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Online Class

Piece Any Project: Conquer Challenging Seams

Don't be shy about trying partial seams and Y-seams; discover simple techniques to sew tricky blocks with ease!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Kelly Ashton
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Join patchwork expert Kelly Ashton and open the door to a new world of intricate blocks. First, Kelly will demystify partial seams as you sew a Bright Hopes block and she'll show you how to translate this technique to create frames and borders. Then, learn how to create your own templates to cut a range of shapes and discover the keys to precise, consistent results, even when fussy-cutting. Next, follow along with Kelly to measure and mark fabric before sewing Y-seams for a tumbling block. Tackle a six-pointed star block with the timesaving unit-construction method and discover tried-and-true pressing techniques for polished results. Along the way, you'll learn Kelly's smart tips and tricks for troubleshooting alignment issues, puckering and bias-edge distortion, and find out how to use directional fabric to create a stylish statement.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Partial Seams
Meet instructor Kelly Ashton and expand your knowledge of piecing advanced shapes! Create a Bright Hopes block as Kelly shares her foolproof technique for sewing partial seams. You'll also pick up tips for creative borders and frames.
2. Set-In Seams & Fabrics
3. Working With Templates
4. Cutting With Templates
5. Sewing Set-In Seams
6. Block Construction & Pressing
7. Setting Options

Taught by

Kelly Ashton
Kelly Ashton
Kelly Ashton is the author of "Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork." She also designs original patterns and templates, and teaches quilting workshops specializing in smart piecing techniques.

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