I have to admit that I don’t often have time to browse through online education videos, but today I had a few minutes and I nearly forgot why I ventured to that page in the first place!. (Sometimes that happens to me when I’m online; I get completely sidetracked.)
My original idea was to find some fun blocks to combine in a new quilt design I’m working on. Yeah, that was more than an hour ago and I still haven’t opened my Electric Quilt 8.
So, let me tell you why I got so sidetracked. I’m a big fan of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks series. Quiltmaker published 16 magazines with 100 blocks in each one. I have all of them at home. They are a really cool reference library. So first, I was looking at the digital download of the first 10 volumes in the series. There are some great ideas in that package.
But as I explored further, I remembered that there are video classes related to these publications! Lots and lots of video featuring so very many of the blocks and techniques from the 100 Blocks series. Most of them are short videos, just 4-7 minutes long. They have the fabric requirements, cutting requirements, and sewing instructions. Now I didn’t look at all of them but the ones I looked at also had a couple of suggested quilt layouts. There are classes that tell about pieced blocks, paper-foundation piecing, appliqué, and English paper piecing. I found lessons on enlarging blocks, 3-D triangles and embellishments, using selvedges, making a Christmas tree skirt, working with large scale prints, using rickrack, making Prairie Points, sewing Y-seams—and much, much more. What a treasure trove!
Quiltmaker’s Block Network is available as part of the Quilting Company TV subscription, with many more included classes, videos, and tutorials. You will definitely want to go check them all out! But—I’m warning you—you may get sidetracked like I did. However, it was a fun break for me!
But now I better get back to that quilt I wanted to design.
Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor