Friday, August 28, 2015

My First Online Craftsy Class

This summer I was able to work with Craftsy to create a free-motion machine quilting class, which is soon to be released!  I thought you might be interested in seeing some behind the scenes photos of what my experience was like.

When I arrived on Wednesday, I was shown to my dressing room, and given a tour of where I would be filming. 

Next I was off to meet with Danica, my Make-up Artist.  She has a great set of brushes that I envied!  I think she did a great job making me camera ready!

Then it was on to the set! 

It was fun to learn what is involved in creating an online class, but I had a great team to guide me along.
It was super fun working with Chelsea, Jeff and Tony.

After taping, the evenings were mine to explore downtown Denver, CO.  I found some great places that I want to go back and visit again.

A special thanks to, Erin, Becky and Greg, who worked with me prior to filming to make the whole process go so smoothly.  It was a great experience and I would do it again! 

In case you are not familiar with Craftsy, they are the fastest growing crafty community on the web with over 5 million members in over 200 countries worldwide.  With a Craftsy online class you can take it as many times as you want, whenever you want and access never expires.

Even though the class is not yet available online, I am able to give one class away for free.  So let’s get you started… click the link below the photo to sign up for an opportunity to win my Craftsy class!!
Unfortunately the drawing has ended, but click here to learn about my class!

Be sure to act quickly, your chance to enter will end at midnight, Central Standard Time, September 3, 2015.  The winner will be announced on my social media sites.  

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May your bobbins be full, Linda

Friday, August 21, 2015

Machine Quilters Showcase 2015

This year’s Machine Quilters Showcase, sponsored by the International Machine Quilters Association was located in Cedar Rapids, IA.  It was a week of fun, learning and adventure for my favorite traveling quilter, Sheri and I.

We were scheduled to start the week off with some classes, however, bad weather cancelled our first class as the instructor was not able to make it in.  But on Monday evening we were entertained and educated by Dusty Farrell, a longarm quilter from Pennsylvania.
Dusty showing us how to create "Bread and Butter" Designs.

Then on Tuesday, I started off with my Meandering Methods workshop.  It was a fun class with great students.

Then in the afternoon, I taught my Nature Inspired Quilting Motifs workshop.

Then it was on to more classes, sessions, and some very important consumer research…..
Linda Taylor sharing Essential Technical Skills for Longarm Quilting.
 We took a couple of classes from long arm instructor, Linda V. Taylor.  We also took classes and networking sessions from Gina Perkes, Sally Terry, Fredrick Hill, and Deloa Jones
My "Anniversary Rose", a photo transferred quilt with mixed media enhancements.
  This year I donated my "Anniversary Rose", quilt for the Audacious Auction to support the grant program offered by the International Machine Quilters, to encourage and assist machine quilters to expand their knowledge and skills in machine quilting.  As a group we raised over $9,000.00 for the program.

  And of course finding the fabric you spent most of the week searching for---motivates me to get back to my studio to sew!

Next year’s dates are set for May 11-14, 2016.  For more information about the show go to or follow Machine Quilters Showcase on facebook.