Get started with the Plateau block, a simple geometric design that goes together in rows. Vanessa shows you how to keep your colors in order, and adjust your stitch length when pressing seams open. After that, build the Desert Cross in sections. See how to trim your block accurately for a perfectly centered design.
Practice using a template to cut trapezoidal bases for each block, and then sew and flip to make the angled parts. You’ll create the Succulent and Moon Cactus blocks using similar techniques. And, get tips avoiding common mistakes when sewing triangular pieces.
Once you've basted and quilted your pieces, finish them like a pro! Vanessa demonstrates how to carefully trim away excess batting, leaving enough backing fabric to bind the edges. Fold each edge over twice (using glue basting to keep it tidy). Then stitch it into place for an easy finish. Plus, find out how to add hanging sleeves and dowels for a professional-looking display.
There's nothing better than a heart-shaped quilt block for Valentine's Day. Whether you're making it into a table runner or a part of a larger quilt, it's sure to make your loved ones swoon. Best part: you don't have to go for the traditional red and pink colorway. Choose any hues you want — so long as your fabrics contrast, this design will be bursting with love.
This Thanksgiving, we're bringing a cornucopia of quilting patterns. These festive home decor projects are just what you need to wow your Turkey Day guests.
Join the modern quilt movement with Fresh Quilting. Today’s most innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. Season 2 builds on the lessons from the first season as we give a fresh twist to traditional designs and quilting techniques to create, memorable, high-impact quilts. Using avant-garde color palettes and negative space and manipulating familiar shapes in new ways; add dynamic energy to the timeless art of quilting.
Triangles and wedges are the building blocks of modern quilts. Color enthusiast Rebecca Bryan creates graphic quilt samplers with bold-colored triangles. Quilters Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about organizing quilting retreats that refuel creative energy. Designer Christina Cameli uses 10-degree triangles to create a versatile blocks for a variety of modern designs.
Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge appliqué quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoestring budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.
Create it. Then recreate it. Improv quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe precision cuts fabrics and pieces free-form. Quilt blogger, Brenda Ratliff joins Heather Grant with ideas for starting a quilting round robin. Designer Heather Jones enlarges a single traditional block into a full-size quilt design. She shows how to design oversized quilt blocks and cut large pieces of fabric, too.