Have you discovered Craftsy yet? I've been taking a few classes on this site lately and am learning so much.
The first class I took was Angela Walter's Machine Quilting Negative Space. Angela is a fabulous quilter who's designs really blow me away. It was awesome to spend some time just watching her quilt. I learned a few new designs and used one of them to quilt this quilt.
This quilt will be shown at quilt market in Fabri-Quilt's booth. I am in love with this quilt. I really don't want to give it back to them.
You can see the quilting I did on it a little better in this photo. I used Angela's tiling method and filled them with the swirl.
Angela recommends the So Fine 50 weight thread. I decided to try it on this quilt. As far as I can tell, though, it only comes in the large cones. During my trolling on pinterest, I found somebody who had shown using a coffee cup as a thread holder. I tried that, but the thread kept getting stuck and needed more of a guide. I used a few index cards and some masking tape to make a better track for the thread to follow. It worked like a charm!
I'm currently taking Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting A Sampler class. When I first started experimenting with free motion quilting, Leah Day's website is where I went to find ideas on what kind of designs to use. I'm not very far into this class, but I've already learned so much about how to baste a quilt using a new method for securing the backing to a table. And who would have thought to starch a quilt before basting?! That never occurred to me, but makes perfect sense! I can't wait to keep watching and see what else I learn.
Are you a fan of modern quilting? Craftsy is offering the lectures from QuiltCon for free!
There are several mini courses you can take to test out the site. There is a block of the month available. It really is a neat way to learn new skills.