Sunday, June 7, 2020

Bluprint Blues

I took a year off from blogging to focus on acquiring a new skill.  Since Bluprint began as Craftsy, I have been purchasing online classes but I hadn't really joined the forum as a member.  In March of 2019, I bought a year's membership with the goal of learning to free motion quilt on a domestic machine and eventually my longarm.  My membership came with free forever classes and almost all the classes I enrolled in for the last year have been on free motion quilting.  Bluprint has been my favorite online class delivery system and educational community.  

Now Bluprint is closing and I am exploring ways to save my content, almost 10 years of classes and the accompanying resources.  I have managed to collect all of the patterns I had in my library but now the task of downloading the class videos.  This program looks promising, Allavsoft.  For the price of a Bluprint class on sale, one can use Allavsoft for a month.  Stay posted.  I will be busy.

It's Been a Long Time . . .

I could write about many topics.  So much has happened but I will be brief and stick to the isolation sewing details. 

In the last 3 months I made more masks than I care to count.  It all started with a nurse on our block needing a few to wear on her house calls.  Then her friends at the hospital wanted some, really a lot, and now it's special requests from family and friends.
My personal favorite for my small face is from I Think Sew.  It is free, fast, and folds flat.  I put them in my purse, jacket and jeans pockets, the car gear boxes, and in zip bags to give away.
In between masks, I have done a bit of happy sewing.  Today, I finished up a piece of thread painting and free motion quilting into a zip bag for a belated birthday gift. 

This zip bag is the second I have done with coloring on fabric with crayons and then adding some thread painting.  The first was for my DiL's birthday in May.   
My daughter asked for a sturdy book bag for her birthday.  She found the perfect fabric but thought the batik print would be too thin.  I said, "No problem, I can quilt that." 
It's been a productive start to 2020 in spite of all the distractions.  Now, I hope to get back to quilting on the Incredible Hulk (Innova longarm).  I have a top I just finished so I can practice some ruler work and free-hand fills from Natalia Bonner's online classes and YouTube videos.  The pattern for the quilt is a new one called Quick QST Quilt from Colorfun Quilts by Erin Ryan.  
So, there is the last few months in one quick overview.  I guess I should cover the last 6 months of 2019, also, but maybe in another entry.