Saturday, January 21, 2012

VIDEO Tutorial: Improv Piecing and Curved Piecing

Yes! I made my first video tutorial! Can you believe it?! It was fun.... and DEFINITELY homemade! ;)  I think figuring out how to export it (file format and all those details), and then uploading it was the hardest part. It took a couple of tries to film it, and then I about cut it in half - editing out all the unnecessary details. I tried to add some comic relief in the boring parts. ;)

Here is the block that I end up making. I used all scraps - so it's not really anything that I'll probably use, but at least you can see how the diagonal and curved piecing turn out. :)


The whole thing was inspired by this block that I made for the Moody Blues 2 Group, and I had a question from Annabella, if I knew of any tutorials on how to do improv. I couldn't think of any, so I just made one up. :)

I made my hubby suffer through the video for some input before publishing it. He actually like it! And he doesn't know very much about sewing. I hope you like it too!! (It's a little long, but even my hubby was surprised when I told him how long it was. So hopefully it will be fast for you.) :)

At least for me it is loading slowly, so I am working on figuring out how to compress it so it will load faster! I'll update this if I can get it fixed. Otherwise, hopefully it will be faster for you.

If you have questions or feedback (or suggestions for making better videos - maybe get an actual tripod?! lol.) please be sure to let me know!! :) I'd love to know what you think! Thanks!



  1. Wow Diane - that`s a fantastic video (I`ve downloaded it and hope that`s okay)! I feel confident to try some improv. piecing now (even curved) and love that you are not quite a pro!I`ll let you know how I get on. Lovely to hear (I`m guessing) Mabel`s gurgles in the background. Kudos to you on the improv. piecing and the video making. Fabulous job.

  2. awesome awesome awesome!! thanks for all the work you did on this, it's a great resource, Diane!

  3. So great to see, rather than read and look at pictures--thank you. I feel like I want to experiment. I would have liked to see how you trimmed the inside of the curved seam as well as how you pressed it--I really am a newbie! I live in the Middle East and there aren't many quilters to learn from so I am relying on tutorials and information from the internet. Please keep it up!

  4. Thanks for taking the time to make this video! It's just what I was looking for!!:)

  5. Thanks for a great video! I am demo-ing this for my guild next month!

  6. Diane the video is brilliant. When it first started I thought, oh I don't think I'll watch the whole 14 mins, but within the first minute I was hooked, I forgot about the time and just enjoyed myself. I didn't know how to do diagonals or curves (although I have done drunkard's path but this isn't altogether the same) so I learnt so much from you, thank you. I loved the jokes and other titles you fed along the bottom, they had me laughing. When I do my drunkard's curves I use a 'That Purple Thang' to hold the fabrics together without getting the needle through my fingers - especially useful when you get to the last bit of each piece. Really great work and so glad to have met you on the blog hop :)

  7. Awesome video! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jumped over from LGQ , thank you,,, I thought you did good, most video's skip the actual fundamentals or "boring" parts but we need that part. thank you, you have a good day too and the end music was pleasing.. LOL


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