I love fabrics and patterns from the designer team Bonnie & Camille, so when I saw a class on the Craftsy website called Pre-Cut Piecing Made Easy with Camille Roskelley, I immediately signed up. I have to say I was not disappointed! I loved the class, and even though I have taken several quilting classes, I learned many new techniques from Camille.
This class is perfect for new quilters! Camille takes you through the basics of cutting, measuring, and piecing, plus half-square triangles, binding and quilting. She also offers lots of fun tricks and secrets that helped me to avoid silly piecing mistakes that always seem to plague me. 🙂
The pre-cuts Camille used in this class are layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm paks and fat squares. If you are not familiar with using pre-cut fabrics, you can learn all about them here.
The Piece of Cake Quilt that I made is the first in the lineup of 4 different quilt patterns that Camille covers in her class. The pattern calls for a pre-cut layer cake, but I did not have one on-hand, so I cut all my strips per the pattern instructions from my stash fabric. This pattern is for a full size quilt, but I limited mine to 4 rows, perfect size for a napping quilt!
My jumping off fabric for this quilt was Indian Summer Basket of Thyme by Sarah Watson, shown below, and then I added coordinating fabrics from my stash and the local quilt shop.
I love Sarah’s Indian Summer fabric collection, and here is a link to the full collection at Art Gallery Fabrics if you would like to take a look. I think my stash could use a few more fat quarters from this collection!
Camille’s class also covers pin basting, stipple quilting, and hand binding techniques. I chose to do linear free motion quilting and I machine stitched the binding.
If you are interested in learning about machine stitched binding, there are many tutorials on the internet, but my favorite is by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. I have not perfected her binding method yet, but I’m improving with each quilt. Check out Rita’s quilts while you’re there, they are fresh, bright, modern, and wonderful!
If you are interested in learning about free motion quilting (FMQ), there are many classes offered on Craftsy, as well as free videos on YouTube. I have taken a class at Craftsy called Design It, Quilt It by Cindy Needham, and it’s excellent. She covers template quilting and FMQ, plus many other quilting tips.
Hope you have enjoyed my Piece of Cake post. Please comment, ask questions, offer tips below. Happy sewing!
Teri of The Hummingbird Thread