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.

Season One - classes 1-12

Click here to see Season 2 (Classes 13 - 24)

Season One:

  • Piping and Binding
  • Precision Piecing
  • Turned Edge Appliqué
  • Free Motion Machine Quilting
  • Borders and Facings
  • Happy Hearts Curved Piecing
  • Satin stitch and Blanket stitch applique
  • Trapunto
  • Prairie Points and Rouleau loops
  • Paper Piecing
  • Stems and Bias Strips
  • Free Motion Feathers

1. Piping and Binding

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.

2. Precision Piecing

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.

3. Turned Edge Appliqué

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.

4. Free Motion Machine Quilting (part 1)

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.

5. Borders and Facings

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.

6. Happy Hearts Curved Piecing

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!

7. Raw Edge Appliqué

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.

8. Trapunto

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.

9. Prairie Points and Rouleau loops

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.

10. Paper Piecing

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.

11. Stems and Bias Strip Appliqué

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.

12. Free Motion Feathers

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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