While I have a little down time on vacation, I thought it would be fun to review a few of the Craftsy Quilting Classes I’ve signed up for.
Today I will begin with Angela Walters’ Quilting Negative Space class.
I first heard about this class months ago when it came out. I didn’t sign up for it right away because I knew I would be taking a class from her live in person earlier this year at QuiltCon. Her live class was so fantastic, that when I returned I immediately signed up for both of her Craftsy classes.
Since I couldn’t possibly remember everything from Angela’s live class, the online Craftsy classes are such a great resource.
I can go back to them again and again, post questions in class and rewind and rewatch any segment of the class.
Angela’s online class is different enough from her live class that I didn’t feel like I was wasting my money by taking both.
Plus her approachable manner and in-depth explanations were easy to follow.
The class is broken up into 10 segments or lessons, focusing on things such as combining designs, and changing scales.
Throughout the class, Angela demonstrates how to achieve beautiful quilting with little or no marking, which I really like.
One of the often overlooked elements of quilt design is sketching out your ideas first. Angela covers this in great detail and she includes tips on how to apply your sketched designs to the actual quilt. She covers a little about thread selection, too.
My favorite tip of hers is to use a blending thread, whenever possible. You want the quilting texture to show, not the thread! One of my favorite designs she teaches is how to quilt flowers which I used in my Hugs ‘n Kisses quilt, above. They are a lot easier than you might think!
Below is another of the machine quilting samples I was able to stitch after watching Quilting Negative Space. It was fun to combine the pebbles and swirls together into one motif. Angela also covers woodgrain, tiles, leaves, wavy lines, plume feathers and more.
I just checked the stats on Craftsy and over 5000 people have signed up for this class so far! I enjoyed Machine Quilting Negative Space so much that I’ve already signed up for her next Craftsy class, Free Motion Quilting with Feathers (watch for my review on that one soon – it’s on sale, too!)
And oh yeah – even though Angela quilts on a long arm and I quilt on my Bernina, the design principles she teaches are easily applicable to both. If you can only afford to take one Craftsy Quilting class – this is the one to choose!