When you move to a new studio, you find out just how much stuff you have… I even got rid of a bunch when I moved last time, but it just grows 😂 One of the things that I had even more of than I realized was UFO’s. Those projects that get started and then abandoned for various reasons! I am determined to go through them and see what needs to be finished, and what needs to be let go. But in the meantime, I found a great way to organize them 😂 I had been wanting one of these sheet pan racks for a long time for organizing my quilted greeting card kit parts. They’ve been in tubs, so we have to lay everything out every time we pack one. But with these trays, they can stay set up and all I have to do is grab one, plus another tray for the parts that go in every kit. But I also discovered that it’s great for UFO’s! I have more half sheet pans since this photo, but I still need a few more full sheets for the bigger kits and bigger UFO projects. My previous method was to stack them with foam board sheets, and that also worked pretty well. And I will still need to do that if I have more projects than pans… I even do small projects that I can finish quickly partly to help prevent this, but it still happens for various reasons! Some are potential kits that run into a snag, and some I just get sidetracked, usually by a new idea 😂😛 But it’s also great for projects that I haven’t abandoned, I’m just still in the middle of them. I’m so thankful to finally have space for this unusual piece of ‘furniture’ 😂
How about you? Are you a UFO collector, or do you finish one thing before moving on? Happy sewing! Beret
Have you ever had someone say to you, “Wow, you MADE that'!?” I’ve been thinking a lot about my upcoming Simple Secrets for Starting Art Quilting class, (Live version!), and mostly about what I want YOU to get from it, because that’s kind of the point…😀 There are a lot of benefits to anything you do with your hands and creativity, but I have a few specific goals in mind for my students:
1. I want you to have success quickly, as that motivates you to do more!
2. I want you to feel like you have a clear path to follow.
3. Anything creative involves making a bunch of decisions, which is partly what makes it hard, so I want you to feel more confident in doing that.
4. I want you to have some practical skills for bringing your ideas to life.
5. I want you to have a ‘toolbox’ full of simple concepts that make things look more complicated than they are! (That’s how you get the ‘you made that?!” 😀)
I’m also working on a fun box of goodies for students! I think I will have an extra special box for the first 30 people to sign up 😮 The goody boxes will be about $130 or so value for the first 30 people (a couple of bonus bigger items), and around $60 for everyone else, but still quite fun! Some of the items will be specific for the class, and some just for fun 😀
I’m also working on a special project for the class that will be a way to remember/track what you have learned, which I’m very excited about…hmm…🤭
Registration will open next Wednesday, September 6, at 8:00 am Alaska time and be open for one week. (9:00 Pacific, 10:00 mountain, 11:00 central, noon eastern) I will probably send a few extra email reminders leading up to it, and during the week registration is open! Set a reminder on your phone too 😀
Class dates: October 6, 2023-November 18, 2023
($217 for current students of the self paced version, you will get an email with a code ahead of time)
If you are already in the self paced version, nothing is going to change with that, you will still have the same access indefinitely! The Live version is going to be hosted on a new platform, and will have some new content, plus 6 or more live Zooms. (Which will be recorded if people can’t make it live.) But of course you do not have to take the live one if you don’t want to! The self paced version will still remain available to current members and be available for purchase, at least for awhile. That version is $79.
I’m looking forward to being a part of your art quilting journey! And feel free to ask questions. I will be sending some more informational emails over the next few days as well.
Happy sewing! Beret
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
Free card pattern and also an e-book, and a quilt planning checklist!
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I am also an independent distributor for Plexus supplements, since I credit them with enabling me to be healthy enough to do all these fun things! They target blood sugar and gut health, which are at the root of so many modern health issues. E-mail me for more info, or check out my website! I am as passionate about getting people healthy as I am about getting people creating :-)