The new season of our free video series, Quiltmaker’s Lessons in Creativity, is here! The focus quilt for season 6 is the fabulous Zippity Doo Dah quilt designed by Leanna Spanner and featured in the Jan/Feb ’17 issue of Quiltmaker. Everything about this quilt is fun exciting: from the design to fabric selection and block placement. It finishes at 84″ x 96″.
Series host Jenny Kae Parks will inspire you to take this quilt design to a new level as you play with different color recipes, use a variety of quilting designs, create interesting quilt options and enhance your sewing and quilting skills.
The first episode is available to watch now:
Episode 601: Foundation Pieced Square in a Square
The easiest way to learn a new task is to start with something you know and work your way up. Jenny applies this concept to paper piecing and demonstrates how to make Zippity Doo Dah’s square in a square block using foundation paper piecing. Learn this easy technique, which can be applied to all skill levels of blocks, and get perfect points at each intersection.
Check out the episode summaries below for a preview of what’s to come this season:
Coming soon! Episode 602: Stitch and Flip Square in a Square
In the previous episode, Jenny showed how to make the square in a square block using foundation paper piecing. Another easy way to make this block is using the stitch-and-flip method. Also see different coloring options for the block and how to sew two of the blocks together while keeping perfect points on the inner squares. Plus, Jenny gives tips for using a stripe in the sashing and how to add the sashing to the blocks without losing the points on the corners of the inner squares in the blocks.
Coming soon! Episode 603 | Four at a Time Flying Geese and Color Values
Zippity Doo Dah contains a lot of flying geese units, so the more you can make at once, the more time you save. Jenny shares an easy method for making four flying geese units at one time. She also shows how to chain piece them for even more efficiency. Then, once the geese are made, Jenny shows a couple of different ways you could lay out a number of flying geese units if you want to personalize your quilt. She also discusses the difference between light, medium, and dark fabrics and shares ways to lay them out using a variation of the Zippity Doo Dah pattern.
Coming soon! Episode 604 | Turning Zippity Doo Dah Horizontally
Jenny demonstrates how to join columns of flying geese, a technique used both in the original vertical variation of Zippity Doo Dah, and in Jenny’s new horizontal variation. She then shows laying out the blocks in a horizontal variation. The sashing color she had originally chosen didn’t work so well once all the blocks were sewn and laid out. Jenny shows several ways to deal with colors that don’t work — from simple replacing a section with another color to completely rearranging the quilt’s design to work with the pre-selected color choices.
Coming soon! Episode 605 | Fabric Scale and Stitch and Flip Bonus Blocks
Jenny shows the differences between a small, a medium, and a large fabric print. She also shows a tone on tone and a solid print. The square in a square blocks in the Zippity Doo Dah quilt are perfect for medium and large prints. Jenny also shows how to get bonus half square triangle while using the stitch and flip technique with just one more marked line. See a cute idea that these bonus half square triangles can be used for.
Coming soon! Episode 606 | Controlled Scrappiness with Flying Geese
Some people like making scrappy quilts with many different prints organized completely at random. Others, like Jenny, would prefer to have their prints match and be carefully pre-planned. Scrappy quilts are quite appealing for a number of reasons, however, like stash busting, and Jenny shows how a number of prints can be used for a semi-scrappy look with a definite color scheme. She rearranges into a number of different variations for a controlled layout of the scrappy look, then shows how to piece the flying geese together in order to keep the point of the goose. Using solid fabrics, Jenny shows ways that the geese can be reorganized for differing effects.
Coming soon! Episode 607 | Using Up Your Scraps with Square in a Square Blocks
Scrap quilts can look amazing, especially when they look particularly random. Sometimes that randomization has to be coaxed a little bit so that, for example, a pocket of bright yellow doesn’t scream for attention. Jenny demonstrates cutting multiple layers of scrap fabrics at one time to get the required pieces for the blocks. She then shows organizing the scraps in color groups to match them while still accomplishing a certain level of contrast between the pieces. Once a couple of the blocks are pieced together, Jenny gets out some other scrap blocks she had already peiced and demonstrates how to lay them out to make sure you’re happy with the level of randomization before piecing the blocks together to form the quilt.
Coming soon! Episode 608 | Zippity Pillow
Create a fabulous pillow that coordinates with your Zippity Doo Dah quilt.
This video series is free to watch with a free subscription to QNNtv.com, and new episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Click here to see all episodes of Lessons in Creativity.
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