TQC-202 (Placemats) is OPEN for Registration - 25-27 October


This course is the follow-on class to the TQC-201 (Mugrugs) Course. You must have completed the MugRug Traditional Quilting Course before signing up to this course. This is a traditional quilting course in piecing nine blocks, 12-inch size. 
 
 
They can be finished as individual placemats or as a larger wall-hanging. It is possible to construct an entire bed size quilt, but more than nine of these blocks will be required...so you would need to duplicate some of them.

As with other courses, a private class blog will be established and you will be provided an invitation to that. If you would like to register for this course please send your Name, Email Address, and State/Country information to shaw.kathy@yahoo.com during the open registration period. No early or late registrations will be accepted.

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TQC-201 MugRug (Traditional Quilting Course) is OPEN for Registration 18-20 October

Traditional Quilting Course (TQC) - October 2016 

Free Online Machine Piecing Course

This new class was first offered in May, and it went over fabulously! So, here it is again...a TRADITIONAL machine quilting course…this is NOT crazy quilting. For this course, we'll be creating a group of Mug Rugs...like the photographs throughout this blog post. Each has an optional embroidery panel attached to the quilt block we will be piecing. The embroidery designs are provided in the course...or you can use your own designs...or you can use machine embroidery...or you can omit the embroidery all together and create a square Mug Rug rather than these rectangle ones.
As you may (or may not) know…I’ve been quilting and teaching quilting for decades. While classes that are "taught in person" are honestly still my favorite...as they give me great joy is instructing students and watching their faces light up as they “get it”. I really have missed that so much being retired and not living near my quilting guild friends any more. But, I have found unexpected peace and joy in teaching on-line courses to fill this void in my life and share my love of quilting. It was odd at first, but now…I’ve gotten a process down that is easy for me and seems very beneficial to the participants.
So far, crazy quilt classes have been the main focus. But, even crazy quilts have to begin by piecing a block…so these "crazy" quilters can also benefit from a traditional quilt course. Plus, folks that might want to learn about traditional quilting may stumble into the crazy quilting classes too! So, win – win either way!
This course, as all of my courses, are free. There is no fee to sign up or to take the class. Of course you do need supplies…as we can’t produce quilts from thin air!
I’ve tried to keep the costs as low for you as possible by designing a course that consists of small quilt blocks, rather than create blocks for a large quilt. Also, these blocks will be “used” as part of small projects rather than stored away in a drawer or box. The finished project will be a set of “mug-rugs” which could be a gift or a personal keeper.
You will need some tools for machine piecing of quilt blocks. Here too, I’ve tried to keep the costs down by creating my own patterns and guides for your use…printable of course. And the fabric costs are low because the amounts needed are minimal. While there is still an “up-front cost” for a rotary cutter, mat, rulers…at least the other costs are at a minimum requirement.
You can use whatever cotton fabrics you have on hand…or select a nice palette of pretty cotton fat quarters from your local quilt shop or online fabric store.
The genesis of this course is my Adult Education Course that I sometimes teach at the local community college. That course produces a full-size quilt using 12-inch blocks. So, the lessons had to be totally re-done to accommodate the smaller 6-inch blocks in this TQC module.
There was a plan to adapt these Adult Education Course instructions for use at my friend Shari’s Yahoo Group – StitchMAP. We spend many hours working towards that goal. But, it was just too time consuming for us to complete and did not work out as we had expected or hoped. I am thankful for Shari’s help in the editing of the drafts and the use of a few of her vintage embroidery patterns. But even more so, I’m thankful for her friendship.
The embroidery work is optional, but I think that the projects really benefit from that. The quilt squares are paired with this small embroidery panel to create a finished 6 x 9 inch rectangular Mug Rug. If the embroidery is not stitched, then the panel is omitted and the finished size will measure 6 inches square.
A Mug Rug is basically like a quilted coaster or hotpad. It sits on your table and you place your hot cup of tea (or other beverage) and perhaps a wee little treat (chocolate anyone?) on it. It protects your table top…and looks pretty alone as well.
The course will include general information at the beginning…then we will work each Mug Rug as individual tasks. The first Mug Rug to be created will be at Task #4 and there will be nine of these all together.
As the course progresses, each quilting block technique introduced at the Tasks will get progressively more technically complex. Not harder (well maybe a bit harder)…just more Thought Provoking…and probably requiring more Patience. Here is how the course Tasks will be issued:
Task #1 – Orientation to Quilting and Obtaining Supplies
Task #2 – Learning to Sew Precise Seam Allowances on the Sewing Machine
Task #3 – Learning to Cut Precise Strips and Shapes from Fabric using a Rotary Cutting System
Then we begin the Mug Rugs…actually sewing!
Task #4 – Simple Nine Patch Block: Learning the Basics of Assembling Rows and Columns of a block design
Task #5 – Bars Block: Learning strip piecing techniques
Task #6 – Diamond Bars Block: Learning to create corner triangles with “flip-squares”
Task #7 – Churn Dash Block: Learning to create double triangle patches from square pairs
Task #8 – Card Game Block: Learning to piece with bias edge patches
Task #9 – Star Block: Learning to use a paper grid system for piecing smaller patches
Task #10—Dresden Plate Block: Learning to piece wedges, adjust seams, and applique a curved edge
Task #11 – Fan Block: Learning to piece convex and concave curves together
Task #12 – Flower Block: Learning to paper piece
The course will run from a Blogger class blog. You’ll receive an invitation to this blog before the course starts. When received, accept the invitation…and remember the URL of the site. The invite only works once, so it is good to bookmark the class blog once you have arrived at the site. If you need help, let me know by emailing me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com
Each lesson in the course has a “TASK” at the back of the handout. It is clearly marked by a red box. Once you have completed this task, a photo of your work will be uploaded (posted) to the class blog. I’ll see that and leave you some comments on the class blog. If you have problems…email me…don’t post about them as I see my emails several times a day but may only check the class blog once or twice a day. Also, once I’ve left you some feedback below your blog post…I may not be going back to that post again since you have completed the task.
When I finish leaving feedback on all of the current class blogs (this course and the crazy quilt courses open at the moment)…I’ll send out new tasks. So, when you have finished a task…posted your photo of that finish…I’ll comment to that..and THEN will send out the next task to you. This may take a day. However, if you see that I have left you a comment on the class blog post…and have not yet sent you the next task…email me. I do sometimes mess up and forget to send the next task. I try not to…but, it does happen…so, this is my admission and request for your help. 
So…if you are interested in taking this course…Registration is NOW OPEN. It will close at midnight, CST...on Thursday night, 20 October. 
Here's how you sign up for the class: Just email me this information about you:
Name
State/Country
Email that you want to use for this course (handouts will be sent here)
 
