Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog of the Week - Chasing Cottons

I'm not entirely sure when I ran across this particular blog but when I read it I liked it. Rebecca Johnson hails from Australia and has been blogging since June 2010. The death of her baby boy, Chase, in March of 2010 was the main catalyst for her decision to go full steam ahead with her sewing, pattern designs and quilting. We are the very fortunate beneficiaries of her talent.

"Star Jewels" 2010

"Birds of Paradise" currently at the proof-reading stage.

Starting April 6th,  Rebecca will be hosting a 12 week on-line Quilt Class 101. It looks like it will be fun and she wants lots of interaction.

The Course Outline -
Week 1 - Fabric - Choosing fabric, fabric designers, fabric bundles, Fat Quarters, jelly Rolls etc, Where to buy fabric locally or online overseas, shipping costs.. My favourite online shops etc.
Week 2 - Design - 'Sew as you go' OR the Designer - Using a graph book and planning, no rules.. Books/ blogs/ flickr... all the online sources or inspiration..
Week 3 - Cutting - Tools I use, how to cut your material properly, to wash or not to wash, incorporating seam allowances etc.
Week 4 - Sewing - Your machine, threads, needles, 1/4" foot, seam allowances, joining seams accurately, pins, 
Week 5 - Constructing your Quilt Top - sections etc
Week 6 - Borders - adding borders the correct way, 
Week 7 - Batting - The different types and what each one is used for..
Week 8 - Basting - how to Baste your quilt, spray? Pins? Types of pins? Tape etc..
Week 9 - Quilting by machine - Straight line Quilting, using a guide, free motion quilting, stitching in the ditch etc..
Week 10 - Quilting by hand - Cottons to use, technique, needles, hoops...
Week 11 - Binding - By machine or by hand.. or both.
Week 12 - Quilt block techniques.... This last tutorial will prob run over another 6 week period where i will teach the basics to make various traditional and modern quilt blocks. Sewing curves, 9 Patch, Stars and diamonds, Stack and Slash, Raw edge applique, Needle turn applique, paper piecing, log cabin, spider block, etc... 

Anyone with experience in quilting is also invited to join in by writing tutorials of their own related to any of the weekly themes.
Oh I almost forgot ........ there's going to be sponsors AND giveaways each month :)

1 comment:

Cheryll said...

Thanks for the info Carol. I'll be sure to take a look!