behind the scenes: filming at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

Does curved piecing make you cringe? Well, we have good news for you! If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you can sew curves! With pins, practice, and a little patience, you'll learn to sew beautiful curves in Piecing Curves with Confidence. Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, our award-winning instructor, will walk you through all the skills you need to get started including preparing fabric, using templates, cutting curves, pinning, piecing, and even quilting curves. Curves aren’t as dangerous as you might think, they just take a little finesse. Sheri will also break down the tips and tricks you need to match up curves, pin for precision, and play with design elements. By the end, you’ll even be inspired to discover and create your own curved quilting designs. With the basic quarter circle, or Drunkard's Path, block under your belt, you can use your new skills to try elongated curves, flowering snowballs, and so much more. Soon, you’ll be cutting and sewing curves like a champion!

Last month I traveled to Hamilton, Missouri to film my first in-depth online class with the amazing Missouri Star Quilt Company. Before this trip, I had filmed shorter online segments, including two short segments for Fresh Quilting that you can find here and YouTube videos. Last week my class, Piecing Curves with Confidence, launched on the Missouri Star Academy platform and I couldn’t be more proud. Check out my instructor introduction on the Missouri Star blog.

I had to keep this project a secret for a few months but I can now share some behind the scenes highlights. Enjoy!

getting started

In my conversations with Missouri Star, we decided that showing quilters how EASY it is to piece beautiful curves would be a great class topic. We wanted the class to be easy for (1) beginner quilters (2) quilters who tried piecing curves in the past and struggled and (3) quilters who wanted extra tips and tricks for achieving precise alignments when connecting their curves.

In planning for the class, I decided to demonstrate curves on one of the most basic and recognizable curved block, a Drunkard’s Path. It’s a great block because it’s super versatile and you can do so much with it, including combining it with other blocks—I talk a bit about this and design inspirations in the last segment of the class.

The next step was to design a project, comprised of Drunkard’s Path blocks, for the class. This design exploration led to Tulip Twist, an exclusive pattern for those who purchase the online class.

Drunkards Path quilt pattern. Tulip Twist. Exclusive pattern with Piecing Curves with Confidence online workshop with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill for Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Early Sketch of Tulip Twist, available exclusively to Piecing Curves with Confidence students.

This quilt pattern looks great in LOTS of different color combinations and types of fabrics. I decided to use Grunge by Moda Fabrics for my quilt.

Drunkards Path quilt pattern. Tulip Twist shown in Moda Grunge. Exclusive pattern with Piecing Curves with Confidence online workshop with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill for Missouri Star Quilt Company. Drunkards Path quilt pattern. Tulip Twist shown in different fabric options. Exclusive pattern with Piecing Curves with Confidence online workshop with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill for Missouri Star Quilt Company.

And magically, a box of fabric goodness arrived at my Studio.
Missouri Star Quilt Company delivery Grunge by Moda Fabrics

making the quilt

I had a little over two weeks to get this quilt sample pieced, quilted and bound before shipping it out along with all of my class samples and step-outs (all of the steps that go into making the quilt) to Missouri Star ahead of my arrival on set. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but also super fun. While making the quilt, I had weekly video call meetings with my amazing producer, Liz.

Drunkard's Path block in progress. Piecing my drunkard's path quilt, Tulip Twist for my Missouri Star Quilt Company online class. Piecing my drunkard's path quilt, Tulip Twist for my Missouri Star Quilt Company online class. Quilting my drunkard's path quilt, Tulip Twist for my Missouri Star Quilt Company online class.
detail of quilting on Tulip Twist, a modern Drunkard's Path quilt by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio as featured by Missouri Star Academy.

filming the class

I was on set for two and a half days, which included getting acquainted with the studio, arranging the set, filming and a photoshoot. (I also snuck in some time to explore Hamilton—be sure to head over here to see my post: Fabrics, Quilts, and Fun!)

Here are some behind-the-scenes during filming:

Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Getting set up for the beginning of the second segment.

Sheri behind the scenes quilting at Missouri Star Quilt Company
There were a number of cameras, including the main camera, a camera off to the side that captured closeups at an angle and a GoPro focused on the needle on the sewing machine to see my point of view while I’m sewing. I really loved the overhead camera which captured exactly what I was doing on the tabletop at the same orientation I was working.
Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

We would often make sure what I was working on was in the complete frame by checking the special app on Michael’s phone that controlled the overhead camera. Such awesome technology!
Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

There are also a few personal touches on set from my studio, including a photo of Jason, Casey and me as well as my favorite mug and magnetic pin holder. I also use my favorite quilting products, including Aurifil thread and Oliso irons in the class.
Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Behind the scenes at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

You can sew curves with confidence!