Once I get your registration information...I'll add you to the class roster and email you back with a "Welcome" to the course. Then, in the next day or so...I'll also have a "Class Invitation" emailed to you so you can access the class website; remember this URL once you get to that site.
 
THIS IS AN ON-LINE CLASS...so you must be a little knowledgeable about reading and getting to a blog. But, since you are on THIS one at present...that should not be too hard to do. If you have problems...email me and I'll try to help.
 
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BCQC is OPEN for Registration

Basic Crazy Quilting Course (BCQC) - OCTOBER 2016 - is open for registration...

 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Thursday, October 13th (Central Standard Time)(This will be the last class for BCQC in 2016)
 
NOTE: I do not accept late or early registrations for classes...you need to register within the dates of the open registration period. I'm sorry, but I just have too much going on to keep up with early or deal with late registrations.
 
The FREE class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.

 
 
These 12-Tasks include:
 
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
 
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions. You will need to obtain your own supplies as I do not sale kits.
 
Link to the Basic Supply List 
 
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block that measures about the size of a sheet of print paper.
 
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class. This is an ON-LINE course, so basic computer skills are needed (printing documents, uploading photos, etc.).

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
 
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email AND Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Friday morning, 14 October...then please email me to let me know. I don't want you go get "behind" in class right at the start. :)
 
Because this is an ON-LINE internet class:
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant.
 
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files. IF you use an IPad to take photos...you will need to email them to yourself, download them to your computer, and then upload to the class blog. If you use a phone or camera...follow the instructions for that specific camera to upload photos to your computer.
 
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the Adobe.com site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of information...so paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
 
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class! 
 
This Basic CQ Class (BCQC) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the Intermediate (ICQC) crazy quilt courses offered throughout the year.
 
HUGS!
 
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Crazy Quilt Quarterly News

Woot! Woot!
Pam Kellogg is now offering the Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine on Magcloud AND in her Etsy Shoppe!

The Holiday Issue is available now...on Pam's Etsy Shop:  Here's the link to Kitty And Me on Etsy


It's also available at Magcloud so feel free to order from either site now. You can also get past editions in case you have missed one.

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OPEN Registration for the ICQC-104 Module...4-6 October

The ICQC-104 Module is now open for registration from 4 through 6 October.
You must have completed ICQC-103 Prior to registering for this ICQC-104 Course. (Exceptions are made for the current ICQC-103 course, IF you are presently working on the Mongram tasks or Seams task; which are the last 2 tasks of that module)
 

ICQC-104, Mixed Motifs with Fabricis expected to last 8-12 weeks; and will start on 7 October, so you should be on the class blog by then.

To Register: email me your Name, State/Country, Email address...just as for previous courses...to shaw.kathy@yahoo.com
 
The ICQC-104 includes these modules/tasks:
104A-Embellishing OVER Silkie Images
Task 1: Stitching Hair
Task 2: Stitching Flowers
104B-Framing Silkie Images
Task 1: Create a CQ Block with Framed Silkie
104C-Applique’
Task 1: Create a Broderie Perse Applique
Task 2: Create a Hand Applique Heart (or other shape)
Task 3: Design an Applique based on an Embroidery Pattern
104D-Raised Applique
Task 1: Create a Raised Applique (Bunny, Cat, or Teddy Bear)
104E-Working with Various Slips
Task 1: Create an Embroidery Slip
Task 2: Create a Silkie Slip
Task 3: Create a Beaded Slip
 
  There is no special supply list needed for this class. Standard sewing and embroidery supplies (as needed in prior classes) will be used. The need for some medium or heavy weight interfacing scraps and some thin felt/flannel scraps could require some shopping. 
 
The photos above are some of the techniques taught. The fox, bunny, and heart patterns are also in this course, along with other patterns as well. The mermaid silkie is an example of the over-stitching of hair...but you can use any printed image you want to try this technique.
 
As with all prior classes...an invitation to the course blog will be sent to you after you register. Watch for this in your email inbox so you will be ready to begin the class on Friday.
 
 
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