Category: Craftsy: Class Reviews

Craftsy Class Review – The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It, with Christa Watson

Today I’m delighted to share insights about a new class on Craftsy, called “The Quilter’s Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It“, with Christa Watson.  This is definitely an excellent class for newbies to free-motion quilting, but also a great opportunity for those that might want to lean some fun and fast techniques for incorporating your walking foot with free-motion quilting designs.  Christa shares plenty of tips and inspiration, that will help you plan out how to quilt your projects and get them finished.

ABOUT CHRISTA

Christa Watson is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, designer, teacher and author.  She’s the author of two books: “Machine Quilting With Style” and “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.”   She also enjoys traveling to teach at quilt shows, quilt shops and to quilt guilds.

CLASS OVERVIEW

You can quilt it yourself on your sewing machine! Join quilter Christa Watson and discover simple techniques for machine quilting with a walking foot or free-motion stitches. Along the way, learn the most efficient way to travel around your quilt as you quilt it.

CLASS MATERIALS:

Students get a free downloadable pattern for the “Pinwheels quilt pattern” designed by Christa.  This is a fun and fast quilt design, which Christa uses to show you how to quilt in this class.  Of course, you can use a practice sandwich, as well as apply the designs on any project you wish, but this is a great design that I think many will be inspired to create and use for the FMQ lessons in this virtual class.

Here is a summary of the six lessons provided in this class.  Don’t forget, like all classes at Craftsy, you can take these classes at your leisure, start/stop/repeat according to your schedule and interest.

LESSON ONE:  QUILTING WITH YOUR WALKING FOOT (25:52 minutes)

Christa kicks off this class with this lesson providing a great Introduction, as well as insights on using a Walking Foot vs Dual-Feed, selecting Fabric Thread and Warming Up, as well as stitching Wavy Lines.

LESSON TWO: MORE WALKING FOOT DESIGNS (26:31)

In this lesson, Christa shows us a variety of beautiful walking foot designs: straight lines, shattered lines, decorative lines, continuous spirals, square spirals.  She also shares a collection of her inspirational quilts and discusses the quilting designs she applied to create interest and texture.

LESSON THREE:  QUILTING WITH FREE-MOTION (22:27 minutes)

Great lesson for the basics of free-motion quilting, Christa’s  favorite supplies, with plenty of FMQ tips to help you quilt your quilt, as well as designs in this lesson:  loop designs, fun loops for single, double and triple loops, loops & flowers.

LESSON FOUR:  NO MARK DESIGNS (23:47)

Building on your skills acquired in the previous lessons, in this lesson you’ll learn how to create a large variety of free-motion quilting designs:boxes, switchbacks and swirl motifs with plenty of variations of each family of designs (e.g.  ribbon candy. crazy eights, etc).

LESSON FIVE: FREE-MOTION COMBINATIONS (23:01)

Christa shows how fun it is to combine free-motion quilting designs in this lesson, where she teaches you a variety of swirl combinations, Woodgrains and waves, and improv designs.  I also love her inspirational quote “Aiming for texture vs perfection”.

LESSON SIX:  COMBINING WALKING FOOT AND FREE-MOTION QUILTING (18:54)

In the final lesson, Christa covers combining walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques. She also shares insights for planning your quilt using an approach called “divide and conquer”, one section at a time to add texture. She shares several quilt samples and shares insights on how she quilted them to add texture, while combining designs taught in this class.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This is an absolutely perfect class for beginners, as you will learn how to quilt your projects using a walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques.  But I think it is also a good class for those with experience that may want to round out their skills, and learn more tips and designs.  It is a fun class packed with inspiration, tips, as well as beautiful and easy walking foot and free-motion quilting designs that can help you quilt your quilts with traditional or modern designs, as you desire.

Christa shared a link so new students can get 50% off the class using this link, which is valid through 4/4/17: http://craftsy.me/2iIqdEy.    

Lastly, while Christa will be teaching at the upcoming QuiltCon East, her classes are sold out.  But she is holding a meet ‘n greet/book signing at QuiltCon on Friday, February 24, from 12-1 in the Electric Quilt Company booth # 337. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and it’s a great chance to stop by and say hi.

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Help! How Do I Quilt It? with Angela Walters

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Today I want to share insights about another free-motion quilting class, with Angela Walters, that is available through Craftsy.  I honestly think this is an excellent class for quilters of all levels, and, if you have not yet taken it, I want to recommend that you consider signing up for it.  Great fun and value.  Here are the details:

CLASS TITLE:  Help! How do I quilt It, by Angela Walters

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Learn how to pair complementary quilting with six styles of pieced tops for your most beautiful results yet!

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Lesson One – Introduction (7 minutes)

Meet your instructor, quilter extraordinaire Angela Walters, as she walks you through the different types of quilt tops you’ll explore in this class. Then, learn how you can audition your designs before you quilt them.

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Lesson Two – Applique’ Quilts (22 minutes)

Learn how to use quilting to enhance appliqué, complete a pattern or add detail. Pick up professional tips for using monofilament thread and quilting through extra layers. See how echoing accentuates appliquéd designs and learn how to quilt leaves, pebbles and swirls together for dense fillers.

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Lesson Three – Quilts With Small Spaces (19 minutes)

Squeeze dramatic design into small spaces as you explore quilting that works on tops with lots of tiny piecing. Group blocks or pieces together for use on larger designs or break down quilting motifs for use on small elements. Discover the universal appeal of continuous curves and all-over wavy designs.

Lesson Four – Paper Pieced Quilts (16 minutes)

Don’t be scared away from quilting intricate paper-pieced tops that often have bulky seams and intricate designs! Angela shows you how to break them down into manageable sections and demonstrates two great designs that work well with paper-pieced tops: wishbone stitching and the back-and-forth filler.

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Lesson Five – Sampler Quilts (16 minutes)

Whether you prefer traditional, modern or art quilts, you’ll love Angela’s quilting advice for unifying your design or highlighting favorite blocks! Repeat a few favorite motifs throughout or join blocks together by unifying the spaces between them. Learn how to create perfect serpentine lines and swirl hooks.

Lesson Six – Quilts With Large Spaces (21 minutes)

Don’t become daunted by an open space on your quilt! Angela shows you how to use echo quilting to break large spaces into smaller ones. You’ll learn how to manage negative space and quilt motifs and geometric designs, too!

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Lesson Seven – Medallion Quilts (19 minutes)

Have an ocean of borders and unsure what to do? Break rows of borders into chunks, traveling from one to the next as you work your way down the quilt. Discover how to quilt borders that highlight the centerpiece, and learn how to add paisley feathers and square chains to these tight spaces.

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MY REVIEW:

This class taught many tips and tricks, as well as beautiful free-motion quilting motifs.  But what I found the most beneficial is Angela’s insights for deciding how to quilt various quilt designs (e.g. applique, paper pieced, pieced, medallion, etc.), including borders. Of course the many designs that she taught in this class are also beautiful and will certainly come in handy.

I feel this class is perfect for domestic, as well as longarm quilters of all levels.  An excellent value when you consider the Craftsy platform allows you to take their classes at your liesure, as well as repeat it as often as you wish.  Plus, it is helpful to interact with the teacher and other students, as well as find inspiration in the classroom sharing.

