January is always a super creative time for me. The weather is so cold I sometimes don’t leave the house for days. The distractions of the holidays are over and I go into hibernation mode. I’m a big fan of online learning so this is the time of year I just hunker down with laptop and earbuds and take a class.
Well, this year is the same with a new twist. I’m going to be the teacher of online classes and I have a lot to learn before I do that. I’ve created a new website to launch my online quilting and sewing classes. I’m also learning the techniques of how to set up lighting, camera, and microphone. Let me tell you, YouTube is a great resource! It’s also a great place to test the waters and see how people respond to my videos.
Here is my latest quilt, Winter Night, 20″ x 26″ , with which I’ve created a landscape quilting tutorial on YouTube. It has only one pieced horizon line, the moon is blanket stitched, the trees are fused and raw edge appliqued, the snowflakes are screen printed, and it is, of course, quilted. If you wish to purchase the quilt just click on the above picture for the link.
I made this quilt three times in the process of making the video. I experimented with camera angles (too far away, to close), lighting (extra lighting creates glare when quilting a pure white moon), and microphone placement (it absolutely must follow me around the studio). Editing is tedious but fun at the same time. Sounds like quilting and sewing, right? But, trust me, you’ll be glad I turned down the sound every time I got going on the longarm machine.
So that’s part one. It’s not perfect and I still have a lot to learn. I’m working on part two which will show pattern layout and tracing for those who like to use a pattern, quilting the trees, facing the quilt, making the hanging sleeve and embroidered signature. If you wish to see all the links mentioned in the video, you will find them here.
I’ve also made a little PDF Guide to the Best Threads. It certainly is not all encompassing but tells you my favorites and why I like them. You may get that by following this link which will also ensure that you are notified when classes launch.
Stay warm and cozy!
Let me know what you think,