Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Freedom Block - Block Party Block 14

 

Hello everyone, I have an exciting way to play with the Studio 180 Design tools by making a block each month, which I call Block Party Blocks the blocks. Each block is released on the 15th of the month.  In the Patterns, you will receive instructions on making the blocks and how to use the blocks, such as a pillow, a table runner, or a table topper. This is a great way to practice your skills and play with the tools.

With that said, I want to introduce my latest Block Party Block #14, which I am calling Freedom. This is block is not as complex as it may look at first glance. It comprises only three different units, Split Rects, Corner Beams, and Square Squared. Taking these individual units and putting them together, you can get a beautiful block that can be used by itself to create a table topper or table runner. If you feel adventurous, you could combine the block with others and use it in a sampler quilt. The possibilities are almost endless.

To start building the block, I would recommend picking out your fabrics. I decided to go with a background color, two mediums, and a dark for my block. If you go this way, I recommend that the two medium fabrics are different enough in color to not blend together. You could also substitute one of the mediums with a light. This is one of those blocks that you can go wild or be a little conservative. It is really up to you on the fabric choices and how you want it to look.


To put this block together, you will need to make four of the Split-Rec units, four Corner Beam Units, and one Square-Squared unit. The tools you will need are the Studio 180 Designs’ Split Rects, Corner Beam, and the Square-Squared. Then you will also need some of your standard quilting supplies, like a rotary cutter and fabric pencils or pens. I would also recommend getting some paper plates and labeling them with the name of each unit. This will help you keep organized. 

Split Rects


To get started, I would recommend making the Split-Rects first. That is the easiest of the three units and would make a good warmup to get started. Start by cutting the fabric to the correct size, following the instructions that came with the Split-Rects Tool. Once the pieces are cut, head over to your sewing machine and start sewing them together using a ¼ inch seam. Once the four Split-Rects are sewn together, press the seams, and it is time to trim. To trim your unit to the correct size, again refer to the instructions that came with the Split-Rects tool.

Corner Beam Unit

After finishing the four Split-Rects units, it is time to move on to the Corner Beam units. Again you need to make four of these units as well. Again start by cutting the fabric to the correct size, following the instructions that came with the Corner Beam tool. Once the pieces are cut, head over to your sewing machine and start sewing them together using a ¼ inch seam. With the Corner Beam unit, you have two pieces that need to be sewn onto the centerpiece. Again, make sure you are following your tools’ instructions for how to sew them. Once the four Corner Beams are sewn together, press the seams, and it is time to trim. To trim your unit to the correct size, refer to the instructions that came with the Corner Beam tool taking special care to align the tool before cutting correctly.

Square Squared

Next, it is time to make the Square-Squared unit the goes in the center of the block. As with the first two units, start by cutting the fabric to the correct size. Following the instructions that came with the Square-Squared tool. Once the pieces are cut, head over to your sewing machine and start sewing them together using a ¼" inch seam. With the Square-Squared unit, you have four pieces that need to be sewn onto the centerpiece. Make sure you are following your tools’ instructions for how to sew them. Once the four Square-Squared units are sewn together, press the seams, and it is time to trim. To trim your unit to the correct size, refer to the instructions that came with the Square-Squared tool taking special care to align the tool before cutting correctly.

Freedom Block

Now that the units are complete, it is time to make some magic and sew the units into the completed block. To do this, I would recommend sewing the units, row by row. Once the three rows are complete, then sew the rows together to complete the block.

I have the full instructions for completing this block for sale on my website. The complete instruction is set up like you would find in one of my patterns: fabric requirements, cutting, and sewing instructions. Also, if you are interested in learning more about how to use the Studio 180 Design Tool, please check out my Precision Block Academy and sign up on my waiting list. I will be opening up registration again this fall for a short time, and you don’t want to miss out.


Monday, May 17, 2021

Precision Block Academy Open Registration Begins!


Are you feeling Overwhelmed, Not Confidence, and Uncertain in some of your quilting projects?

Do you have Studio 180 Design tools still sitting in the package and do not know how to use them?

