Tips Tuesday

Tips Tuesday: Tell Your Inner Critic to Shut Up Already

Quilt with Confidence with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Good morning, Quilting Rockstars!

Listen, I say it in all my classes, but it's high time I said it here as well. The BIGGEST OBSTACLE between you and the quilting of your dreams is that little voice in your head who says you can't do this, that it will never get better, that you don't have a fancy enough machine, whatever. 

That voice is a LIAR. So hit it over the head with a bolt of fabric and get to quilting already!

Quilting with confidence does NOT mean that you quilt perfectly or that you know everything or that you don't need to practice any more. Quilting with confidence means that you believe that you know or can learn any understanding or skills you need in order to quilt any quilt you want exactly the way you want to quilt it. There's a time and a place for fear, but quilting is not it. Quilting is a time for FUN. Trust me, Rockstars, you've got this! 

So how do you deal with that voice?

1) Ignore it: Whenever possible, just tune that voice out. Tell it to go get a coffee, anything. We don't have time to listen to liars-- there's quilting to do.
2) Speak truth to yourself: Shout aloud in your sewing space if you have to, but remind yourself that you are a perfectly smart, capable human and there's basically nothing you can't learn with a bit of dedication and practice
3) Ask for help: Call your quilting bestie, ask your Hubster, or hop into my Quilting Rockstars Facebook group, and ask for encouragement. It's my job to guide you to quilt with confidence, and I take my cheerleading roll very seriously!

YOU CAN DO THIS! Whatever your quilting goals are for this year, I'm here to help and cheer for you! 

The difference of a year: Feathers on the swatch are from March 27, 2017. Feathers on the quilt are from last night. The secret? A year of drawing and practice of all my fmq motifs until feathers made sense to my brain. 

The difference of a year: Feathers on the swatch are from March 27, 2017. Feathers on the quilt are from last night. The secret? A year of drawing and practice of all my fmq motifs until feathers made sense to my brain. 

Are you ready to start quilting with confidence? Are you ready to move past any fear or anxiety or doubt about your ability to free motion quilt? Join me for my FREE online workshop Intro to Free Motion Quilting where you will learn everything you need to get started quilting on your home machine with success and confidence! 

I can't wait to see you in Intro to Free Motion Quilting, and I can't wait to see the difference it makes in your quilting when you stop listening to that fearful, critical voice. Your Inner Critic is a liar, and we don't have time for that. So, set your sights on those quilty goals and start practicing! This is YOUR YEAR to learn Free Motion Quilting!

Oh, and if you just can't wait until class to connect, you can find me on Instagram @stringandstory and on Facebook, too. 


PS Want my tips on quilting feathers? Check out my Intro to Quilting Feathers blog post!



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Intro to Quilting Feathers

Intro to Quilting Feathers with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Good morning, my friends! 

Let's talk about feathers! Y'all have been asking me about them lately, and I thought this Jared Takes a Wife block (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) would be a perfect excuse. Plus, I think feathers are my new obsession. Like many of you, I spent a lot of time being intimidated by feathers. But, like learning free motion quilting in general,  a little step by step practice, and you'll be feathering everything in sight!

Here's some pictures of the stitching progression we talked about in the video: Paisley swirls, feathers in a triangle, feathers in a square, feathered border.

Remember to use nice curves, fill the space, and be willing to practice! Doodling is always the first step to training your hand eye coordination for quilting a new motif, then stitch on practice swatches, then quilts. By the way, since feathers have a lot of curves, if you tend to have tension problems, be sure to check out my tension tutorial!

To kick off your feather practice, I'd like to send you a FREE Intro to Feathers Worksheet. This printable guide will review what we talked about here and get you started practicing feathers right away. Just enter your email below, and I'll dispatch it straight to your inbox!

Would you like to spend a whole day (or more!) learning about quilting with me using resources like these? I would love to guide you to quilt with confidence through my workshops and classes! I teach in private Facebook communities where I can be readily available to answer your questions and where it's easy for you to interact with your fellow students. My workshops and classes are information rich and lots of fun, and I hope to see you there!

Happy Quilting, my friend! I'll be over on Instagram @stringandstory if you need a little quilty inspiration, or you can join my Facebook group, Quilting Rockstars for some fun community and encouragement! 


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Machine Quilting Monday

Merry Christmas to all of you-- and especially our winner!

Quilty Christmas Giveaway

Merry Christmas, my quilty friends!

We have a winner! The Ultimate #QuiltyChristmasGift Giveaway had 8232 entries! WOW!! Thank you, everyone, for entering and joining our holiday fun!!

Our Lucky Winner is... drumroll please...

Ann Fondness!

Congratulations, Ann! And Merry Christmas!!
(I will send you an email this morning-- reply with your info, and we'll get all your prizes headed your way after Christmas. Huzzah!)

As promised, I will chat with you guys soon about my quilting plan for the Jared Takes a Wife block-- but let's have Christmas first! 

Much quilty and Christmassy love,


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