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Definitely a fun class and a great way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.

If you have taken this class with Angela, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your perspective.

 

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

Full Disclosure:  QuiltShopGal has enjoyed Craftsy, for many years.  I share my own opinion when I write reviews on classes offered by Craftsy.  I became an Affiliate as I believe in the value of Craftsy.    If you click through  to Craftsy, from QuiltShopGal, to make a purchase, I “may” receive a small payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for QuiltShopGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even though I am an Affiliate I will only share my honest opinion when sharing such insights.  

Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy:

Playful Piecing Techniques, with Camille Roskelley

Disclosure:  This post contains Affiliate links.

I recently completed a class with Camille Roskelly, that I want to share insights with you today.  I purchased Playful Piecing Techniques, from Craftsy and thoroughly enjoyed this class and wanted to share insights with you today.

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Use a range of pre-cuts to create four colorful quilts with timesaving techniques for Dresden blocks, monograms and more!

Unlock the secrets behind beautiful pre-cut quilts, including the the Craftsy-exclusive Field Day quilt! Join Moda fabric designer Camille Roskelley for her signature timesaving techniques, and brush up on basics with a cute Charm Square pincushion project. Then, learn to use Jelly Roll pre-cuts for the charming Spools quilt and conquer Honeycomb pre-cuts for the Juggle quilt. You’ll learn to sew up these hexagons without tricky Y-seams! Quickly cut Dresden blades and centers using templates, and create an adorable custom monogram in mere minutes. Plus, explore machine quilting and nine stunning stitches to finish off your quilt in style, and shave hours off your project with machine binding. You can also add to your class experience with the same fabric kit Camille uses to create the Piece of Cake 2 quilt. Look for info about the kit when you add the class to your cart!

 

ABOUT THE TEACHER:

instructorCamille Roskelley grew up sewing in her mother’s studio, and has since become a celebrated fabric designer, quiltmaker and author. She wrote Simplify: Quilts for the Modern Home and Simply Retro: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks , has designed more than 70 original quilt patterns, and creates annual fabric collections for Moda under her Thimble Blossoms brand. As a mom to three boys she stays very busy, and is thrilled that Craftsy lets her teach without traveling!

Camille is also the author of:

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Simply Retro with Camille Roskelly

CLASS MATERIALS

  • Fabric requirements vary by project. Finished quilt sizes:
  • Spools, large 50″ x 63″, small 38″ x 46″
  • Free Pattern download: Field Day, 70″ x 70″ (requires a Dresden ruler or template plastic)
  • Free Pattern download: Piece of Cake, 60″ x 70″
  • Free Pattern download: Juggle, large 50″ x 59″, small 42″ x 37″

 

LESSONS:

 

Lesson one – Getting Started (15:14)

Get acquainted with Camille Roskelley and learn about the fabrics and supplies we’ll be using in the class!

  • About Camille
  • About Pre-Cut Fabrics
  • Choosing Your Fabric
  • Supplies

Lesson Two – Quilting Basics (21:16)

Get a handy refresher on the basics of cutting, piecing, quilting and finishing a quilt. In the process, you’ll make a cute pincushion.

  • Cutting fabric
  • Piecng and Pressing
  • Quilting a Mini Quilt Sandwich
  • Finishing

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Lesson three – Piece of Cake 2 Quilt (24:19)

Get step-by-step instructions on piecing the quilt top of Piece of Cake 2. Also learn about chain piecing and adding borders.

  • Cutting the Layer Cake Squares
  • Chain Piecing
  • Assembling the Rows
  • Borders

Lesson Four – Spools Quilt (19:36)

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Learn Camille’s method of piecing together the delightful spool blocks, and how to get your pieces lined up perfectly.

  • Getting Started
  • Strip Piecing
  • Constructing your blocks

Lesson five – Adding Applique (20:58)

Have fun using appliqué to achieve various looks, including adding monograms and creating Dresden plates.

  • Using fusible web
  • stitching the monogram
  • creating the Dresden circles

Lesson six – Field Day Quilt (27:54)

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Piece together the fun Field Day quilt top, which boasts colorful Dresden plates and 16-patch blocks!

  • Using templates
  • cutting the fabric
  • making the Dresden blades
  • assembling the Dresden plate
  • creating the 16 patch blocks

Lesson seven – Juggle quilt (29:03)

Use hexagon precuts to create the Juggle quilt.

  • getting started
  • cutting the neutral yardage
  • creating the pieced hexagons
  • stitching the row
  • sewing the rows together
  • trimming the edges

Lesson eight – machine quilting (30:22)

Get great ideas from Camille on how to machine quilt your work, from basic straight-line quilting to cathedral windows!

    • basting
    • straight line quilting
    • stippling
    • looping

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  • cathedral windows
  • pebbling
  • L shapes
  • scallops
  • scrolling

 

Lesson nine – Machine binding (23:18)

Learn how to quickly and easily attach a binding to your quilts without taking a single stitch by hand.

  • trimming the edges
  • making the binding
  • attaching the binding

MY REVIEW:

Camilla is a delightful teacher who has a friendly and approachable style, while being knowledgeable and able to articular and show visual examples, step by step, that are easy to follow, making this class perfect for quilters of all levels.  I learned many new tips and tricks and the free downloadable patterns are certainly going to be fun and fast to make.  I can honestly recommend this class and believe it is an exception value. It is perfect for beginners, as well as experienced quilters. Plus, like all Craftsy classes, you can watch, enjoy and learn on your own pace and repeat as often as you wish.

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Craftsy Class – Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts, with Cindy Needham

I thoroughly enjoyed taking “Design It, Quilt It“, a free-motion quilting (FMQ) class with Cindy Needham, on Craftsy. It is a perfect class for anyone interested in learning FMQ, as well as those with experience that want to broaden their skillset.  I learned so many designs and techniques, in that class,  and thoroughly love Cindy’s approach to teach FMQ.  As soon as I learned about her  “Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts” class, also with Craftsy, I knew I wanted to take it too!  And I have just completed this class, making this a perfect time to share insights with you today.  For those of you who may have already taken either of these  classes with Cindy on Craftsy, I invite you to share your insights, by leaving a comment on this post.  To clarify, both classes are excellent and they have completely different lesson plans and class samples.

While the class title shows “wholecloth quilting”, I think this class is appropriate for anyone interested in expanding their free-motion quilting skills, as you’ll learn a variety of beautiful FMQ designs, tips for working with stencils, and, of course, you’ll be inspired by many stunning wholecloth quilts and Vintage Linen quilts and you will learn how to make them too!

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Cindy is a well known teacher who travels around the world teaching free-motion quilting, wholecloth quilting and Vintage Linen quilting.  She can take the most complex FMQ designs, as well as large areas of open space to “divide and conquer” to create beautiful quilts.  And she can teach even a beginner, as well as quilters of all levels,  how to stitch beautiful FMQ.

