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It was so exciting to start the Quilt Party membership today. I love teaching people patchwork and quilting techniques, so this is an amazing opportunity for me to share my knowledge with quilters around the world through online teaching.

What's included:

Patchwork and Quilting Techniques Course - approximately six months of lessons to make and quilt a beautiful sampler

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Trendsetters Course

23 amazing blocks to make a quilt top with my Triangle Patchwork techniques

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Free Motion Basics

Get the fundamentals and build up your knowledge of different quilting patterns.

Community

Our community area allows you to connect with your fellow quilters away from social media, in our private space. Use this also to ask me questions, post photos and / or videos of your work.

Bonus materials, patterns etc.

All these are included in one monthly or annual membership fee. I'll also be adding new materials all the time.

 

Sheila's Quilt Party has been created to be an online, ongoing quilt class and community so that you can learn and connect from the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.  I will be your tutor throughout and you can take a number of different courses, get feedback, ask questions and connect with other quilters.

I'd love you to join me on this exciting adventure!

Click here to find out more


Announcing the Hemisphere Quilt Along

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COMING SOON - STARTS JULY 9TH

I'm really excited to announce the Hemisphere Quilt Along which is starting next month.

This is a 6 month project, with a new block to make each week. You can choose to make a Lap or Queen size quilt, and it's free to take part.

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All you need to do is register on my new Website, and you will receive an email with a link to download the needs list. Each week I will send you the block pattern, and I will be doing a demo of the block on Facebook in the Triangle Block Party Group.

I'll be using Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for my sample quilt. I love Carolyn's modern aesthetic, these fabrics have great patterns and I'll be combining them with Kona Cottons.

There will be Giveaways throughout the Quilt Along, and it's going to be lots of fun to see what everyone makes.

This is a great chance to learn my Triangle Patchwork techniques, so I hope you will join me!

 

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Get ready for my Quilt Party!

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I am so excited to announce my Quilt Party!

Sheila's Quilt Party is my membership subscription site where you will be joining a community of quilters, all learning and growing as they try out new techniques and make exciting projects.

I want my members to feel like they are coming to class with me, so even though we won't be in the same place, we will be working together to help YOU develop your quilting skills in the way you want to. I love to experiment with different techniques, and try out new ideas. I hope I will inspire you to do the same.

Memberships are quite a new development in the online world, and there are some great benefits to you with this one:

  • LEARN AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. Classes are on video and available to view at any time.
  • GO AT YOUR OWN PACE. Progress through the steps when you are ready.
  • MEET LIKE MINDED PEOPLE. Join the group discussion, share your work and chat to other quilters around the world.
  • TAKE LESSONS FROM ME WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD. No travel expenses!
  • ASK QUESTIONS AND GET FEEDBACK. I will host regular live question and answer sessions that will be able to be viewed afterwards, so I will be teaching, not lecturing!
  • GET FREE PATTERNS AND EXTRAS Lots of goodies for my lovely members, some of my patterns will be released only in the membership, plus I will include items like my Colour Theory presentation, Book and Tool Reviews, etc.

Joining my Quilt Party will give you access to all of the courses on the site, a selection of my patterns, a discussion group where you can meet and chat with other members, and regular live question and answer sessions as well as the opportunity to ask questions when you get stuck and get feedback on your work.

At the start, I will be teaching my Patchwork and Quilting Techniques Sampler, the Trendsetters Mystery Quilt that featured in my Quilt Show episode, and Free Motion Quilting Techniques. As time goes on you will get access to more and more classes, patterns and resources as I add them and develop the site.

If you love the idea of a membership that will continue to inspire you, and where you will get to know your fellow quilters, learn and grow in your skills, Click here to make sure you get all the exciting news!

I am working now on my Frequently Asked Questions page, so if you have questions now for me please go ahead and add them in the comments here, or send me an email.

Sheila

Register now for emails about my Quilt Party - no obligation and you can unsubscribe at any time.


Come along to virtual class with me

Tomorrow I will be teaching another free class in my Triangle Block Party facebook group. These classes are always available in the group after the facebook live, just go to the video section to view them.

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In Lessons 1 to 3 I teach you how to make this Wonderland Table runner, using my triangle patchwork techniques. Once you have taken these lessons you are going to want to make more triangle based projects!

I hope you enjoy the classes.

