Learning New Stops, Quilting

Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt

When people ask me to do something and they are unclear of my vision or final outcome, I tell them “JUST TRUST THE PROCESS”. Today my quilt mentor told me, used my own words against me and told me “Just Trust the Process” . SO here I am signing upon for the Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt hosted and taught by Gyleen Fitzgerald, Ebony Love, and Latifah Saafir.

I am a current student of Mrs. Gyleen, I’ve followed Ms. Ebony for years but this will be my first time engaging with Ms. Latifah. I can not put into words how excited about this class series. Not only will I have the opportunity to study under 3 quilting “powerhouses” , but it brings me astonishing joy that they are 3 African American women who have and still are breaking barriers in the quilting industry. Not only do they design quilts and patterns, but they design their own quilting tool. Like WOW!!!!!!!! (shaking with joy).

Because this is mystery quilt and paid class I am unable to post to my social media pages my progress, but I will blog about the class and show off my quilt when the class is over and my quilt is completed. I hope some of my readers will be able to join me in this journey of 6 weeks of learning with 3 astonishing quilt masters, with an end result of 1 amazing quilt….. What a great way to start off 2021.

Instructor Backgrounds

Gyleen Fitzgerald: www.ColourfulStitches.com

Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.

Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.

Ebony Love, created LoveBug Studios as an outlet for her creative energy and to feed her soul. Over time, her business has changed and grown from taking commissions & creating custom quilts for clients to teaching the love of quilting to others. Ebony’s teachings are primarily online, but she also travels to guilds and shows to teach in person.

Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.

Learning New Stops, Quilting, Sewing and Crafts

Uptown Quilt Workshop with Gyleen Fitzgerald

This past week the 2016 International Quilt Festival was in Houston, TX.  Wanting to expand my sewing craft and skills, I decided to go.  I enrolled in Uptown Workshop with  Gyleen Fitzgerald, owner of Colourful Stitiches.  Her class was AMAZING.

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Uptown Quilt by Gyleen Fitzgerald Featured in her upcoming book Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles

CHOOSING MY CLASS:

I’ve tried the jelly roll method but they are incomplete because they looked funny.  This was my opportunity have a hands on lesson and have someone correct me as I go.  I went online and pulled the class schedules and instructors.  Because I have a Craftsy account I knew to look for those instructors first and anyone I follow on YouTube.  Then I noticed instructors with websites and social media accounts.  This gave me honest feedback from students.

I sent a request to Mrs. Fitzgerald’s facebook group and within minutes I was accepted.  I introduced myself and before I knew it her students had me running to the Quilt Festival to sign up.  Mrs. Fitzgerald joined the chat session, give me some tips and then emailed me the information I needed for the class.

PREPARING FOR CLASS:

Prior to class, I went and reviewed a beginner class I took from Craftsy a year ago, so I wouldn’t look so lost in the class…lol.  I was able to catch an awesome sale at Joann’s and bought my fabric and square tool needed for the class project.  Good thing was I already own the major stuff ,like cutting mats, rotary cutters, etc.

The night before class, I stayed up and cut my fabric.  I could have taken the easy route and bought the pre-cuts, but I really wanted to learn the correct way.

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preparing my fabric for class

SHOWTIME….TIME FOR CLASS

Bag packed and ready to go, I was up early Saturday morning full of excitement and nervous at the same time.  The night before I visited the AllBrands booth to view the Brother sewing machines, so why not rock their bag to class.

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I arrive to class set up and introduce myself to the teacher.  A few of the ladies remembered my name from the Facebook post, can over, introduced themselves and we all instantly bonded.  Good thing the class was not full, this gave Mrs. Fitzgerald more time to work with everyone one on one, which seemed to please the whole class.

PFAFF was our sewing machine sponsor for the class.  Before the class began we have a quick lesson on how to operate the sewing machine.  We also had an ironing station set up with this nice flatter pineapple grove spray for pressing our seams.  This stuff was awesome and smelled so good.  I have never enjoyed ironing until now…lol

We received our pattern, took out our fabrics and began to work.  At the begin I struggled with the 1/4 seam allowance because the quilting foot was different from what I have at home.  Mrs. Fitzgerald was able to see right off my struggle was going to have my pattern alignment off.  Once I got it, square blocks were flowing….lol

Next was arranging the blocks into pinwheels and sewing them together.  HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!  The seam ripper was my best friend.  I really had a hard time lining my seams up.  I keep looking over at my neighbors trying to figure out where I went wrong.  Mrs. Fitzgerald made it to my table and the taught me “NESTING” and how to feel when the seam in lined.  On my second try I NAILED IT.

