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Just complete another String Quilt for the upcoming class on Sunday. This one is from a jelly roll so the strips are more uniform than the first one. (See it here.) The classes on Sunday is the first in a series of Block of the Month quilt classes that we are going to be holding at The Studio over the course of this next year. If you are interested in learning to quilt contact kwalker@kellywalkerstudios.com to get on the wait list for class.

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When we had the Pumpkin or Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Class last week Wilma wanted to make hers a table runner instead of a quilt so this is what we came up with. It turned out great! It’s a combination of Quilt as You Go and Applique. Great work Wilma. I love it! We will have a different Table Runner class coming up soon that will be perfect for Thanksgiving. Watch for it.

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A Panel Quilt with Cats

Still having a great time with fabric….making quilts. This one has a pre-printed panel of amazing cats! We are adding fabric borders to make a great little quilt. There are tons of pretty patterns out there. We’ll have a session at The Studio soon so watch for it.

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The Studio is introducing a new ongoing workshop. Join us on the 4th Sunday each month for our “Quilt Block of the Month” (BOM) series. This will offer a chance for beginning quilters to learn new skills and techniques and for those who have experience quilting will discover new patterns while enjoying fellowship with like-minded crafters. We will create a new block each month for a total of 12 designs. During the sessions we will also use the “Quilt As You Go” method so that at the end of the year you will have a beautiful sampler quilt! This is a great way to discover new patterns and new methods that you can apply to other projects throughout the year. Be warned though: THIS IS A FUN AND ADDICTING HOBBY!!!! LOL! (Can you tell that we are excited about this project?!)
The first block we will be making is the “String” Block. String quilts originated as a technique created by budget-conscious quilters as a perfect use for leftover scraps of fabric. It is a great way to use quilting scraps but it is also suited to purchasing fabrics that coordinate and cutting them into “strings” or using jelly rolls. We will learn to use the easy sew-and-flip technique with this block.
For this first block you can come and use “scrap” fabric that we have available. That way you can decide if you like quilting before making an investment in fabric. Then if you want to continue to join in the year long Sampler Quilt project you can pick up your own fabric featuring colors and patterns you love. Or if you are sure you are going to LOVE this (and I know you will) you can go ahead and select some fabrics to use for the project that will make a beautiful end result.
First Session Fee: $ 25 includes written instructions as well as in person instruction for the Block of the Month as well as ideas for other projects for the block. (Space is limited for our sewing sessions so register early.) Click here to register.

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Lovely Rag Quilts

We had a fun class yesterday making a Beginning Rag Quilt. These are beautiful and so fun and easy….a great way to learn to sew. Great work everyone! We have an advanced class coming up soon. We’ll be making holiday designs….choose from pumpkins or trees. See more about that here and here.

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I started another String Quilt this week. This one I am using a Jelly Roll so that the strips are all the same width rather than the one I did from scrap pieces last week. (See it here.) I am addicted to this process. It is so much fun, easy and very satisfying to see it come together. LOVE IT!!!! You know there will be a class soon at The Studio.

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I am not sure whether to thank or curse the day I discovered a YouTube video on Quilt As You Go (QAYG). I wish I could remember where I first saw it but it was probably on Facebook but I had been wanting to do some quilting but I don’t have a long-arm machine and when I had tried in the past to quilt on my “regular” sewing machine it was just too bulky to work well. But then I read about QAYG…..and I am hooked. It is addictive (or maybe it is just my personality that becomes addicted to fun projects). It is so easy and fun and looks great!!!! These photos are the front and back of my first QAYG quilt. It’s a String Quilt made from a box of scraps that I was getting ready to throw out. I’d gone through the box a few times and pulled out larger pieces but these were all very small and had been sitting in a closet for several years and I wanted to clean out the space. So before I tossed the box I thought why not see if there is a project that might work….and I found this String Quilt idea…..and I LOVE IT! As you can imagine, I have LOADS of ideas for other quilts to make. Can’t wait!!!

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I am obsessed with String Quilting. I was looking for something to do with the TON of scraps I have left from multitudes of rag quilts we have made in workshops. I had boxes of scraps and have been wanting to clean out but I hate to throw away anything useful….you know what I mean. So I started looking for something that we might be able to do as a workshop at The Studio….something a step beyond the beginning rag quilts that we make. I think I found it in the “Quilt As You Go” method of String Quilts. These are so much fun to make and there are many options for designs. I love the scrappy look of these diagonal squares but you could purchase matching fabric to make a more “uniform” design. I’ll share again when it’s done but I had to lay out the squares I finished to see how it was going and I LOVE IT! Twelve squares here and I am going to do 8 more before I connect them. Can’t wait to see it!!!!

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Remember last week when I said I was working on a new rag quilt design? (See that here.) Well, here it is….a new pumpkin/fall design. This one is made from 80 squares. It took a little time since there are so many squares so it may be difficult to do as a class…..but maybe a full day workshop at The Studio could cover it or I have another design with just one large pumpkin that might be better for a class. What do you think?

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The last few days we’ve been working on some new Rag Quilt designs for classes. PUMPKINS for all you lovers of Fall! If you want to learn to sew this is a great way. Take the beginning Rag Quilt class so you will have some experience with the machine and sewing and then you will be ready to try some more advanced designs coming up this fall. The next beginners class is Saturday, September 25th for adults and Sunday, September 26th for kids. Click here to see more of what is happening at The Studio and to register.

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