This amazing woman is also an author of many handbooks (aka  e:books), on many aspects pertaining to free-motion quilting, which offer an amazing value to quilters.  I definitely recommend all of Cindy’s handbooks, as they are well written, with great insights, and they are very reasonably priced given the quality and content provided in each book. Plus, when you purchase her “Complete Collection” you automatically will receive annual updates for free.  These updates are not just additional pages, but completely updated versions of these books.  And Cindy works super hard to update these books each year, providing new tips, tricks, and more value, thus making the Complete Collection a treasure, that I certainly love and look forward to receive her amazing annual updates. For more info on these ebooks: : http://www.cindyneedham.com/handbooks.html

While I highly encourage you to take a class with Cindy at a quilt show, or attend a retreat that she hosts in Northern California, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Cindy to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted.  But, I have another recommendation for you that I think will work for anyone interested in learning/improving your FMQ skills, no matter where you live, or what your schedule may be like.  And,  it is a very reasonable price option, that offers a great value too!

Take a class with Cindy on Craftsy!

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Her “Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts” is a great class for anyone who wants to take their FMQ skills to another level, learn new designs and techniques.  You can apply what you learn to your pieced or applique’ quilts, as well as use what you learn to create stunning wholecloth quilts and/or Vintange Linen Quilts.  And like all Craftsy classes, once you sign up for a class you can take it at your leisure and repeat it as often as you wish.

Here is my summary of this class, with insights on each chapter:

Cindy has provided a downloadable class handout that has templates that you can print to enlarge and use to mark some stencil designs on optional class projects.  Of course, these designs would also be stunning on other projects, as well.  She shows tips for marking your quilts using stencils, using her techniques for keeping everything precise and easy to stitch, to create amazing FMQ.

Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts is broken into sections that are easy to follow, start/stop at any point.  Cindy is a very organized person who has the gift of breaking things down to be easy to follow (and learn) steps.  While her free-motion quilting is spectacular, she loves to teach beginners to do FMQ and they quickly learn to create beautiful FMQ with her as a teacher!

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Wholecloth quilting focuses on working on quilting one piece of fabric (no piecing), but there are many techniques and designs that are taught in this class that will be of interest to anyone interested in improving their free-motion quilting skills.

LESSON 1: FABRIC SELECTION (13:13)

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Cindy shares tips for fabric and thread selection, incorporating old linens into your wholecloth quilts, cleaning old linens, amazing stabilizing tips,as well as many other tips in this lesson.



LESSON 2: PREPARING YOUR WHOLECLOTH QUILT (17:52)

In this lesson, Cindy shares tips for laying out a wholecloth quilt whether it is on regular cotton or with vintage linen, her “divide and conquer” approach, how to start, marking techniques,

A Medallion Stencil is used to show how you can select portions of a stencil design.  This particular stencil can be purchased from QuiltingCreations.com, but class materials also provides this design that you can enlarge and print on demand to use for marking your fabric.

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You can see how Cindy chose not to use the rope or center part of this stencil design, as she plans to create other FMQ designs in those areas, using her approach to divide and conquer this open space.

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She also shares tips for taking designs from books and other sources, that may not be available in a stencil, to be able to use those designs in your quilts.

Cindy has great tips for basting, how to deal with “puckers” when you baste, to eliminate any excess fabric in  an area of your quilt.

LESSON 3:  MEDALLION AND BORDER DESIGNS (26:40)

This lesson is all about Medallion and borders designs on Vintage Linen and Wholecloth quilts, but what you learn can also help you quilt pieced and applique’ quilts too!  Cindy goes over the four elements of design and shares inspirational wholecloth quilts, as well as Vintage Linen quilts, while she shares oodles of tips.

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Great tips for auditioning thread choices on your projects, including use of beautiful Razzle Dazzle, Glitter, Kimono Silk and many others, all from Superior Threads. You also learn ways to layout your borders, mark and stitch while also being able to create over vs under designs (eg. does your feather border tuck under your Medallion or lay on top of it).  Cindy even shares very helpful tips for incorporating beautiful Razzle Dazzle threads in your projects, teaching how to use this thread in your bobbin and apply on your project to cove up your travel lines (or apply in general).

When Cindy shared tips for adding a border to a Vintage Linen Wholecloth quilt, we also learned that we want to showcase the original designers work (creator of the linen), complimenting it with how we finish quilting it.  In the sample shown, Cindy added the beautiful feathered borders surrounding the original Vintage Linen.  I also enjoyed learning how to stitch her Cathedral Windows background design, as well as seeing a variety of her quilts that incorporate this design, as well as other stunning designs she teaches in this class.

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Cindy goes over the four main elements of design, to encourage students to keep this in mind when designing our own quilts.  She also shares insights on thread selection, how to use your stencil to mark a wholecloth design.

LESSON 4: ALL OVER DESIGNS (18:00)

This lesson is broken into three core segments: Templates for overall designs, Using Shapes for Designs, and Large Print Fabric Design.

I loved how Cindy showed  how to repeat two stencils (downloadable copies are provided in the course materials), to create an overall design.  This was an excellent trick that can be applied to endless possibilities.  Her class samples were inspirational and she showed how beautiful these designs were when set on point, as well as using only one stencil to showcase in a more traditional row.  There was even an inspirational sample shared showing one stencil design place on a diagonal, as well as lovely samples using Vintage Linens.

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Tips for Divide and Conquer, to incorporate a variety of designs to fill negative space with all over designs and shares some great exercise options that are fun to use, to help you build your skills with this technique, to create stunning quilts.

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Lastly, she shared how to use a large print fabric to use to stitch designs on your project, where the back of your quilt becomes the top, showing off stunning free-motion quilting.

LESSON 5:  FILLERS AND FEATHERS  (31:20)

In this lesson, Cindy starts off sharing tips for placement of your hands and positioning of your body, to be able to relax and enjoy will quilting.  But the emphasis of this lesson is filling negative space, with a variety of designs under a major category of Fillers and Feathers.  This lesson alone, would be worth the cost of this class!

LESSON 6: BLOCKING (9:11)



I don’t recall having an FMQ Expert ever talk about blocking a quilt.  Cindy does a great job showing examples of quilts that have been heavily quilted, but not blocked, so that we won’t fret when a warping might occur.  She shared an easy to follow method for blocking a quilt, to remove any warping, to ensure your quilt lays flat and square.  A great technique for many quilts, but definitely helpful when dealing with heavily quilted projects, particularly wholecloth quilts.

 

 

LESSON 7:  SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (22:56)


While throughout the class, Cindy shares inspirational project samples of Vintage Linen Quilts and Wholecloth quilts,  in this lesson she shares loads of tips for such projects.  For example, using lace on your projects can add a lot of interest in Vintage Linen Quilts, as well as wholecloth quilts.    But you’ll just have to take the class to learn about all of the amazing tips that Cindy shared in this lesson (as well as in the class).

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Ok, I will share that she has some great ways to finish the bacs of your quilts, with special touches for creating hanging sleeves, to ways to add a signature and much, much more!

