Preview this Still Life and Beware!

Collage building basics.

One of the basic skills in fusing is the creation of collages. Here you see the beginning steps for making the Vase on the Table project. In this portion of my Craftsy class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts, we cover collage building and also the “dangerous cutting with decorative blades”. So beware!

I prefer a giant iron for some reason.

You’ll also learn some helpful tips about the uses of release paper and bias-fusing skinny strips of fabric. On film you’ll see me use a tiny wand iron. But in really life I have to tell you, I’m not a big fan of wand irons. It always feels like the iron wants to attack me.

Learn the Outline Stitch and look neat.

Again, the Craftsy film crew was able to capture my dainty little hands demonstrating new stitches for you like the Outline Stitch. The course materials also has diagrams and written descriptions of the stitches that you can access.

Ah, the lovely Ermine Stitch.

You’ll also learn the decorative Ermine Stitch and a fused binding variation in the Vase on the Table project. Taking my Craftsy class is like taking one of my classes in real life. Only in this class I wear makeup making it a better experience for all of us.

Preview this House

Are you longing to hear my sultry voice and invite me onto your computer screen? Then check out my new Craftsy class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts. Here’s a preview of the first project, House in the Valley.
Always start with beautiful fabrics.

In this lesson, we begin with the basics of fusing. You learn how to choose the correct type of fusible web and fabric and move on to how to fuse the fabric correctly. It may sound simple but I’m telling you, they don’t call me the Dean of Corrections for nothing. These are the approved Chicago School Of Fusing methods you are learning.

Learn more than you ever wanted to know.

While creating the House in the Valley, you’ll learn all about free-cutting, bias-cutting, building units, and how to assemble the quilt with ease. Along the way I’m giving you all those helpful fusing tips that I learned the hard way like fuse-tacking and the vital Quilt Protection Policy. Cause I’m the Dean of Corrections!

And then there is a whole lesson on hand stitching the quilt. Craftsy was able to capture my dainty hands on screen demonstrating each stitch. The film quality is really amazing. I know you’ll enjoy the House in the Valley project and tomorrow I’ll show you another project.

Free on Friday: A Class for You

Your ticket to paradise.

In celebration of my new class on Craftsy, Hand-Stitched Collage Quilts, I’d like to give some lucky reader a free ticket. It’s a ticket to one free online class on Craftsy. You can take my class (starting January 3) or some other class. However if you leave a comment today and win this free class from Craftsy I have one stipulation: take a cake decorating class instead of my quilting class and you have to send me a piece of cake.

Look for This on Craftsy Soon!

Look for this on Craftsy on January 3.

It’s alive! Or at least it will be on January 3.

I’ve just been informed that my Craftsy class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts, will be available for download on January 3. That means you can sign up for the class and see me for the rest of your life. Your subscription to the class never expires, even if I do.

My terrific Craftsy team.

The Craftsy team has made a really cool introduction to the class with music and graphics that you will love. I’ve been watching it online for a few days now to get familiar with the platform. I now know how to answer all your questions that you pose in the class. And I finally discovered how to turn down the volume on my monitor. Hope to see you there!

How Many Houses Does It Take?

The many iterations of a house quilt.

When filming my new class on Craftsy called Hand Stitched Collage Quilts, I had to create several versions of the 4 different projects.These different stages of construction or step-outs now reside in my sewing studio. (It sounds like they have rented a room or something.) Here you see 4 versions of House in the Valley, the first project in the class.

House parts everywhere!

And there’s lots more quilt parts where those came from. I really don’t like duplicating the same quilt over and over. So now what do I do with the left overs and partially finished quilts?