If you’ve always wanted to make a patchwork quilt while learning a variety of different techniques, Michelle Marvig’s EBook and workshop, Quilt Workshop For Beginners takes you through the entire process of creating a quilt, from how to select and cut your fabrics all the way through to quilting and binding your finished quilt.
Over 3 hours of video content
You’ll learn a variety of different techniques including appliqué, English paper piecing, foundation piecing and patchwork to create different quilt blocks that make one finished sampler quilt pattern.
Follow along with the book and video workshop to make Michelle’s quilt or use any number of combinations of quilt blocks to create your own unique quilt.
This workshop is an excellent starting point for beginners with little or no quilting or craft experience and it’s also an excellent resource for intermediate and advanced-level quilters to expand their quilting skills, learn a new technique or master the basics of patchwork and quilt making.
Full instructions to make the quilt pattern, materials list and pattern sheet with templates is included with your workshop.
Video workshop includes 15 chapters and takes you through all the steps, from cutting your fabric to finishing the quilt
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Quilt Design and Fabrics (5 min)
Meet Michelle Marvig as she introduces you to quilt making and the sampler quilt she will be demonstrating with a wide range of techniques, and how to select your fabrics.
Chapter 2: Traditional Rotary Cutting Techniques (15 min)
Before you start sewing, Michelle teaches you all about using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat to measure and cut your fabrics.
Chapter 3: Alabama Block (20 min)
Learn how to create an Alabama Block with simple machine piecing and cross cutting, and you’ll also learn about the importance of pressing your work.
Chapter 4: Shattered X Block (15 min)
You’ll then learn how to create triangles to make the Shattered X Block, using half and quarter square triangles.
Chapter 5: Flying Geese (7 min)
To make the Flying Geese Blocks, you’ll learn an easy way to make these triangular blocks by working with square and rectangle pieces of fabric.
Chapter 6: Liberty Star Block (15 min)
For creating the Liberty Star block, you’ll learn how to cut your fabrics at a 45 degree angle and how to work with Y seams.
Chapter 7: Road To Fortune Block (13 min)
You’ll then learn how to use foundation piecing to create the Road To Fortune block, using your sewing machine and foundation papers.
Chapter 8: Split Drunkard’s Path Block (10 min)
To make the Split Drunkard’s Path Block, you’ll learn how to create templates from freezer paper and template plastic, and then moving on to curved machine piecing.
Chapter 9: Snowflake Hexagon (28 min)
For the Snowflake Hexagon block, you’ll be using English paper piecing, which is a popular and portable hand piecing technique.
Chapter 10: Rose of Sharon (22 min)
You’ll then learn how to create raw-edge appliqué to create the Rose of Sharon block, working with fusible web to create your appliqué pieces and using blanket stitch on your sewing machine to stitch it to the background.
Chapter 11: Tear Drop Wave (15 min)
Then take a look at some other forms of appliqué to create the Tear Drop Wave, working with fusible bias fabric strips and using your sewing machine’s satin stitch and zig-zag to appliqué your fabric pieces down to the background.
Chapter 12: Quilting (15 min)
Learn about quilting, how to choose your batting and creating your quilt sandwich ready for quilting and talks you through how to quilt in the ditch with some samples of quilting ideas.
Chapter 13: Finish the quilt – covering strips (16 min)
From using the quilt-as-you-go technique, Michelle shows you how to finish your quilt by joining the quilted blocks and adding a covering strip.
Chapter 14: Binding (17 min)
Michelle teaches you about finishing off your quilt with binding, by cutting your fabric, joining the pieces and sewing the binding to the quilt and creating mitred corners.
Chapter 15: Quilt Gallery (6 min)
View a gallery of quilts Michelle has created, using a variety of different techniques as demonstrated in the workshop, to inspire your future projects and explore the many different quilting possibilities.
How would you describe your particular craft style? Traditional patchwork with a twist. I love starting with a traditional design, but updating the technique or layout to create something new. I general piece and appliqué by machine, however also enjoy hand piecing.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? When I first started making quilts, I simply made quilts from other people’s patterns. But then I started to work as a sample quiltmaker for a fabric importer and needed to be able to publish my own original patterns. I have been designing my originals for 25 years now. As I develop my skills, my patterns change to reflect the new skills. Also, a change in house has altered my quiltmaking style, as my new home has a more modern feel.
Are you good at all the crafts you’ve tried? I used to knit and make clothes and dolls, but since patchwork, I’ve not really had the time or inclination to go back to these crafts. But I now have a granddaughter, so making dresses for her may be in my future. I love the look of crochet but have never mastered the art. Can’t keep the loops even!
What sorts of crafts do you avoid like the plague? Paper crafts. I have so much sewing paraphernalia that I could not fit the tools required for paperwork in the house.
Other than crafting, how do you like to spend your time? Working as the creative director for Quilters Companion magazine, taking QC tour groups overseas for patchwork adventures, designing fabric ranges for Leutenegger and spending time with family.
Do you listen to music/radio or watch TV while you sew - what do you like to listen to/watch? I listen to the radio or will have the TV on while I sew. I enjoy home shows, travel shows, cooking shows and documentaries. Something that I can learn from.
Do you like craft shopping alone or with friends? I love shopping with other people. I’m lucky that I get to take people shopping overseas while on tour for QC. It is fabulous to help others select fabrics, throw in a few pieces they may not have considered, and open up the possibilities of fabric combinations. Actually, it is the same when I teach. Helping select fabrics for a new project for a student and seeing it through to the end result is very rewarding.
What are you top five favourite craft blogs? Due to my busy schedule, I don’t have time to read blogs. The only one that I have followed is Barbara Brackman (barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.au), who writes about antique quilts. We have a lot to learn from those who came before us.