Guess Who Is Teaming Up to Teach in 2018?

I am over the moon excited to announce that the rambler and the redneck are teaming up to teach this fall at Studio 180 Academy!

What is Studio 180 Academy?

Imagine three days of quilting bliss with  Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors in a luxurious setting in Zion, Illinois. You can read more about it in my recent post when I shared that Brian and I had submitted a proposal to teach – and guess what! Just this week we were accepted as faculty! 

Things are moving right along towards this September adventure with the class descriptions being made public on the official Studio 180 Academy website in the next few weeks.  Here’s the interesting thing – class size is limited and it fills up fast so I’m letting you, dear reader, know ahead of time to bookmark said website and be ready to push that button to sign up March 1st. If I were you, I’d already be settin’ my alarm!

Who Are You Guys and What Are You Teaching?

Introductions:

Glad you asked! First of all, we are both from the “Class of 2017” Certified Instructors with Studio 180 Design. Ours is the “freshman” class as Deb has offered certified instructor training annually the past 4 years. We met at our training this past summer and just sort of connected. We began collaborating on our class proposal then meet up at Fall Quilt Market to finalize the pattern and fabrics in person. Indeed, it was fun keeping our secret as we shopped for fabrics!

Bolts and Quarters Quilt Shop

Brian McCoy calls himself The Redneck Quilter.  I think he’s kin to the Energizer Bunny! Brian’s the owner of a very successful quilt shop in South Parkersburg WV called Bolts and Quarters Quilt Shop. He does have an abundance of energy, in a good way, not hyper or anything (grin) just very efficient and productive with his time. Brian has a “day job” in addition to teaching and running a quilt shop. I love that his shop keeps evening hours and offers several hundred classes a year. If I lived in the area I would certainly be hanging out! Talk about inspiration!

The Quilt RamblerMe? For those reading my blog for the first time, I’m Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler. As my logo suggests, I love to talk quilts. But I do more than just talk! I’ve been a longarm quilter since 2003 and have been teaching and sharing my passion for quilting well before the “turn of the century“. I have taught in numerous locations including two quilting cruises with a third one booked for 2019.  I love love love Studio 180 Design tools and teaching others how to use them -so it’s truly an honor to be among this year’s staff at Academy.

The Quilts

Yes, I said quilts, plural! Before I explain and share the prototypes, let me whet your whistle with our class description:

Using the Corner Beam, V-block and Square Squared 
tools, students will make twinkling blocks that 
shimmer like crown jewels in the night sky. 
With varied layout and color palette options,
personalize your quilt into a Twilight or 
Midnight rendition of the heavenly stars 
we call Celestial Borealis.

Choices, there should always be choices, right? So, choices there are! Using the same tools making the same units we are offering two different block constructions, two different layouts, and two different color pallets.

Brian’s quilt is entitled Celestial Borealis at Midnight and will be made with the hand dyed fabrics from Kathleen Starr. Here is the EQ8 version of his design. This version offers three different block sizes to complete the quilt.

Teaming Up to Teach, The Quilt Rambler and The Redneck Quilter at Studio 180 Academy 2018
Celestial Borealis At Midnight

Karen’s quilt is entitled Celestial Borealis at Twilight and will be made using fabrics from Island Batik. Here is the EQ8 version of her design.

The Quilt Rambler and The Redneck Quilter are teaming up to teach at 2018 Studio 180 Academy
Celestial Borealis At Twilight

Won’t You Join Us At Studio 180 Academy?

There will be multiple classes to choose from amongst the Certified Instructor faculty. While we’d like for everyone to take our class, we really just like for everyone to join us at Academy! All of the classes will focus on teaching you to be proficient with the Studio 180 Design tools and techniques. There will be open sewing time,  time to just relax, time to shop (who doesn’t love that!), time to get to know other quilters, and of course time to ask away about all the wonderful patterns, tools and technique sheets offered by Studio 180 Design. It’s a guaranteed good time! Take it from the rambler and the redneck – we can’t wait to be there!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, excited to be teaming up to teach with The Redneck Quilter. Hurry and visit the Studio 180 Academy website and get all the details!

 

 

 

 

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What To Gift That Serious Quilter on Your Holiday List

With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d share the perfect gift for that serious quilter on your holiday list…hum….that could even be YOU!

Have you thought about a Quilt Vacation? Maybe more along the lines of a Quilt Retreat in a beautiful setting surrounded by luxury accommodations and more importantly – sewing machines and fabric! Better yet, classes with instructors!!!

Have I got the perfect gift for you! And the perfect gift to suggest to your best quilting buddy too!

 

Studio 180 Acadamy is that and more! Think about 3 full days of classroom instruction with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors!  Work on a specific project (or two), take a class on techniques with the tools, or just spend a day in the open studio with a certified instructor on hand to answer your every question as you use Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools.

Last year’s academy was a huge success and plans are already underway for the 2018 classes. Certified Instructors are busy as little elves writing their proposals in hopes that Saint Nick will pick their quilt/project for the upcoming 2018 classes.

I already hinted that my fellow 2017 Certification classmate Brian ( aka “The Redneck Quilter“) and I are working on our proposal – we should know something the first of the year…regardless of who is teaching (after all, only certified instructors will be there), it’s going to be a big event not to be missed!

“Rambler and Redneck” are collaborating on a proposal for Studio 180 Academy

 

Studio 180 Academy will be held on September 19-22, 2018 at the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center.  It’s located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Think about it! Sewing in these surroundings! All meals are provided too! In addition, there will be a special dinner Friday night with Deb Tucker herself!!!

Illinois Beach Resort

Illinois Beach Resort

As much as I love the beach, cruising, and making new quilting friends I think this lake setting would be so inspiring as a quilt retreat! I know I want to go!!

Watch the website as class offerings will be published in February with registration beginning in March.  Seats are limited!

How about another gift giving idea for the quilter in your life (or for you to hint to your friends and family).  The fine folks at Studio 180 Design have put together a product checklist where you can mark “want it or have it” and then hand that list right over to Santa himself! You can download the PDF here. So many new patterns, technique sheets, and tools – you just have to keep up and this is a perfect list to help you do that!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, helping you to wrap up something special for the favorite quilter in your life, maybe even something for you!

 

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