Thursday, 23 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
La Mar is the first DVD in our Line Dancing Series. Living here in England, we're never far from the sea. Taking our cue from nature, we'll be forming patterns based on the long line of sea and sky, the rhythmic movements of water and the orderly patterns of sea shells. In this DVD, all the line designs flow from the sea.
This DVD is for anyone who wants to become more fluent at free-motion quilting. You'll see me using using a very basic set up; a JUKI sewing machine on a simple table top frame called the New English Quilter. I'm using an ergonomically designed set of handles called Nifty Grips. These replace my foot pedal and allow me to adjust the speed from my center with my fingers or thumbs. There are many super sewing machines and machine quilting frames on the market. No matter what system you are using the principles remain the same. The free-motion techniques demonstrated here can be used by any machine quilter on any frame.
Friday, 10 July 2009
The grips feel different, natural to hold, easy to guide because I am in complete control. I don't need to take my hands off the grips to alter the speed. I can reach the speed control and on off buttons with my thumbs.
Anyway, I'm thrilled that the prototype was finished in time for the DVD filming today. We should have grips ready for JUKI and Janome sewing machines in time for the Festival of Quilts this August. Nifty Grips for other sewing machines will follow soon.