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Improv Quilting Basics

with Cheryl Arkison

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  •   02 Free Preview: Prep & Choose Your Fabric

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About The Class

your guide to improv quilting.


Improvisational quilting invites you to experiment with unexpected textures, designs, and colors. Learn about this playful quilting technique and sew along with Cheryl Arkison as she creates a completely improvised quilt top in Improv Quilting Basics

From fabric selection and prep, to sewing and puzzling blocks together, to making a quilt top, Cheryl will demystify the improv process. Cheryl will help alleviate any fear you have of this technique and bring a new level of fun to your quilting. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Select, prep, and cut fabric
  • Plan using a design wall
  • Assemble pieces together

Cheryl will show you how to troubleshoot common obstacles and you’ll learn how to turn the fun of improvising into beautiful, quilts.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Improv Quilting: Facing the Unknown

    17:33
  2. 02

    Free Preview: Prep & Choose Your Fabric

    Find out what is necessary and what you can skip during the prep and cutting stage of quilting.

    19:25
  3. 03

    Sewing: Set Up & Basics

    47:46
  4. 04

    Stop & Look at Your Design

    12:33
  5. 05

    Squaring Off a Block

    17:52
  6. 06

    Design Wall Play: Quilt Layout

    34:44
  7. 07

    Puzzle Play

    36:56

Meet Your Expert

Cheryl Arkison

Cheryl is a quilter, writer, and mom. She writes and teaches on quilting, craft, creativity, food, and family. And it all comes from her dining room empire in her crowded, colourful house. From this space she wrote her first book, ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Sondra

    July 2015

    I have taken all three of Cheryl's classes and she is an excellent instructor. Amazing. She is clear, engaging, non-judgmental, informative and has a ton of quality suggestions. Can't say enough about her! I hope that she does more courses in the future. Thanks very much, Cheryl and Creative Live. Very inspiring.

  • Virginia Crawford

    Virginia Crawford

    May 2015

    Great class. Cheryl is a very capable designer. quilter and teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed (and benefited from) the emphasis on design in this class, where Cheryl presents how to achieve balance in improv quilting design making best use of fabrics. I like that she covers using low volume fabrics. I'm very impressed with this class.

  • LaurenDM

    LaurenDM

    March 2015

    So I've just watched this whole course in two evenings, and can say I got my money's worth. Cheryl is engaging, experienced and reassuring, and has enough information and samples to offer to make things interesting for those not sewing along in the moment. I do not have the opportunity to attend classes, so seeing others sew with shared intent is new for me; sometimes having only a teacher's example leaves more room for my creativity, but this "bee" atmosphere prompts other kinds of jumping-off. I had some trouble with the platform (longer segments took up to 20 minutes to load and crashed if I tried to start somewhere other than the beginning) and would like the camera operators to be more aware of each others' shot lines so they're not standing in the middle of the viewer's screen. Sturdier design boards would be great. Now my only question is who got to keep the collaborative class samples!

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