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Get out your colored pencils or markers!

When’s the last time you colored??  I don’t very often.  And I’m not sure why because I find it so relaxing and creative.  Oh, I’ve bought the adult coloring books and the colored pencils…… haven’t you?

Let’s have a little fun!  Start by printing out your FREE Storm at Sea pattern.

Get it here! –   Stress Free Storm at Sea pattern )

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Then find your colored pencils or markers..  Easy so far??

These are my favorite colored pencils!  You can get them at Michaels.

Using your favorite pencils or markers just start to add some color.  See how there are circles, intertwining shapes,  hearts, stars, medallions?  Freedom to play!  When’s the last time you did that??  You may want to look at my Storm at Sea Pinterest Board for inspiration and ideas.

What if you really like your design and want to make it into a quilt?  Print your free pattern HERE!

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The two units used are the Square in  Square and the Diamond Rects. Follow your design to make each unit.  For example, the Square Squared on the left side would be a blue center square, red triangles on opposite sides and blue triangles on the other tow sides.  The Diamond Rects on the left side would be made by using a blue diamond with two red triangles on the opposite sides. The other two triangles would be light blue and dark blue.

Next post – how to use your Square Squared ruler!

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If you have any questions send an email to: barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com – I’m happy to help! Also send pictures of your designs!!

Barbara Dann

Alleycat Quiltworks

Posted in classes, Quilting, Studio 180 Design tools and techniques, Sue Pelland Designs tools and techniques, Teaching

Top 8 Reasons to take a quilt class!

  1.  Most obvious – learn a new skill.  Whether its a new tool, new technique, or new pattern, taking a class is a great way to learn. Your teacher is an expert in class content and can explain to you in a way you can understand.  We all learn a little differently and a good instructor will be able to help you understand the concept.
  2. Refresh or perfect a skill.  If it’s been a while since you’ve quilted or you’re struggling with a tool or technique a class is a great way to get “back in the saddle”.
  3. It’s the little things. In class you may learn a new way to pin, perfect your quarter inch or learn to spin your seams..
  4. You’ll be encouraged to change your rotary cutter blade.  None of us change it often enough – go change your blade right now!  You will thank me!
  5. You’ll “need” to buy new fabric – like you need a reason!  Of course you can use something out of your stash – but that new fabric line would be perfect!
  6. In class you’ll get to see the fabric combinations of all the other students.  I’m always amazed by the different styles and colors chosen for projects.  And inspired!
  7. Sometimes there is Show and Tell – more inspiration!
  8. Make new friends, hang out with other quilters, share ideas and laugh!

Do you take quilt classes?  What would you add to the list?

Click HERE to check out my classes – I just added 4 NEW classes!