Startup Library: Quilting (DVD + Streaming)
- Includes both DVD and On-Demand streaming access
- Bonus downloadable materials with purchase
- 14 Class Sessions
- Total Runtime: 5h 42m
Join expert Christa Watson as she teaches you how to make your first quilt. Discover a range key tools and techniques as Christa guides you step by step through preparing your fabric, cutting out the pieces and sewing them into blocks, as well as basting, machine quilting and binding to help you finish your quilt with ease. By the end of class, you’ll be able to tackle your next quilt project with confidence!
NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)
It’s every quilter’s favorite part of project prep: shopping! In this first lesson, meet Christa Watson, who explains what quilting is, then shares key pointers to keep in mind when shopping for tools and fabric.
Exercise: Know Your Machine (24:38)
Understand what type of sewing machine best suits your needs, including the features worth splurging on (or not!). Then, get familiar with your machine as you learn to thread it, wind a bobbin and keep an accurate seam allowance.
Setup: Working With Patterns (8:58)
Christa discusses the information that’s included in quilting patterns. Find out how to work with them as you piece your tops. Plus, get Christa’s tips for choosing projects successfully.
Make It: Cutting the Pieces (38:20)
Before you begin sewing, you’ll need to cut the pieces for your blocks. Learn to work with a rotary cutter and mat as you cut yardage, fat quarters and more.
Make It: Chain Blocks (24:16)
Get right into action by sewing up the quilt’s first block, the Chain Block! See how to keep track of all nine pieces as you sew and press the first block, and sew several blocks together at once.
Make It: Star Blocks (32:37)
Throw some half-square triangle units into the mix as you sew the second block of your quilt. Find out how to tame stretchy edges. And, get Christa’s tips for ensuring that all of your star points face the right direction.
Make It: Assembling the Quilt Top (27:47)
Now, it’s time to have some fun with assembly! Arrange and organize your quilt blocks before you sew them together. Then, sew blocks into rows and rows into the inner top. We think you’ll love Christa’s method for keeping your blocks in order as you sew!
Make It: Borders (27:27)
Your quilt top is almost done! All you need to do is add the solid and scrappy borders to set off the design. In this lesson, learn how to piece and add each border, and fix them if they’re slightly too long for your quilt.
Make It: Backing & Batting (11:11)
Here, you’ll prepare the remaining layers for your quilt. Learn how to choose and prepare batting (the center layer of the quilt) and piece the backing fabric.
Make It: Basting (8:04)
The secret to quality quilting? Successful basting, which means sandwiching all of the layers together securely. Christa teaches you how to spray-baste the layers and assemble your quilt, explaining why pressing helps ensure solid results.
Make It: Find Your Quilting Path (37:57)
Quilting, the stitching that holds layers together, can really accentuate your piecing work. Discover different ways to accomplish this, from working with a longarm quilter to using your domestic machine. And, see how to stitch in the ditch and apply decorative wavy lines using your walking foot.
Exercise: Free-Motion Quilting (23:13)
Ready to dip your toes into free-motion quilting? This method allows you to move your needle in any direction. If you’d like, layer a stipple and continuous curve design to your quilt top, or just practice for your next quilt.
Make It: Binding (13:07)
Finish the edges of your quilt by applying a binding. Here, Christa shows you how to prepare for this step. Learn to cut and piece the strips to create the binding, calculate the length you need for any quilt, and square up, or trim, your quilt.
Make It: Binding the Quilt (36:56)
You’re almost there! In this final lesson, find out how to sew the binding to the quilt and finish it by hand. Easily work with the corners and join the tails with Christa’s expert instruction, then get ready to enjoy your new quilt!
Christa Watson is an award-winning quilter with more than 20 years’ experience, specializing in machine quilting. She’s the author of three books: “Machine Quilting With Style,” “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” and “Piece and Quilt with Precuts.”
Bonus materials available after purchase
Startup Library: Quilting - Class Materials and Pattern
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