Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks: Wrenches, Stars & Twists
Discover how stunning quilt blocks become easy quilt blocks with these video lessons from quilting author and instructor Anita Grossman Solomon. Start by learning Anita's innovative method for using printed sewing and cutting lines to create perfect blocks without measuring. Then apply this technique to create the Jewel Block, Monkey Wrench and Double Wrench blocks swiftly. Mix things up as Anita teaches you how to make precise cuts and create Square-on-Point and Square Star blocks using her streamlined process. Move on to tackling a variety of beautiful Bow Twist designs using a fresh method for corner triangles that will save you time and fabric. Finally, discover how to make charming Cabin Twist and eye-catching Snowball Twist blocks a breeze.
Anita Grossman Solomon is a full-time quilter and the author of "Make It Simpler: Paper Piecing," "Perfect Blocks in Minutes" and "Rotary Cutting Revolution." She is an international guest speaker and quilting instructor, as well as the inventor of CuttingLines patterns. Anita's quilts have been displayed everywhere from the ceiling of the International Quilt Festival in Houston to an enormous screen high above Times Square in New York City, and you can read more about her on her blog, at makeitsimpler.blogspot.com.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Anita Grossman Solomon, and discover a new method for creating beautiful, traditional Jewel blocks. Along the way, Anita will show you how to make perfect half-square triangles without trimming. You'll even see how printed sewing and cutting lines can help you create perfect blocks without measuring!
Explore various types of Monkey Wrench and Double Wrench blocks that you can make using innovative CuttingLines patterns. Then, see how to rearrange a Monkey Wrench to create the Grecian Design block, and rearrange the Double Wrench block units to produce a Propeller block.
Discover how to streamline the creation of Square-on-Point blocks. You'll master Anita's method for cutting all your on-point pieces while maintaining the directionality of your fabric. Anita will also show you techniques for marking up your rulers to achieve precise cuts every time.
Learn how to reimagine your Square-on-Point block units into Square Star blocks. Along the way, you'll find out how to breeze through creating flying geese on the fly, and create variations on the Square Star block.
Tackle the beautiful Bow Twist block as you learn a brand new application for corner triangles that will save you time and fabric. Plus, you'll see how to create your Bow Twist blocks without pins by using an innovative technique.
Apply the techniques you learned in the previous lesson to make small and striped Bow Twist blocks. You'll even see how to create charming Cabin Twist blocks, and pick up a clever trick for lining up your corner triangles to make a Solid Snowball Twist block.