Friday, January 1, 2021

Goodbye 2020 and Welcome 2021

2021 Goal and Hopes


2020 was not a year I would like to say was the brightest in my life and probably in yours. Like many of you, this pandemic put a damper on our lives and moods. As a small business owner, I saw my whole world turn upside down, with my main goals for the business going out the door and revenue down and possibly gone. 

Many of us business owners took advantage of this time in quarantine and rethought how to bring in more revenue. Many of us in the quilting business decided to bring in new revenue with Zoom and other online platforms. Many of you started teaching online and moving stores to the web to keep your businesses running.  It made many of us turn to Social Media to stay in contact with our customers, teaching them tips and tricks, and just talking to them. I decided to took this time to write a book and learn by watching what others were doing.

There are two things main things I learn from this whole pandemic.

First off, take care of yourself and do not get burnt out.  I must emit that I did get burnt out on my business by the time my book launched in October. I feel like I worked 24/7 on this book and probably pushed myself over the edge. First, the pandemic did not help. I was stuck at home for months and was not able to get out and socialize.  I was missing my quilt shows where I could get out and soak in the splendor of all the beautiful designs for inspiration and then hang out with friends. Over the last couple of months, I started taking one day a week and working down at my local quilt shop to develop their online store. I also started taking weekends off to give myself a break from my quilt designing business. Plus, I needed to find a hobby that was not quilting all the time, so I started machine embroidery. I fell in love with it, thanks to my local shop owner, who showed us various tips and online events. I also have taken the last couple of weeks as a vacation to have time for myself, clear my mind, and get ready to get back to business.

The second thing I learned was not to take things for granted. I had my hopes and desires for my business crushed this year due to the pandemic. I learned the hard way that if something or someone shuts the door in your face, you need to just turn to a new door and start fresh. It is natural to be down about this, but you need to pick yourself up and move forward and discover the next exciting thing.





What are some of my significant accomplishments of 2020? 

Thankfully, my family and I stayed safe and healthy throughout
the year.  


Secondly, I developed what I feel was a beautiful first book, Poppin’ with Wings. It took a lot of work, time, and money to produce, but I think this book will be a great addition to my Studio 180 design pattern collection.


Lastly, in 2020, I developed and released several new patterns that have become great sellers. I have also designed several more patterns that will be out soon.  I also feel I am starting to get a good following of Quilt Affection Design fans that love my patterns after being in business for 6+ years.

So, what are my goals for 2021! I have one main goal that will work into several minor goals:

My main goal is to take my recent quilt and book patterns and develop an OnDemand Class Library to teach the techniques.  So, anyone that wants to can learn to make these beautiful quilts. I hope to have several out by March 2021.

The first minor goal is to develop a series of patterns that allow the current Studio 180 Design fans and anyone new to practice and develop skills. These patterns will be designed around a single tool that will be easy to put together with clear instructions.  Some patterns will be table toppers to multi-sized quilts.  They will be coming your way in the Spring, probably around April.

The second minor goal is to develop more patterns, just like the ones you have seen from my studio throughout the year.

The last minor goal is to develop a sequel to the Poppin’ with Wing book.  I have no date for this yet but will keep everyone informed.

How will I accomplish these goals? 

Well, I need to develop a schedule or routine that includes self-care like exercise, time off, etc.
To get my business goals accomplished, I will need to keep a planner and write down my tasks and goals for each day or week to keep me on schedule. This planner will help keep me organized and on task. 

My hope for everyone in 2021 is to have a healthy, safe, and joyous year.  I hope we will emerge from this pandemic toward the fall and have some kind of new normal closer to the old one.  For the new year, I encourage everyone to set goals for themselves and start a journal to keep you on track. 

Have a great New Year!

 

 

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Aztec Dance Month 6 and Finishing!

 

Welcome to the final month of the Aztec Dance block of the month. This month we will be making the final block and putting it all together. Thank you to everyone who made this a popular Block of the Month quilt.

You can now purchase Block 6. Remember, you have two options for buying the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers, I have an Etsy website.

Month 6 

Block 6 is straightforward to make and put together. The center consists of making two different color combinations of half-square triangles and making Dual Colored Diamond in a square units.

Half Square Triangles

Start by using your Quilter's Magic Wand and marking two stitching lines that are 1/4" on either side of the center diagonal on the reverse side tan squares. Layer the blue and tans squares together with the right sides together and stitch.


Cut down the middle between the stitching lines. Pressing toward the dark fabric.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Position the Tucker Trimmer® over the unit, carefully aligning the common diagonal with the stitching seam and the appropriate size of the unit you are making. Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Rotate the unit 180°, line up the Tucker Trimmer®, and trim the two sides to measure the size of the unit you are making.


Continue to make all the units.

Dual Colored Diamond in a Square


Position the Center Square Section of the Square Squared® tool on the size according to your pattern instructions.  Place the tool on the trimmed edge of the strip, lining up the corner of the strip with the center mark according to your pattern instructions. Cut up and across the top of the strip to get a precise unit.


Cut the Blue and Tan squares into triangles. Position the Tan and Blue triangle on opposite sides of the center square.  Stitch with the triangles on the bottom with a 1/4" seam allowance. Pressing away from the center.


