Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Back to School-Quilt Block Mania

My favorite time of the year is approaching fast---Back to school!  The next #QuiltBlockMania series will get you in the mood!

As a teacher, I loved the fresh start to a school year.  New students, new supplies, and new opportunities to share my knowledge.

As a student, getting ready for school with new supplies was exciting!  My favorite thing to shop for was crayons.  I loved all the colors and choices.
So it was easy to create this fun foundation paper piecing block focusing on my favorite medium in grade school.

If you are new to foundation paper piecing, be sure to join my Linda B Creative Facebook Group where I will be giving a demonstration of foundation paper piecing.

Be sure to check out all the other quilt pattern designers who have created a great Back to School block for #QuiltBlockMania

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom QuiltBook with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girls Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti's Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl's Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amara Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts

I believe that my love of color began at an early age!  Now instead of crayons, it has evolve into fabrics.  Can anyone else relate?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Vitamin Sea- The Calico Scallop Shell Block Quilt-Along

The Calico Scallop Quilt-Along has started in the 
Linda B Creative Facebook Group!  

Check out what supplies you need to gather to get started on this fun block.

The quilt-along video to create your center machine applique shell is posted in the Linda B Creative Facebook groupClick here to join and mention you saw the invite on my blog.

If you don't have the pattern, get the pattern to the Calico Scallop Shell Here on my blog post. You can find it here!

Want more of this?  Check out my Vitamin Sea Wall hanging, pattern available soon! Keep checking my website.

The Vitamin Sea Wall Hanging by Linda Bratten

Dreaming of my toes in the sand,

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Quilt Block Mania-Summer Fun

Hello Summer Fun Quilters!
Vitamin Sea-Calico Scallop Block Mock Up

I am so excited to be a part of the #QuiltBlockMania today.  A special shout out to Carolina Moore of https://alwaysexpectmoore.com/ for organizing this great block hop. I am joining up with a great group of quilt pattern designers today to share with you a block that represents Summer Fun.

Coming from the Midwest, summer is hot and muggy.  So my fun memories are at the lake or even better, on the beach!

I adore going to the beach and finding treasures, thus my block is a memento of those precious times.  

I combined my traditional quilting roots and used an adaptation of the Ocean Waves pattern to create my block.  I designed it to be foundation paper pieced for accuracy, since bias edges can be a real challenge.

So here is my Vitamin Sea-Calico Scallop Shell in fabric!

The center portion is machine appliqued.  I love how my Baby Lock Crescendo stitches a beautiful satin stitch to create my Calico Scallop Shell.

Want to see how I put this block together?  Join the Linda B Creative Facebook group where I will be linking videos and going live to demonstrate how I create this block.

 Look for this post to join the Quilt Along!

Loving this block?  Would you like to use it in a wall hanging?

The Vitamin Sea Wall Hanging by Linda Bratten Creations
This pattern will be available in my online store soon!
Where do I get my free block?
Just head over to my online store and look for this picture, where you will find the link to download the block.

Looking for the other Summer Fun Blocks?
Check out these Quilt Pattern Designer's Posts:



Enjoy the Summer Fun Blog Hop,

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Zooming Along with Classes!

Using Zoom while teaching in person classes.

These past few months have been challenging.  It has brought many changes in how I now conduct my classes and workshops.  

One of the challenges has been to find ways to present classes so all can participate.  As of now, I have  been learning how to use Zoom as a way to reach my students that are not able to attend in person.  Together, we are working on a process that lets me teach live and online at the same time.

I will be honest, there has been a learning curve for me and my students.  Thankfully, my students are fearless and forgiving.  I held training sessions for my online students before we held the class.  This was helpful so all were comfortable with the controls.

I then I also video taped sections of my lessons so students could see me demonstrate the techniques without having to come close to my sewing machine.  Then I projected the video on the wall for the in person students, and the online students through Zoom were able to watch the presentation at the same time.

This is what my online students saw with the live clsss.

Toggling between the videos and the power point presentations was a bit challenging, but I believe am getting the hang of it.

Thankfully both my in person and online students are very patient with me!

Check out the results of some  my online students.

Alma H.'s Class Samples
Debbie K.'s Class Sample

They did a super job with distance learning!

I am so excited with their results.  This gives me hope that there may be a future for me with online live classes. 

Now I must ask, "If you could take an online class from me, what would you like to learn?"  Leave your request in the comments.  No promises, but you will give me a direction to head in.

Off to prep for more classes,

Did you catch it?

On July 1st Denise Schober, National Quilting Educator for Baby Lock interviewed me on the Baby Lock Longarm Quilting Community Facebook Group.  We talked a bit about my sewing/quilting background.  Then we shared hints and tips for free-motion quilting.  The interview was a Facebook Live post and you may have to belong to the group to see it.  