If you are are taking this class on Craftsy and/or have taken other classes with Cindy, I’d love to hear what you thought and if you’d recommend such classes to others interested in FMQ.  I am passionate about Craftsy and what they offer to quilters and other creative people, world-wide. Cindy’s class at Craftsy,  any class you can take with Cindy Needham, and Cindy’s e:books too!  And, I hope you enjoy Craftsy and learning from Cindy as much as I have.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://www.craftsy.com
http://www.cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cindy-Needham/509936535688769
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

You can find Craftsy at:

http://www.craftsy.com
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/?_ct=wberqbdql-rbew
https://www.facebook.com/craftsy
https://twitter.com/beCraftsy
https://www.youtube.com/user/becraftsy

If you have not yet taken a class at Craftsy, consider taking one of their free classes. There are many excellent FREE classes, with new ones being added all the time, that also give you better insight on how wonder their online classes are.  I’m not saying you’ll want to stop taking classes at your local quilt shop, or at quilt shows.  In fact, I highly encourage you to take such class with direct interaction with a teacher anytime you can.  But I also recommend Craftsy and personally love the value and flexibility of taking classes with Craftsy.
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FTC Disclosure:  QuiltShopGal is an Affiliate for Craftsy and I paid to attend and learn this class, but I wanted to share insights with you and shared my honest perspective with you today.  If you click thru from my site to Craftsy and purchase a class, fabric, or notion, your price is the same as if you had gone directly to the Craftsy site.  For some purchases (not all) I will receive a small % that I allocate to help “supplement” my shipping costs for when I ship prizes for contests and giveaways that I host.  I write honest reviews of classes I take on Craftsy.  I signed up to be an Affiliate as I truly love Craftsy and give them my complete recommendation.

Craftsy Class Review: Dot to Dot Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

Angela Walters is a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Expert who is also a professional longarm quilter, teacher and author.  Many of her customer quilts have gone on to win awards in major quilt shows, as well as get published in popular quilting books.  She has also published three excellent books on free-motion quilting, with her fourth book to be released this coming summer.


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Free-Motion Quilting Workbook will be released May 19th.

Pre-Orders  can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!

Shape by Shape  Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters will be published by in September 2014.  Pre-Orders  can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!


While Angela teaches at major quilt shows, she also teaches three classes online at Craftsy.  And SewCalGal can honestly recommend all three of these classes to anyone interested in free-motion quilting:

Machine Quilting Negative Space
Free-Motion Quilting With Feathers
Dot-to-Dot Quilting

But today, I want to share insights with you on Angela’s Dot-to-Dot Class at Craftsy.
 

Like all of of the classes at Craftsy, the filming is high quality and well produced.  Angela and the Craftsy team have done a great deal to prepare and plan this wonderful class. It is structured in nine lessons, which average less than ten minutes each where you can easily start/stop any lesson at any point and repeat as often as you like.  Thus, this class will work with even the busiest of quilters as it is so flexible!  And, I’m confident you’ll be happy to fit this class into your schedule without ever having to pack up your machine and supplies to go to attend a class!
 
Dot-to-Dot free-motion quilting techniques have been around for quite some time, but I  Angela does the best job I’ve ever seen for teaching this technique.  And she also shares insights on how you can incorporate other FMQ designs with the dot-to-dot technique to create your own designs and stunning quilting your projects.    What I enjoy most is that while Angela shows you how to mark your quilts for Dot-to-Dot techniques she also shows you and inspires you to use these techniques with and without marking, to make this technique a fun and fast way to topstitch quilt your projects and have fun creating beautiful quilts.  I’m also inspired by her quote……
 

 














Course materials provided in this course include information to make an optional class sample quilt which measures 42½” x 42½” finished, as well as great visual drawings of the core designs shared in this class to help you apply them on the class sample quilt.  There is also an excellent guide for Metric conversion, which will help with yardage and seam allowance conversion, is also included.

SewCalGal feels Craftsy provides an accurate description of the class, but overlooked sharing how much fun this class really is:


Class Description

Forego tedious marking techniques in this fun, inviting introduction to dot-to-dot quilting.  Instructor Angela Walters shows how to shed anxieties about perfection and embrace the journey as you quilt three primary designs and their variations that can be used in endless combinations, on anything from visually striking blocks to delicately designed borders.  Imagine new ways to rotate, invert, resize and replicate each design to create unlimited quilting possibilities.  Also gain more control over the speed and direction of your stitches while creating beautiful art!

This Dot-to-Dot class is perfect for quilters of all levels.  SewCalGal loves how this technique is easy to learn, forgiving, and flexible, plus you can easily integrate it with a other free-motion quilting designs. 

 


The class lessons are structured as follows:
 

 


LESSON 1: – INTRODUCTION TO DOT-TO-DOT QUILTING (3:03)



Angela talks about her three favorite dot-to-dot designs that she’ll be sharing in this class: starburst,diamond,lattice and variations of these designs.
The class requirements do ask that participants have basic free-motion quilting skills (e.g. how to make a quilt sandwich, how to move your quilt sandwich on your domestic machine.


 

Course materials, which includes an optional quilt sampler design that is perfect for using in this class are reviewed.  And Angela shares insight that while she’ll be doing the quilting in this class on a domestic sewing machine,  the techniques work well on a longarm machine.
 
 


LESSON 2: QUILTING STARBURSTS (7:29)



Angela teaches you how to create a beautiful starburst design, using the dot-to-dot technique.  This design is perfect for blocks (but adaptable to borders and sashing).  She also show insights on marking or not marking, before you stitch out this design.  And, throughout the lesson she tips that include hand positions, rotating your quilt, as well as working your way around your quilt.  



You also begin to learn how to incorporate other free-motion quilting designs with the dot-to-dot techniques.
SewCalGal loves the designs that are shared in this lesson. Absolutely perfect for modern quilts, but they are also perfect for incorporating into many contemporary and traditional quilts too!  And I appreciate all the  insights which are shared on tools (FMQ foot, slider, and rulers for those that want to apply these designs via a longarm machine.), as well as repositioning your hands while quilting.

 

 
LESSON 3:  STARBURST VARIATIONS (6:27)

This lesson focuses on variations of the starburst shared in the previous lesson as this design gets applied to triangles, hexagons,  and also a starburst design with an echo inside. 

Offset Starburts designs where the center of the block moved to various points on the block to create a completely different look of the Starburst design.

Angela also talks about symmetrical designs, wonky versions, 
thread selection tips and tips for addressing a few common mistakes in FMQ. 
 
 


LESSON 4: QUILTING DIAMONDS (7:09)

This lesson shows how use the corners of a block to stitch out a diamond design.  You can also use fabric marking pens, as desired to mark the “dots”.  Angela walks you through how the diamond is stitched, reviews the course materials that also shows you how to do this, as well as demonstrates how to do this on the machine.


At any point in any lesson, you can ask a question by posting it on the forum. Within a short time you’ll get a response by the teacher, and fellow students can respond to help each other.  But, by taking time to read questions and answers posted by others, you also get a wealth of more insights.
 



LESSON 5:  DIAMOND VARIATIONS (8:09)

Building on the simple diamond design taught in the previous lesson, Angela goes over how to incorporate multiple diamonds within a block.   
 

More insights are shared to help you add  your favorite FMQ designs with dot-to-dot designs (e.g. swirls, pebbles, etc).






  LESSON 6:  QUILTING LATTICES (8:34)

 
Angela shows an interesting design she calls “Lattices”, that uses a dot to dot technique which is perfect for large blocks and lattice. When used in connecting blocks this decide creates a grid, which Angela calls Laticeses.
 
Tips are also shared for traveling, thread selection tips, marking for reference points and more.
 
