The machine has been humming with Sandi's pretty quilts. Off they go!
As many of you know, I was invited to visit with Craftsy last week. I wanted to share with you what it was all about…
First, they are the neatest folks! Young, energetic and leading-edge. They have it going on! They have a great filming studio where teachers go to film classes.
My task was to evaluate and counsel them on the soon-to-be-released, exciting new Craftsy feature - offline viewing of Craftsy classes on the iPad! This will be a great medium for those with s-l-o-o-o-w Internet connections. It is my understanding that other platforms, in addition to the iPad, will be added subsequently.
The visit consisted of them observing my gut reactions and interactions with the new app option. They wanted to see what I thought was good about it, what needed to be improved and what needed to be added. They video recorded my interview so that they could review it carefully after my visit to be sure that all of my pointers and reactions were caught. The interface looked great, but I did have quite a few suggestions for improvement that they loved and plan to incorporate. (Since I have "purchased" more than 44 classes, I guess that they figured that I might have some good suggestions. Many of those 44 classes were FREE.)
Date of the launch? I was not given an exact date -- just "soon"! I am really excited to enjoy this feature.
I also gave them suggestions for additional classes and other ways to improve Craftsy. It will be fun to see how my "features" play out…
Just to let you know, they have been adding so many different kinds of classes these days - knitting, crocheting, fine arts, cooking, cake decorating, photography, sewing and more.
Learn something new today!
Last week I posted about the raw edge appliqué and reverse appliqué portrait quilts that I am making presently. Today, I will tell you more about the third and final portrait quilt "type" on which I am working.
Pixelated Nine Patch Portrait Quilt
I have been saving this picture of my pup for awhile now, just for this purpose. There was not much pre-editing of the photo involved. I simply pixelated it in two or three photo editing programs until I attained the desired look.
I have been toying with different sizes of "pixels" and believe that I have arrived at the ideal size of ½" finished squares, meaning that I have a lot of squares to cut. I do have a nifty way of piecing, however, that will be a great time savings.
I will post my progress as time goes on…
In my previous post, I outlined the steps taken thus far for my full-color raw-edge applique portrait quilt. Today I will show you how I am progressing with another portrait quilt...
Reverse Applique - "Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!"
Just as with the first quilt, the first step was to choose a suitable photo.
I again used Photoshop Elements to convert the photo into a usable pattern.
Another ink cartridge bites the dust! I printed out the pattern with Posterazor and taped it together.
The plan is to do this quilt in gray tones. As I understand it, I will layer each of the 7 colors and cut away to each color in the appropriate areas. Here are some of the colors with which I plan to work.
In early February, I will begin the actual construction of the quilt. I will update you all in February! Off I go...
Next post: Pixel-ated Nine Patch Portrait Quilt
Earlier in January, I mentioned that I was taking a quilt portrait class from an individual in India. I thought that you might enjoy watching the progress of my three portrait quilts. Each is being created with a different method - reverse appliqué, raw-edge appliqué and pixelated nine patch.
I thought that some of you might enjoy following along on my journey of creating these three quilts. For the next three posts, I will briefly outline what I am doing on these quilts.
1. Raw Edge Applique Project - "Mom's Just Dessert"
The first step (same for each method) was to choose appropriate photo(s). By appropriate, I mean portrait-like photos with good definition, focus and contrast. Here is the photo that I chose for the raw-edge appliqué portrait quilt:
The second step was to do some editing of the photo in Photoshop Elements, though one could use another program such as CorelPhotoPaint or the online, free pic monkey program (www.picmonkey.com). I chose to use Photoshop for my photo editing adventure. Just above is the resulting edited photo.
Next, it was time to print it out in the size of the finished quilt. I used another free, online utility called Posterazor. It printed the picture out onto 24 (!) 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper which I then taped together. The program did a great job. I did, however, use almost a whole black ink cartridge!
Currently, I am on the fourth step, selecting my fabrics. While it is reportedly easier to do these in black and white, I am going all out and doing this one in full color! Wish me luck… Here are some of the colors that I am contemplating presently, though I haven't yet arrived at the best color for the background. Any ideas given the colors below?
The next step, as I understand it, will be to begin the actual construction of the quilt. The next instruction will arrive Feb. 1. I will hopefully be able to update you in early- to mid- Feb. as to how that goes…
Next post: 2. Reverse Applique Portrait Quilt
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This Friday and Saturday, save on fantastic fabric and yarn from the Craftsy Flash Sale ! For 48 hours only (1/24 - 1/25), get great deals on supplies from your favorite designers and brands. Save up to 65% off fabric. Need inspiration? Craftsy's project kits are also on sale up to 60% off. The sale expires this Saturday at midnight, so when you find something you love, don't wait! Use the links below to go to the Fabric page:
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There is a wonderful opportunity out there for 1 day only (until Noon EST Friday, Jan. 24)
Spoonflower! For those of you who are not familiar with Spoonflower, it is a place where you can design your own custom fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap or decals. There are also thousands upon thousands of these same items available from designers just like you and me. I find myself drooling over the beautiful fabrics quite often. The fabric is available in cotton, silk, canvas, linen and others.
The offer today is for a free 8" x 8" silk faille swatch of any fabric, your design or any other's design. Pictured above is the one that I chose.
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