I love this! In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!
This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:
It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
It makes a great demo.
AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009
It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6
Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!
Add Karla Alexander’s sense of style and color sense – and classes will sell out immediately! I am one of those people who came from an applique background so sewing curves on a machine wasn’t a part of my skill set until now! Look how gorgeous…
These are Cut Loose Press™ patterns that are stunning. Leaves is a perfect class. They can actually finish this in an afternoon. Then demo the Clam shell quilt and Capiz Lanterns. The lantern quilt would be a perfect Christmas quilt.
Enchanted will have everyone anticipating the holiday seasons. Trading Places and Spin Cycle actually make me think I could make art quilts – and you could too!
You need to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone – and I guarantee you will be successful and love every minute of it!
Finally! A tool that cuts ovals! No more elongated half circle hot dog shapes! The Creative Grids® Ovals All Ways Ruler designed by Karla Alexander, cuts ovals, semi-ovals, and quarter-ovals from 3″ x 4 ½” to 8 ½” x 10″ and every half-inch between. Since this ruler is designed to be used in multiple ways, additional markings are included for techniques such as fusible applique, piecing and turned-edge applique.
If only my laundry looked so good! Spin Cycle showcases a variety of ways to use this ruler. And don’t you just love the color combinations? Trading Places uses the positive and negative space to create even more interesting patterns. And then there is Enchanted! Jasmine would have been proud to fly on this magic carpet!
And since they are ovals, they are even easier to piece than circles. Watch the video for even more inspiration! Why not teach a class on ovals and ease them into the Circle Savvy? But with all of these possibilities, they will want to stay and play for awhile!
I love it when one of our babies – in this case the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler – takes on a life of its own. When the designers came to us, we were blown away by the possibilities. But, in this case, once they had a chance to play with it, the true potential of this tool emerged! Karla Alexander of Saginaw St Quilts has a vision and a style that has become instantly recognizable.
My circles never looked like this!!!!
Who would have thought that both quilts were made with the same tool????
These quilts are much easier than you think! Piecing large curves is a piece of cake – especially when you have the right tools and patterns! Moon Shadow and Polka Box have a more traditional look – and may be the perfect transition class to move your customers toward more artsy, free form quilts.
Why not challenge your students in the new year – and offer classes that will challenge them to try techniques that they may not be comfortable with. For our industry to continue to grow, we must continue to learn! And these quilts appeal to everyone – and bridge the gap between tradition and art!