“Big Techniques from Small Scraps” with Sarah Fielke

If you haven’t taken a look at Craftsy.com, you have GOT to check it out.  I have taken quite a few of their sewing and quilting classes and can confidently say their classes are well worth the money.  And then there is the fact that once you have bought the class you can watch it as often as you like and they don’t expire.  It’s just a great resource.

One of my most recent classes is Sarah Fielke’s (The Last Piece blog)Big Techniques from Small Scraps“.   I recently read a couple posts that raved about Sarah’s needle turn appliqué technique and I really wanted to give it a try.  Craftsy just ran some of their classes on sale, as they often do :-), and I signed up for Sarah’s class.  I’ve gone through two thirds of her class which covered applique and deconstructive piecing.  The class goes on to cover improv curves and working with 60 degree rulers.  Sarah does a wonderful job describing her techniques and has some wonderful ideas for using scrap fabrics.

Craftsy.FielkeBlockThis is my first attempt at Sarah’s needle turn technique.  It was surprisingly quick and I’ve really enjoyed it.  I did make one mistake and used a fabric glue.  Unfortunately it was a permanent glue!  Live and learn.  I think I will get away with it on this piece, but I will know better next time.

The pale green leaves on the two tulips(?) and the yellow tulip are too light for my taste.  I plan to hand quilt this piece, which is pretty much a first for me.  I will use thread to add color to those areas and perhaps add legs and feet to the bird.  I have really enjoyed the process.

I’m considering treating this as a center to a medallion quilt.  As of today, this class is still on sale.  You should check it out.

Tell me, have you taken an online class or workshop you would recommend?  I’m always looking something new to learn.

2 thoughts on ““Big Techniques from Small Scraps” with Sarah Fielke

  1. I’ve taken a few of their free, mini classes. I have signed up for many, many more. For the most part, I like to see online tutorials and watch YouTube videos to discover/learn more about new and old sewing techniques. I’m not opposed to paying for classes, and i think Craftsy is Wonderful, however, I take all sorts of classes online and really like when they are free. I think once I’ve exhausted all of my free learning options I will move onto paying for classes.

    If you like online learning, in gereral, check out coursera.com. I recently signed up for some of their courses (guitar, art history and history of rock ‘n’ roll). I have taken other courses from them in the past, including a design course and astronomy. These are college courses taught by professors from the top universities in the country and internationally. It is a very interesting community.


  2. I have glanced at Coursera.com because of another blog post. You’re right, it has a wide variety of resources. I haven’t taken one yet. I’ll have to start following you to see all the wonderful things you’re learning. Online resources are pretty darn awesome.

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