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Pictorial Quilting Techniques

with Wendy Butler Berns
Pictorial Quilting Techniques
Turn your treasured photos into fiber art. Create a pattern, choose a fabric palette and learn Wendy's easy machine appliqué method.

Turn cherished photos into works of fiber art. Pictorial quilting is a perfect first step into the world of art quilting. Using Wendy's "Pretty as a Picture in Yellow" pattern (included free), you'll learn how to translate photos into line drawings, then find the perfect set of fabrics to use as your color palette. You'll create a pattern template with simple supplies like freezer paper, glue sticks and fusible interfacing. You'll learn how to machine appliqué your quilt design and use free-motion techniques to embellish your quilt with an unbelievable variety of thread options. Along the way, Wendy shares dozens of techniques and tips you can use in any quilting project. Sign up today for Art Quilting: Pictorial Techniques and get ready to share your quilting artistry and cherished memories with the people you love.

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Lesson 1. Course Introduction

  • Meet Wendy Butler Berns as she introduces you to the world of creating pictures with fabric. See what will be taught in this lesson and how to use the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Working With Fabric

  • Auditioning your fabrics is not just about seeing what goes together. Learn how to incorporate scale and color values to create a sense of depth and perspective in your quilt. Then start assembling the fabrics for the yellow coneflower project.


Lesson 3. Assembling The Quilt

  • Learn how to create a master image map to plot out your colors and fabrics. Then move your pattern from paper to fabric with the help of freezer paper. Decide whether to use glue basting or raw-edge basting to assemble your quilt.


Lesson 4. Heading to the Machine

  • Get a brief tour of the types of thread to use on your quilt for stabilizing, snipping and embellishing. Wendy shows you some stitching techniques on appliqué and embellishments.


Lesson 5. Different Finishing Techniques

  • It's time to do the finishing touches. Decide whether you need a border or just a binding. Add the batting and backing, as well as the quilt hanger and a label.


Lesson 6. Human Form in Fabric

  • Incorporating people into quilts is one of the most popular and challenging techniques in pictorial quilting. Wendy shows you how to select fabrics for skin tones, create faces on fabric and embellish facial features.


Lesson 7. Your Photos In Fabric

  • Wendy walks you through the step-by-step method to change a photo into a simple line drawing and then a pattern. Select fabrics to create features and effects on your quilt.


Lesson 8. Quilting Stories

  • The stories behind the quilts are usually as interesting as the quilts themselves. Wendy shares what inspires her quilts, such as her family and favorite places, and how she incorporates them into her art.

"This is a wonderful course for anyone wanting to learn the process of pictorial quilting. Wendy does an excellent job at explaining the way she works through the process of creating, preparing for and completing a quilt. As a beginner to pictorial quilting, I appreciate how Wendy has shared her own techniques in the creation of these quilts. Her enthusiasm and love of pictorial quilting shows as she shares her special talent in each lesson in this course. I thoroughly enjoyed this course! GREAT JOB, WENDY!"
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