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My first pinwheel 🙂

Next came trimming my block and setting the boarders. This is where I realized quilting has some OCD tendencies……………..

  1.  I learned how to use my square ruler to measure my block properly.  Now I understand why my previous attempts to make a quilt were not successful.
  2. Ironing in direction plays an important key in setting the block and constructing the final quilt top.
  3. Despite what the measurements are on the pattern, the first completed block sets the dimensions for the remaining blocks (this includes correct seam allowance and squaring the blocks correctly)

As you see below, I have pictured my completed block before trimming (left) and the back of my block after ironing and trimming (right).

Once I understood the concept, I was able to complete my second block on my own (the one on the right below).  When I brought it to Mrs. Fitzgerald she reacted like a parent receiving a straight A report card from their child, and I was standing there grinning like the child with the straight A’s…lol

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MY COMPLETED BLOCKS

 

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Myself, my blocks, and Mrs. Fitzgerald after class

HERE ARE A FEW COMPLETED BLOCKS FROM MY CLASSMATES.  OUR COMBINED BLOCKS ALONE MADE A NICE PATTERN TOP.  IT WAS NICE TO SEE THE PERSONALITY IN EACH BLOCK SET.

My confidence was strong and with the encouragement and support from Mrs. Fitzgerald and the other students, I felt bold enough to buy two additional patterns.  Mrs. Fitzgerald picked them out for me based on the skill level from class.  The Jack and the Bean Stalk is slightly above  my newbie skill level, but I really liked the pattern and she is going to help me when I am ready.

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Additional patterns from Colourful Stitches

Throughout the week I networked with soooo many people.  In the workshop I actually met a couple of ladies who live very close to me.  We exchanged information and I hope to be quilting with them soon.

I can not wait to post my finished quilt.  I hope it doesn’t take me too long to complete.  Stay tune and until next time……

Happy Sewing and now Quilting (hehe),

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Learning New Stops, Sewing and Crafts

M6115 Sew A Long with The Sewcial Place

Saturday was my very first virtual sew-a-long with Leslie of  The Sewcial Place.  Mind you, I  have made this pattern several times in the past, but it is always great to learn different sewing techniques and styles from others.  Also, Leslie is my “Sew Mama” so yes I had to be in attendance.  I even invited my childhood friend Angela along for this virtual sew-a-long.

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Class began at 9am on the dot.  Good part:  I did not have to leave my house nor my pajamas…lol

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This is my moring class view

Poor me, I had connection problem with my computer so I had to begin class on my cell phone and transfer over the the tablet.  I was not a very good student :(.  I did not sew along with the live video like were were suppose to, I actually sat and took notes.  Why would I take notes on something I’ve done before?  Well Leslie put a little spin on the pattern and showed us how to add flare and style.

We were provided slides, watched the construction process from start to finished and learned how to read the pattern /pattern pieces.  After each sections, we were allowed to ask questions, and given times to complete each process.  Class was scheduled to end at 12 noon, but we went just a few minutes over.  No one mind because everyone was busy creating (in my case, taking notes).

At the end of class, Leslie gave us a gift 🙂  sorry I can’t tell, you should have signed up.  My friend Angela even sent me a message Thanking me for the invite and was excited about all the information she learned as well.

Stay tune…I will post my completed dress form today’s calls.  Thank you again Leslie.  I look forward to many more virtual classes to come.

Happy Sewing,

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Learning New Stops, Sewing and Crafts

Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

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Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

Course Description from Craftsy:  Designer, patternmaker and sewing instructor Steffani Lincecum teaches you how to identify and use 11 of the most common sewing feet. Start with zipper and buttonhole feet, then learn how to use blind-hem and rolled-hem feet to finish your work like a pro. Finish with a tour of popular optional feet that help you achieve perfect topstitching, gathers, couching, free-motion stitching and more.

Here I am shopping for a new sewing machine to do all these fancy stitches and looks, and I had it all the time.  All I had to do was buy a box set of sewing feet for my machine.  I was very impressed with this quick class.  It was not long and the key to the course is PRACTICE!

Whether you are new to sewing or have been sewing for a long time, this class is a must!!  You will be amazed to learn what your machine and what you care capable of creating just by knowing which feet can achieve what look.

Sew Much Love,

Aysun