Quilting diagram from the class handouts.  Angela walks you through the start to stop of this design so you understand it fully, before she gives you a demonstration of how she actually stitches it out on the machine.

LESSON 7: LATTICE VARIATIONS (8:53)

Quilt lattice designs outside of your primary block create an interesting secondary designs on your quilts.
 


One of the variations that I fell in love with, Angela calls the Fan design.

In this lesson, you learn how to create the Fan design on your quilts, along with many tips to evenly space your design using marking and non-marking techniques. The ultimate goal is to get even spacing without having to take time to mark.

Here is an example that Angela has shared on the Craftsy forum of a quilt that used the Fan design, along with many other free-motion quilting designs. SewCalGal thinks this quilt and quilting is absolutely gorgeous.
 


It is fun to learn how Free Motion Fillers can add dimension to your quilt.  
 
And the variations of the Fan design are also fun to stitch on your quilts.
 


LESSON 8: DOT-TO-DOT QUILTING IN THE BORDERS (10:28)


Learn how to use dot-to-dot quilting techniques for your borders to create interesting looks for your quilt.   Angela shares two great dot-to-dot designs that are perfect for borders:  the Starburst design and using Curved lines.
 
 

You’ll learn tips for straight lines and curved lines, marking, corners and more. And you’ll learn how to apply these techniques to sashing too!
 
LESSON 9: INSPIRING EXAMPLES OF DOT-TO-DOT QUILTING (9:41)

In this lesson, Angela shows how you can break a part dot-to-dot designs and combine with other designs to create completely different effects.  You’ll learn how to combine straight lines and curved lines!

 
 
This lesson is where the whole class comes together.  For example, the Starburst design that was taught in an earlier lesson is used to apply to borders.  And the Diamond Design, which was also taught in an earlier lesson can be broken a part and used in set in triangles and more.  And, you can make these dot-to-dot designs even more spectacular by filling them with other free-motion quilting designs.
 
 

Throughout this lesson Angela also shares inspirational projects and shares many wonderful tips.
 




And a recap of the optional class project and how all of the designs shared in this class have been incorporated into this spectacular quilt that shows off the dot-to-dot designs, as well as other free-motion quilting designs.
 

SewCalGal loves this inspirational quote from Angela:







This Dot-to-Dot Free-Motion Quilting class with Angela Walters is perfect for quilters of all levels.  Your mind will be swimming with ideas of possibilities for how you can use these designs and techniques on your quilts.  

SewCalGal highly recommends this class, as well as the other FMQ classes at Craftsy with Angela.

 
 

 

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Craftsy Class Review: Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt Class, with Kimberly Einmo

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Kimberly Einmo is an author, international quilting instructor and quilt judge. She has written many articles published in various magazines and four books:

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Kimberly has also developed a signature line of innovative tools including the  Easy Star and Geese Ruler, the  EZ Hearts Cut Tool, the  EZ Pineapple Ruler, and the  EZ Jelly Roll Ruler which are manufactured and distributed by the Simplicity Creative Group.

 
 
While I highly encourage you to take a class with Kimberly at a quilt show, your quilt guild and/or your local quilt shop, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Kimberly to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted with such a class.  And, you may also want to take a class with Kimberly online through Craftsy!

Today, I want to share insights with you on one of the classes that Kimberly is teaching online at Craftsy.  
 

 






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While Craftsy currently offers two classes with Kimberly, today I’m going to share insights with you on her  “Chain of Stars:Mystery Quilt” class.  This is a super fun myster quilt class that would be delightful for quilters of all levels.  While I can’t show you what the design looks like, as that would take the mystery out of this class, I can honestly say this is a super fun class where Kimberly will also share many tips and tricks to help with precision piecing, fabric color selection, binding and more.  
 
And, the actual quilt design taught in this mystery quilt class can be made using fabrics from your stash or purchased fabrics that you may wish to buy. Instructions are also provided for four sizes (e.g. crib, wallhanging, double/queen, or king). 
  

   


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I felt Craftsy provided an accurate description of the class, but overlooked sharing how much fun this class really is:

 

What You’ll Learn

  • Simple block construction using strip sets
  • Time-saving techniques, such as getting perfect angles without pinning

What You’ll Make

  • A mystery quilt in one of four sizes: crib, wall hanging, double/queen and king

While I can share specifics on the quilt design, which would take away the fun of a mystery quilt class, I will share some highlights from each of the lessons that you can take at your leisure  and repeat as you desire.  Each of these lessons have great HD video photography that allows you to see what Kimberly is doing, as well as hear her talk you thru the steps.  And, you also get a PDF clue with each lesson that also walks you thru the appropriate steps!  Clearly a lot of time went into the planning and making of this excellent mystery quilt class:

LESSON 1: MEET KIMBERLY EINMO – INTRODUCTION (16:55)

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Kimberly shares insights about herself, as well as what to expect when doing a mystery quilt.  She loves to design quilts, especially mystery quilts.


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The Mystery Quilt taught in this class is new to Craftsy (you won’t find it anyplace else).

You download handouts (PDF) one clue at time, where the instructions follow along with the video lesson.  All of the written instructions also include easy to follow instructions with great visuals.

Kimberly shows multiple color combinations,value with various print sizes to help walk you through the process of fabric selection and placement. 


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Students can also post photos of their fabric selection in the Craftsy classroom (forum) to get feedback from Kimberly on their fabric selection.   You can pull fabric from your stash or shop.  You’ll need six fabrics for this quilt.



LESSON 2:CLUE 1 (13:40)

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Before we start sewing pieces of fabric together, Kimberly shares insights on thread and needle selection.  And she walks you through the steps of sewing and pressing to create the first block.

 

LESSON 3:  CLUE 2 (11:17)

Kimberly shares a great technique that doesn’t require pins, yet allows you to achieve perfect points on your blocks!


LESSON 4: CLUE 3 (14:45)

A couple of ways to make half square triangles are covered, including Kimberly’s favorite.

LESSON 5:  CLUE 4 (15:03)

More insights are shared on cutting, pressing, trimming dog ears while you continue to work on another clue!

LESSON 6: CLUE 5 (7:42)


This clue takes us through putting another block together, with oodles of useful tips shared.


  LESSON 7:  CLUE 6 (7:28)

Ok, you probably guessed that this clue has you stitching out blocks and there are tips shared!  So, I thought you may want to see a comment shared on the Craftsy Platform (class forum) that I feel represents what many participants feel about this class!

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LESSON 8: CLUE 7 (11:08)


You need to keep this a secret.  Just between us the clues in this lesson will help you finish the last block in this mystery quilt.  


LESSON 9: CLUE 8 (10:33)


Throughout the class, Kimberly talks about “The big reveal” at the end where we get to see what our mystery quilt will look like.  Trust me, it is absolutely beautiful!


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In this lesson, Kimberly shows you how all the blocks come together.  Tips are shared to help you layout your blocks to ensure the fabrics appear in the proper position to create a secondary design that appears in the larger quilts. She also shares very useful tips for chain piecing your blocks to keep your layout in place while assembling the blocks, as well as tips for machine quilting your quilt.



LESSON 10: FINISHING THE QUILT (16:27)

More great tips are shared to help you finish your quilt.  Kimberly talks about her favorite batting, as well as how different weights of thread (50, 40, 28) look differently on your quilt.
 
