Jenny Kae Parks on the set of Lessons in Creativity season 2!
Season 2 of our free video series, Quiltmaker Lessons in Creativity, has arrived! Our focus quilt this season is the beautiful Whirlpools quilt designed by Janice Averill for our May/June ’16 issue of QM. Episodes are free to watch with a free QNNtv.com subscription.
In the first lesson of the new season, host Jenny Kae Parks shows how to take care of your sewing machine and discusses different tools you could use to maintain it. She also discusses when and why to change your needle and demonstrates the knee-lift feature on the Pfaff machine. Plus, see how an extension table can help with bigger projects and/or issues of work-space.
Over the next seven episodes, we’ll show you how to play with color recipes, use a variety of quilting designs, create interesting design options and more. Grab your copy of our May/June issue — or get the kit or digital pattern from our online store — and quilt along.
Jenny Kae Parks is a talented designer and teacher, and we’re so happy to have her as the host of Lessons in Creativity. (Learn more about Jenny on her website!) We recently caught up with her to talk about the new season — check out what she had to say below:
QM: Hi, Jenny! Thanks for chatting with us today. Tell our readers a little about yourself — how long have you been quilting and how did you get started?
JKP: I started quilting in 2000. I started as an experiment. I was home-schooling my daughters and we were working thru a home-EC course. The next assignment was to make quilted place mats. Well, I had done lots of sewing, clothes, home-dec and that kind of thing. I thought I better make these babies so I know what I am talking about. After that first project I was down for the count. I was fascinated by the fabric placement and the flow of colors. I contracted full-blown quilt-pox.
Whirlpools designed by Janice Averill
QM: The focus quilt for this season, Whirlpools designed by Janice Averill, features a really interesting design inspired by decorative tiles. What do YOU love about this quilt design?
JKP: This is the first quilt I have worked on where the stand-alone block gives you NO idea how the quilt will look! You MUST have at least four blocks together before you know the look it will create. And if you rotate one of the blocks around? Look out, you have a completely new design.
QM: What are some of the design options that we’ll explore for the Whirlpools quilt during the series?
JKP: Oh my goodness! Again, I am amazed by how the design is changed by the fabric placement. Move the bright blue kid’s print here, shift the background color over there, swap out this black for that red and kapow! You get a whole new look and feel.
QM: Is there anything you would like to add about why people should tune in to this season of Lessons in Creativity?
JKP: I think some quilters use the design, however it appears on the pattern cover or in a magazine, like training wheels on a bike. They depend on it so much, they can’t or won’t try their own ideas. These 8 episodes and the entire Quiltmaker’s Lessons in Creativity series will encourage people to spread their wings. It offers a push on the bike to ride solo. Remember, YOU are the designer. Go for it! Try new and surprising colors and placements. Decide what YOU like. What have you got to lose?
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The video series is free to watch with a free subscription to QNNtv.com, and new episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Click here to see all episodes of Lessons in Creativity.
Whirlpools is available in the May/June ’16 issue of QM, or as a kit or digital pattern.
This season of Lessons in Creativity is sponsored by Pfaff and Northcott.