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!
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.
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.
And magically, a box of fabric goodness arrived at my Studio.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
You can sew curves with confidence!
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.
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!
Feel free to ask below or email me. I’d love to hear from you!
Go make something great,