Hello Quilters! Have you been itching to take a Craft University online class? I recently completed the “Stripology” class by Gudrun Erla, and I’d like to tell you about it. If you’re intrigued with strip-piecing and quick piecing techniques, you are going to love this class!
Gudrun bases the seven video lessons on her book, “Stripology 2.” She shows how to make four quilts: Steamy Windows, Strip Ribbons, Strip Lash, and Strip Twist. Her book gives instructions for making each quilt in three sizes, but even without the book, you can make the projects by following the ample instructions given in the online course. There’s a video and a printable portion for each lesson/quilt.
A key to Gudrun’s speed piecing techniques is the Stripology ruler she designed. Manufactured by Creative Grids, this slotted ruler has several advantages over the rulers I generally use for rotary cutting. Because the ruler is large, completely covering a folded fat quarter, the fabric beneath the ruler does not slide during the cutting process. If you look closely at the ruler, you’ll see markings at the bottom edge (e.g. stars); these markings help you focus on where to make subsequent cuts. I noticed that Gudrun uses an extra large rotary blade for cutting through multiple layers and that she always moves the ruler above the cutting mat when removing the cut strips. If you often cut strips of various widths for your patchwork projects, this is the ruler for you! It is sold with extensive instructions and will greatly shorten your time spent cutting fabric.
Take a look at the course offerings of Craft University. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest. Once you’ve purchased a class, you own it and may stream to view it over and over again. You may even take notes on your computer as you watch and also post pictures of your projects in a gallery. What a convenient way to take an inspiring quilt class facilitated by a world class teacher!