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Online Quilting Class Review

“Is a Free Class Worth Your Time?"

This online quilting class review is of the new 2016 Craftsy's Block of the Month Class. 

Get ready for some wonderful information broken down into monthly classes, for FREE!

First thing's first, the great part of this class is that it's in short videos. They are the perfect length to watch when you get little time to yourself. 

The beginning of this class goes over some good information to give you the basics before we dive in deep to our monthly lessons. 

Here is a break down of the monthly lessons. 

January's Lesson - Hourglass and Borders

We begin our online quilting class review with the highlights that we took away from this monthly lesson. 

We learn about how to do chain stitching for matching pieces.

The class demonstration is perfect for learning this easy, simple, and time saving technique. 

Then we move onto what most skilled and experienced quilters call common sense methods of the craft.

Beginners haven’t had the chance to have these words of wisdom repeat in the inner mind yet. That’s why these tips are wonderful to have repeated, even if it’s just for review. 

You may ask yourself, what the difference between ironing and pressing is. 

The instructor gives a simple description what the difference is, while showing us what it looks like. 

Then we learn the proper technique for perfect piecing with a rotary cutter.

These are very handy tips. Remember that there are no shortcuts. 

Lastly, for this lesson, it is explained why you want pressed seems going in opposite directions. This is a tip to remember! It will save you frustration later on!

Febuary's Lesson - Dogtooth Border

This lesson is nice and short, but drives home a big helpful tip. 

We learn the important technique for sewing seams for flying geese pieces. Then we learn how to double check them so that they come out perfect every time! 

Every quilter should find that invaluable! 

March's Lesson - Modified Pinwheels

This month we learned about simple tips to help make cutting and piecing easier. 

For instance, pressing strips together to get the fabric to stay. 

Also, pressing against the dark side to set the stitch. 

The organization tips are really helpful to get that perfect pinwheel effect! 

Double check your placement and stitches as you go. 

We do admit that most of the tips are a repeat of what we learned in February for the flying geese pieces. 

It does seem a bit repetitive and tedious, but this is where most quilters, we are included, get lazy. 

April's Lesson - Appliqued Border

To start we begin with cutting strips for the stem pieces. 

There are very specific directions on how to cut theses strips and it explains why! 

Then we learn how to do an applique without the use of fusible adhesive. 

This is followed by the applique pieces that use the fusible web (fusible adhesive). 

With this step there is a helpful hint on how to get the fusible adhesive paper off of the piece you want to press. It's a great tip, but I usually just fold my piece a little till it releases. 

Next, the lesson goes over placement of the applique pieces before they are made final. 

There is also a tip about stablizer. 

Now stabilizer is tricky. Some are tearaway and others are trim away. Be very careful with which one you are using! 

Lastly, we finish this lesson with finishing the applique border. 

May's Lesson - Modified Piano Keys

Most of this lesson is a repeat of the previous skills that you've already learned. 

The one step that we can see getting overlooked is re-measuring your finished keys after the cream has been attached. 

It's a very important step to make sure that your corners get accurately sewn! 

The biggest tip to take away from this lesson is how to avoid stretching the piano key border out of place. 

Pay attention to the way she pins these borders into place. Seam to match seam. 

Now, I don't know about you, but our feed dogs work really well on my sewing machine. 

If we only pinned in four places for one side, our feed dogs would stretch out the fabric and make it mot match or bunch in places along the way of stitching the straight stitch. 

Here's our tip for preventing this from happening to you. 

Pin every 1 to 2 keys. 

We know it's a pain in the patooty, but it's better than seam ripping the whole thing and doing it over!

June's Lesson - Outer Borders and Finishing

This lesson is the last of our online quilting class review and it begins with the talent of piecing boarders with a diagonal corner seam. 

This is a little chapter to the lesson, but bits of information are wonderful. 

Next we move on to the last borders.

Pin, pin, pin to avoid one border stretching more than the other!

Then there is a small discussion over backing options.  Picking your backing is really just an individual choice.  There is no wrong option!

After the backing discussion, there is some discriptions of batting.

We, personally, prefer bamboo for our quilts.

Lastly, Lynette, goes over different quilting options for the finial quilting stitches.

Remember, these are only suggestions and there are no hard set "true" rules!

The beauty of quilting, is that it's all up to you!

Online Quilting Class Review - Wrap Up

We hope you enjoyed this online quilting class review.

It was fun to have something to work on every month.

Best of all, it was a good free quilting class!

Did you like this review?

Have a suggestion on what we should review next?

Let us know!

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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