These 10 Quilting Classes Are Worth Watching Again and Again


You know how, no matter how many amazing TV shows or movies air, you still have your go-to favorites; the ones you watch over and over again? Yeah, same thing happens here. These are the best quilting classes to fire up whenever you're in need of an extra dose of inspo or want to brush up on skills.

1. Startup Library: Quilting

Newbie quilters , this is the class for nabbing tricks and techniques that’ll up your game. A few favorites: Learning how to chain-piece (or assembly-line) sew several blocks at once — time saver FTW — and how to spray baste your quilt even when there isn’t a ton of wall space.

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.

2. The Machine Quilter's Toolbox

Machine quilting is simple, so long as you have the right tools for the job. This class gives you the low-down on everything from choosing the perfect batting to marking your design , and highlights the gear that makes each task easier along the way.

Batting is the magic in the middle of any quilt. Kelly begins by going over the key characteristics. Then she walks you through the fiber types available, showing both raw batting and quilted samples. You'll perform a simple test before you make your quilt to ensure it's right for your project.

3. Quilting on the Grid

When you’re staring at a big, blank quilt top, the idea of free-motion machine quilting can feel crazy intimidating. But once you learn how to break up your quilt into smaller spaces — or grids — with a walking foot, you’ll nip that fear right in the bud.

Meet your instructor Christina and start by creating a grid for your quilt to use as a guide for free-motion quilting. Using a ruler and a walking foot, Christina shows you step by step how to make a basic and an on-point grid. Then, see how to split your grids to form even more fun shapes!

4. The Perfect Finish: How to Bind a Quilt

Every quilt needs a binding , so why not make it an exciting part of your design? Whether you want to bind curvy edges or apply funky accents, you’ll learn tons of techniques in this class — not to mention clever sayings that help commit them to memory.

Meet award-winning quilter Susan Cleveland as she previews the helpful finishing techniques you'll learn to create beautiful binding for your quilts. Then get started! Susan details important steps in the preparation process, including selecting a batting, assembling and squaring up your quilt, pin basting and staystitching.

5. Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis

Sometimes, you just need to step away from precise piecing. So let loose and have some fun! This class teaches you how to experiment with color, fabric choices and design concepts, all while pulling together four fun, fast mini quilts that'll look perfect on your sewing room wall.

Meet Suzy and begin by going over the patterns for your mini quilt series. Suzy explains what to keep in mind when choosing fabrics and how much fun it is to customize each quilt! But don't worry, you can also make the quilts as shown using the included pattern.

6. Stack, Cut & Shuffle Quilts

Not only is this class a great way to bust your stash , but you’ll also pick up tons of tricks for any quilt you work on next. One secret involves using sticky notes — seriously, sticky notes! — to get the most out of your square rulers, so you know it’s gonna be good.

Meet instructor Karla Alexander and learn what it means to stack, cut, shuffle and sew for creative quilts, right from your stash. Next you’ll select, prepare and shuffle fabric for simple rail fence blocks, which you'll efficiently chain piece together.

7. 28 Days to Better Free-Motion Quilting

From simple scribbles to full-on feathers, gain the skills you need to free-motion quilt like a pro. Bluprint's top instructors show you how, and you'll see your skills improve with just a few minutes of practice each day.

Kick things off with simple designs that get you comfortable moving fabric around your machine. Start with simple scribbles, then move through a series of lines and curves to build a foundation for more complex designs.

8. The Scrappy Market Tote

No pattern, no problem! With this tutorial, you can use the scraps from your last big quilting project to create a tote bag that's perfect for the next grocery run.

Get started by sorting out (or cutting up) your fabric scraps for improvisational piecing. Christina shows you how to sew them together to form stripes, rail fence blocks and shapes. Plus, see how diagonal strips add movement to your patchwork.

9. Free-Motion Quilted Gifts

Quilting cool projects doesn't have to take forever. All you need is an open afternoon and you can stitch three textured projects worth gifting during the holiday season .

Meet Christina and review the three quilted projects you'll make in class: a journal cover, basket and zippered bag.

10. Piece by Piece: Quilt-As-You-Go Techniques

Forget everything you thought you knew about quilting, and say goodbye to giant quilt sandwiches. This class is a great intro to the quilt-as-you-go technique — a speedy way to stitch that's worth having in your repertoire.

Meet Marti Michell, author of dozens of instructional books and your quilt-as-you-go guide! Marti begins by introducing the technique itself, and why it's so dynamic: When the sewing is done, so is the quilt! She also shows how to select and prepare your batting and backing to get off to a good start.

March 11, 2020
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These 10 Quilting Classes Are Worth Watching Again and Again