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Tutorial: How to Build a Design Wall for Quilting — Christa Quilts

I hope you enjoy this tutorial for a Design Wall as much as I did! Peace — Pam

When we moved into our new home, the highest priority for me was getting my quilting studio up and running since quilting is my full-time job. I’ve had many people asking me how I built my design wall in my old house, so when we created it again in the new place, I took step […]

Tutorial: How to Build a Design Wall for Quilting — Christa Quilts
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New Card Images!

There are four more card images for painting on fabric, creating a mini quilt, and sewing it onto a card.

All of the patterns are written for these images and ready for purchase. In the patterns, there is an image that has the placement area for each paint and formulas of how to mix the paints. Also, I have put together a small paint set, fabric medium (aloe vera gel), paint brushes, and fabric and card gifts for purchase to make it easy for students to start learning painting on fabric skills.

If you are interested in purchasing a starter kit, or if you know of someone who might be interested in purchasing a kit, please contact me and I will be able to send the supplies to you.

Thank you for reading my blog today. Have a wonderful day!

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Heart Quilt

I have the pleasure of having my youngest son getting married later this year! He’s marrying a wonderful young woman whom I just adore.

As one of their wedding gifts, I have created the Heart Quilt pattern and making it for them. This is all made from 2″ squares and the final size will be 98″x120″. Yes, a very big quilt!

This will not be completed by the wedding date, however, it will be hanging on the wall and all attendees will be able to sign their name and add a message for the happy couple. There will be a table with a piece of fabric that I ironed onto freezer paper. The fabric will eventually be part of the back of the quilt along with a blessing that will be on the label reminding the happy couple that we are all supporting them through their journey of marriage.


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Clarence Guild – Trunk Show

fullsizeoutput_e7d  This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of presenting my quilt journey to the Clarence Quilt Guild.  They asked a lot of great questions about the fabrics I use, how long it takes to make a quilt, what type of thread I use, and many more.

There were some friends there that I have not seen since my JoAnn Fabrics and Aurora Sewing Center days.  (Those were the two places that I started teaching and learning more about quilting.)  Some of the members are also part of the Batavia Quilt guild, and I’m excited to go to their guild in June to present a trunk show as well as teach my ballet slipper card class.

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Thank you, Clarence Quilt Guild, for having me at your meeting!  Hope to see you all again.

 

 

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My New Adventures!

Over the past 12 years, I have been nurturing my quilting skills.  First it started with learning the basics of quilting.  Then I moved into the Art Quilting category which is still my focus.

Over the past 3-4 years, I have worked on my teaching abilities—working at JoAnn Fabrics, a quilt shop, and now finally on my own!!

Today, I will be going to the Quilt Consortium of New York State Retreat to show off my workshops for the first time.  I hope to have guilds and shops sign up for my workshops and lectures.  This is the beginning of me marketing and networking as a quilt teacher.  I am so excited for this new adventure!

In April 2019, I will be teaching 2 of my 3 hour workshops at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah, KY!  This has been my ultimate dream! Below are the two classes:

Ask a quilt guild, group, shop if they would like to have me present one of my workshops!  All my workshops and events are listed on this website.

Please contact me with any questions you may have!

Have an amazing day!

Pam

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Not Just for T-Shirt Quilts – Part 1

I am huge on family memories stories and tangible items.  It’s even better if the item can be sewn!  You can wrap yourself up in those memories or hang them on the wall to gaze upon those memories every day!

You may have heard about T-shirt Quilts.  If not, these are quilts that are made from t-shirts that were saved typically from a young adult’s childhood (ie: sport participation, musicals, school functions, vacations, etc.)

There are quilts that are termed as memory quilts (t-shirt quilts are just a part of that category) are designed from any memory that can be sewn.  For example:  Ties, Hankies, Dance Costumes, Button Down Shirts, even photos (I make a copy of them for the quilt) to name a few.

Currently, I am designing and making a hanky quilt from my customer’s mother’s hankies.  I had a few challenges (which I love to figure out).

  1.  The hankies are a thin fabric  and a bit fragile.  So I decided to back them with Heat and Bond Lite to support the fabric and adhere it to a piece of white fabric (another piece of the puzzle that I will explain).
  2. When I ironed the hankies, they were almost impossible to make perfectly square, so I decided adhering to the white fabric would give me that perfect square to attach to other pieces for a good result.
  3. A couple of hankies had hand crocheted borders that needed to be starched.  I never did that before, but I knew how to do it.  Not hard, but time consuming!!!
  4. The photos below are showing the hanky in the original state.  I started pinning the point of each set of stitches.
  5. After it was all pinned and straight, I sprayed it with Terial Magic and let it dry over night

 

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I was impressed that it came out stiff as a piece of paper!  I was able to adhere it to the white fabric, stitch down and secure the crochet stitches and then eventually into the quilt.

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This is the point I am at so far.  It will be a very big quilt when completed.  I’ll keep you updated as to the progression!!

Please leave a comment to tell me (or ask me) about this article!

Thank you for supporting handmade and reading my corner of the blog world!!

Peace – Pam

 

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