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New Directions in Tumbling Blocks

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You won’t believe your eyes! Sew a stunning tumbling-blocks quilt with versatile techniques that make your piecing pop.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Karen Combs
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
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Class Overview

Create a striking table runner and nine-patch quilt with dazzling dimension! Expert quilter Karen Combs will help you harness color, value and texture to create the illusion of depth, starting with her must-have fabric selection tips. You'll learn to use templates or a standard ruler to cut accurate 60-degree diamonds, and follow along with Karen to achieve precisely pieced 3-D cubes for your runner. Then, learn foolproof methods for perfectly aligning rows and conquering tricky Y-seams as you complete your nine-patch project. Along the way, Karen reveals inspiring possibilities for border treatments, unique stitching details and customized tumbling-block designs.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Fabric Selection
Meet your instructor, quilting teacher and author Karen Combs, and get a sneak peek at the gorgeous, head-turning cubes you'll make in this class. Karen explains how the illusion of depth works and shares tips for choosing fabrics that will help trick the eye into seeing 3-D objects!
2. 3-D Tumbling Blocks
3. Table Runner Background
4. 3-D Nine-Patch Diamond
5. Joining the 3-D Nine-Patch Diamond
6. Two-Cube & Three-Cube Designs
7. Multi-Cube Design Variations

Taught by

Karen  Combs
Karen Combs
Karen Combs has been quilting since 1973, and has authored several books, including Optical Illusions for Quilters and Floral Illusions. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines, and she has appeared on Quilt Central, Quilt America and Simply Quilts. Karen travels the world teaching quilting techniques, and has been nominated three times by the Professional Quilter Journal as “Teacher of the Year."

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