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Traditional Blocks Made Simple

with Anita Grossman Solomon
Traditional Blocks Made Simple
Get piecing in no time with Anita Grossman Solomon's innovative techniques for cutting and assembling four classic quilt blocks.

Over years of quilting, Anita has figured out how to let her tools do most of the persnickety work of precise measurement. Snip snip snip! She'll show you how to customize your own rulers, use paper patterns for cutting and sewing, and deploy her stack-and-stitch method of block creation. "Why didn't I think of that?" you'll wonder as you breeze through Anita's arrowhead, pineapple, square-on-point and "unbiased" blocks. Anita will also go over fabric preparation and how she chooses her fabrics and arranges the blocks for her stunning quilts. Creating gorgeous quilts isn't as complicated as you think. Sign up for Traditional Blocks Made Simple today! Bonus: Anita's e-book, "Rotary Cutting Revolution" (a $14.99 value) is included free!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Anita and learn about her quilting innovations. You'll also get an introduction to the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Anita's Arrowhead

  • Anita has made the arrowhead block her own. Examine her Liberty Arrowhead Quilt before exploring alternative arrowhead designs and preparing to make your own.


Lesson 3. Preparing the Arrowhead Pieces

  • Creative cutting and sewing makes this block practically piece itself. Anita will guide you step by step through her streamlined process.


Lesson 4. Block Construction & Options

  • Learn to put the block together by sewing in sections, then press your block and add interfacing with Anita's assistance every step of the way.


Lesson 5. Visualizing the Fabric

  • Learn the art to arranging the blocks using the visualizer. Anita will also talk you through using lights and darks.


Lesson 6. Introducing the Pineapple Block

  • Triangles and trapezoids fan out from a central square to form Anita's famous pineapples. You'll learn the quilt-as-you-go method for creating pineapples of your own.


Lesson 7. Cutting the Pineapple Block

  • Anita will show you how to cut all the pieces using a simple paper diagram. You'll be amazed at her efficient use of fabric!


Lesson 8. Pineapple Block Construction

  • Put your pineapple blocks together. Learn to true up the blocks and the joy of offsetting the blocks with Anita's detailed instruction.


Lesson 9. Two Additional Blocks

  • Learn two more blocks: Anita's Square-on-Point block and Unbiased block.

"This is a wonderful class. I really enjoy Anita's teaching style. I love the stories that she tells to give her tips and techniques context. The combination of her quirky sense of humor and the unique way that she interprets classic blocks make this a winning course. I think Anita is genuinely fun to watch, and I hope I have the opportunity to meet her in person some day."
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Austin, TX

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