Christmas Surprise

Posted by Ruth on 9 December 2014 | 1 Comments

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I've included four more of my classes as on-demand class, this means you can start whenever you like and take as long as you need to complete them. For the early bird registration, I also included 25% off from now until Christmas - a good way to treat yourself. This will be available until Christmas, then that will be the end of the sales. I won't be changing any more of my classes to on-demand at least until we see how this new format works.

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The Art of The Quilt exhibits by Susan Brittingham

Posted by Ruth on 4 December 2014 | 0 Comments

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For the ninth year, over 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit work in the biennial invitational exhibition at the Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, Virginia. The theme of the exhibit is Celebration of Color. This year's exhibition features quilts in vibrant, stunning hues. 

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Changing Things Up

Posted by Ruth on 22 November 2014 | 1 Comments

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carry all bagChanging things up? I love refreshing the way I present my classes either with new technology or by adding opinions and changes. I consider this to be developing myself and enhancing my teaching and design skills. I love to learn so this is my opportunity to learn and what is better than learning? Teaching what I know to my students in the best way I know how - thus developing myself so my students can also develop.

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Exciting News - On-Demand

Posted by Ruth on 11 November 2014 | 0 Comments

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If you have been to visit the Academy of Quilting website in the past 24 hours you will see what I'm excited about - our new concept of on-demand classes. But that's not all, as an introduction to an alternative way in learning I'm offering four of my own classes at half price. Yes, you heard right, half price. I do have to say though, this is for a limited time only, yet you are not bound to the limitations of a scheduled class, you can begin whenever you like as you wish, now or in the new year or whenever.

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Electric Quilt

Posted by Ruth on 6 November 2014 | 0 Comments

shirley teacher Wrapped star2 quiltElectric Quilt is the industry’s best quilt design software, but that doesn’t mean it is hard to use.  Design your own quilts and blocks, audition fabrics, layouts and colors without even having to cut into your stash.  Print out patterns, and let EQ7 work out fabric yardage too.  EQ7 does all the hard work in the background while you get to have all the fun.  

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Printing on Fabric makes beautiful gifts

Posted by on 25 October 2014 | 3 Comments

My Printing on Fabric class begins this weekend so I thought I'd share with you one of the techniques I use printed fabric for - I have a sample exercise for you to try in class too, with step by step instructions for thread painting or you can use your own photo and I'll guide you.

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People in Places

Posted by Linda on 23 October 2014 | 1 Comments

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People in Places class is starting up very soon, and all are welcome! To me, the best quilts are those that are the Impressionist quilts - the quilts that depict one crystallized moment in time - whatever the subject may be, whether it's your cat jumping at a canary, your son skipping rocks, or even your daughter in an outrageous hat shop with that gleam in her eye. Come play with us and learn to make people in places, working through a couple of small projects, then continuing on to creating your own photo in fabric. If you can trace, you can do this class!

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Journal Quilts

Posted by Ruth on 22 October 2014 | 1 Comments

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Journal quilts are usually a series of small quilts derived around a topic or theme or life experience or exploration of anything at all. Lily Kerns has a class starting this week Journal Quilts that gets you started on your first journal quilts or helps you progress if you have already begun the journey. I asked Lily how she got started.

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A Different Approach on Purse Designing

Posted by on 9 October 2014 | 0 Comments

bag decorative stitchDo you have a similar problem? My new leather wallet and my glasses case don't fit in my favorite purse that's great for walking. Another purse is too large and the straps are too short. Another is short of pockets and yet another is lacking design style. I'd love to have a whole wardrobe of beautiful purses, but...

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How Many Variations can one simple block make?

Posted by on 7 October 2014 | 0 Comments

twisted-ribbons
I designed a block a number of years ago - I was working with 2 1/2" strips and would you believe the first quilt I made up using a pre-cut strip of fabrics I didn't like, but when put together using just four colored strips for each block, the design worked wonderfully and "Twisted Ribbons" was born.

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