As some of you know, I spent the last 5 days in Kansas City attending Spring Quilt Market. Quilt Market is a trade show, and I was there to do a presentation for shop owners, aka Schoolhouse, about Modern Patchwork, and to participate, along with fellow contributors Weeks Ringle and Jacquie Gering, in the Schoolhouse for We Love Color . Along the way, I also did a book signing for Modern Patchwork, filmed a brief bit about We Love Color with Kyle from Robert Kaufman, saw some amazing new fabric (Echino Decoro, I'm looking at you!), stayed out much too late, and just generally met a ton of great people.
Phew! I finished the last of my new class samples. These are for a series of four single-session classes that I'll be teaching this October at Modern Domestic. Each class will focus on a different block style and will cover a couple of different ways, both conventional and modern, of constructing that block.
My schedule of classes at Modern Domestic has just been updated and it includes a new session of Freestyle Machine Quilting. This is a two-session class that covers the basics of machine quilting on a home sewing machine. We cover making a quilt sandwich, straight line quilting with a walking foot, and free-motion quilting with a darning foot. We also make nifty sampler pillows like the one shown above.
I just finished some new sample swatches for this class that I wanted to show off. (You can click on the photos to see them enlarged.)
Here are four samples of straight line quilting with a walking foot. . .
. . . and here are four more.
Here are four samples of free-motion quilting with a darning foot . . .
I'm posting today to tell you about a fundraiser that Alissa of Handmade by Alissa is currently hosting for Action Kivu. Action Kivu is a nonprofit group that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. You can read more about them on the Action Kivu website or on Alissa's blog.