Yesterday’s post, found here, resulted in quite a few inquiries as to how I learned the stitching motif used (and will be used in the mystery project) in the test piece.
There are many ways to learn various quilting techniques but my favorite, and most practical, is via blogs and YouTube. My location, and finances, prohibit my taking part in workshops or classes that would give me a “hands-on” experience and, I believe, many of you may find yourselves in a similar situation. This post is a partial listing of the links I’ve found helpful in my quilting journey. It is by no means exhaustive, as I have stumbled on many talented people’s blogs and videos over the past couple of years that I’ve been seriously pursuing this art of quilting. “Google” has become a close friend as I searched the ‘net for tutorials on the subject of FMQ.
So, here are a few places to visit that will inspire and challenge you. BUT, remember, nothing takes the place of practicing at your machine!!!! Take time, daily, (if only for 10 or 15 minutes) to “play”. Have a muslin/batting sandwich always ready. Doodle, sketch, stitch. And have fun!!!!!!!!! You can do it, remembering that any skill development does take a bit of work (but this is “fun” work!!!!!).
Pinterest: here (there are many other such collections to be found on this site)
Leah Day: here
Jamie Wallen: here
Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring): here (check her side bar for step by step tutorials….”Thread Talk”)
Craftsy (I have purchased many of these classes and they are wonderful. Watch for special pricing!!!): here
Angela Walters: here
The above (partial) list is, hopefully, a “springboard” that will help to open up the world of resources that are available on the ‘net. I have used these particular ones the most, but the links with each will take you to many other most capable teachers/quilters.
If you have further questions, or suggestions/comments, please, leave a note and I will most definitely respond.
Now, off to the machine…………………………………….