A highlight of this lesson was learning how Kimberly does binding on the machine.  This was the best approach to binding by machine that SewCalGal has ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you see why SewCalGal enjoyed this mystery class with Kimberly Einmo? It is a fun way to make a beautiful quilt and there are oodles of tips and tricks shared to help us learn along the way. And, how her class on Craftsy is an amazing value?  This class is offered at a regular price of $39.99 which is an amazing value.  And, periodically, Craftsy does offer specials. But even at regular price, this class is a great value.  
 
I do hope you get a chance to take this Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt Class with Kimberly Einmo, as I do think you’ll have fun and love what you create.  I’m also hoping to see more classes with Kimberly at Craftsy in the future.  Hopefully she’ll have more Mystery Quilt classes, as well as teach a class for her beautiful Lone Star Magic Quilt:


{above} Lone Star Magic Quilt, as taught at the 2013 Road to California Conference and Quilt Show, by Kimberly Einmo.

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If you have taken a class with Kimberly at Craftsy, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.  

If you are not familiar with Craftsy and are nervous about taking an online class, check out my post about free classes at Craftsy. This is a great opportunity for quilters of all levels and interest and a good way to get some hands on experience with how Craftsy structures their classes.




 

Craftsy Class: Machine Quilting Negative Space with Angela Walters

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Angela Walters is a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Expert that is a professional longarm quilter, teacher and author.  Many of her customer quilts have gone on to win awards in major quilt shows, as well as get published in popular quilting books.  She teaches FMQ on a longarm machine and on domestic machines, and is frequently found teaching at major quilt shows.  Angela also teaches “Free Motion Quilting With Feathers” and “Machine Quilting Negative Space” at Craftsy.  And, she has published two great FMQ books:

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While I highly encourage you to take a class with Angela at a quilt show, your quilt guild or local quilt shop, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Angela to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted.  But, I have another recommendation for you that I think will work for anyone interested in learning/improving your FMQ skills, no matter where you live, or what your schedule may be like.  And,  it is a very reasonable price option, that offers a great value too!

Consider taking a class with Angela through Craftsy!  Yes, you too can take a class with Angela Walters and learn to create beautiful free-motion quilting, in the comfort of your own home, at your leisure.

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Today I want to share insights with you on Angela’s class at Craftsy  called Machine Quilting Negative Space.  It is a class that SewCalGal recommends to any quilter that wants to improve their FMQ skills, regardless if you are a longarm quilter or use a domestic sewing machine.   And, for those that want to make their modern quilts look spectacular, this class will really help you add FMQ that will make that negative space look amazing!  To clarify, if you do not work on modern quilts, and not certain what is “negative space” this class can still be helpful. You’ll learn all about negative space and many techniques and designs that will still work on your traditional quilts too!  

Like all of of the classes at Craftsy, the filming is high quality, with HD video that captures details of Angela’s beautiful quilting.  Angela and the Craftsy team obviously did a great deal of prep and planning for this wonderful class.  

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The class “Machine Quilting Negative Space” is broken into sections that are easy to follow, start/stop at any point, and easy to repeat as many times as you wish.

LESSON 1: INTRO (5:03)
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Angela shares insights on her personal background, how she learned to quilt from her  husband’s grandfather and why she loves free-motion quilting.   She emphasizes that while she is using a longarm machine for this class, the techniques she is teaching also apply to those using a domestic sewing machine.  And, SewCalGal definitely agrees (this class will benefit those with a domestic sewing machine too)!

I love her perspective that machine quilting is like handwriting “Everyone has their own style so practice FMQ and make it your own”.

Angela has designed a quilt that students are given a free copy of the pattern, to make an optional quilt that measures 54 1/2″ x 70 1/2″.  This fun design incorporates two large areas of negative space that are perfect for the techniques taught in this class. But, if you don’t want to make this optional quilt you can certainly use practice quilt sandwiches, or create your own quilt with negative space.  Of course, it is also fun to see what fellow students create using this design and see photos shared in the “project” space (aka Gallery) for the class.

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Designs will be first taught drawing them out and when you are comfortable with that, you’ll stitch them out on your machine!


LESSON 2:SKETCHING: NEGATIVE SPACE (25:32)

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Angela shares insights on what is negative space, help you break up the overall quilt for free-motion quilting (FMQ) so you can create more visual impact with your quilt.   Her techniques also help if you are quilting on a domestic sewing machine, for ways to break up the surface of your quilt into areas that make it more manageable on your machine.

Many different designs are shared creating them in different scales.  Insights are also shared on using a couple of designs together to quilt a negative space and how to pick out designs and size that will work well together, yet have enough contrast together.  Sketching is an excellent way to decide what designs you may want to combine and use on your quilt and how you may want to adjust spacing and scale.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson: Paisley, Figure 8 (teardrop), circles, swirls, squares and boxes, tight back and forth lines, brackets and more!

LESSON 3:  SKETCHING:  COMBINING DESIGNS (16:57)

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Angela shares three different ways  on how to combine designs in your project.  Start with swirls and go to circles, moving from one design to another.  You can apply this technique from top to bottom, side to side, or within an area.  It is up to you.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson: Circles & swirls, swirls & leaves,wavy bones and more.




LESSON 4: SKETCHING: CHANGING YOUR SCALE (15:06)

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Angela shows how changing scale can add interest.  Tips are shared for marking going top to bottom, left to right, or a center out approach, for a great effect.


LESSON 5:  ECHOING QUILT DESIGNS (9:59)

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Angela teaches an unique approach of incorporating an “echo” of a block design in your quilt, within the negative space, which creates amazing results!  Longarmers may want to  use rulers (guides), whereas those using a domestic machine may want to mark their quilt, when stitching this FMQ technique.

This lesson enables you to add great visual impact and texture to the negative space in your quilt.  This technique alone is worth the cost of this class (and all the other lessons are well worth the cost too).


LESSON 6: STITCHING IN NEGATIVE SPACE (27:17)

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This lesson, Angela demonstrates designs on the quilt design that is provided for free for students in this class, but you can also do this on a practice sandwich, whole cloth quilt, etc..   Tips for combining three different designs, including how to select to create contrast are included!


Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Brackets, lines, circles and swirls in a variety of sizes.





  LESSON 7:  QUILTING DESIGNS (17:14)

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In this lesson, Angela has an optional wholecloth fabric you can purchase from  Spoonflower  but you can also stitch out this lesson on practice sandwiches or make your own whole cloth quilt top.

Combined two designs in a negative space on your quilt.  Tips for filling in the space, such as the edge of a block, how to travel and fill in the design in your negative quilting space.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Circles, Straight Lines, Swirls, Leaves, and Paisleys.

LESSON 8: CHANGING SCALE (20:10)


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Angela shows how a beautiful design can look stunning on your quilts in three different sizes, using this technique in rows or around a focal piece.   Exercises include FMQ with random sizes, as well as using an approach that transitions sizes across an area of your quilt.  Great lesson to add some amazing texture to negative space on your quilt!

I loved Angela’s recommendation to feel free to stop and take a look at where your FMQ is heading.  It takes about 2 minutes to quilt an area that would take you 30 minutes to rip out! 

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Circles, Swirls and Paisleys.

