Sunday, September 8, 2013

Daily Craft TV Review - "Yes, You Can Piece Curves"

Have you heard about Daily Craft TV yet?  I was recently contacted by Fons and Porter to review one of their videos. Being a self-taught quilter, I'm always interested in learning new techniques fast and cheap - let's be honest! Their video network is growing and I was especially/obviously interested in their quilting videos, such as String Piecing 7 Ways, Unique Quilting Ideas, and Learn How to Paper Piece.

Anyway, the video I chose to review is called, "Yes, You Can Piece Curves: Curved Piecing Two Ways." I've had a long-standing WIP that requires curve piecing and I've been putting it off for about a year (sorry, mom :( ). I know that I need to confront it within the next couple of months, and the video definitely gave me more confidence, as well as a handful of new techniques to try.

The instructors show close up how you cut your pieces for the Tres Chic quilt, which was part of an early 2013 edition of the magazine, Quilty (by the way, the pattern and templates are downloadable with purchase of the video - yay!). It is a version of the Drunkard's Path block. They showed both ways to make the quilt - traditional piecing with the sewing machine, and with paper piecing, which involved making pleats with your fabric. The latter technique was one I had never heard of, and it was really interesting to watch unfold. If you are already a paper piecer, or even if you aren't one, I guarantee that this technique would complement your curvy quilts in the future. The instructors also score bonus points because they used Kate Spain's Honey Honey line for the paper piecing section ;) You know she's one of my favorites!

I like how laid back the video was - as in, if the instructors made a mistake, they laughed about it, and showed how you could fix it if you did the same thing. Finally, at the end of the video, they shared a handful of quilts that used curves, and explained how you could incorporate the techniques learned earlier in the video. At 49 minutes, I think the video and downloadable features are well worth the cost, and I encourage you to check it out, as well as the other quilting, sewing, and crafting videos on Daily Craft TV. More videos are being added all the time, so this is definitely a website to watch!
Do you learn easily from videos? Are there any quilting/sewing techniques you'd like to see on video?

1 comment:

  1. You're the second person whose blog I follow to talk about this set of videos in the space of a few days -- as an Aussie, I had never heard of them! coincidentally, I have asked my quilting teacher to do a lesson on piecing curves next year, and she is also doing another on paper piecing! It's funny how things seem to turn up in cycles on one blog after another!


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