Sheri behind the scenes quilting at Missouri Star Quilt Company

Seriously, if you can sew a 1/4″ seam allowance, you can sew a curve. It’s super easy and I’d love to walk you through all of the steps. You get all of my tips & tricks for piecing, alignments and more. It’s like sitting with me in my studio while I put together a quilt! In the class, I also talk a bit about design, quilting and show other examples of curvy quilts you can make, including my Picnic Petals quilt, Big Island Sunset quilt, quilts from the Missouri Star archives and more.  Take the online class and you can watch and practice at your own pace, over and over again. You own the class forever! Even if you’ve struggled with curves in the past, I promise by the end of this class YOU WILL sew a beautiful curve and pick up lots of new piecing tips.

Included with the class is the Tulip Twist pattern that I designed. It’s a $10 value and available only to class participants.
Tulip Twist, a modern drunkards path quilt pattern made with Moda Grunge. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio. Available exclusively to Missouri Star Academy students.

Does curved piecing make you cringe? Well, we have good news for you! If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you can sew curves! With pins, practice, and a little patience, you'll learn to sew beautiful curves in Piecing Curves with Confidence. Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, our award-winning instructor, will walk you through all the skills you need to get started including preparing fabric, using templates, cutting curves, pinning, piecing, and even quilting curves. Curves aren’t as dangerous as you might think, they just take a little finesse. Sheri will also break down the tips and tricks you need to match up curves, pin for precision, and play with design elements. By the end, you’ll even be inspired to discover and create your own curved quilting designs. With the basic quarter circle, or Drunkard's Path, block under your belt, you can use your new skills to try elongated curves, flowering snowballs, and so much more. Soon, you’ll be cutting and sewing curves like a champion!

Once you’ve practiced piecing curves in this class, you’ll be ready to use your skills to make other great curves including elongated curves (shown below in my Big Island Sunset quilt), flowering snowballs (shown below in my Picnic Petals quilt), and so many more!

This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Big Island Sunset is a fully tested pattern that contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece.
Big Island Sunset quilt
Picnic Petals is a modern quilt based on a traditional Flowering Snowball block. This tested pattern contains both detailed instructions and diagrams, making it easy to piece. Instructions are provided for three sizes: Throw, Twin and Queen. Designed by and available at wholecirclestudio.com
Picnic Petals quilt

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to ask below or email me. I’d love to hear from you!

Go make something great,



Does curved piecing make you cringe? Well, we have good news for you! If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you can sew curves! With pins, practice, and a little patience, you'll learn to sew beautiful curves in Piecing Curves with Confidence. Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, our award-winning instructor, will walk you through all the skills you need to get started including preparing fabric, using templates, cutting curves, pinning, piecing, and even quilting curves. Curves aren’t as dangerous as you might think, they just take a little finesse. Sheri will also break down the tips and tricks you need to match up curves, pin for precision, and play with design elements. By the end, you’ll even be inspired to discover and create your own curved quilting designs. With the basic quarter circle, or Drunkard's Path, block under your belt, you can use your new skills to try elongated curves, flowering snowballs, and so much more. Soon, you’ll be cutting and sewing curves like a champion!   Does curved piecing make you cringe? Well, we have good news for you! If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you can sew curves! With pins, practice, and a little patience, you'll learn to sew beautiful curves in Piecing Curves with Confidence. Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, our award-winning instructor, will walk you through all the skills you need to get started including preparing fabric, using templates, cutting curves, pinning, piecing, and even quilting curves. Curves aren’t as dangerous as you might think, they just take a little finesse. Sheri will also break down the tips and tricks you need to match up curves, pin for precision, and play with design elements. By the end, you’ll even be inspired to discover and create your own curved quilting designs. With the basic quarter circle, or Drunkard's Path, block under your belt, you can use your new skills to try elongated curves, flowering snowballs, and so much more. Soon, you’ll be cutting and sewing curves like a champion!   Does curved piecing make you cringe? Well, we have good news for you! If you can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you can sew curves! With pins, practice, and a little patience, you'll learn to sew beautiful curves in Piecing Curves with Confidence. Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, our award-winning instructor, will walk you through all the skills you need to get started including preparing fabric, using templates, cutting curves, pinning, piecing, and even quilting curves. Curves aren’t as dangerous as you might think, they just take a little finesse. Sheri will also break down the tips and tricks you need to match up curves, pin for precision, and play with design elements. By the end, you’ll even be inspired to discover and create your own curved quilting designs. With the basic quarter circle, or Drunkard's Path, block under your belt, you can use your new skills to try elongated curves, flowering snowballs, and so much more. Soon, you’ll be cutting and sewing curves like a champion!

 

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