But here is the link to the group for those with an interest in longarm quilting!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Baby Lock Education Team

Some of the  Baby Lock Education Team compiled by Missy Billingsley
I am thrilled to share with you that I have recently accepted a position as a Baby Lock Educator.  What does that exactly mean?  Well I get to create with fantastic machines that I adore!  Working with other great and  creative individuals is also a plus.   Finally, I get to create fun projects that feature Baby Lock's  machine accessories and features.  

 I began teaching in my local Baby Lock dealership in 2008, that has given me plenty of time to explore the products and get to know the company.  Is it obvious that I fell in love with the Baby Lock line up of machines and products?

Look for more posts about my Triumph, Crescendo, and Sashiko machines in the future!
Off to start working with those wonderful machines!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Quilters Mash Up

Need a little creative fun? Check out this Quilters Mash Up video that shows quilt pattern designers and their work.  I am excited to be a part of this fun event!

Please visit the designers shown in the second Quilters Mash Up video:
Elizabeth – Epida Studio
Teresa – Your Sewing Friend
Afton – Quilting Mod
Jennifer – Farm Fresh Fabrics
Did you enjoy the video? There is more quilt designers and other videos, just click here!

A special thank you to Andi Stanfield of True Blue Quilts for organizing this fun event!

This is my Zippy Zinnia Quilt Pattern

Off to create some more fun to share with you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Finding Inspiration During Trying Times

Hello Creatives!

These past few weeks have truly been trying times for many.  I found myself dealing with a variety of stressors that zapped my creative inspiration.  Sadly for a time, I didn't want to create anything.  

Fortunately, I have access to a wealth of inspiration via the internet, books and other creatives.  I have been enjoying a few professionals that have produced some great information. I found that even if I didn't want to create, taking in knowledge about techniques and processes motivated me to get back into my sewing studio. 

I thought that I would share some links for those who may be dealing with a similar creative block.

The Baby Lock website has a variety of resources.  I like to check out the projects that they offer in the Learn/Create tab.  Their website is https://babylock.com/

They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/babylocksewing/.

If you are looking for some ruler/template quilting inspiration, Sew Steady has been sharing lots of Facebook live posts.  Their link is: https://www.facebook.com/SewSteady/.

If you are looking for serger inspiration, check out Deb Canham. She is a Baby Lock Educator and loves her sergers.  Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/sergersanity/  She has done several Facebook live presentations on serger feet and what you can do with them.

Missy Billingsley is also a Baby Lock Educator and she shares a variety of machine hints and tip on her Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/missybstitchin/

Finally a local ruler designer and teacher Kadi  Easley owner of the Patchwork Dog hosted a Strip 'N Turn Mystery Sew,  It is a cute project and here is the Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/230635208155089/

There are many more out there, but these got me back into my sewing studio.  

Stay Creative,

Friday, April 3, 2020

Something Yellow

Missouri Spring by Linda Bratten

Today's share in the SAQA, Studio Art Quilts Associates, is Yellow.  I have just discovered that I really do not use much yellow in my projects.

Close up of Missouri Spring by Linda Bratten

This is my Missouri Spring quilt.  It was first shown in the "Call to Nature Art Show" in Jefferson City, MO.

It is a photo transfer of an original photo.  I then used free-motion quilting to thread paint the butterfly.  

Now I need to go create some yellow quilts!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Something Orange

This is the quilt that I decided to share for Orange day.

Coleus by Linda Bratten

It is my Coleus quilt which is also a photo transferred quilt.  I used free-motion quilting to enhance the elements and metallic thread to quilt the borders.

If you scroll back through my blog post you will see that I use orange a lot in my pieces.

Close Up of Coleus by Linda Bratten

I do love sharing the back of my quilts, since it shows the quilting done on the piece.

The Back of the Coleus Quilt by Linda Bratten

Orange you glad I am sharing my quilts with you??

A Quilt with Red.

So this week a SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates) Member Group that I belong to posted a color theme request.  Yesterday the color request was red.

Since I am a day late I will post my red quilt here.

Hello Sunshine close up photo  by Linda Bratten
I did discover that I do not use red very often.  This is my, "Hello Sunshine" quilt.  It is a photo transferred quilt from a photo I took of my son, Nathan's sunflowers.  I then thread painted the flowers and the bee to enhance the quilt elements.

Hello Sunshine by Linda Bratten
I liked this quilt so much I used it to create this for my Facebook page.

Share your red quilts with me!
Looking for my orange quilt for today,