Laura Nownes
Craftsy Instructor

San Francisco Bay Area

Laura Nownes has been teaching quilting classes for more than 35 years, and is the co-author of the celebrated “quilting bible” Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! She also co-developed a pattern line of more than 60 original designs, and has been featured on several quilting shows, including the PBS series The Great American Quilt.

Laura's Craftsy Classes


Quilting With Confidence

Do you have quilt-making questions? Quilting instructor and author Laura Nownes has your answers in these video lessons! Start with Laura's advice for selecting a pattern, tools and fabric. Next, learn how to cut fabric of all sizes accurately and efficiently. With those fundamentals covered, Laura will teach you about the different types of piecing methods and how to sew an accurate quarter-inch seam. From there, find out why and how to press for success. Ready to bring your quilt to life? Learn techniques for constructing a top even if the blocks have inconsistent sizing, and get comfortable adding sashing and borders to your quilts. Then, breeze through finishing as Laura discusses quilting options and an easy binding method. You'll even find out how to care for your quilts by safely storing, washing and repairing them if necessary.


$19.99 $39.99


Improve Your Quilts: 37 Troubleshooting Techniques

Instructor Laura Nownes shares her must-have tips and tricks from 35 years of quilting, starting with strategies for fabric selection, perfect color palettes and finding inspiration. Conquer common quilting mistakes with Laura’s clever troubleshooting techniques, and achieve consistent seam allowances, straight seams and precise results with smart piecing methods. Discover how the right pressing technique and a little steam can fix even the wobbliest of strips and the biggest bubbles, and learn expert tips for joining mismatched blocks and solving sashing and border issues. Finally, Laura will reveal essential binding tips to create sharp corners, seamlessly join ends and fix floppy, curvy or loose binding — all in the name of making a quilt you’re proud to share!

$19.99 $39.99


Craftsy Block of the Month 2013

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!

Craftsy users love the Block of the Month so much it's become an annual tradition! Sign up for the 2014 Block of the Month, Craftsy Color Theory with Janine Burke and Amy Walsh.


Laura's Patterns

Sugar Plum Village


Bow Tie


A Day to Celebrate

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Laura's Projects

First Quilt
Make Sharp Corner Binders
Silk Rectangles
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Laura's Blog