Wednesday, October 30, 2013

QuiltCon - the Modern Quilt Guild

We don't have a chapter of the Modern Quilt guild in our town, but there are many located in cities across the country. In February the Modern Quilt Guild held their first conference called QuiltCon and if you weren't lucky enough to attend, Craftsy now has some of the lectures available on their website as a FREE class - click here to have a look and register: Free Online Quilting Class . Lecturers include Angela Walters, Amy Butler and Mary Fons - you can watch on your computer, tablet or phone and it is FREE!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Modern Quilts

I have to say that I am in LOVE with modern quilts! So much so that I have two new patterns using Stonehenge Fabrics that would both qualify as "modern quilts". Both are now available on my website Fairfield Road Designs or in a quilt shop near you.
 Lime on the Rocks

Opposites Attract

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Maybe my son IS proud of me....

Last week, my 15 year old son Aidan and I were in Ottawa for his dentist appointment. On the way home, we stopped in at Chapters to check out their magazine selection (he loves digital music magazines which are just NOT available in Brockville). So, of course, I had to look through the quilting magazines and pointed out to Aidan the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine with my quilt on the front. He actually insisted that I pose for a picture, so maybe he IS a little proud of his momma!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Machine quilting - free motion overall designs

Here is my newest favourite quilting design - I think it is probably called a Paisley, but maybe you've seen it by a different name. I love using it on modern quilts like the black and white quilt in the first picture!
The nice thing about this one is that you can modify the size/shape/direction of the paisley to fit into odd shaped areas and you can make it more complex by adding a second tear drop shape to the centre and some loops and swirls (like in the second photo) if you are quilting something that is a bit more traditional.

It is so hard not to get into a quilting rut where you use the same design over and over again, that's why I think the next Craftsy class I take will be Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 2 with Leah Day - I don't know how she comes up with so many new designs but she seams to be a bottomless supply of quilting inspiration!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Free Craftsy classes!!

What could be easier than taking a class on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home?? If you haven't tried out an online class from the Craftsy website, why not start today with one of their FREE classes. There are a couple that might appeal to my quilting friends - one is a Block of the Month and the other one is how to make creative backings for your quilts, but there are lots of knitting, cooking and decorating classes too! Here is a link that takes you right to the page: Free Craftsy Classes

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New patterns just added to Craftsy

Nellie and I have three new patterns now available through Northcott Fabrics. I have just added all three of these to our Craftsy site for immediate pattern download. Here they are:
Lunar Eclipse

Pony Club

Mosaic Maze