LESSON 9: INTERMEDIATE DESIGN: Bump Up The Complexity (20:55)



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Angela shares how to create some of her favorite designs in this lesson that add impressive texture to the negative space in your quilts.  

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Wood Grain, Tiles, Plume Feather and Flower



LESSON 10: DESIGN GALLERY – Eye Candy (7:03)

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Angela shares samples of designs and talks about how to combine designs, change scale and apply various designs to your quilts.

Great visuals to see how designs can be used to break up large areas of negative space on a quilt.  And, how your free-motion quilting can create texture and add beauty to your quilt.

 

 




Can you see why SewCalGal loves taking any/all classes with Angela Walters?  And, how her class on Craftsy is an amazing value?  This class is offered at a regular price of $39.99 which is an amazing value.  And, periodically, Craftsy does offer specials. But even at regular price, this class is a great value.  

To clarify, SewCalGal does not view this is a class that a beginner may want to take.  Ideally, you should have some experience with free-motion quilting before you take this class and ideally be at a confident beginner level, or more expertise!

“Let it go and enjoy the process!”

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If you have taken a class with Angela at Craftsy, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.  

If you are not familiar with Craftsy and are nervous about taking an online class, check out my post about free classes at Craftsy. This is a great opportunity for quilters of all levels and interest and a good way to get some hands on experience with how Craftsy structures their classes.



Full Disclosure:  SewCalGal has enjoyed Craftsy so much that I recently signed up to be a Craftsy Affiliate.  If you click through to Craftsy, from SewCalGal, to purchase a class, I do receive payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for SewCalGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even when SewCalGal is an Affiliate she shares her own opinion when sharing insights.  

 

Craftsy Class – Design It, Quilt It with Cindy Needham

Today I’m delighted to share insights about something which I’m very passionate about. This is not a paid advertisement, as I’m simply wanting to share insights with you about some great opportunities for those interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills.

I rarely share personal insights, but this story needs some background……

A few years back, I set off  investigating how much one could learn on free-motion quilting (FMQ) in a year.  I read a variety of  books, watched a number of DVDs and signed up for every class I could.  I even registered for a class with Diane Gaudynski at Asilomar (Empty Spools) which was to be the “capstone” to my year of researching FMQ.  And, I did everything I could possibly do to get ready for that class with Diane, realizing it was my opportunity to learn from an amazing FMQ Expert.

All of the students in Diane’s class were able to create beautiful FMQ and had been stitching FMQ for far longer than I had.  One of those “students” was Cindy Needham, also an FMQ Expert, but like many FMQ Experts continues to push herself to learn and improve her skills.  I also quickly realized Cindy was not only an FMQ Expert, Teacher, Author, but she is also an amazing woman with a really big heart.  Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to Cindy and knew I wanted to establish a friendship with her, as well as take more FMQ classes with her.

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Cindy teaches at major quilt shows around the world and her classes are always a sell out.  And she enjoys teaching at Quilt Guilds and Quilt Shops too!   And she hosts a variety of workshops in Northern California that quilters come from all over the world to attend.

This amazing woman is also an author of many handbooks (aka  e:books), on many subjects, which offer an amazing value to quilters.  Those that participated in the 2012 FMQ Challenge certainly enjoyed Cindy’s detail in providing excellent tutorial, with wonderful documentation with great visuals that helped many learn/improve their FMQ skills.  SewCalGal definitely recommends all of Cindy’s handbooks, as they are well written, with great insights, and they are very reasonably priced.  For more info on these ebooks: : http://www.cindyneedham.com/handbooks.html

While I highly encourage you to take a class with Cindy at a quilt show, or attend a retreat that she hosts in Northern California, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Cindy to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted.  But, I have another recommendation for you that I think will work for anyone interested in learning/improving your FMQ skills, no matter where you live, or what your schedule may be like.  And, s it is a very reasonable price option, that offers a great value too!

Cindy is now teaching a FMQ class with Craftsy!  Yes, you too can take a class with Cindy Needham and learn to create beautiful free-motion quilting, in the comfort of your own home, at your leisure.

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Cindy Needham’s class at Crafty is called Design It, Quilt It and it is a Free-Form Quilting Techniques class that you can can take at your leisure and repeat as often as you like.  The filming for this class is exceptional, all in HD video with details that show off Cindy’s intricate free-motion quilting.  Cindy and the Craftsy team obviously did a great deal of prep and planning for this wonderful class.

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Design It, Quilt It is broken into sections that are easy to follow, start/stop at any point.  Cindy is a very organized person who has the gift of breaking things down to be easy to follow (and learn) steps.  While her free-motion quilting is spectacular, she loves to teach beginners to do FMQ and they quickly learn to create beautiful FMQ with her as a teacher!

LESSON 1: INTRO (10:51)

 

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Cindy shares insights on her personal background, how she fell in love with quilting, how she became a teacher and why she absolutely loves teaching.  She also does a great job setting the stage for this free-motion quilting class on Craftsy, encourages students to share photos in the class.  And, encourages everyone to download tutorial documentation that she provided (and Cindy does a great job providing document and writing e:books).



LESSON 2: PIN BASTING (35:09)

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This lesson is packed full of tips that include insights on how to baste large quilts on a small table, clamp selection, basting tools and more.  This is the best lesson SewCalGal has ever seen on basting!  Excellent!  Cindy also shared tips on batting selection, including insights on blending cotton and wool batting. And, she shares great insights for securing your quilt with straight basting techniques on your machine, to stabilize your quilt, before you start any free-motion quilting.

LESSON 3:  THREAD & TENSION
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Cindy created an excellent hand out for this lesson, where she talks about the fabulous four: thread delivery, tension, bobbin, needle and how you can get any thread to work in your machine.  Insights are shared on changing bobbin tension, thread shopping (how to select one thread over another), using decorative threads in your bobbin and more!

LESSON 4: TECHNIQUES & TOOLS

 

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This is a great lesson to help you learn how to setup your sewing space, to listen to your machine to find that perfect humm-purr sound, along with insights on some great tools for free-motion quilting.  I also enjoy how Craftsy has a Q&A section for every lesson.  You can easily post your questions and get a timely response from Cindy, as well as chat with fellow students.  Reading the Q&A is also a great learning opportunity as there are many tips shared along the way.

LESSON 5:  STENCILS (13.53)

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Wow, does Cindy have a wonderful collection of beautiful stencils.  Great insights on marking tips with a stencil, but also how to incorporate designs from different stencils into one design.  You’ll develop skills to take one or more stencils to create a design that becomes your own! And she shares insights on oodles of tools (e.g. rulers, fabric marking tools, etc.).

LESSON 6: MEDALLIONS (24:32)


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Learn how to spot inspiration for creating beautiful free-motion quilting designs from items you may see in your home, in restaurants, in fabric and more!  Cindy shares insights on how to create a focal point, movement, dimension, as well as sunshine and shadow in your design for whole cloth quilts, as well as for pieced quilts.

SewCalGal views this lesson alone is worth 10 times the cost of this entire class!  Excellent lesson!lesson 6 medallions 2

 

LESSON 7:  DESIGN BASICS (16:48)

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Cindy teaches how to use a basic four corner stencil to create a whole cloth design, as well as using stencils on pieced quilts.  And, you’ll learn FMQ techniques for scribbling, pebbling and more.