Position the remaining Blue and Tan triangles on opposite sides of the center square.  Stitch and Pressing seams away from the center.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Position the Trim Down Section of the Square Squared® tool over the unit.  Focus on aligning the "X" marks on the finished size according to your pattern instructions over the sewn seams.  Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Rotate the unit.  Reposition the Square Squared® tool lining up the "X"s and then lining up the cleanup lines on the tool with the previously trimmed edges, according to your pattern instructions.


Assembly

Stitch together the squares and half-square triangles units to make up the four patch units for the corners and center of the units.


Layout and Stitch together the units to make your center block.


Your center block is now ready and now you can start putting together your quilt together.


Quilt Assembly


You will start the assembly by making some Flying Geese and Half Square Triangles for the center block borders.  


Once these units are made you will make two top and bottom rows and two side rows.


Stitch the side blocks on the sides of the Center Block and press according to your pattern instructions. Then add the top and bottom rows.


Stitch together (2) Bonus Block 1, and (1) Block 3 together.  Making two center inner rows.


Stitch together (1) Block 5, (1) Bonus Block 2, and (1) Block 1 together.  Making two center outer rows.


Stitch the Center Inner and Outer rows on each side of the Center block. 


Using your pattern instructions assembly the remaining blocks into rows and assemble them to the top and bottom of them the center row.  Add your borders and your quilt is now complete.


Now you can enjoy your beautiful quilt.  Please share your finished quilt by emailing a photo to qa@quiltingaffection.com or on social media, using the @quiltingaffection, and using hashtag #aztecbom.

If you liked this pattern please check out my new book Poppin' With Wings and my other Studio 180 Design companion patterns, by visiting www.quiltingaffecton.com


Tina 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Pre Order My new book: Poppin With Wings

I am really excited and proud to announce my first book Poppin' With Wings. Choose from 8 different quilt designs, take your ordinary flying geese units, and raise them to a whole new level.

Pre-Order Book

Every quilt in the book has been designed around the high precision Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® I, Corner Pop® II, and Corner Pop® III to bring you 8 stunning projects. Then combined with easy-to-follow project instructions, you can convert the basic flying geese units into some exciting and stunning in the end, plus build your confidence level to a whole new level. 



The book features:

  • 125 Full Colored Pages, including images and cutting charts
  •  Total of 8 projects, 4 using the Corner Pop II and Corner Pop III tools
  •  Companion for the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper I, Corner Pop II, and Corner Pop III
  •  Easy to follow Step by Step instructions on how to use the Studio I80 Design Tools.
  •  Each project has been thoroughly tested by the author and several Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor.
  • Contemporary to Modern quilts that range from wall-hanging to lap size
  • Right and Left-Handed cutting Instructions

Pre-Order today through November 13th from me directly, and you will receive 20% off your book. Book ships December 1st, just in time for Christmas. 

Don't forget to check to see if you have the tools?  If you need the companion tools, you can order from my website, Studio 180 Designs, or your local Quilt Shop. 

I will be hosting a book launch on my Facebook pages at 7 pm on Friday, November 6th. During the launch, I will highlight the great features of this book, plus give a tour to show you these stunning quilts that are sure to inspire.  So if you're not already following my Facebook page, now is the time. You do not want to miss the exciting launch.

  




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Journey to Nebula - Rock Candy - Cutting the Star 60 Way!

 


Now that I have finished my Jaw Breaker pillow, it was time to move onto the next project in the Journey 2 Nebula Quilt Along.


The next project is Rock Candy Tabletopper.  This is a fun quilt that is made by combining diamonds and side triangles.  The pattern calls for the use of 5" charm squares. I choose to use black background Island Batik fabric and 6 Coordinating fabrics; all were cut into 2 1/2" strips.  The reason I used 2 1/2" strips over the 5" charm squares is that not every 5" charm square package is actually 5", and we needed to cut each of the squares in half.

I started cutting 36 diamonds from the 6 coordinating fabric strips using my Studio 180 Star 60 tool. 

Right Handed

Left Handed

Starting by trimming off a 60° angle off one of the ends of the strips.  

Right Handed

Left Handed

Next, I located the 2 1/2" diamond point guidelines and aligned the guidelines on the strip edges and cut. Continue to cut 36 diamonds from the coordinating fabric strips.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Finally, I trimmed off the tips by lining up the 4 1/2" horizontal line so that it lines up on the bottom of the diamond. 

Right Handed

Left Handed

Now it is time to cut out the background side triangle pieces. Placing the strip on your cutting mat.  If you are right-handed, you will be cutting from left to right. Left-hander will cut from right to left.  Position the 2 1/2" horizontal line of the tool on the bottom of the strip and the tip line on the strip's top.  Cut up one side of the strip and down the other.

Right Hand

Left Hand


Rotate the tool 180°, so the tip is facing you this time. Realign the guideline used previously on the top and bottom of the strip and align it along the trimmed edge. Cut the next triangle shape. Continue rotating, aligning, and cutting until you get 24 triangles. 

Now the fun part begins with arranging my pieces into a pretty table topper.  Stay tuned; I will be sharing my finish table topper soon.