Do you want to learn the Studio 180 Design tools and techniques but do not have a local quilt shop or Studio 180 Design Certified instructor to teach the tools?

New to quilting and what to learn more to expand your quilting knowledge.

Well, I have a solution to your problems that I’m So Super Excited about, and I can't wait to share it with you.

So let me tell you a little backstory…

Over a year ago, I started my Facebook group page, called Groupies, where I offer free blocks. These allowed my group members to practice their skills with the Studio 180 Design tools.  In the last couple of months, I started including a full version of the blocks, giving them additional directions and a table topper pattern.

In the last couple of months, I had several questions pop up in that group, such as can you provide video lessons using the Studio 180 Design tools. How I can work on my quilting skills and how to Tuckerize blocks and patterns. Questions like these got me thinking about how I can help you solve all your quilting problems.

I started to develop an idea of creating a community of quilters where I could share my experience with the Studio 180 Design tools and my passion for making elegant quilts. 

My vision was to develop a community where I could teach you the Studio 180 Design tools — showing you how to use the Studio 180 Design tools properly and adapt them for any block or project.  Help you solve your fundamental or advance quilting issues—solving problems such as aligning points, extra fullness in the quilt center, and so much more through monthly lectures.  Teaching you these skills will help build your quilting abilities and raise your confidence to take on any pieced project. And be a star with your favorite Longarmer. 

In this community, you will not have to worry about your local quilt store being closed or one that has not opened up for classes because of the pandemic, or even possibly no access to a Studio 180 Certified Instructor. Learning these skills can all be done from the comfort of your own home, no moving that heavy sewing machine from place to place.  Plus, you will have full access to me, the teacher, all the time.

So today, I am proud that my idea is coming to life, and open registration of the Precision Block Academy, The Studio 180 Design Way. has begun. The official launch of the membership will start July 1st.  

The Precision Block Academies goal is to teach you how to make a precision quilt using the Studio 180 Design tools while building your confidence and quilting skills. This is more than a typical online class or course. The Academy is about the making of a community where we can learn from each other.  Together we can enhance and cultivate our quilting skills utilizing our Private Facebook group and Zoom sessions.

 What’s Included in your membership:

  •        Each month, you will receive a block covering one of the Studio 180 Design tools. Your Course will cover the 12 different lessons that cover the Studio 180 Design tools. You will receive a block pattern, the Video course on using the Studio 180 Design tool, and assembling the block. Additionally, you will receive a Sampler Quilt pattern for your finished blocks, plus fabric requirements.
  •         Access to a Private Facebook group only for those enrolled in the ongoing Block Precision for the Tucker Tools program. This group is where you can ask questions, share your blocks, and receive advice.
  •         Two live Zoom Sessions each month. One session will cover a new quilting topic each month, and the other will be a Stitch and Sew environment where you can work on your blocks and ask questions to me.
  •          Unlimited access to the videos and patterns as long as you are a Member of the Block Precision Academy and the Tucker tools program is in existence.
  •          And So Much More…

Today, I’m open this registration for this membership to you for a short time, between now and June 6th, to sign up for the Academy.  I will only be opening the academy a couple of times a year, so this is your chance to step in the door and start learning.  Again, these are more than classes; it is like having a Workshop in your own home.

So Join me today as a member:

You will be able to choose one of the payment options: $25 per month / $275 annual.

Now you can cancel at any time. If you are paying by the year, your membership will end at the end of the year. If you pay monthly and want to cancel, your membership access will end the day before your next payment is due. I’m sorry, I do not accept refunds.

Remember, my goal is to have this community serve all of us as we learn and progress in our quilting abilities.  There are plenty of topics and tools to keep us going for years. That’s what excites me. This idea is why I am up late at night and waking up early in the morning with millions of ideas running through my head to better teach and be there for you.  

This all begins here today. Then years from now, we’ll look back on this and say, “Do you remember when I struggled with my points?

If you are interested and would like to learn more, please visit the Precision Block Academy page.

Here’s to the success of our new community and the start of an exciting adventure in quilting for all of us.

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!