Updated: Oct 14, 2022
Our Island Home YouTube series has finished, but this is not the end! Now the course is complete; we can run another sew-along!
In this post, we have compiled the top questions asked about our Island Home course and how you can join the sew-along. Read on for more details.
Quilting is one of the most transcendent art forms there is; it combines the practice of drawing, design, mathematics and textiles to create a functional piece of art that can wrap around your loved ones and be cherished for years to come. Here at Pattern Poole, we are all about quilt-as-you-go; we believe it helps make the satisfying and therapeutic art of quilting accessible to anyone. With quilt-as-you-go, you can make your own quilts from start to finish, and we think that is really empowering. We are so passionate about quilt-as-you-go that we focused our 4th ever online course, 'Island Home,' all about it. We also decided to make the videos accessible for anyone to watch on our YouTube channel. Even though we originally ran this course as a mystery, with all the video tutorials on our channel, there are no secrets about what you will learn. All the wealth of information will always be available for you to watch, anywhere and at any time. We have created course notes to accompany each video, each with detailed step-by-step instructions and colour photos; as we know, there are many different types of learners out there. The profits help keep our channel running so we can continue to make many tutorials in the years to come. We hope you join the Pattern Poole family and embark on a fun quilting journey with many like-minded wonderful people and us worldwide. With the changes in the world happening all around us, our goal is to create a supportive online community of members worldwide.
We are running another sew-along for this course starting in October 2022. So this is everything you need to know to start preparing!
HOW WILL THE SEW-ALONG RUN?
Starting October 19, each fortnight at 12 pm (Sydney Australia time), we will be sharing a blog post for each part of the quilt. (There are 14 parts). Each blog post will have a rundown of what you can expect to learn and some extra tips if required. Read the blog post before watching the original pre-taped YouTube video. There are 2 ways to get the PDF course notes:
1. Purchase and download 1 part at a time from our website for $10 each. (Therer are 14 parts) Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive the fortnightly blog post in your inbox.
2. Pay 1 upfront fee of $125 to join the Island Home Private Facebook Group where you can download the course notes. The fortnightly blog post will be posted in the private Facebook group.
WHAT IS THE FINISHED SIZE OF THE QUILT?
The finished quilt size is 56 ½" x 61 ½" (143 cm x 154 cm)
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ALEX BIRDFOX FABRIC PANEL USED IN THE QUILT:
Alex Birdfox is a First Nations Indigenous Artist from the Wiradjuri. Alex creates art that intertwines science and metaphysics, depicting journies through time-space. Alex has designed a fabric panel specifically for the Island Home quilt. The patterns and textures are based on the sacred land we live on here in Australia. The panel features intricate dot work and line designs that you will find on the ancient rock formations, native flora and amazing rivers here in Australia.
We decided to print this wonderful work of art ourselves here in Australia to truly create a product that fits with our values of sustainability.
The panel is printed here in Sydney, and after three runs, we have listened to your feedback and found a new supplier that can print the colours more vividly. The Island Home fabric quilt panel features 16 designs; each piece measures 23 cm x 33 cm (9" x 13") and is perfect for patchwork and applique.
The panel size is 97 cm x 138 cm (38 1/4" x 54 1/4")
The 4th print run is now available to purchase here
HOW MANY PARTS ARE TO THE COURSE?
There are 14 video tutorials on YouTube and 14 sets of course notes.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE VIDEOS?:
You can access all the videos on our YouTube channel Pattern Poole TV. We have a playlist here where all the videos are in order. WILL THE VIDEOS ALWAYS BE THERE?
Yes, the videos will remain on YouTube indefinitely.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can sign up on our website in two ways:
As a Facebook Member ($125 AUD)
Or pay-as-you-go and purchase the course notes separately. There are 14 sets of course notes that are $10 AUD each. (Total is $140 AUD)
HOW DOES THE ISLAND HOME FACEBOOK MEMBER WORK?
Facebook groups have changed how we find and share information and make connections worldwide. The Island Home Facebook Member is for those who use Facebook. When you purchase this option, you will receive a PDF download with a link to access the private group. Once approved, you can access all the videos and course notes via the clear and easy Guides Tab in the Facebook group. You will also be able to ask questions, share your work and see what others are doing. We take great pride in managing our Facebook groups to protect them from hackers.