Here's where to join

 


Free online classes

While we are all stuck at home I've been experimenting with doing some online classes.

It's been lots of fun and the classes are now up online (free of charge) and available to view. All you have to do is click on the images below and join the facebook group for each class. You will find the first videos in the groups already.

Back to Basics is a beginner course in making a simple quilt. So far I have covered information about choosing fabrics, selecting tools, cutting and getting a good 1/4" seam. Next Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 10am (New Zealand time) I am doing the second session on sewing on your sashings and borders.

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On Thursday 9th April at 10am NZ time I will be teaching the second class in my Triangle Block Party. Join me to learn my triangle patchwork techniques.

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To get the correct time for your location, here is a link to a world clock

As well as the classes, the patterns for each of the class projects are included and can be downloaded from the Units sections of the groups.

I hope you enjoy sewing along and look forward to welcoming you to class!

 

 


Become a Trendsetter

Are you ready for a new Adventure?



Every year since 2013 I have designed at least one Mystery Quilt, and this year is no exception. Since last year, as well as my traditionally pieced Mysteries, I have a special Mystery pattern that includes my triangle piecing techniques. I call these Mysteries 'Trendsetters', and they are quite different from anything you will find in other Mystery quilts. You will be using my Creative Grids Half Sixty ruler and the CGRT60 ruler, and learning my triangle patchwork techniques, with lessons, hints and tips included along the way.

Here's Alex Anderson and I in my Quilt Show episode last year, in front of last year's Trendsetters Mystery.



Filming was done in August, and because the Big Reveal isn't until November, we had to ban the audience from photographing the quilt!



This year I am making my sample quilt from Alison Glass fabrics. I love saturated colours, but you could choose any fabric from your stash or go out and find a beautiful range to pick from. I have designed this pattern to work with any type of fabric including traditionals like French General or modern fabrics such as Zen Chic, it's completely up to you.

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There are three sizes included in the pattern - Twin, Queen and King. Details can be downloaded below before you decide to enrol.

When you sign up for the Trendsetters Mystery you will gain access to the exclusive Trendsetters Facebook group so that you can share your progress with other Trendsetters from around the world. This group is restricted to those who purchase the pattern.

Download the requirements
Sign up now for Trendsetters 2020

 

 


I love big blocks and I cannot lie! (plus a smaller option for Topsy)

Do you love big blocks and big quilts? I love a quilt that covers the bed and doesn't get fought over on a cold night!

Topsy is a quilt that is great fun to make and comes in two lovely big sizes, but if you're not into big quilts  I have drawn up options for making it in a smaller format (see below for two bonus formats).

 This was one of the few quilts of mine that got it's name really early in the process of making. The blocks grew so fast I was reminded of the saying 'growing like topsy'

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This is a great quilt for mixing and matching unexpected prints. Stripes look great as the 'petals' in the blocks, and they also work in the sashings. Bright pops of colour for the central parts of the blocks are fun as well. Try combining spots, stripes, large and small prints. The important thing is to get contrast in each block.

I used a half yard pack of Art Gallery fabrics from various lines for my quilt. The teals and pinks worked beautifully together and there are stripes, florals and regular small prints. I also popped in a few orange and yellow prints for the centres to liven things up.

This weekend I taught this quilt as a class in my shop, and had so much fun seeing all the wonderful fabric combinations. I love this stripe and floral together and the zingy orange in the middle.

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Look at these amazing stripes!

 

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The half sixty ruler makes cutting the petals from strips really easy. My students had quite a few blocks made before lunchtime.

You can make this fun quilt using my pattern which is available from quilt shops and also from my Payhip store.

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MAKE A SMALLER VERSION

I have created some alternative block plans for making Topsy in a smaller size as well as the King and Queen.

You could make a lap size quilt like this

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Alternatively if you like to make lots of small blocks, try this version. This one will end up approximately 49" x 54"

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If you would like the fabric requirements and cutting directions for these versions, email me your  proof of purchase for the Topsy pattern and I will send you the link.

I'd love to see your version of Topsy! You can share it in my Triangle Quilters' Group on facebook  - join here

Sheila

Pattern Note: If you have bought the pattern from a shop, just double check the measurements for the setting triangles on your copy. These have been corrected on Feb 25th 2020 and are 9" for the Queen and 11 1/4" for the King size.


