Learn Eleanor Burns' Techniques for Finishing Fabulous Quilts Faster

Jul 18, 2017 6:57:01 AM / by AccuQuilt

Create gorgeous, elegantly constructed quilts in less time with both traditional techniques and updated tips for using the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. Learn how alongside quilting legend Eleanor Burns in her online Craftsy class, Quick & Easy Quilting.

Eleanor Burns has been a beloved instructor and one of the most recognizable figures in the quilting world since she published her first book in 1978. Since then, Eleanor has authored more than 100 titles. Her TV Series, Quilt in a Day, began airing on TLC in 1987 and on PBS in 1990. It's still broadcasting nationwide and abroad.

Eleanor's passion for quilting extends into developing her own fabric and pattern lines, and teaching her quiltmaking techniques — which she's shared with thousands of students from around the world. And, if you're ever in San Marcos, CA or downtown Paducah, KY (near the AQS Quilt Museum), make sure you stop by one of her Quilt in a Day shops!

When you sign up for Eleanor's online Craftsy class, Quick & Easy Quilting, you'll receive three complete patterns and all the guidance you need to transform them into fun, finished quilt projects! You can even ask Eleanor questions and get answers using Craftsy's interactive online classroom.

In Eleanor's class, you'll use both traditional and updated techniques to swiftly finish stunning quilts: a timeless Flower Basket wall hanging, a gorgeous Garden Walk quilt and a playful Geese in the Garden quilt. Along the way, uncover speedy traditional techniques and tips for using the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. You'll also pick up Eleanor's tricks for piecing accurately, pressing perfectly flat blocks, creating lovely fusible appliqué, finishing your quilts and more!


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Eleanor's class starts with how to make her Flower Basket wall hanging. You'll see how to cut perfect triangles and rectangles with the AccuQuilt GO!, assembly-line sew your pieces, press them flat and sew them into Flower Basket blocks.

Next, cut and sew your setting triangles, before creating some eye-catching fusible appliqué flowers by machine (no needleturn necessary!). Bring your project together with Eleanor's tips for binding, quilting and embellishing your work.


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Move on to creating the Garden Walk quilt. Make a Triangle in a Square block using Eleanor's traditional method, including how to square-up your patches so you finish with flawless blocks. Plus, discover how to achieve the same result faster using the AccuQuilt GO!

After that, see how to efficiently create perfect four-patches, and assemble the Garden Walk blocks with a speedy chain-piecing technique. You'll even learn Eleanor's swirling method for pressing away bulk at the center seams. With your Garden Walk blocks ready, Eleanor will help you assemble them into your quilt top and finish your project with a crisp folded border.


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Your last project is the gorgeous Geese in the Garden quilt, where you'll learn to easily create flying-geese units using Eleanor's techniques or the AccuQuilt GO! Then, assemble your flying geese into rows, and press them smooth.

As you continue with the Geese in the Garden quilt, you'll find out how easy it is to cut long bias strips with the AccuQuilt GO! Eleanor will also demonstrate how to create and attach meandering bias vines to your background fabric.


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In the final lesson, you'll make and machine appliqué vibrant flowers as well as leaves with perfect points. Eleanor will even take you step-by-step through finishing your quilt with a striking scalloped border.

Make quick work of projects you love with techniques you'll use again and again.

What's your best tip for making beautiful quilts quickly?

By Nick Linkow for Craftsy


Topics: GO! Flying Geese, Craftsy, Eleanor Burns, Top Picks


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