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Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety

with Angela Walters
Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety
Quilt an endlessly inspiring array of new textures by modifying basic designs. Get Angela Walters’ tips and complete your quilts with fresh, fascinating style.

Quilting expert Angela Walters will guide you step by step through quilting pebbles, swirls, squares, feathers, clamshells and ribbon candy, before helping you build on these basic designs to create more complex variations. Use small changes like adding echoing, altering the design layout, combining designs and changing scale to bring new interest to basic designs and an updated look to your quilts. Plus, you can use these modifications on more of your favorite designs to instantly increase your quilting repertoire! Easily tweak basic designs for intriguing visual interest and finish quilts that look anything but simple.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, quilting teacher and author Angela Walters. You’ll get a sneak peek of what you’ll learn over the course of the class as you set your sights on the seemingly endless design possibilities you’ll embark on.


Lesson 2. Pebbles

  • Learn how to create a diverse ensemble of pebble designs, including overlapping and echoing shapes. Angela guides you through methods that set you up for fun, efficient sewing sessions and points out ways to fill blank spaces of all sizes. You'll learn how to break away from making patterns that are identical as you embrace a more whimsical, spontaneous approach to quilting.


Lesson 3. Swirls

  • Angela shows you how to create a basic swirl before adding increasingly complex variations that modify the layout, size and spacing of your swirled patterns to create new aesthetics. You'll love this free-flowing stitch pattern, as well as the troubleshooting tips Angela offers on freeing yourself from corners and sketching out your designs ahead of time.


Lesson 4. Ribbon Candy

  • Discover a new take on a gorgeous classic: ribbon candy stitches! Angela helps you relax into the process of creating basic ribbon shapes and shares tips on ways to visualize this unique pattern. After a little practice, you’ll be ready to create variations as you experiment with shape, size and placement.


Lesson 5. Feathers

  • Work through an array of feather motifs, from classic feather designs to flowers, echoes, swirls and more. In addition to learning helpful placement and stitching methods, you’ll also see real examples on quilts to help inspire your future feather designs.


Lesson 6. Squares

  • Move from fluid lines into angles as you explore beautiful square designs. Angela demonstrates ways to get comfortable with a mixture of filled, offset and different-sized squares. Learn how to create angles and straight lines with precision using varying sewing speeds, implementing Angela’s helpful troubleshooting tips along the way.


Lesson 7. Clamshells

  • Wrap up the class with a bevy of clamshell designs that will add a gorgeous flourish to any blank strip of fabric, from sashes to borders and anything in between. Start with a classic design before trying teardrops, a mod variation, echoed clamshells and more. You’ll finish the class with a new sense of confidence and limitless design combinations that you can use on your future projects!

"Angela, amazing awesomeness! I always enjoy your classes except for the last lesson. The last lesson means the class is drawing to a close, which is always a bummer. Really enjoyed learning the variations and how you make the awesome definition between the designs! I can't wait to try these designs and am so looking forward to purchasing your last books! Great job as always."
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