November's on-demand class review - part 2

Posted by on 3 November 2016 | 0 Comments


Here is part 2 of this series of blog posts taking a closer look at our on-demand classes. One of the great features of our on-demand classes is that they have continuous access so you can start any time and finish any time. You also get to ask the teacher questions and see if any other student has asked questions - with answers from the teacher of course.

The on-demand classes I have chosen today currently are discounted so now is a great time to sign up even if you are not ready to begin. They are:

Michele Scott's online workshop "curved piecing"1: Curved Piecing by Michele Scott

The freezer paper technique Michele teaches in this class is for anyone who wants the speed of machine piecing combined with the freedom to put their seams anywhere they choose. This is not only a technique class but a design class! Using one block which you design, you will sew curves easily, while learning to determine value and line. Make a wall hanging as large or as small as you desire.

Michele will assist you as you design your block and provide you with lots of examples of how your designs will look.  The use of freezer paper stops the fabric from stretching and accurately marks the seam line, making curved piecing practically painless. You will be sewing, NOT appliquéing, your seams into gentle curves.

This is a good first step for those who want to learn to deal with construction techniques outside of the straight line geometric. Traditionalists who want to piece more difficult designs will love this class, as well as contemporary quilters who want to create designs without difficulty.

Learn more about Curved Piecing...

Susan Dorchester's online workshop "Broderie Perse"2: Broderie Perse by Susan Dorchester

This historic approach to applique is for both hand and machine applique. The Broderie Perse technique allows you to create elaborate applique designs without going through the tedious steps of forming each motif yourself.

The best part is you get to choose a fabric that includes the designs you like! Applique the entire motif in one piece or cut out areas and create your own unique design. Susan includes instructions for hand applique with a blanket stitch and for machine applique with satin, zigzag, invisible, blanket and straight stitches so lots of options to learn. This class will not include instructions for needleturn applique.

Students will construct a simple wall quilt using the Broderie Perse method. Hanging instructions and label ideas are included. Skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate.

Learn more about Broderie Perse...

Nancy Chong's online workshop "Beginning Hand Quilting"3: Beginning Hand Quilting by Nancy Chong

Whether you have never quilted at all or need helpful hints to improve your hand quilting, this class is for you. Using a delightful heart pattern or your own quilt top, Nancy will teach you several methods for hand quilting. Her easy-to-follow instructions and excellent photos will provide just what you need to become a hand quilter.

This class includes photos for both right and left handed quilters. Level: all.

Learn more about Beginning Hand Quilting...

Daphne Greig's online workshop "Paper Pieced Paradise"4: Paper Piecing Paradise by Daphne Greig

Paper piecing, foundation piecing, sew and flip, whatever you call this method, using it you will give you perfect blocks and no more chopped off points! During this class, Daphne will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time.

Did you know that even traditional blocks can be pieced this way!

It is not just for small blocks or unusual blocks with sharp points. You can make the layout as shown in the class sample or rearrange the blocks to create a sampler or a completely different scene. This is a paper piecing starter class, suitable for beginners with basic quilt making skills.

Learn more about Paper Piecing Paradise...

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