HOW DOES THE PAY-AS-YOU-GO OPTION WORK?
The pay-as-you-go option is a flexible option for anyone who:
Wants to pick and choose the parts of the course that interest them.
Doesn't have Facebook.
Likes to work at their own pace.
Enjoys interacting on a blog, reading blog posts and connecting in a blog community format.
Simply head to the Island Home Journal, where the course is broken down into numbered sections. Each journal entry has a link to the video, the course notes and an area for you to comment and share photos of your work. Or head to the Course Notes section on the website and purchase the course notes at your own pace.
I AM DOING THE PAY-AS-YOU-GO OPTION; HOW DO I ASK A QUESTION?:
You can head to our Island Home Journal and ask a question on the Journal entry that your query relates to. This way, other people may have the same question, and everyone following along can see. Or you can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I CAN'T LOG IN TO THE COURSE NOTES (MEMBERS ONLY) SECTION ON THE WEBSITE: This section is only available to those early bird members who signed up in January 2022 for access. This option is no longer available for other members to access. WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS THE COURSE TAILORED FOR?
Beginners to advanced quilters.
Please note: Beginners will need basic sewing machine skills and know how to cut out with a rotary cutter, as rotary cutting skills are not covered in this course.
WHAT PREREQUISITES DO I NEED?
You will need to know how to use a domestic sewing machine and how to cut out with a rotary cutter.
WHAT KIND OF SEWING MACHINE DO I NEED?
A basic domestic sewing machine that is in good working order. For the applique, your machine will need the capability to either zig zag or blanket stitch. Additional machine accessories of a ¼" foot, an open-toe foot and a walking foot are also required. Please contact your local sewing machine dealer to purchase additional accessories if required.
WHAT TOOLS WILL I NEED?
You will need basic patchwork and quilting equipment. We have stuck to the basics and will not try to sell you additional tools to do the quilt-as-you-go methods. You can see what you need in the requirements list.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE OTHER FABRICS I WILL NEED:
For the success of your quilt, we recommend 100% cotton patchwork and quilting fabric. We cater for all budgets. You can either buy all new fabrics as stated in the requirements list or use fabric from your stash; just make sure that the background (top) fabric is a good quality solid cotton fabric, and avoid thin or open weave fabrics as they could stretch out of shape or fray on the edges.
DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE FABRIC AND SUPPLIES?
CAN I PURCHASE A KIT?
Unfortunately, we are a small business and don't have the capabilities to store stock and ship worldwide. We encourage you to shop local and support the quilt stores.
WHO IS THE TUTOR?
Monica Poole is a designer and sewing tutor from Australia. Sewing and teaching others to sew is her passion. Monica's Mum encouraged her to pursue a career in fashion, where she was taught to sew by expert seamstresses; she also studied pattern making and design and worked as a fashion designer in the late 80s and early 90s.
Monica started her own business as a sewing tutor and began publishing her own patterns in 2002. (Prior to that, she was quiltmaking and teaching at a local creative sewing store when her 2 children were young).
She has also been featured in and has designed many projects for several Australian magazines.
Monica has taught thousands of face-to-face sewing classes over the last 30 years and now has a very popular YouTube channel where she can teach anyone, anywhere in the world, to sew from the comfort of their own home.
Monica has made so many quilt-as-you-go quilts that she has lost count; her experience means that she has a host of tips and tricks to share with you.
The YouTube channel Pattern Poole TV is all made possible by her daughter and business partner Alaura, who is the creative director and videographer. Alaura is also a talented artist that designs fun applique patterns; she also designed the applique blocks in the Island Home quilt.
Alaura is a beginner quilter, and during the videos, she asks those all-important questions that beginners want to know. The tutorials are detailed and informative whilst being fun and lighthearted, with some laughs along the way.
They don't focus on perfectionism but rather on the fun of learning and surprising yourself with what you can do and achieve.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?
Click here to be taken to the Island Home ABOUT page to find out more.
So, we hope that answers some of your main questions about Island Home. If you have more, please comment below, and we will answer them. Head to our next post, download your requirements list and get your supplies together! We are aiming to start in mid-October and can't wait to have you along with us!
We can't wait to get started again; stay tuned for more details to follow!