I’ve just uploaded a new video to youtube that shows my English paper piecing stitch. Try it and let me know what you think!
I announced the Hand Sewing Adventure in my newsletter but I never wrote a blog post about it. How did that happen?!
Back in the day, when Block of the Month quilting was new, Linda and I were there. Thru Grandmother’s Window was part of the first wave of BOMs, followed by 6 more. (Click here if you’d like to find those ePatterns.) Many Piece O’ Cake books have been used in block of the month programs all over the world.
In each of these cases, the quilts and patterns were finished before you ever saw the quilt. The Hand Sewing Adventure is different. What I like about this Adventure the most is that I’m working along with you. In the past, I’ve had to keep what I was working on secret until the book came out. It feels very different to show and share every step along the way with my fellow Adventurers.
I have a sketch of part of the quilt to share with you (below). I have an idea in my head of where the quilt will go. There will be English paper piecing (EPP), hand applique, maybe hand piecing (or not). I will hand quilt my own quilt. I think the quilt will finish between 48″ and 60″. You can always make yours bigger (or smaller).
The best part is that I’m also making private videos to go with the patterns! The videos make this much more like a class than just a straight up set of patterns. There are more videos in the beginning to cover techniques that will then be used throughout the quilt. You can always refer back to the videos. Links to the private videos will be emailed to you. (FYI: the videos are you, not for sharing with everyone online.)
I’ve got a private Facebook page for the Hand Sewing Adventure where you all can ask questions, make comments, and share pictures. For those not on Facebook, you will miss out on that part, but I do understand not wanting to be on Facebook. (When I’m out of town, Elanor keeps an eye on things and lets me know when I need to answer questions that she can’t answer.)
The cost of the program is $60. That covers the private videos and the block patterns. The patterns will be emailed to you and you will print them on your own printer. There will be approximately 12 blocks.
The blocks will come out about once a month. I don’t have a hard time frame set up yet but I am aiming for release dates that are on or before the 7th of the month.
There isn’t a fabric kit. The first videos show you how I chose fabric from my stash and how I sort it to make it easier to work with (that’s the fabric you can see in the header). I think most of us have a fabric stash. If your stash is small, you have the opportunity to go shopping for fabric to go with what you already own.
This is my Block 1, finished on the plane home from Italy. (That’s airplane carpet, not fabric, under the block.)
You can join the program at any time. If you come in later, you’ll have lots of videos to watch and you can work through them at your own pace. In fact, if you join now, you don’t have to keep up with me. The patterns and videos will be there when you are ready for them.
So, that’s what the Hand Sewing Adventure is. I hope you are as excited about it as I am. Click here if you’d like to join me!