Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quilting the Victorian Table Runner: Guestpost by Kari Schell from On Point Quilter

Hi Everyone,

I would like to introduce you to Kari Schell, On Point Quilter, a fellow quilt designer and teacher who has posted a great tutorial on how to quilt the Victorian Table Runner her blog: 

On Point Quilter

So here it is in Kari's words:

Quilting a Victorian Table Runner

Guest Blog Post by Kari Schell from On Point Quilter.

Years ago saw a Victorian Table Runner at Quilted Treasures in Rogers and immediately needed to buy the pattern and make the quilt.  I don't remember who the recipient of the gifted table runner was. But the table runner remains a favorite of mine.

Fast forward to a week ago... a customer brought me her Victorian Table Runner.  She wanted something "custom".

This table runner can present a bit of a challenge for long-arm quilters as problems can develop if you are not careful around the fold-back curves. Also - because of the nature of the fold back technique there can be some slight variation from unit to unit.

I spent some time in Art and Stitch creating two major designs that I think complement the Victorian Table Runner and would keep me away from the fold-back curves.  Art and Stitch is digitizing software for machine quilters and embroiderers.

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Victorian Table Runner by Southwind Designs
Fast forward to a week ago... a customer brought me her Victorian Table Runner.  She wanted something "custom".

This table runner can present a bit of a challenge for longarm quilters as problems can develop if you are not careful around the fold-back curves. Also - because of the nature of the fold back technique there can be some slight variation from unit to unit.

Using Art and Stitch I created two major designs that complements the Victorian Table Runner.
My Art and Stitch video tutorai will share with you my process for creating one of the designs - which I am calling Victorian Scroll.
Here are some pictures of the finished quilt.  This quilt was pieced by Carolyn Oakes and will be on display at the Forest Lake Quilt show today (April 19th).  Thanks Carolyn for letting me share photos of your quilt!
quilting designs
Victorian Table Runner pieced by Carolyn Oakes and quilted by Kari Schell
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victornian Table Runner Close Up of Block and Quilting
Victorian Table Runner quilting designs
Victorian Table Runner Close-Up of Corner
Here is Annette's cover quilt from the pattern with the quilting designs super imposed on her quilt.
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner - Sothwind Designs Cover Quilt (copyright by Annette Ormales). Quiting designs (copyright by Kari Schell) .

Featured Products - Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs

Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Full Quilt Layout
Victorian Table Runner Digital Quilting Bundle:

Includes all the designs listed below, plus a layout to show suggested placement of the quilting designs.  These designs are suitable for all major quilting systems.

Piecing pattern must be purchased separately from Southwind Designs.

Individual quilting designs total $30.  Bundle on sale for $10.

Purchase quilting designs here.

Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Scroll Sashing
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Scroll Pantograph
Victorian Scroll Sashing or Pantograph

This would work well for any narrow sashing settings.

The pantograph should be stitched with a 50% offset for alternate rows.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

Purchase here.

Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Eight Pointed Star Block Quilting Design
Victorian Star Block

This block design would work well for any eight pointed star (particularly if you don't want to quilt into the corners).

​Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

​Purchase here.

Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Border Scroll
Victorian Border Scroll

This triple scroll is sized to fit perfectly in the border of a Victorian Table runner.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

​Purchase here.

Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Block Triple Scroll
 
Victorian Block Triple Scroll

This triple scroll is sized to fit the blocks of a Victorian Table runner.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

Purchase here.















Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alphabet Soup is Going Live tomorrow! - Express yourself with these fun letters.

Welcome to Southwind Inspirations

Inspiring Today's Quilters with Dimensional Curves
 

A whirlwind of creativity is swirling around as our brand-new program
A L P H A B E T   S O U P  is getting ready to launch.  Designed for all Quilt Lovers, it is sure to enrich your quilting experience.
dimensional curved piecing patterns
Are you getting excited?

Its getting closer, just a few more days before the kickoff of our brand-new program: 

 
A L P H A B E T   S O U P

If you haven't heard, ALPHABET SOUP is a super cool new Block-of-the-Week program developed for the Southwind Inspiration Community and registration is open for a limited time only.  ALPHABET SOUP starts on Superbowl Sunday and this is how it works:

After you sign up, you will get a welcome letter with more details, then a fun letter pattern is delivered right into your email inbox every Sunday.  Something to look forward to just like the Sunday paper.  Make sure that info@southwindquilts.com is in your address book, so your email is not diverted.


