OK, I couldn’t go to any quilt shows this year because of big unexpected expenses this year. So instead, I have taken several excellent video classes to help me improve some of my techniques or just for fun and practice. These are not all quilting classes, but all the techniques learned are things I use in my quilt creation.
I have five classes I particularly recommend and I see a bunch more out there I would like to take. I love this way of learning. It is there for me to refer back to and take again if there is something I forgot or just wanted to see again. So here are my recommendations so far:
- Step by Step Quilted Landscapes by Kathy McNeil was part of the launch on 3 November of IQuilt by American Quilters Society (and I see “Bernina” also on the page, so it is probably a joint project). Kathy McNeil does a superb job covering the range of complexities involved in creating a landscape quilt. I found I learned a lot even though I am an advanced landscape/art quilter myself. I particularly liked the way she covers building a depth of field in a landscape scene that is not visually flat and her discussion of values and colors throughout the class. She also adeptly covers a lot of the basic techniques required to build such a quilt in a way advanced beginners through expert sewists that might be moving from garment sewing to landscape quilting would need to know. I highly recommend this class for any sewist or quilter interested in building landscape quilts to decorate their walls or give as memorable gifts. Many of the techniques covered would also be useful in additional types of pictorial or other styles of art quilts.
- Learn to Hand Quilt by Pepper Cory found on Annie’s Craft Store, may seem outside of what you may think I am interested in, but I found this class really fun, and yes, I have an interest in all kinds of quilting. Pepper is a friend of mine too and I have taken several classes in person from Pepper, and this online class is an excellent addition to my studies with Pepper. I am encouraged by this to add some hand quilting to my repertoire of quilting techniques, but the class is also a good review of the use of stencils and of the marking and threads for any quilt project.
- The Machine Embroidery Inspired Quilt by Susan Stewart is so much fun for those of us with embroidery modules or machines. Susan is a fabulous sewist and heirloom quilter who uses machine embroidery in her award winning quilts in a way few can reach. This class provides some of her techniques that I am interested in using myself. Here she provides a clear and excellent class. I only linked her name to her site instead of to the class because right now there is a discount if you use the link she provides from her site.
- Photo Challenge Class by Ricky Tims has finally gotten me over the mental block I had against learning to how to properly use my camera and taught me a lot about using Adobe Photoshop as well, which I can also use in my digital fabric design work. I took the 52 week challenge he offered this year, and he has recently launched his photo class website where he provides his planned classes for 2016. I found this class really important for my work, but I also found it really difficult to try to meet the weekly challenge through several physical challenges that happened this year that I am making progress on getting over, but still have a little ways to go. I think I may be his worst student, but I still managed to learn a great deal so far and there is the rest of the year to go. So if you want to learn a lot, and I mean a lot, about using your camera and processing your photographs I really recommend this class.
- Corel Painter classes and instructional videos by Aaron Rutton has taken my ability to use Corel Painter from very amateur to wildly fun abilities to paint what I want to paint for fun and also for my digital appliques for my quilts. Aaron’s classes require that you watch a little, stop and work a little, and then watch a little, etc. But there is no question he is a master digital painter. I have really enjoyed learning from him and also have downloaded his workspace that provides his own set of brushes and so forth. If you want to learn Corel Painter, I highly recommend his classes and videos. Some of his videos are free, but if you support him with just a few dollars a month through Patreon, you will get a lot more access to his videos and extras. I found his classes well worth the price, and he is very responsive if you have a question. I’d really love to see the quilting world incorporate digital art more into their work and also support this young painter.
Sew happy everyone. I hope you have the opportunity to explore some of these classes. If you have one you took and really would recommend, please add them in a comment. Cheers.