Beginner | 3 hours 50 min
Taught by Heidi Parkes
When asked whether Milwaukee-based artist and quilter Heidi Parks travels with her sewing machine, she answers “yes” and holds up a sewing needle.  Using simply a needle, scraps of fabric, and colorful thread, this daily practice in hand-stitching has something for artists of all mediums. Learn techniques and artistic concepts that relate to a story-telling quilt and sew a quilt top through stitching, appliqué, patchwork, and other hand-piecing methods. This is a wonderful way to use sentimental fabric scraps, work organically to keep creativity flowing, and find beauty in imperfection. The daily prompts of this quilt design are a bit of a scavenger hunt encouraging you to show up curious. And since our hands are our most valuable tool, Heidi - who is also a yoga therapist - shares some hand yoga stretches to give you the self-care your practice deserves.

To follow along on social media, please post your progress using the tag #DailyPracticeQAL 
 
Learn how to:
  • Design a quilt top as a personal memoir 
  • Appliqué using the running, ladder, whip stitches
  • Embroider unique shapes and objects
  • Tie a tailor's, quilter's and slip knot
  • Stretch your hands to prevent injury
  • Hand weave with embroidery thread
  • Sew a yo-yo
  • Assemble small patchwork

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to make the Story Top Quilt 
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Heidi Parkes
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Chapters
Story Quilt Top: A Daily Practice in Hand Stitching
01:28
07:06
07:47
07:00
07:08
03:30
07:49
11:21
05:11
10:02
05:37
08:12
08:45
09:31
11:07
05:40
10:21
11:06
09:45
10:19
07:06
08:57
01:40
06:23
07:39
09:06
07:47
04:14
05:55
02:20
04:10
06:08
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3' x 3' piece of light-colored cotton or linen fabric
  • Assorted fabric pieces and scraps
  • Sewing needle - Heidi likes the Dritz milliner's multi-pack
  • Thread, in as many colors as you like - Heidi prefers DMC pearl size 8
  • Scissors or snips
  • Straight pins
  • Thimbles, both pushing and pulling
  • Small embroidery hoop 5-8”
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Cereal box, aluminum foil, and felt tip maker for optional appliqué technique
  • Erasable fabric marker (optional) 
  • Rotary cutter and mat (optional)

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