Slice it Up!

With the launch of my new Creative Grids Half Sixty ruler I have designed a number of patterns to go along with this great tool. One of these is Slice it Up, a really easy layer cake (10" square) friendly pattern.

At Quilt Market in Houston last October I purchased a pack of 10 inch squares of Gridwork, the gorgeous new range by Christa Watson @christaquilts for Benartex. This range is just hitting the shops now, so it's a great time to nab yourself some of this lovely fabric.

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I started designing Slice it Up by cutting blocks and playing with them on my sewing room design wall.

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Nice - but I always like to let me blocks 'sit' for a while before finally deciding how to put them together. So a few days later I tried this idea, this time with the whole set of blocks in my living room where I am very lucky to have an 8 foot square design wall. Now that is much more dynamic!

 

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With the addition of a solid colour, I was finally happy with the design and got the quilt completed, and pattern written and printed.

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You can buy the pattern for Slice it Up from your local quilt shop, or direct from me in my Payhip store

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Get your Gridwork fabric from your local Benartex stockist, or from Christa's website

My Half Sixty ruler is made by Creative Grids, check out their website to find your nearest stockist.

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I love the combination of geometric shapes that Christa has put together with her pick of stunning colours. I also got a jelly roll pack and I have a plan for that, I'll keep you posted on my progress!

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The love of drawing - and a free stitchery pattern

Over the holidays we closed the shop and I had time to relax a little. I always have to have something to do, and this year I spent time learning to draw on my new ipad. The result is this fun Mandala pattern which is perfect for stitching (or just colouring in!).

Since I don't have time at the moment to turn this into anything bigger I thought I would share it with you as a free pattern and I would love to see what you make from it. Will you put it into a quilt block, make a cushion or maybe a bag?

I am stitching mine up with a combination of Eleganza and Razzle perle 8 and Glamore 12 weight from Wonderfil threads.  These are great threads to use as they stitch so nicely and don't have to be separated into strands. The background is Manchester cotton from Robert Kaufman, which has a great texture.

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I'm sure this adventure will take me somewhere quilt-wise soon!

Click here to download your free stitchery outline.

 

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Happy Stitching!

Sheila

 


I'm a Creative Grids Designer!

Today is the launch day for my Creative Grids Half Sixty Triangle ruler. I've been doing so much secret sewing, so I'm really excited to share these patterns with you and show you the ruler!

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This ruler is a half equilateral triangle, so it's perfect for setting your triangle quilts. The measurements go up to 12 1/2" and are in divisions of 1/4". Grips on the back mean you won't be slipping when cutting your fabric. Creative Grids rulers are available in local quilt shops and in web stores.

Here's the demonstration video

 

With the Half Sixty ruler you can make any of these new patterns. Look out for both in your local quilt shop.

My patterns are also available for download in my Payhip store.

Arrows is fun to make with a collection of fat quarters. These lovely bright colours are from Jennifer Sampou's Chalk and Charcoal range. Backgrounds are Inkwell from Windham.

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I bought a couple of fat quarter packs of Carolyn Friedlander's Instead range at Quilt Market. Together with gorgeous Essex Linens from Robert Kaufman they made this Hover quilt. You could make this in really soft, blendy colours or go with a similar colour range for someone special.

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Do you love a big quilt with BIG blocks? Topsy is available for Queen or King sizes. Carl is so happy his feet won't be getting cold next winter!

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This next quilt is called Slice it Up, and it really is as simple as that! Use up those layer cakes (10 inch square packs) that you have, now you finally have the excuse to go and buy that one you've been eyeing up. I used the stunning Gridwork range by Christa Watson from Benartex fabric.

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Last but not least, have fun playing with the different shapes in this easy table runner, called Be a Mod. Violet Craft's Modern Classics range was perfect for this fresh colourway.

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This Pinwheel Hexagons cot quilt is a Cut Loose Press pattern available from your local quilt shop. It also uses Violet Craft's Modern Classics and is quilted with 12 weight Spaghetti thread by Wonderfil.

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I would love to see what you do with these or any of my patterns. You can share in my Sheila Christensen's Triangle Quilters group on facebook.

I hope you have fun making these or any of my designs,

Happy sewing!

Sheila

P.S. Don't forget when you refer a friend for my patterns you both get 20% off.