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Art Quilting 101

Design Basics

with Wendy Butler Berns
Art Quilting 101
Embrace the art quilter within and learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist, doodle with free-motion quilting and add texture.

Quilt without a pattern and explore the world of fiber art with author and teacher Wendy Butler Berns. You'll learn to see your world through the eyes of an artist, and communicate your vision through fiber. The author of Photo Album Quilts and a frequent exhibitor at shows around the country, Wendy Butler Berns has taught hundreds of quilters like you how to express feelings and ideas through the quilting process. You'll learn the essentials of design and bring them into your work, adding spontaneity and playfulness. You'll use free-motion quilting to doodle with an unbelievable variety of thread options, adding textural elements with techniques like yarn couching and bobbin drawing. And you'll learn dozens of practical techniques, creative ideas and troubleshooting tips you can use in any quilting project.

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Lesson plan

37:13

Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Wendy Butler Berns, as she introduces you to the fascinating world of creating art quilts with a combination of originality, spontaneity and inspiration.

44:52

Lesson 2. Getting Started

34:55

Lesson 3. Thread Embellishments

48:53

Lesson 4. Thread Talk

1:02:08

Lesson 5. Texturing Ideas

40:04

Lesson 6. Principles of Design

16:59

Lesson 7. To Border or Not To Border

40:07

Lesson 8. Machine Quilting and Binding

25:23

Lesson 9. Postcards and Finishing Details

"Wendy Butler Berns has a wealth of knowledge of different techniques, textiles and color. I've been quilting for 15 years and I learned something from each lesson of this class. Her samples and finished projects are inspirational and an expression of art from 'within Wendy.' She encouraged me to take what she's shown me and create an expression of art from 'within myself.' I have been given permission for self-expression, educated and set free to explore quilting in a new way."
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