Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Input needed!! Among some other stuff!

Okay, first things first - Thank you so much for your positive feedback from my last post.  Your encouragement always means so much to me.  Thank you so much!  

I have a project I want to throw in the mix of all of my other projects - crazy, I know.  It is always fun to have something new to work on and this is going to be a surprise quilt for my brother - he's finally getting hitched!  I am so excited for him and his soon to be bride.  Best thing about her - she loves to quilt!  Golden girl for sure!  What's on the menu?  Metro Rings by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I have always wanted to attempt a double wedding ring, but it looked so hard and time consuming.  It wasn't until I saw Jenny's version of this classic quilt that I knew it was time to attempt it.  Plus, "wedding ring" - perfect for the wedding!  I am using Simply Style by V & Co, love this line! The bottom fabrics shown are from Heather Bailey's Gardern Distric - those will be for me, but holy cow!! - they compliment the Simply Style line.  I will be turning that fabric into throw pillows for my house. I will keep you undated on my progress. 

Okay, last thing - input!  I have asked this before, but wasn't sure a lot of you saw my post.  Anyway, I am finalizing longarm class ideas for teaching next year and I just want to know - what do you want to learn from me?  I want to get it right, so please let me know what would be a great class that you would attend if I were the teacher.  Thanks in advance for taking the time to tell me!  I appreciate you!

33 comments:

Beema said...

Judi,
First of all, I would take ANY class from you! Second, since you want input, here's what I would LOVE if I were in your class. I would love to have an all day class, where you show us a quilt that hasn't any quilting on it and then talk about how you get an idea of what to quilt on that quilt. Show us how you sketch an idea or a quilting pattern out on sketch paper first or if you don't, what you do to figure out your design. Then show us just like the video you did on how to quilt those Diamond Sash longarm tutorial you did on YouTube.com. That was fabulous. Then give us time to try to do it ourselves, so we can ask questions. I also would love to learn the pathways you take so as to not have to tie off and start again too often. I would love a book with your designs and mathematical equations of how you figure out - 1/4" from the edge or 1/2" from here, etc. Your quilting is phenomenal and I can't wait to get your book - hoping that there are some of the above ideas in there as well. Where will your class be? I want to sign up!
LynnEl Springer in Illinois (also known as GrandmaNell and Beema!)

AshleySaxon said...

I wish I was near you so I could take a class! I bet we could have some fun :) Anyways, I've always wanted more classes on using rulers and other attachments or accessories. there are lots of classes on pantographs and the classics like feathers or circles/bubbles/pebbles but some of the straight line quilting never gets covered and i bet there are some really neat tools out there to use with a Long Arm that i just don't even know exist!

Barbie Mills said...

I have also fallen in love Jenny's patterns. My new favorite is Metro Lattice, that one is going to have to go on my bed someday.

I would jump at the chance to take a class from you. (HMQS sometime I hope?) I'd be interested in learning how you look at a quilt and decide what you're going to do--so many of your quilting designs create amazing secondary patterns that add so much depth and texture. Also any basic tips and tricks that just work for you and how you make it work in real life would always be great.

Anna O said...

I'd love to be able to take one of your classes...can't wait for your book!
I agree with the above two posters.
Learning how to come up with a design and then how to move about the quilt with the least amount of starts/stops...with & without rulers. :)
Basically just teach us everything ;).

Melia Mae Quilting said...

I love your fabric choice. I just love that line as well!!! As for a class, I want some long arm quilting ideas for how to quilt an hourglass quilt. You could also teach how your come up with your quilt design and then how you implement that design from start to finish on a quilt. I wish I could take a class from you. You should consider teaching one on craftsy after you do this other one you are doing:) Hint Hint!

regan said...

Ditto on the above comments, especially the design aspect! The secondary designs you get are fantastic, but I 'think' that way, so any tips/tricks/hints would be great!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I don't have a long arm but a friend does and I am able to use it occasionally. I'd definitely be interested in taking one of your classes. A beginner level would be appropriate for me.

I would like to learn how to mark a quilt in such a fashion that it compliments the quilt and brings out the fabric features. I'd like to learn tips and tricks for following the lines better, having better control.

I'm thinking a class for a person like me should be a baby size quilt, with the top finished before the class so I could have time to finish something and feel successful.

Hope this helps, if even a little bit.
Smiles,
Kelly

manquilter said...

Great idea Judi. I can't wait to get your class descriptions so we can start filling your classes up here in the great white north! ;)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Judi!!!!! Any class you teach would be fantastic. But like the first comment here; I need to learn what to quilt...I never know when I sit down; what to do...then how to get it....lol I am not relaxed machine quilting; but trying to learn.

Sue's Stitchin' said...

I would love to learn how you mark your quilts. They are so detailed - so your thought process in the planning would be fabulous. And the ruler work - how you plan all that. I'm anxiously awaiting your book - hoping some of those tips are in there.

Dena said...

If I were to take a long arm quilting class, I would want to know how to select the design to show case the quilt's design and as well as the fabric. I'm always second guessing myself when it comes to machine quilting.

Nicole Christoffersen said...

Judi,

I would love it if you taught design classes at HMQS! Mostly, I would like to know how you choose designs for a quilt. I think the first comment posted by Beema is perfect feedback!

Terri in BC said...

I would love to take a class from you as well, even though I don't own a long-arm machine. I know it's probably outside of the scope of a class specific to long-armers, but I would love to have suggestions how you would adapt the designs for sewing on a domestic machine.

