and Insert technique. Somehow I’ve never taken one of Jacquie’s classes and this was the absolute perfect opportunity to spend some time learning from her amongst friends.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

She spent a lot of time talking technique and sharing class samples.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am in LOVE with her red and white plus quilt. Don’t be surprised if you see me make one of these in the future!

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I brought several shades of turquoise for my block backgrounds, and ivory + black prints for my strips. Here I am “auditioning” my first block.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is how the final fabrics and placements turned out.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

After I got the hang of it, the blocks came faster. I ended up making 3 for the day.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here’s Lee, Jacquie and I – in what Jacquie called a Vintage Modern Sandwich! Ha!

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was a great weekend and reminded me how much fun it is to get together with friends and sew. If only there was more time in each day, right?

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts – A Menu of Modern

Today I wanted to share something fun I’m doing next month at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI (just a bit north of Milwaukee). On Saturday, January 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I will be participating in A Menu of Modern. This is an all day event with lectures, trunk shows, panel question and answer, lunch, and a book signing reception. Signing up also gives you access to the “Modern Perspectives” exhibit in the Barn Gallery. The cost for this event is $49 and you can sign up here. Maybe forward the link to that special someone who never knows what to get you for Christmas? :-)

Then on Sunday, Jacquie is teaching her Slice and Insert Improvisation Workshop. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about her classes so of course I’m signed up to go! That class costs $59 (a steal!!) and you can sign up for that here.

I hope those of you in the Northern Illinois/Indiana and Wisconsin area will join us!

Only a little over a week until Christmas and things are looking quite magical here. We’ve had so much snow over the last week, I’m fairly certain we will have a white Christmas! And I even managed to score a photo of the family so I had to share. This almost never happens!

I hope you are having a wonderful December with your friends and families!