Learn new block techniques
In Craftsy's second annual Block of the Month, sew along with quilting legend Laura Nownes as she teaches you 10 blocks of various sizes, including LeMoyne star, tumbling blocks, strippy spools and offset log cabins. You'll learn 45- and 60-degree triangles, partial seams, Y-seams and curved piecing. Add two fun filler blocks, then assemble the 60" x 63" (152 x 160 cm) quilt and finish with Laura's easy mitered binding. It's a great class for experienced quilters, but jump right in if you have basic sewing skills!
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Meet Laura Nownes, your teacher for the Craftsy 2013 Block of the Month! Start right in by making the offset log cabin, as Laura goes over the basics of fabric preparation, cutting and stitching.
This month, you'll learn about strip sets as a time-saving quilting method that makes blocks look more difficult than they really are. Practice partial seams as you make the spring bloom block!
As you stitch the economy block, Laura teaches you the basic steps and formulas for drafting, so you can make a block pattern in any size.
Laura shows you tricks with templates and fusibles that make curved piecing easier. You'll make the fan block.
Chain piece the strippy spools design as you master 45-degree triangles.
Have you ever tried a Y-seam construction? Laura breaks it down for you as you create the beautiful LeMoyne star block.
Use strip piecing and different fabric values to create the optical illusion of tumbling blocks. In the process you'll play with 60-degree triangles and diamond shapes.
A pretty basket of flowers will be the last block we create. Learn how to build the basket out of a strip set, then coax bias-cut strips into a curved shape for your basket handle.
Let's finish the cheerful flower basket block with appliquéd flowers and leaves. Laura demonstrates a clever technique for circular flower centers.
To finish your sampler quilt, you'll need an assortment of filler blocks. Learn Laura's way of making half-square triangles and flying geese.
Combine your blocks however you like! Once you've sandwiched and quilted your sampler, add Laura's easy mitered binding.
"I am absolutely enjoying the 2013 BOM! Laura doesn't leave anything out! Her presentation is precise, clear and very helpful in presenting what to do and what not to. Most enjoyable though is her relaxed easy-going style!! Love her choice of fabric for a fresh modern looking quilt!!"