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Rediscover your Creativity – FREE Course!

A 2nd blog post this week?!? I KNOW – I want to share an incredible FREE mini-course that I’ve just been told about, because I have a feeling it could be perfect for you!

Many of my friends and readers comment that they love what I do and often feel so inspired to do it themselves, but they either don’t have the time or they’re worried they’ll mess it up! As much as I try to reassure them that there’s ALWAYS time (and perfection is overrated), they struggle to figure out how to fit creative pursuits into their lives.

If you feel the same way, consider signing up for this free course: 4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creative Genius!* (affiliate link)

This four-part course comes with supporting worksheets and has been created by the Ultimate Bundles team (I’ll tell you more about them soon!). It’s delivered entirely over email and only takes a week, so you really have no excuse!

The course will help you figure out what you enjoy creating, how to find the time to do it, how to not feel guilty about indulging in your creative pursuits, and how to distance yourself from that dreaded ruiner of fun: Perfection.

If you want to take part, just sign up here:

http://4stepcreativity.com?ref=f0780b502a* (affiliate link)

*This post contains affiliate links. When you click on them and sign up for the free course, I get referral credit. For more information see my disclosures tab in the menu. Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Beginning Quilting

Kids Clothing Week starts today! Do you have any plans to participate?! You can see what I’m planning here and follow on Instagram and Facebook to see my progress.

This past Saturday, I offered a class for a few local friends to get them started in quilting! The project was a 40″ x 60″ lap quilt – a great introduction to rotary cutting,  simple piecing and finishing by the envelope method and tying.

UPDATE: This quilt is now available as a FREE PDF Tutorial on Craftsy!

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Here are some photos of our day and be sure to scroll to the bottom for fabric requirements and basic instructions. This would make a great project for someone just starting out, for prayer quilts, kids, a quick gift, etc.

Becky cutting her squares

Quilting Day | JameSews

Jewell, Morgan & Karen Sewing Away

Quilting Day | JaimeSews

My dd “helping” Becky lay out her quilt

Quilting Day | JaimeSews

Morgan’s Ombré Chevron Quilt (Morgan’s not a beginner, she just came for the sew day!!) No pattern, just 3″ strips made into 6″ squares and a little layout planning!

Ombre Chevron Quilt

More of the adorable baby lol

Little Quilter | JaimeSews

So here are the details for making the quilt yourself!

(UPDATE: This quilt is now available as a FREE PDF Tutorial on Craftsy!)

Supplies
1/4 yd each of 6 coordinating fabrics
5/8 yd border fabric
1 1/2 yd backing
Crib size 45″ x 60″ Warm & Natural batting (or equivalent)

Cotton thread
Thin yarn/embroidery floss for tying
Chenille hand sewing needle
Sewing Machine
Rotary cutter & mat
Rotary ruler a minimum of 7″ wide (or combination of 2 rulers to achieve width)

Instructions

  1. Cut one 7″ strip x the width of your fabric from each of your 6 coordinating fabrics.
  2. Cut each strip in to six 7″ squares.
  3. Lay out the squares in the desired format putting 5 squares across and 7 down.
  4. Use a 1/4″ seam to sew squares together row by row. Press seams in row 1 all one direction, then row two seams in the opposite direction, alternating each row.
  5. Pin row one to row two, butting up each row one seam against each row two seam. Sew rows together with a 1/4″ seam, removing pins as you go. Press seams to one side.
  6. Cut five 4″ strips by the width of your fabric from your border fabric. Cut one strip in half and attach each half to two of the longer strips.
  7. Measure the length of your quilt through the center and cut the joined strips to this measurement. Sew these to each long edge of your quilt using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams to one side.
  8. Measure the width of your quilt through the middle and cut the remaining border strips to this length. Sew to he top & bottom edges of your quilt using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams to one side.
  9. Finish as desired with the envelope method and ties or layer, quilt and bind (additional fabric needed if you choose to make & use binding).

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

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Free Quilting Class

Well, yesterday was my last full day at my outside-the-home job. I’ll be finishing up a project for them in the weeks to come, but I won’t be there full time anymore. It was a wonderful day of kind words, hugs, pretty cards, staff lunch & a tear or two. I will miss it there, but I’m so thrilled to be able to be home.

I find myself dreaming about “all the time” I’ll have now, but before you laugh too loud at me, you should know I have at least one foot in reality & I’m sure I’ll meet some more along the way. 😉

One thing I do hope I can find time for again is my sewing. Upon opening my email this morning, I saw this!

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Yes – A FREE Block of the month class from Craftsy. Here’s an excerpt from the class description (Click the picture above to read the whole thing):

Learn fun quilting techniques, make new friends and create a one-of-a-kind quilt with the FREE Craftsy Block of the Month! Each month, Amy Gibson will guide you through a specific quilting technique – half- and quarter-square triangles, appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more. Then she’ll teach you two nifty 12-inch blocks using what you’ve learned. Some are brand-new designs, others fresh twists on traditional favorites. Along the way, you’ll make 20 blocks from fat quarters, then assemble them into a throw-sized quilt.

So while this goes against my destash plans, I may sign up just to have it for future reference. I’ve not taken an online Craftsy class before, but from what I’ve seen, the topics are relevant & pertain to all types of sewing/knitting/crocheting/paper crafting so if this one doesn’t float your boat, be sure to check out their other classes (no affiliate credit or any payment to me, just passing on a good thing when I see it!).

I would love to hear from you if you’ve taken a Craftsy class, considered it or never heard of them!

Have a great Super Bowl Weekend!