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Artful Couching

Learn to create this lively and intriguing quilt full of movement and depth.

Rachel Derstine is an award winning fiber artist and educator who believes in the potential of everyone to find their creative flow given the right tools and encouragement.  You may see Rachel’s artwork at

What is included in this class?

Choosing great fabric, yarn and thread combinations for this quilt.

Layering of your quilt sandwich of quilt top, stabilizer, batting and backing. Suggestions will be given on how to baste and quilt.

Learn how to best set up your sewing machine for couching.  A thread holder behind the machine, one inch piece of straw taped to the top of your machine, and several choices of cording feet which work best for couching.

Learn to couch yarn to the surface of your quilt.  This is wonderful way to add definition and texture to your quilt. It also adds movement and flow across the quilt.

Learn to face the quilt rather than use a traditional binding.


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Striped Batik – 38” x 18”

Google – Search: Patina Hand Paints or Stripe Batik – Item Search: stripe batik

or you may use any fabric of your preference.

Backing, facing & sleeve – 1 yard

Batting – 38” x 18”

Stabilizer of your choice.  I use Pellon 806 Stitch n’ Tear – 38” x 18”

(We will be adding a layer of stabilizer into our quilt sandwich before basting it all together)

Thread – these are what I like to use but you may have your own favorites

Madeira – Super Twist #30 – 2 or more colors

Glide Thread

YLI Harriet Hargrave’s Monofilament Clear


Assorted colors to match – 3 colors or more

Use worsted weight or use 2-3 strands together to match that weight

Don’t be afraid to try a variety of yarns

Fray Check by Dritz

Rotary Cutter and Mat


Chalk Board Chalk or your marking tool of choice to mark curvy lines if you wish

Sewing machine with ability to zig zag stitch

Cording, open toe or couching foot:  Bernina #21, #20, #1, or comparable foot for your brand of machine

Walking foot for quilting.

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