Just finished watching the best online course with quilt author and fabric designer extraordinaire Sarah Fielke on Craftsy. Her class is called "Big Techniques from Small Scraps". Ten hours of HD instruction later, I've learned all kinds of interesting quilting techniques such as step-down piecing, applique, improvisational piecing specifically curves, big stitching and some fascinating ways to use specialty rulers. Sarah is a super teacher as she is very clear and precise but never dry. It was so great to be able to watch this at any time and in any attire. The price of the course varies depending on the site's specials but is an absolute bargain compared to flying to Australia or Houston to take a class with her in person. There are lively discussions after each lesson and students are encouraged to ask questions and post pictures of their work. You can also watch the course over and over again. I've been too busy to make the class assignments so am going to repeat the lessons this time sewing along. You can sign up here.
In a strange synchronicity, her new book which I pre-ordered months ago arrived today..
As I expected "Hand Quilted With Love" is filled with beautiful quilts all made in Sarah's distinctive style which can best be described as clean and fresh. There are a variety of skill-building projects and like her online course the instructions and technical information are outstanding. She includes directions to make all the projects in multiple sizes and encourages you to use what fabric you have. I've had medallion quilts on the brain for ages after seeing the quilts being made at Bloomin Workshop and more recently the tea towel challenge at 15 Minutes Play. The book's cover quilt "Made to Measure" has already spawned a sew-along organized by Lynne at LilyQuilts. You can see her beautiful top in progress. It is going to be a stunner.
Here is Sarah's original quilt...
And below another great medallion quilt that grew around a cherished piece of vintage fabric...
And for something different, LOVE the striped background on this one!
One of the many things I adore about Sarah Fielke is her dislike of labels. She considers herself both a modern and traditional quilter. The book is filled with lots of visual inspiration even if you never sew from other people's patterns. You can purchase her wonderful "Hand Quilted With Love" here and read more about the artist herself here.