Online Quilting Courses & Events

Our interactive online quilting lessons allow you to learn from expert quilt artists without the expense and hassle of traveling.

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Art Quilting Inspiration Anyone?

Do you ever go to quilting or sewing shows? It’s such a thrill to see so many sewists and quilters in one place joined by our shared passion. They are a great place to see what other people in the community are working on, to check out new sewing techniques, and to soak up inspiration.…

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Eyes on Thread Painting

Although there are so many options when it comes to creating portrait quilts, thread painting is the technique I find most inspiring. The ability to shape facial features with fabric and thread is remarkable. Lea McComas is a master at thread painted portraits and is exceptional at teaching other artists how to use this technique…

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Small Quilting Projects for The Home

Do you use your sewing and quilting skills to create home furnishings? Small quilting projects including pillows, table runners, and placemats are all great ways to spice up your home décor. When I’m working on a quilt, I often make an extra block or two. The reason is twofold; first it allows me to practice my…

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How to Machine Quilt a Cross Hatch Design

Do you machine quilt your own quilts? Or do you take send them out to be quilted? Each option has its merits and there is no right or wrong choice. I tend to make small quilting projects, most often baby quilts or lap quilts, so I usually quilt them myself. However, I have the notion…

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Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers. Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques…

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Thread Painting Portrait Quilts with Lea McComas

Portrait quilts are all the rage. There are so many different ways to make them, from pieced pixel quilts to fused appliqué. But if you want to give your portraits a more painterly look–less like an Andy Warhol print and a little more like a Leonardo Da Vinci–thread painting is just the ticket! Painting with…

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Keep Your Quilting Stitches Even with These 5 Tension Tips

Is there anything more frustrating than being ready to quilt only to find your tension is off? Not too loose, not too tight–how to get your sewing machine stitches just right! We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in…

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How to Applique: Six Ways to Choose From

What does the terms “sewing appliques” mean to you? Do you think of hand applique? Machine applique? The applique stitch? An example of raw-edge applique by Jane LaFazio. There are many types of applique, from the traditional by-hand techniques to the fused or raw-edge applique methods preferred by contemporary quilt artists. Each one can be…