Art and Stitch Retreats 2015 - "Zentangle" inspiration

The Master Class Sampler - "Zentangle" inspiration

Remember the Master Class Sampler in one of my previous blog posts? Here is another image of the exact same design. All I did was select the artwork in Art and Stitch and click on the Fill button in Properties Panel, tab Artwork. Because the designs are all continuous paths, the parts that are filled are unpredictable. The result? It gets a "Zentangle" look.

And that is the reason for this blog post: you can get inspiration for designs anywhere. Hopefully when you look at this "Zentangle-like" Art and Stitch design you can do some "reverse thinking" and see the many, many Zentangle images on the internet as inspiration for longarm quilting background fills.

 Do a "Zentangle" search on Pinterest and you will find thousands of beautiful images:

Today the flag arrived that we are using for our Retreats and in our SUGAR booth. The flag was designed in Art and Stitch Base. I will show it in my blog tomorrow.

Our Retreats are filling up - hurry!


Art and Stitch Retreats 2015 - Interlocking Class

Interlocking Overall Designs

When creating pantos or overall / edge to edge designs for longarm systems you can't just repeat designs: that would result in straight rows of designs where the empty unquilted space between the rows will immediately show. Even worse: straight unquilted areas between rows will cause folds in your quilt.

In the Interlocking Class during our Art and Stitch Retreats you will learn how to create nicely interlocking designs. We will show how to use templates, but we will start with the easy stuff as shown in the two images below. It's the Arcs Contour block in the Art and Stitch Library, made repeatable by adding an extra curve in the middle (how to do that is part of the class too).

The first image is a simple repeat with an interlocking setting, then connected. The second image uses the same Arcs block, but repeated with a different technique that makes it a more interesting design.

Curious? Join one of our Retreats:

Technique 1 shown in our Interlocking Class during the Retreat:

Technique 2 - a variation, shown in our Interlocking Class:

Loes, having fun working on the classes :)


Art and Stitch Retreats 2015

Art and Stitch Classes

Working on the class handouts of our Art and Stitch Retreats in May and June 2015 and I just finished binding the filler sampler for the Master Class.
In the images below you can see what you will be designing in the Filler lessons during the Master Class. It combines all sorts of techniques in the Art and Stitch software: Motif fills, using different motif sizes, fill around a shape, creative fills, creating your own background fills, string of pearls and more.

The classes are filling up, so don't wait too long with your registration.
The list of our 2015 Retreats can be found here:

This is a screenshot of the sampler in Art and Stitch:

 This is a photo of the sampler after it has been quilted:

And this is a detail of the quilted sampler:

We hope to see many of you in our classes in May and June 2015!