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Twists and Curves

Virtual Live Zoom Class

Two 3 Hours Sessions:  Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11AM – 2PM Eastern
Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 11AM – 2PM Eastern



Learn the art of creating dynamic quilts with movement and flow.  Design your quilt by drawing a sketch or using several software options.  Learn to piece curves and circles.  Quilting options for creating flow will be discussed.  Add the final touch of couching for texture and definition.


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?

We will first explore several ways to design your quilt.  You will have the option of simply drawing your quilt or designing it using your favorite software.  Options are Photoshop, PhotoPea, Gimp, RapidResizer, Paint.  We will then resize our designs to the size of our desired quilt.

We will discuss color and values.  We will also discuss types of fabrics like gradients, batiks, silks.

You will trace our designs onto freezer paper then cut sections apart.

Each piece of freezer paper will be ironed to the back of your fabric which will then be cut with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

You will learn how to piece the sections of your quilt together.  This will involve curved piecing.  Circles may be pieced into or appliqued to the quilt.

We will discuss quilting designs which give your quilt movement and flow.

You will learn how to couch yarn to the surface of your quilt.  The order of which sections to couch first and last will be discussed.

You may want to create a small quilt for this class in order to get more done but there are no restrictions on size if you are feeling confident.


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  • Six hour class divided into two three hour virtual live zoom interactive classes.
  • Session 1 – Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11 AM – 2 PM Eastern Time (NYC)
  • Session 2 – Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 11 AM – 2 PM Eastern Time (NYC)
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