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with Laura Nownes
Online Class

Improve Your Quilts: 37 Troubleshooting Techniques

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h32m

Included in this Class

1. Fabric Choice

1. Fabric Choice

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.

2. Tools

2. Tools

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.

3. Cutting

3. Cutting

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.