LESSON 8: THE BASIC THREE (22:50)


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Cindy has studied free-motion quilting designs and broken them down in three categories: repetitive line, circles and s-curves.  And, how you can create beautiful pearl designs and use them as fillers in the spine of a feather.  Absolutely stunning FMQ designs.
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LESSON 9:  FEATHERS (47:26)

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Cindy is an excellent teacher to learn how to create beautiful FMQ feathers.  She categorizes feathers in two basic categories:  Free-formed feathers and stenciled feathers and, in this lesson, you’ll learn how to create both and more!

You’ll also hear an inspirational story about the Nun’s quilt.

LESSON 10: BACKGROUNDS (34:58)

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Excellent lesson where Cindy shares insights on background designs and how to make them you own.  And, how background designs can really make the difference in your quilting to make a design pop or become sunshine.  She also shares insights on: scribbling vs stippling, clamshells, gridwork designs, sunshine vs shadow designs, pearls & swirls, blob shapes filled with beautiful FMQ that you can make your own and more!

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LESSON 11: MAKING BORDERS FIT (20:35)

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Cindy shares insights on the mathematical way to make borders fit, as well as creative ways.  Tips are shared on how to mark  your borders for placement of your FMQ designs, select a design, use stencils for borders and more!

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Can you see why SewCalGal loves taking any/all classes with Cindy Needham?  And, how her class on Craftsy is an amazing value?  This class is offered at a regular price of $39.99 which is an amazing value.  And, periodically, Craftsy runs specials.  But, regardless of getting this class for the regular price or on a special, SewCalGal definitely recommends anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills to take Cindy’s class on Craftsy.

If you are are taking this class on Craftsy and/or have taken other classes with Cindy, I’d love to hear what you thought and if you’d recommend such classes to others interested in FMQ.  SewCalGal definitely recommends Craftsy, Cindy’s class at Craftsy,  any class you can take with Cindy Needham, and Cindy’s e:books too!  And, I hope you enjoy Craftsy and learning from Cindy as much as I have.

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Free Motion Quilting Class at Craftsy: Wendy Butler Burns

While I’ve been researching a number of topics, one of the main areas that I’ve been researching, this past year, has been in the area of free-motion quilting.  I’ve been looking at quilt books, DVDs and taking classes to find ways a beginner quilter, or even an experienced quilter could learn to create beautiful free-motion quilting.  And, I’m really excited to be able to share with you insights about a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) class offered by Craftsy.com 

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First, if you have not yet taken an online quilting class, I think you are missing a great opportunity.  Craftsy.com is also a premiere source for online quilting classes, as well as other craft classes too.  They guarantee 100% satisfaction, or a complete refund of your class fees within 30 days of your registration.  You can take your class anytime, at your liesure, always able to start and stop  at any point.  Plus, with Craftsy.com your class will always be available to you for you to repeat anytime you would like, and as many times as you would like!


This FMQ Class is taught by Wendy Butler Burns, a very talented quilter and teacher.  Craftsy provided the following  highlights what you will learn  in this class and I think they fulfilled these and more in the course materials:

    • Start simple & stress–free by quilting 5 easy designs with the walking foot                                

 

  • Tackle 10 beautiful FMQ designs from simple stipples to feathers‚ vines‚ bubbles & more                                

 

 

  • Learn best practices for setting up your space and battling the bulk of your quilt                                

 

 

  • Understand what threads to use on your project & why

 

 

Course Materials were provided in PDF format for: 

    • A Welcome document that contains insights on the teacher, overview of all the lessons, machine quilting basics, including oodles of tips & tricks for free-motion quilting with great visuals.

 

  • Supplies & resources document

 

 

  • and a  great quilting glossary is also provided

 

 

The overall course is 5+ hours and consists of ten lessons with well thought out and organized content. Lessons cover everything a beginner needs to know about FMQ:

# 1: Introduction (9:25 minutes)
# 2: Preparing Your Quilt (37:34 minutes)
# 3: Stablizing Your Quilt (28:31 minutes)
# 4: Take A Walk (41:34 minutes)
#5:  Marking Free-motion Quilting (19:44 minutes)
# 6: Simple Free-motion Quilting (44:59 minutes)
# 7: Complex Free-motion Quilting (23:03 minutes)
# 8: Thread Talk (29:43 minutes)
# 9:  Whole-Cloth Quilting & Troubleshooting (25:26 minutes)
# 10:  Borders & Binding (48:38 minutes)

 Every lesson includes a variety of tips, insights on tools, tricks.  Wendy walks the students thru the design, drawing it first on paper, and then showing how to stitch it out on your home sewing machine.

Easy to ask questions and get a response from the teacher.  I also enjoyed seeing questions that other students have asked and the teachers’ response to all questions.


The Craftsy tool also provides an easy to use place for taking notes.  Plus, the class video will stop to give you time to log your notes.  Your notes will be there for you to refer to anytime you want, even if you repeat the class months later.  And, you can print your notes any time to your local printer.  


All of the Lessons are easy to follow and packed full of appropriate info.  I was very happy to see that “Thread Talk”  included excellent insights on needles, thread weights, proper spooling, and setting tension.  These are all items that frequently give new free-motion quilters challenges and if don’t get a good handle on them early on, quilters tend to not enjoy FMQ.

Designs are broken into four  main categories:

    1. Take a Walk provides insights on using your walking foot,

 

  • Marking Your Quilt provides insights on using stencils,

 

 

  • Simple FMQ shares insights on stippling, the zigzag stitch, continuous star motif, and the traveling vines motif,

 

 

  • Complex FMQ shares insights on round spirals, square spirals, Feathers,  continuous flowers, and bubbles.

 

 


SewCalGal highly recommends this Free-Motion Quilting Class for quilters that want to learn free-motion quilting, as well as those that have learned some FMQ but want to increase their confidence level and/or get a solid refresher on basics FMQ techniques.

The course fee is $39.99 which I feel is an excellent value. 

Once you sign up for Machine Quilting‚ you’ll have unlimited access to the course‚ including online discussions and over 15 pages of downloadable resources‚ tips and ideas. Watch on your own schedule‚ at your own pace‚ and as many times as you like… your access never expires.

Craftsy does offer a variety of classes for a number of hobbies and they are adding classes all the time.   In addition to classes, they also hold workshops.  I spotted the Lemoyne Star Quilted Trivet Workshop  that has a special for $11.99 that I signed up and would love to have you join me. 


I did have one technical problem while taking this course.  While I thought it might be my PC, I wasn’t certain what to do about it.  Craftsy quickly responded with a recommendation for me to clear my browser’s cache and they shared a link to a guide to help me do this.  As I confess I forget to do this periodically, I wanted to share it with you.  It definitely helped for the video to be viewed without an interruption.  ( Click here for the guide to clear your cache)

I hope you’ll check out Craftsy.com and give their classes a try.  I do think you’ll really enjoy taking their classes and definitely enjoy this FMQ class, if you are interested in learning free-motion quilting. 

 

Where you can find Craftsy:

http://www.craftsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/quiltingclub
http://blog.craftsy.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/beCraftsy

Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy:

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