Gail Kessler

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills

Gail Kessler
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Meet Gail Kessler, your guide to the wonderful world of quilting! She'll tell you a little about herself and give you an animated tour of the parts of a quilt.
Before you begin, you'll need to choose a design and the fabrics to make it. Gail also shows you the essential supplies and tools you need for your quilting workspace.
So many wonderful fabrics to choose from! You'll be able to navigate the fabric store, prepare your fabrics and cut safely and accurately, including fussy cutting.
Visualize how your quilt will look by creating a design wall in your workroom. Use this vertical surface to evaluate your block positioning before you sew.
It's time for patchwork! You'll learn secrets for speedy and accurate piecing as you chain-piece blocks, press your seams correctly and assemble the rows.
If you choose to add sashing or borders to your design, this lesson will show you the hows and whys. Gail also demonstrates how to create borders from directional fabric.
Now it's time to make a sandwich! Choose the right backing fabric and batting for the look you want in your completed quilt. Gail demonstrates both spray and pin basting.
Tying is an easy and traditional way to secure your quilt layers. Gail also shows basic machine quilting setup, stitching in the ditch and simple designs for block centers.
Try the traditional and beautiful art of hand quilting for a one-of-a-kind finish to your quilt. You'll learn the fundamentals of using a hoop and hand stitching.
It's time for the big finish! Gail demonstrates an easy straight-cut binding. Then add a personalized label to let people know how proud you are of your quilt!
10 Lessons
3  hrs 14  mins

Whether you’re renewing your love of quilting, or making a quilt for the first time, shop owner and instructor Gail Kessler is here to guide you to success. In Gail’s class, you’ll receive four accessible quilt patterns, and learn all the skills you need to bring them to life! You’ll go step-by-step through how to choose fabrics and a quilt design, cut and piece precisely, and press for crisp results. Add sashing and borders, sandwich and baste your quilt, then finish with a label to tell the world what you’ve created. Gail’s enthusiasm and expertise make this class fun to watch and easy to follow.

Gail Kessler

Gail has spent the last 13 years living in the best of both worlds, with weekdays in the New York City fashion district and weekends at her farm and quilt shop, Ladyfingers Sewing Studio, in the heart of the historic Oley Valley of Pennsylvania. This continuous change of scenery has produced a style that shines through her work as a fabric and quilt designer, shop owner, quilting instructor and former marketing director of Andover Fabrics. Gail’s work has been featured in countless publications, and she has appeared on QNNtv and Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting."

Gail Kessler

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11 Responses to “Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills”

  1. StephanieK

    Enjoyed this class, very thorough instruction for a beginner.


    New here. How do I save this class in my account?

  3. R

    What do you mean by "puts the proper twist" on the thread so it doesn't tangle? As a spinner of yarn and thread, the twist is the same in both directions (re Z and S twist). Perhaps twist has a different meaning in sewing?

  4. Ines Carrasquillo

    Hello, Can you provide the details on the design wall? What is the material you're using to have the fabric stick to the wall and not fall off? Thank you

  5. Naomi Vazquez

    Hello I cannot download the pattern. Can you tell me how?

  6. ANGDI

    Wow, I love your voice and the way how you speak! It's so soothing and warm!

  7. Holly Paolino

    What stitch length do you use as you piece?

  8. user6196118307951

    Hello, Can someone tell me why safety pins are used in pin basting vs. straight pins? If the straight pins are long enough, would they not work as well? Thanks.

  9. Sheila Embry

    Why are the resource materials for this tutorial no longer available?

  10. Antonette Barr

    Really enjoyable! Thank you Gayle!

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