Room for one more Retreat Sampler

Sampler of what our students will learn in the two days Retreat

We're doing a sort of "pre"-packing here: put all things aside that go with us to our big Retreat Tour at the end of this week. And guess what... I see that there's space for one more sampler. I took the Heart shape from the Art and Stitch Library, used the Magic Circle to turn it into a wreath of 6, then drew a circle covering them all in the center, selected all, right-clicked and chose "Transform Artwork > Clip".

Then I filled all parts with a different type of fill: the new Knitting Creative Fill, the Motif that our students are going to make in the Retreat, the new artwork-based stippling fills and in the corners a Distort trick that you won't believe until you see it done :)

Final step was to assign stitches and put it all in the most economical sequence to eliminate tie ins and tie offs, saved into the format of my IQ system and stitched it on my quick and easy longarm-system "hoop".  (I will make a blog about how I designed that quick "hoop" when we're back in July).

Here's an image of the final artwork and a photo of the stitched sampler.

See you soon!

Overview page of our Retreats:


Working on the Class Handouts for our Retreats and Master Classes

Having fun choosing techniques for our Retreats

Our 27,000 miles Grand Teaching Tour to the USA is getting closer and closer.
Our class handouts for our 2-days Retreats and 1-day Master Classes are almost finished and I am having fun!

My personal goal for our teaching tour is to make our students amaze themselves! 

Creating quilting patterns for your longarm system is easy... once you know how to do it!
Our Art and Stitch classes start with easy techniques and they build your skills, so that every step of the way, things are still easy!

Below are some teaser images of quilt patterns our students will create during our Retreats / Master Classes.


Many of our classes are fully booked, but there are still a few openings. See the overview page here:


One of the first exercises on Day 1 of our Retreats - Line Tool in Art and Stitch:

Playing with the wohoo scary Bezier  tool. Just 5 points to create a hatch type fill!

And some more samples of fills - different techniques will be taught on Day 2.

The very versatile Meandering Anything feature is also taught on Day 2.

The Creative Fill function in Art and Stitch can be used to fill a shape and create a continuous pattern, but it can also be used to fill around a shape, leaving that shape open:

Always wondered how professional designers make those beautiful interlocking overall / edge to edge quilt patterns? Well, join our Master Class to learn a trick or two.

Circles, Pebbles, String of Pearls. Always beautiful  in a quilt. Many different ways are taught in our classes!

Want to be able to do this yourself? Come and join our classes:


Art and Stitch Designs - Flagged :)

Art and Stitch Flag ...  Made with Art and Stitch

In May and June 2015 we will be teaching at several events: Retreats and Master Classes organized by ourselves and several classes at MQS in Cedar Rapids en SUGAR in Kansas City.

Although we would love to bring lots and lots of quilted samples with us to show in classes and to decorate our booth at the SUGAR conference, it can't be done. With over 25,000 miles (and no, that is not a typo!) in planes and rental cars we really have to "travel light".
And that is where our flag comes in! One lightweight piece of printed fabric of 6x6 feet. And you know what the fun part is? The flag design was completely made in Art and Stitch.

It's a Cheater Page too !

Besides showing off designs that will be used / created during our classes, the flag is also a cheater page. I can just look at the flag and pick one of the designs to show the technique how to create that particular design. Some designs are simply traced: one of my favorites is a photo I made years ago of a manhole cover in the streets of Antwerp. People must have thought I was crazy to make a photo of it, but it makes a beautiful quilt pattern.

Here are some more details of the flag designs. Geometric designs made with special tricks, designs made using True Type Fonts, the Art and Stitch Rays tool in action, Creative Fills etc.

Curious? Want to join one of our Retreats, Master Classes? Visit our Retreat overview page:

P.S. advantage of traveling light? On our last flight back home I can bring quilt fabric, lots of it :)



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!



Free Light Box

Hi everyone,

Here's just a quick idea how to turn your monitor into a free light box by just visiting our website :)

For those instances that you would want to trace a shape to mark on fabric and would need a light box, this is what you have to do:

Visit page: http://artnstitch.academy/lightbox/

That's all! There's your free light box.
Maximize your Browser window and use the Brightness controls of your monitor.  The larger your monitor, the larger your light box. To use the light box page offline, simply use your Browser's menu File > Save page as to save the light box page on your computer.

Use Painter's tape to tape the original plus the fabric to your monitor, then trace away.
Warning: Don't use sharp pointed pens and don't use aggressive markers of course.

I happen to have an all-in-one computer where the monitor can be pushed down flat.  See photo below.

I hope you like it :)


PS: If you have one of our programs Art and Stitch or Pre-Design Studio, you won't need a light box to trace a drawing, because you can simply make a photo with a camera / phone and import the photo as a backdrop / background image and use the drawing tools to trace.