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 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!