I feel so privileged to have been asked to teach at this amazing conference filled with spectacular teachers that I have to pinch myself at times to make sure I am not dreaming. I will be teaching not just one, but two classes at Fabric Fest (still pinching!) - Big Stitch Quilting and Curved Piecing for the Modern Quilter.
First a little about me...I currently work and teach at Quiltique in Henderson, Nevada - an amazing quilt shop. I have been sewing since I was a child but more seriously in the last 12 years or so, mostly focused on quilting. I have never been afraid to try anything and started my journey as a self-taught quilter. I have picked up so many hints and tips along the way from quilting friends and many, many, great teachers. Currently, I am obsessed with the modern movement in quilting and founded the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild a couple of years ago.
The first class I will be teaching is Big Stitch Quilting (it is full but sign up for the waiting list!). If you haven't noticed hand-stitching is very popular in the quilting industry today. Learn how to use big stitch quilting to speed up the hand-quilting process while getting a unique look. In class we will make a pillow that showcases a large print. Using Perle Cotton thread we will enhance the pattern by quilting around the design.
The print will make all of the difference for this project. You want to focus on a print that has larger design motifs with a simple background. Small, busy prints as shown above are a bad choice for the beginner "big-stitcher"; even though it is completely adorable.
This print, Ashbury Heights by Riley Blake, is what will be included in the class kit. This print is perfect! You can easily stitch around the motif and even add some accent stitching to the background if desired. If you are taking the class and need help deciding on a print shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will assist you in finding the perfect print!
CURVED PIECING FOR THE MODERN QUILTER
Curved piecing is all the rage right now and I don't know about you but before I tried it I was terrified of it. I had this bad mental vision of 50 pins around each curve and hours and hours of cutting templates. Not in this class! This class will show you some tips to make curved piecing simple and effective. My "Indie Chic" quilt will be the class kit if you would like to purchase. For this quilt grab a Riley Blake Rolie Polie, some background fabric, and the Creative Grids Split Seconds Ruler and off you go!
I will also show some other quilt layouts using the Split Seconds Ruler as well. This one features Little Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake Designs. This class will show you that you can conquer curved piecing! There are a few spaces left in the class so grab one before they are gone.
In the next few months before Fabric Fest I will show you some more examples of both of the classes I will be teaching so make sure to check back with me!
So...who wants to win?? Since I am a Vegas local I want to know what Las Vegas show you would most like to squeeze in while attending Fabric Fest? Personally, I cannot wait for the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show. I will randomly choose a winner within 48 hours and the lucky winner will receive a mystery package from Riley Blake. The mystery package will include some 1/2 yard cuts of Riley Blake fabric - what could be better? So, who will win? You will have to check back to find out. Don't miss the rest of the Fabric Fest Blog Hop for more chances to win fabulous prizes, as there is not much time left.
See you all at Fabric Fest 2013!
During the blog hop, these great sites will be blogging all about Fabric Fest and the wonderful classes they are teaching. They will also be giving away some great prizes, so you'll want to keep this list close by!
You CAN'T miss a single day!
Wednesday, June 5
Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs
Thursday, June 6
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Friday, June 7
Elizabeth and Liz Evans of Simply Simon & Co
Saturday, June 8
Nancy Zieman/Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman.com
Monday, June 10
Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair
Tuesday, June 11
Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
Wednesday, June 12
Becky & Kari of U-Create
Thursday, June 13
Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish
Friday, June 14
Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe
Saturday, June 15
Bonnie Bailey on Riley Blake Designs
Monday, June 17
Lila Tueller of Lila Tueller Designs
Tuesday, June 18
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Wednesday, June 19
Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama
Thursday, June 20
Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs
Friday, June 21
Eleanor Burns/ Sue Bouchard of Quilt in a Day
Saturday, June 22
Jenny, Natalie, & Sarah of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Monday, June 24
Andrea Goddard of And I Sew
Tuesday, June 25
Becky, Brooke, Jamie, Kirsten, & Nikkala of The Crafting Chicks
Wednesday, June 26
Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes
Thursday, June 27
Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs
Friday, June 28
Sydney Haglund of Memory Quilt Maker