This is one of my Christmas present makes, which I can show now because it has arrived (posted in Australia Monday, arrived in England Friday – post is doing well this year!) and I gave instructions to open on arrival so it would get more use.
I made a Christmas table runner! It is made from 4.5 inch squares using a variety of Christmassy fabrics, including some Christmas koalas and kangaroos! I quilted it using a wiggly stippling pattern.
It’s the first time I have used free motion quilting on something I have made. I watched some of this Craftsy course to learn how to work systematically and try to get the stitches of even length. I learnt some basic stippling designs that I repeated over and over.
You can see the pattern more clearly on the back. It’s not completely even all the way across – I started at the end where it’s closer together, but for a first try I think it’s pretty good! I bound it using red cotton and hand stitched the binding onto the back. The tutorials that say that is quick and easy lie! But is does look good once it’s finished.
I’m really pleased with my finished table runner, and it’s now sitting on my Mum’s dining table 🙂
I’m linking this project up for Sew Cute Tuesday on Blossom Heart Quilts.
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I have been a member of Craftsy for a few years now. I am signed up to quite a few of their classes, and love that there’s no time limit on when I have to watch them – they’ll always be there when I have the time to learn a bit more. I’ve also recently discovered lots of lovely patterns in their pattern store, and just this week they announced international shipping on their fabric section (but I’ve been good and not looked so I’ve not yet been tempted!)
Here is a bit more information to tell you all about Craftsy. If you’re not already a member, why not head over and sign up – it’s free!
What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.
Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.
What IS the Craftsy experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.
Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.
I have recently discovered all the great courses that are offered by Craftsy, including their wide range of free ones (because things that are free are great!)
The first free sewing course that I tried was Sewing Machine Feet from A-Z, to work out what the feet I have for my machine are all for and how they work.
Since then there’s been lots of new free courses added.
There’s also free courses for cake decorating, jewellery making, sewing with zips, making bags or quilts, cooking and knitting.
You can check out the range of free courses available here!
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