Laura Nownes

Improve Your Quilts: 37 Troubleshooting Techniques

Laura Nownes
  • In-depth Instruction; over 152 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Meet Laura Nownes, your guide to new and improved quilts. Laura walks you through the process of picking out the right fabric and shows you how to find inspiration in the everyday. She also walks you through the basics of using value and contrast, and demonstrates fussy cutting.
Good quilter's tools are invaluable! Laura shows how to identify and troubleshoot issues with rotary cutters and walks you through machine settings that will set you up for success. Next, you'll learn how to select and work with rulers, threads, pins, needles and more tools that will make your work easier and more efficient.
It's common to encounter problems while cutting, but Laura shows you how to reduce your frustration and even takes the word "mistakes" out of your vocabulary in the process! Discover the best way to fix unwanted surprises as Laura walks you through incorrect fabric widths, frayed edges, off-grain strips and more.
Sewing and piecing present more than their fair share of challenges, but Laura has solutions to help you along the way. She takes the intimidation out of the equation, demonstrating techniques that will help you prevent mismatched intersections, lost points, bowed strip sets and distorted blocks.
Laura shows how the best pressing methods and a little steam can fix the wobbliest of strips, the biggest bubbles and other common quilting blunders. She also offers tips on how to create perfect half-square triangles and shares an inexpensive, homemade fix for a dirty iron.
Assembling the pieces of your quilt comes with its own surprises and challenges. Laura shares her tips for joining blocks of different sizes, troubleshooting sashing problems and problem-solving for a variety of borders.
You've put a lot of time into your quilt, and now you'll learn how to complete it using professional finishing techniques! Laura shows how bad binding can mar the best of projects, and offers tips on how to get sharp corners, join ends seamlessly and fix floppy, curvy or loose binding.
 
 
7 Lessons
2  hrs 32  mins

Instructor Laura Nownes shares her must-have tips and tricks from 35 years of quilting, starting with strategies for fabric selection, perfect color palettes, and finding inspiration. Conquer common quilting mistakes with Laura’s clever troubleshooting techniques, and achieve consistent seam allowances, straight seams, and precise results with smart piecing methods. Discover how the right pressing technique and a little steam can fix even the wobbliest of strips and the biggest bubbles, and learn expert tips for joining mismatched blocks and solving sashing and border issues. Finally, Laura will reveal essential binding tips to create sharp corners, seamlessly join ends and fix floppy, curvy or loose binding – all in the name of making a quilt you’re proud to share!

Laura Nownes

Laura Nownes has been teaching quilting classes for more than 35 years, and is the co-author of the celebrated “quilting bible” Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! She also co-developed a pattern line of more than 60 original designs, and has been featured on several quilting shows, including the PBS series The Great American Quilt.

Laura Nownes

Bonus materials available after purchase