Sue Schoch said...

Everything LynnEll said in the first comment. I love the way you use geometric designs in your quilting. I'd also be interested in how to adapt that kind of quilting to more traditional quilts. Love your style and would love to learn anything you're willing to teach. Hope you'll be at MQX in NH!

Ashley G. said...

I would love to see how you come up with the design and plan it so well- marking, sectioning, etc. Your work is truly amazing, so I'm sure your class will be nothing less :)

Sherri said...

I'm also making Jenny's Metro Circles quilt...and I'm thinking about using the same fabric as you!!!

lattegirl40 said...

I wish I lived near you, but alas I don't even live in your country let alone your state!! Being a new long arm quilter, I want to know everything, but the basics would be a great class. Loading the quilt; basteing; Stitch length you use and why; speed; thread weight, colour choices and why;tips to keep your scale the same; when and how do you mark; use of rulers when you are quilting. Everything!!
Beyond the basics I would want to know how you decide what quilting you are going to do, your technique in accomplishing it (ex: left to right in a row, by block, all over)
Being able to attempt FM with you standing right there directing I think would be everyones nightmare and dream come true!! :)
Good Luck with the class!! Maybe someone could video tape and post for all us to far away!!

I am Just One Mom said...

a) I am signing up for your class;
b) Design Decisions and Options;
c) Stitching Sequencing, aka In What Order do you Stitch the Various Elements and Accomplish the Design.

And, yes, no matter what you teach I want to take the class!

Kate C said...

I am not a longarm quilter, but love to adapt the ideas you have here...as many others have said, deciding what design to quilt is so tough. I think if you could give some insight into that, it could help both longarm and domestic machine quilters. I would also love to see you have several steps to quilt a top- sort of basic, better, great, so that newbies can get a start without being overwhelmed!

Jo said...

Input for classes ~ Tools like rulers, templates and marking pens, also on threads, needles, batting and layering different batts. btw, do you ever use wool batting? I love the loft altho it moves.

Your quilting is outstanding. The first I saw your work was when you quilted the designs from The Civil War Sampler. WOW!!! I would love to take a class from you. Looking forward to your book.

The wedding quilt is going to be wonderful. It will be fun to watch the progress. Thanks for all you do and share :0)

Quiltinchen said...

Hi Judi,

Since I don't live in the US I've no possibility to join any class of you. But what I would like to learn from you is: How do you get the idea of what to quilt on a top? (Sometimes it takes me weeks to get the right idea....) Which parts do you mark? Which parts are free-hand? Where and how to start the quilting (do you see the start and the end of a line?)? Maybe you could teach some tricks.

There are so many question that I have... It would be such a pleasure to spend one day with you. That would give me so much input! ;)


Many greetings from sunny Germany,
Chris

Leeanne said...

Jenny's patterns are great. So will you pop over to New Zealand to teach? :-)))

Susan Arnold said...

I would love to take any class from you and glad to hear you are working on doing that!
What I'd like in a class? More ruler work, fill ideas, how to quilt the design to avoid thread build up (from backtracking) and tie offs, and designing a quilting design, just to name a few! And make it an all day (or two!) class.

Miriam said...

Where are you considering teaching?

Busy Quilting said...

Judy, I hope I will be taking a class from you. Intermediate longarmer - just how you come up with the designs you do, then the implementation with minimal stops and starts.
ie Blank Slate to Finished Quilt!
Lyn from Australia

Kritta22 said...

I want to know about the physical stuff for the machines like oiling (?) and maintenance. But also like upgrades and such for different machines. What your dream machine is and why? That sort of stuff.

Mindy Powell said...

Count me in! I would love to take a class from you on exactly what Beema said in the first comment. Thank you for all the inspiring quilt pictures on your blog! They are eye candy for me :)

Michelle Clubb said...

How about an online class?

Patti said...

Judi, I also agree with Beema's suggestions for teaching. And I'd also like to know when to double up on batting, how to use the rulers. As someone pretty much confined to pantos, it would be wonderful to become braver and more creative with my quilting. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge!

Beardie Mom said...

I am in agreement with everyone -- would love to know how you determine what to quilt where -- I love your quilting and style -- your creative texturing with thread when you quilt. I see a bit of repetitive quilting but always with a new style to it -- I always go to what you have quilted for inspiration -- currently have a 9 patch and qtr sq. triangle quilt to do and am at a loss as to where to start -- so perhaps starting with simple blocks working up to backgrounds for applique . . .

Michele said...

I too would jump at the chance to take a class or two from you. I'm just starting out with my long arm and need to learn all that I can. I just wish there were more teacher events here in the north east.

Leanne said...

Oh goodie !!! Does that mean your coming to Australia???....haha just kidding :)
I would take any class doing anything you want to teach. Your quilting is amazing. Sadly myself along with many other quilters from Australia (and other far away places)can only stalk you on youtube and your blog.
If I could take a class I would like to get inside your head to see how you decide what to quilt on a quilt. Thinking outside the square, so to speak.

Also Jenny's patterns are great ! I am currently working on Metro Hoops and her quilt along, Metro Medallion. I love them both...L xo

CrazyQuiltingCarol said...

Your quilting makes me happy and filled with awe. If only I could learn any thing you do. Would you consider Internet classes like on Craftsy? I would purchase every one. A picture of Your dear Jane is hanging in my quilting room and it makes stop and look again each time. You are an amazing quilter!