These letters are not just ordinary quilt blocks, they are a great way to express yourself and say whatever you want right on your quilt!

You will want to collect all the letters and numbers.  Spell out a name, birthday or special message.  Two sizes of letters give you flexibility to spell smaller in the border, or make an entire quilt using large letters.  Just take a look at the cute Alphabet Quilt below, or see more ideas in the sidebar!

You can sign up for
ALPHABET SOUP  for the introductory price of just $39.95, that is about 50 cents per pattern.

 
Register Here!
This is your opportunity to be part of the fun!  Feel free to share this newsletter with your quilting friends, there is a convenient forward button at the top of the email.

I have started a special ALPHABET SOUP Facebook Group, which will go live on Sunday and I will post the link to it in the first mailing.  This group is a forum to share and discuss projects made with these fun letters and even more alphabet examples, so the more participants the more fun we will have.

If you have signed up already - thank you! Your first letter pattern will come to your inbox this coming Sunday along with a link to participate in the Facebook Group if desired.

Collect all the Letters to Play and Create your Personal Messages!

Happy Quilting,




Click HERE to join the fun and dive right into the

ALPHABET SOUP
 
Quilt Patterns

JOIN THE FUN

Southwind Designs
Hope to see some of you on a future Teaching Trip!
SAY IT ON YOUR QUILT!

* ARTSY

* BLISS

* CREATE

* DAZZLE

* EMBRACE


* FRIENDS

* GREAT

* HOPE

* INSPIRE

* JOYFUL

* KISS

* LOVE

* MAGIC

* NICE

* OMG

* PLAY

* QUILT

* RENEW

* SWEET

* TEACH

* UNIQUE

* VARIETY

* WONDER

* XOXOX

* YIPPEE

* ZIPPY


and many more

Dimensional Curves are so easy and fun!


Dimensional Curves may look complex, but they are fun and best of all stress-free to sew. Even the smallest curves can be made easily using this technique.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Alphabet Soup - a new block-of-the-week.


Alphabet Soup !

Big news:  This year I am rolling out a brand-new program called Alphabet Soup.

If you have been following me you know I like to play with letters and numbers and I have finally found the perfect way to publish and share those fun letters with you.

I developed this special program for the Southwind Inspiration Community and it is available for a limited time only.  Registration is open now until April 3rd.

 
After sewing out the entire alphabet I saw that I had actually developed two distinct fonts, I call them:
  • SouthwindGreek:  A font with straight lines
  • SouthwindRoman:  A font with a curvy flair. 
For even greater variety you can combine the two fonts and choose which letter you want straight, which to make curvy.  The varieties are endless and so is the fun of spelling out  words on your quilt. Just think of all the possibilities!

You will get:  26 letters, the numbers 0-9 and several secret bonus blocks (psst... one of them is the heart as seen in the Alphabet Soup image).
That is a total of 80 patterns, which are delivered right to your inbox every Sunday for 40 weeks.  The program will start in February and continue as a super fun sew-along all the way into the beginning of November.

At the end of the program you will have all the blocks to make a fun alphabet quilt in two sizes and you are ready to spell anything you like.
Here are just a few of the many ideas: 
  • Add a baby's name to the top or bottom of a quilt, even include the birthday!
  • Make a table runner or banner with a special message: I ❤︎ QUILTS, LOVE 2 QUILT, or anything else you want say, simply spell it out on your quilt.
  • A Christmas or Holiday quilt with words like :  PEACE, JOY, HOPE, MERRY.
  • Spell LOL, BFF, OMG, or other fun texting acronyms to make a pillow for your favorite teenager.  Let them suggest something.
  • There are endless applications for these fun letters.  The sky is the limit.
My intention was to design a usable, affordable alphabet in two sizes; large and small, 4" and 8" letters (blocks are just slightly larger to frame letters). I am thrilled to be able to offer this program so everyone can add a message to their quilt, easily.
As an added bonus I am opening an Alphabet Soup Facebook group as a forum for sharing ideas and inspirational words using these letters.

You can sign up for Alphabet Soup for just $39.95, that is about 50 cents per pattern.

Click HERE to join the fun and dive right into the

Alphabet Soup!



Have Fun and Happy Quilting,



P.S.  Welcome to new subscribers! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, January 11, 2016

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