Each month Philippa is sharing everything she knows about a different aspect of quilting. Her goal is to give you the techniques and confidence to transform your quilting through twelve classes in 12 months.
Learn how to make the best possible piping with Philippa's own techniques for corners, edges, and double rows. Then learn how to finish off with perfect binding.
Learn about choosing fabrics, accurate rotary cutting, the best half square triangle and flying geese units, how to avoid chopped off points, successful pressing and so much more.
Convex and concave curves, hearts, perfect points, and the smoothest turned edge circles you have seen! We will look at ways of embellishing these with rick rack. You will be sure to leave class with a of wealth creative ideas and new found technical skills.
Join Philippa as she demonstrates some of the foundational techniques in Free Motion Machine Quilting. Start by looking at which threads and needles to use, setting up your machine, and using sliders and grippers. Then Philippa demonstrates a number of free motion techniques including squares, spirals, flowers, scallops, bricks, butterflies, stippling, vermicelli, and the coffee bean.
Start by looking at straight cut borders, adding multiple borders (narrow and wide), super accurate mitred borders including how to manage patterns in borders to create the best mirror images. Moving on to Facings using strips and one large piece, how to create perfect turned through corners on facings, and how to use the same techniques on collars and cuffs.
Create a fun quilt top with an easy curved piecing central heart motif surrounded by two borders. You will learn the easiest curved piecing which is trimmed to size so everyone can achieve great results!
A deep dive into satin stitch including how to create perfect satin stitch circles and how to deal with corners and points. Moving on to Blanket stitch we cover perfect circles, smooth curves and sharp points. Finally Philippa takes a look at a range of free motion techniques for raw edge appliqué.
Everything you need to know to include Trapunto in your quilts, including which materials to use - wadding/batting and water soluble thread, machine settings, sewing machine feet, and the full process to get outstanding results. Moving on to Corded Trapunto (or Yarn Trapunto), looking at which yarns to use, how to create the channels, and how to deal with curves, corners and long sections. Finally Philippa reviews different ways she has used Trapunto in two of her award winning quilts.
In this class Philippa looks at how to make Prairie points - with detailed instructions on four different styles, and two methods of stitching-in. Philppa them moves on to Rouleau loops, looking at how to to turn through Rouleaus using both thread and a stonger yarn. How to add fullness using acrylic yarns, and how to use Rouleaus to make medallions. Finally Philippa looks at arranging them along the quilt edge or enclose them into a seam.
English paper piecing including hand sewn and machine sewn hexagons, apple cores and clams. Moving on to Foundation piecing including making the pineapple block and a simple tree design with lots of suggestions for colour choices and design variations.
This class offers several methods for stems and bias strips. Starting with skinny strips to use as stems, adding embellishments, and turning corners with a mitre. Then looking at wavy/curved bias strips using stitched and pressed methods. Moving on to yarn fillings to provide padding, and how to create twisted strips. At the end there are examples and methods to use wider strips in garments.
Straight feathers, optimum sizes and shapes, narrow and wide options. Curved feathers, circular wreath of feathers. Alternative shapes and options - working out from the middle, leaf and flower motif. Drafting designs for incorporating feathers, designs for turning corners, random feather designs for bushes and trees, the all-over feather large, small and miniature.
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In Creative Curved Piecing, Philippa starts by reviewing how to turn a straight line design into a creative curved design. Philippa then shows how to turn the design into a pattern, how to create the freezer paper templates, and how to cut out and join the pieces to make the block.
In this class Philippa looks at a number of finishing techniques
Starting with how to make hanging sleeves so your quilt can be displayed to best advantage.
Using boning to support curved edging for hanging. Techniques for binding hexagons and scalloped edges. Creating the beautiful wavy edging Philippa used on her 'Bird by Bird' quilt.
Finally adding a label for posterity to record who made it and when.
In this class Philippa covers:
Review of Flower Power - Philippa's first whole cloth quilt; The design and composition process; teview of the drawing process for the templates; creating a Yorkshire Rose pattern; embellishing Trapunto on a sample; using Trapunto on a miniature quilt; review of Garden Party Quilt; hand embroidery techniques
Starting with turned edge reverse appliqué, looking at Philippa's miniature quilt featuring reverse applique circles; hand stitch and machine stitch options for turned edge work; managing corners and sharp points.
Moving on to raw edge reverse appliqué using interfacing with several stitch options, and a quick look at a way of using on a tee shirt.
Next a look at the Mola technique using Philippa's 'Colourful Cockerel' mola project including downloadable templates.
We look at creating frames using Reverse Appliqué, before finishing with a look at bound buttonholes which use many of the techniques already discussed.
Jack's Chain is a popular block with some challenging elements.
In this class Philippa covers drafting the templates from first principles (for any size block) and creating the freezer paper templates; creating the nine-patches from strips including a review of colour/tonal choices; getting great results sewing 'Y' seams with pressing suggestions; assembling multiple blocks into a full quilt and drafting the final pieces to fit around the edges.