Quilting Basics – Yes You Can!

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Quilt basics are something all of us need…getting back to the basics. Each time we review these critical skills, we pick up new tricks and drop some bad habits. Leila Gardunia, along with author Marlene Oddie, take us step by step through the quilting basics. Great for beginners and anyone wanting a thorough review!

Instructor Leila Gardunia has a cool tip for finding the grain of fabric when you’re ready to cut. Just listen for the “pop!”

You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners

In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter’s can-do attitude, authors Gardunia and Oddie have teamed up to present the ultimate beginner’s handbook! Sew 36 quilt blocks with ideas and methods for setting the blocks into a quilt. Step-by-step instructions begin with explaining the basics of color choice and ¼” seams. If you have never pieced a quilt before or have only a beginning knowledge base, this book is essential. Each chapter offers three block patterns increasing in difficulty–easy, medium, and challenging– with the goal of learning a skill and then practicing various adaptions to improve your technique. Chapters include every facet the new quilter needs to know: half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, Flying Geese, wonky piecing, improvisation, foundation paper piecing, curves, One-Patch blocks, applique, inset seams, hexies, and even the Compass and Feathered Star! Quilt finishing instructions are included as well. Make quilts both large and small with instructions given for numerous quilt designs using some or all of the 36 blocks.

You Can Piece: Weekend Sampler Online iquilt Class

If you are a beginning quilter, or a quilter who wants to learn precision piecing, Leila Gardunia’s class is a winner when it comes to covering the basics. Learn to cut, sew, and press so your quilt pieces come together perfectly. Sew together half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and flying geese with ease. Put together basic quilting blocks that turn out flat and straight when proper techniques are used. Then, put all your new skills together and turn the quilt top into a fantastic canvas-backed wallhanging. Along the way, you’ll learn about fabrics, color choices, and so much more. Leila’s pace is geared for the beginner or confident beginner, so take the class yourself and hone your piecing technique, or buy it for a friend and give the gift of quilting! Visit her online iquilt class today.

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