Angela Walters is a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Expert who is also a professional longarm quilter, teacher and author. Many of her customer quilts have gone on to win awards in major quilt shows, as well as get published in popular quilting books. She has also published three excellent books on free-motion quilting, with her fourth book to be released this coming summer.
Free-Motion Quilting Workbook will be released May 19th.
Pre-Orders can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!
Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters will be published by in September 2014. Pre-Orders can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!
But today, I want to share insights with you on Angela’s Dot-to-Dot Class at Craftsy.
SewCalGal feels Craftsy provides an accurate description of the class, but overlooked sharing how much fun this class really is:
Forego tedious marking techniques in this fun, inviting introduction to dot-to-dot quilting. Instructor Angela Walters shows how to shed anxieties about perfection and embrace the journey as you quilt three primary designs and their variations that can be used in endless combinations, on anything from visually striking blocks to delicately designed borders. Imagine new ways to rotate, invert, resize and replicate each design to create unlimited quilting possibilities. Also gain more control over the speed and direction of your stitches while creating beautiful art!
This Dot-to-Dot class is perfect for quilters of all levels. SewCalGal loves how this technique is easy to learn, forgiving, and flexible, plus you can easily integrate it with a other free-motion quilting designs.
The class lessons are structured as follows:
LESSON 1: – INTRODUCTION TO DOT-TO-DOT QUILTING (3:03)
Angela talks about her three favorite dot-to-dot designs that she’ll be sharing in this class: starburst,diamond,lattice and variations of these designs.
The class requirements do ask that participants have basic free-motion quilting skills (e.g. how to make a quilt sandwich, how to move your quilt sandwich on your domestic machine.
LESSON 2: QUILTING STARBURSTS (7:29)
Angela teaches you how to create a beautiful starburst design, using the dot-to-dot technique. This design is perfect for blocks (but adaptable to borders and sashing). She also show insights on marking or not marking, before you stitch out this design. And, throughout the lesson she tips that include hand positions, rotating your quilt, as well as working your way around your quilt.
This lesson focuses on variations of the starburst shared in the previous lesson as this design gets applied to triangles, hexagons, and also a starburst design with an echo inside.
Offset Starburts designs where the center of the block moved to various points on the block to create a completely different look of the Starburst design.
Angela also talks about symmetrical designs, wonky versions,
LESSON 4: QUILTING DIAMONDS (7:09)
This lesson shows how use the corners of a block to stitch out a diamond design. You can also use fabric marking pens, as desired to mark the “dots”. Angela walks you through how the diamond is stitched, reviews the course materials that also shows you how to do this, as well as demonstrates how to do this on the machine.
At any point in any lesson, you can ask a question by posting it on the forum. Within a short time you’ll get a response by the teacher, and fellow students can respond to help each other. But, by taking time to read questions and answers posted by others, you also get a wealth of more insights.
LESSON 5: DIAMOND VARIATIONS (8:09)
Building on the simple diamond design taught in the previous lesson, Angela goes over how to incorporate multiple diamonds within a block.
More insights are shared to help you add your favorite FMQ designs with dot-to-dot designs (e.g. swirls, pebbles, etc).
LESSON 6: QUILTING LATTICES (8:34)
LESSON 7: LATTICE VARIATIONS (8:53)
Quilt lattice designs outside of your primary block create an interesting secondary designs on your quilts.
One of the variations that I fell in love with, Angela calls the Fan design.
In this lesson, you learn how to create the Fan design on your quilts, along with many tips to evenly space your design using marking and non-marking techniques. The ultimate goal is to get even spacing without having to take time to mark.
Here is an example that Angela has shared on the Craftsy forum of a quilt that used the Fan design, along with many other free-motion quilting designs. SewCalGal thinks this quilt and quilting is absolutely gorgeous.
It is fun to learn how Free Motion Fillers can add dimension to your quilt.
LESSON 8: DOT-TO-DOT QUILTING IN THE BORDERS (10:28)
Learn how to use dot-to-dot quilting techniques for your borders to create interesting looks for your quilt. Angela shares two great dot-to-dot designs that are perfect for borders: the Starburst design and using Curved lines.
You’ll learn tips for straight lines and curved lines, marking, corners and more. And you’ll learn how to apply these techniques to sashing too!
In this lesson, Angela shows how you can break a part dot-to-dot designs and combine with other designs to create completely different effects. You’ll learn how to combine straight lines and curved lines!
Throughout this lesson Angela also shares inspirational projects and shares many wonderful tips.
And a recap of the optional class project and how all of the designs shared in this class have been incorporated into this spectacular quilt that shows off the dot-to-dot designs, as well as other free-motion quilting designs.
SewCalGal loves this inspirational quote from Angela:
This Dot-to-Dot Free-Motion Quilting class with Angela Walters is perfect for quilters of all levels. Your mind will be swimming with ideas of possibilities for how you can use these designs and techniques on your quilts.
SewCalGal highly recommends this class, as well as the other FMQ classes at Craftsy with Angela.
Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy: