Free Lessons

  • Getting Started in the Class
    Our setup at the Academy of Quilting is new to many of the students, especially if they have attended classes at Quilt University so I wanted to share some tips and help for students who may be having difficulty. First of all, there are a number of words/link-names that are different so lets look at their meanings first as well as some of the basic names to certain areas of a class. Read more >>

  • Using the Classroom Forum
    Here are some videos showing tips on how to use the classroom forum. Read more >>

  • Cropping and Scaling an Image
    There are many different ways to crop and scale images. Below is a tutorial to download GIMP which is free software to do all sorts of image editing or you might like to just use a quick tool to reduce an image for the forum. Read more >>

  • Checking Image Resolution
    Often we need to check an image resolution to ensure it is suitable for printing. When printing a photo on paper or fabric, your resolution should be around 300. Most photo editors tell you this information. I will show you how to find this information out in GIMP which is a free open source photo editor. Read more >>

  • Accurate quarter inch seams
    It is important to be able to sew an accurate 1/4" seam. For many machines you can purchase a machine foot that is exactly 1/4” from the needle to the side of the foot. They are a very useful tool. I have found that many machines, especially older ones, have a foot that is an exact 1/4” so please check and measure the feet that are with your machine before you purchase one. Read more >>

  • Pressing
    For the majority of my seams, I press all seams to one side as shown below. This makes sections butt up together so seams meet accurately. It is also important if you wish to do "Stitch in the Ditch" quilting. Read more >>

  • What is Fusible Webbing?
    Fusible webbing is a sticky bonding that adheres two fabrics together. It comes in many different brands, each being slightly different. Most Fusible webbing have paper on one side, some have paper on both sides, while others have no paper at all. I recommend using one of the fusibles with paper rather than the non-paper fusible when you need to transfer templates. Read more >>

  • Binding
    There are two types of binding I use often in quilt making. Most commonly used is a continuous binding with mitered corner. This method can be done as a single or double binding. The second method is one I use for most wall hangings. It is a straight binding and commonly used for single thickness. This particular method is just as easy as the first and is very similar to adding borders. Read more >>

  • Rotary Cutting
    Rotary Cutting Guide and Tips

  • Layering a Quilt ready for Quilting
    Did you know that 90% of successful machine quilting is in the pinning and layering? That alone tells you how important it is to take your time and do this right. Read more >>

  • Color Representation
    *Black* is the color of authority and power. It also gives the impression of evilness and secretive (criminals wear black). When dressed in black, it can make you appear thinner. Black is always stylish. Read more >>

  • Dealing with Difficult Threads
    What can you do if you really want to sew  with specialty threads in the needle? Read more >>

  • Designing a Foundation Pieced Block from a Photograph
    This mini tutorial on how to design a foundation paper pieced block from a photograph was written by Lily Kerns with the focus on her "Ozark Garden" class. Read more >>