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Art Quilting 101

Design Basics

with Wendy Butler Berns
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.

Explore the world of art quilting with artist Wendy Butler Berns and learn to design without using a pattern. You'll discover how to see your world through the eyes of an artist and communicate your vision through fiber. Walk through the process of selecting background materials and arranging your design pieces. Next, you'll use free-motion quilting to doodle with an unbelievable variety of thread options and create textural elements with yarn couching and bobbin drawing. Then, discover when to add a border and embellish with novelty finishing touches. Learn dozens of practical techniques, creative ideas and troubleshooting tips you can use in any quilting project!

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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.


Lesson 2. Getting Started


Lesson 3. Thread Embellishments


Lesson 4. Thread Talk


Lesson 5. Texturing Ideas


Lesson 6. Principles of Design


Lesson 7. To Border or Not To Border


Lesson 8. Machine Quilting and Binding


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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