Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quilt Class 101...

.... is coming!!!
Starts April 6th!!!
 I am constantly contacted by people locally and internationally to teach a sewing class or to give them directions or tips on how i make my quilts. I had originally decided to start a small sewing class from home.. Beginner basics... to teach friends and friends of friends some Quilting techniques. However, what i had initially planned as a small group of 5-10 women, has grown to numbers to 40-50 women who want to learn to sew. This overwhelming group has pushed me in the direction of hosting it online! AND...
 including YOU!!!!

 Quilt Class 101 that will run over a period of about 12 weeks. This class will teach you everything from the beginning with Fabrics, where to source them, what to buy, what a Fat Quarter is.. to Designing quilts, Cutting, Sewing...Basting, Quilting etc...until you have your own first quilt done.
So, for those of you that have a sewing machine tucked away and your too scared to start... Get it out... Dust it off... You can learn to sew a quilt. Step by Step...

Each week I will post a new lesson, tutorial, technique... that you can follow... from start to finish. Each lesson with be archived in the page at the top 'QUILT CLASS 101'... so they will always be there to refer back to. A one stop shop for making a quilt.
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...
Sound fun??
Now, for those of you that are experienced quilters.... or experienced in one way or another... I want YOU to get involved too!!! I want you to be able to share all your tips and tricks with us!!

Here's How..... Write your own tutorials on any of these areas that you choose...You can either email me your tutorial and perhaps i can post it into one of the main tutorials that week. OR, there will be a linky at the bottom of each week that you can link up your tutorial from your site!!

Perhaps you have a certain way you choose and buy your fabric, maybe you always baste a certain way, is there a certain technique you love???..... Please share it with us.
I will have a main tutorial each week. In that tutorial, it will  include links to you and your own uploaded links at the bottom of each post that all the readers can come to you and learn from you. My tutorials will be MY way of doing things... But MY way isn't certainly the RIGHT way... just the way i do things. YOUR way might suit one reader or another better. With each week we will have a culmination of everything related. For eg Hand Quilting... the readers can jump from one blog to another and get all the info they can on Hand Quilting... and they can work out which way works best for THEM!!!
Wanna join in??

Check out my new list of my Favourite Fabric shops on my side bar... These lovely ladies are sponsoring Quilt Class 101... for us!! Over the 3 month period there will be TONS of GIVEAWAYS....HEAPS of FREE Fabric! LOTS of fabric vouchers...

So, Bookmark April 6th in your calendar... the First Class starts then and will run every WEDNESDAY each week. xx
Help promote this class and show that you are getting involved...

Chasing Cottons

If you have any Questions or Suggestions to help make this class great, contact me HERE... I cant wait to start reading ideas and tutorials from you...!!! xx


  1. very goog blog, congratulations
    regard from Reus Catalonia
    thank you

  2. I think the online class has benefits over a physical class too! Whilst I'm far from beginner, I'd hardly consider myself anywhere near expert. With the class structure the way it is I can pay attention when I want to and skip other parts I'm not too worried about.

    I will try to put my two cents worth in if I see anything I feel I can contribute to though! Can't wait !

  3. Thank you!!! Thank you!!! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to go through this tutorial. I just purchased my first sewing machine =D

  4. Thank you! I am excited to get started!

  5. Sounds super! I can't wait to be a part of this. Great idea!

  6. Great idea! I've had a number of friends request me to do something like this recently but I will more than happily direct them here! Look forward to :)

  7. This sounds like lots of fun I can't wait. So see you on the 6th.

  8. What a great idea! I can't wait! I am still a newbie, teaching myself, to quilting, and sewing in general for that matter. I'm always looking for ways to improve and helpful hints & tips! Thank you for all the effort you put in!!!

  9. And you are doing all this for FREE? Sometimes I can't people how generous crafty people are with their time. I'm relatively new to quilting so I will definitely join in. I sure that I have so many bad habits, and long-winded ways of doing things. I need all the help I cna get.

  10. I'm so looking forward to this! How great!

  11. Such an ambitious project and I can't wait to chip in! I'll make a little post and spread the word.

  12. I can't wait! I want to make your Sherbet Pips quilt. LOVE it!

  13. So very exciting -- what an amazing thing you are putting out there. I can't wait!

  14. Hello Rebecca! Vow - this is most amazing and exiting! I have tried to learn by myself and would be so happy to get information and learn more! Thank you so much!!! I'll be here every Wednesday!
    Best wishes from Teje

  15. super exciting, i can't wait

  16. I feel like that song 'I'm so excited'... back to earch... can't wait to do this course. I can't tell you how many 'self taught' quilts I have made that are not really great looking. Thank you for doing this course.. it is indeed needed.

  17. YAY!!!! I will be there with bells on!

  18. Hi,
    I just found your blog today.
    I am keen to see your quilt class 101.
    I am not a begin ner nor am I terribly experienced so it will be wonderful as I am mainly self taught.

  19. Fantastic idea! I came across your blog today from Make it Perfect and I love it. I am in the middle of hand quilting my first quilt and would love to follow your lessons to start another quilt. Thanks heaps, I will be back on the 6th!

  20. Wow, great idea. I am not a beginner but not experienced either. I am always looking for ways to improve my quilting. I am anxiously awaiting the class. Thank you.

  21. This sounds just great. I've already marked my calendar and barring any new problems, I'll be here to follow along.

  22. Great I will be reading a long. I have just brought a bernina aurora 440QE. Look like you have one to. Great to learning more.

  23. Yeah!!!

  24. I will follow you !.I don't have a machine to sewing, but I will try the same,tank you very much.

  25. This sounds great! I am keen to check this out, thanks Rebecca. I blogged about this as well: http://stitchyncraftyisme.blogspot.com/2011/03/chasing-cottons-quilt-class.html

  26. My favourite line at the moment is Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin.

  27. I just signed up as a follower. I am looking forward to Wednesdays.

  28. I would be very happy to start with the classes.

  29. So glad you're starting this at this time. I've been itching to do some decent quilting, but haven't ever pulled it off. I have a design and plan in mind (which makes me sad that the techniques will be at the end), but will gladly hop on this ride. :D

  30. Are you doing another class and if not, can you upload the lessons?


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