Word Play: Personalize Your Quilts
Join award-winning quilter Sarah Fielke and discover four of her favorite ways to sew eye-catching alphabet quilts. First, rotary cut squares, rectangles and half-square triangles to serve as the building blocks of a pieced alphabet. Join your letters using an easy patchwork technique and pick up tried-and-true tips for handling tricky shapes. Want letters with smooth, fluid curves? Bias tape makes it as easy as ABC! Find out how create fused letters, appliqué them to a block and cover or accent your ends for a professional-level finish. Then, discover Sarah's fun, fast way to hand-appliqué sweet, whimsical letters. Finally, get ready to improvise! Learn how to add head-turning, funky style to your quilts with template-free "improv" pieced lettering. Go beyond basic stitching and sew quilts that tell a story with text!
Sarah Fielke is an award-winning quilter whose work has been exhibited internationally. She is the author of five best-selling quilt books, including "Material Obsession" and "Hand-Quilted with Love," and is also a designer for Windham Fabrics.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Dive into the inspiring range of ways you can use text to enhance your projects. Your instructor, Sarah Fielke, walks you through using the alphabet graphs included in your class materials to create upper and lowercase letters and she shares fabric selection tips.
Creating a pieced patchwork alphabet is as easy as ABC! Rotary-cut squares, rectangles and half-square triangles to serve as the building blocks of your text, then use a simple patchwork technique to join the letters. You'll learn how to tackle even tricky letters with ease.
Explore a bias-tape appliqué technique that allows you to create smooth, beautiful curves. Plus, find out how to cover or accent your bias tape ends for a professional-level finish.
Create graphic, standalone letters with Sarah's fun, fast version of needleturn appliqué. Go beyond the basics with tips and tricks for sewing crisp points and outside curves, and learn to join your letters into a cursive word.
Take on improvisational pieced lettering: a template-free technique that uses contrasting fabrics to create head-turning text. Sarah shares tips for great results!
Bring everything you've learned together! Construct a word using your improv-pieced letters, and discover how to design a whole quilt around this whimsical alphabet.