One of the nicest, most genuine people I met at the AQS Charlotte show was Jamie Wallen. His youtube videos literally saved my sanity when I was having trouble with my longarm tensions. Warm, caring, and wonderfully encouraging, Jamie shares everything he can about free motion quilting, cramming an 8-hour course into 3 hours.
His ruler design is great, with an angled handle that makes it easy to control. Several of us tested this theory in another class using both a flat ruler and one with a perpendicular handle. Neither of these were as easy to control as the ones from Jamie’s line, Quilters Apothecary. I got both a straight edge and a curved edge ruler.
One of the pearls of wisdom from Jamie was this – if you break a titanium needle, it will not break cleanly. It shatters. If this happens to you, be sure you take out the old broken needle, remove your bobbin case, and flood the bobbin hook shuttle with machine oil to flush out the shards. Then while the needle is still out, run the machine slowly to work the oil around and get the tiny shrapnel out, wipe off the hook then reinsert your bobbin and a new needle. Jamie says this will prevent damage to the bobbin case and shuttle hook mechanism.
His designs were just stunning, and I wrote to ask what I might show on the blog. Jamie and Rich generously said to share whatever I wanted. So here are a couple of his beautiful designs.
Stunning aren’t they?!!! Jamie uses a water soluble marking pen in blue, and removes the marks with Sew Clean. I tried this at home (of course I had to get a bottle from Jamie and Rich at the show) and it works great. Plus it has a nice citrus scent.
He had lots of designs to show us, impossible to soak up all he had to offer in three hours. Did you know that wool battings will prevent creases in your quilts? I didn’t! Another pearl!! I will need to investigate wool batting!!
So, we got to draw for a bit, then sew a bit on the Gammill machines set up for us. I wish I had taken a picture of the set up. There were eight 12-foot tables with two longarms on each one, so 16 spots to practice! Jamie says it takes 6-8 hours of practice for a design to be smooth, so practice first. I just got a whiteboard that I’ll keep next to my chair to practice shapes in the evenings. Here’s part of my practice piece.
He also taught us how to do these delightful bleeding hearts. I just loved these and they weren’t as hard as you might think.
If you’d like to learn from Jamie, see his free videos at Jamie Wallen Quilting Videos. I highly recommend these videos especially the one on longarm tension!! If you ever have a chance to see him in person, go!!
Now to the giveaway!! While I was at the AQS show in Jamie’s class, I received this neat gift from Gammill, in fact I got more than one since I took more than one class in the room with the Gammill machines. The little kit has an 8 x 10-inch lunch bag sized tote, a beautiful set of silver and gold tone thread snips, needle gripper key chain, tape measure, retractable snip lanyard, a chapstick for lips, a four piece nail emery board and smoother, and a spritz hand sanitizer.
So, I will give one away to a faithful reader! If you are a follower of my blog, just leave a comment on this post, any tip or comment on quilting or Jamie’s videos, and how you follow to be entered in the random drawing on Friday afternoon. International entries welcome!! Good luck!! Sorry, giveaway has been done, but stay tuned, there will be more.