Thursday, January 26, 2012

Behind the Scenes with Curves Class

Thanks for all your well-wishes yesterday.  Last night I put together a triple star block (designed by Angela Pingel for Modern Blocks) that was a lot of fun and went together so nicely.  Phew! Now that I have that moment behind me, I feel like I can focus on finishing touches for the Curves Class again.  Isn't that funny?  I just wanted one nice non-curvy moment. 

Stargazing, design by Angela Pingel
Yesterday a friend reminded me that Curves Class starts in just one week.  One week!  I'm getting a little performance anxiety.  Thank-goodness I don't have to sew and lecture in real time!  All of my demonstration videos are complete.  I've begun working on the lecture videos where I actually talk to the camera face to face.  You all promise not to expect much, ok?  There will be plenty of goofy faces and blathering.  I've always dreaded public speaking, but I do like teaching my friends.  So I'm just pretending that there are only a few of you listening anyways....

Scallop Quilt project


One of the projects I've received lots of good feedback for is the Scallop Quilt for week 3, Precise Curves.  When I began developing projects for Curves Class the improv curves ideas kept flooding in.  But the precise curves were a sticking point.  I wanted to come up with something original, but it seems like everything precise has been done.  One night through several hours of TV I brought my notebook to the couch instead of my hand sewing.  Oddly, that worked for me.  I sketched and erased, sketched and erased until I had 5-6 precise curves design ideas.  The distraction of watching TV helped me relax!

Well, in the light of another day, most of those ideas were just "eh" or way to complicated, but this Scallop Quilt design had some potential.  I didn't know if it would be way too difficult to sew a half oval like that (I mean everyone uses the Drunkard's Path quarter circle for curves, not a half-circle block).  So, when I finally tried to sew a block, after Brandon had drafted the pattern pieces, I was thrilled to discover that it was totally doable!  And, actually, this project was one of my favorites to make.  Just one repeated block and a whole lot of negative space.  How easy can it get!  I used Kona Aqua, Grass, Everglade and Chartreuse. 

finished sidewayssmall

I can tell you that I would never, ever, ever have designed a quilt like this if I wasn't preparing for Curves Class.  I am so thankful for the impetus to stretch my horizons in designing and sewing as I've pushed to make creative projects for you.  I hope I remember to pursue simple designs like my Scallop Quilt in the future. 

If you're interested in joining us, Curves Class is a 5-week class that starts February 1st.  You can register for Curves Class $45 or Curves Class {Premium} $65.  Both class versions include access to all 14 projects, with the Premium version adding access to video tutorials and a pdf eBook to be delivered in April.  Find more details here and register here.  Thanks for supporting my work!

19 comments:

  1. gosh, those scallops are elegant simplicity at its best.

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  2. awww, that's sooo cute that your hubby drafted them for you. my hubby helps me a ton with the behind the scenes work for quilting - designing and picking out fabric. he's got a good eye!

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  3. The curves seem tempting, however, I think I may be more intersted in these classes, if I could see a sample of how the videos will go? It all seems vague and I'm not sure if it's for me. Just a suggestion, maybe even for future classes, if you had a sample or clip or something, it might be helpful?

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    1. You know, I think a clip would be a good idea! One of the first videos I made was this English Paper Piecing tutorial: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/12/star-blossoms-tutorial.html. I think I've learned more since then about how to make sure things are more visible to the audience, but it's an example of how my technical videos are shot. They're shot from above. In the curves class, many of the videos demonstrate cutting techniques and sewing at the machine. Hope that helps! Also, if you haven't already read all the details, there's lots more info in the Registration post I linked to at the end of this one =)

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  4. do you think you're going to offer the Curves class again sometime? I'd love to take your classes but just don't have the time right now. :)

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    1. Thanks for asking! I expect to offer it again someday, but not real soon. Perhaps this time next year - 2013.

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  5. I can't wait for the class! I've even been pinning some curved quilt ideas in anticipation. Thanks for sharing behind the scenes.

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  6. REALLY looking forward to the class - promise not to pay too much attention when you're on screen ;-) I'm sure you'll be great!

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  7. I just pinned one of those pictures saying how super excited about this class I am. SO EXCITED!! And the stars are beautiful. I'm positive that your videos will be fantastic, we're all friends :)

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  8. i LOVE LOVE that block! it is so awesome! the colors are very beautiful! i too hope you will run a second session of your curves class, i just don't have the time right now. i really LOVE that scallop quilt so much! that is my favorite of all the samples you made!

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  9. It's such a great project! I can't wait to see the projects that result from your class. I know it's going to be so much fun!

    And I love your star block, too!

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  10. Love the scallop quilt. Elegant simplicity at its best!

    I second kitty crafter's comment that I hope you can do the class again at another time.

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  11. This is really lovely, and so well done!! At first I thought they were just long solid strips of fabric with a scalloped edge and could not figure out for the life of me how you sewed them together... then I read the post and saw that they were blocks! The effect is gorgeous, and I LOVE seeing something NEW!

    Applaud, applaud, applaud!!!

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  12. I like the quilt. Kona solids come in the most yummy colors.

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  13. It is gorgeous! and so original.
    maryfredrichs@yahoo.com

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  14. Oh, I cannot wait much longer, Rachel! This is getting better and better :)
    And don't worry about the appearance. I think you look fabulous and the tutorial on paper piecing was just brilliantly done, so I do not think you have ANYTHING to worry about to be honest.

    If you make a tiny error or start babbeling will just show you are human, which is a nice touch :))

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  15. I am so excited to start the class this Friday! And this design is what brought me in earlier this month when i registered. I am making a quilt for a friend that is having a little girl and everything she has chosen makes me feel that I need to make a curved (instead of squared) quilt ... fortunately, the baby isn't due until May and I have plenty of time to learn from you!!! THanks for offering this ... looking forward to it!

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