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Art Quilt Backgrounds

Beyond Log Cabin

with Judith Trager
Art Quilt Backgrounds
Cut loose, cut wonky and create a work of art with Judith Trager.

Art doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, when you use Judith's unique piecing and innovative appliqué techniques, your first art quilt will feel liberating! A lifelong quilter, Judith pays homage to tradition, but ventures far beyond classic quilting methods to create layers of silk screened images, embellishments and stitching. Power through your stash of scraps by following her fun and creative process of assembling blocks faster. You'll add nature-inspired elements to your quilt top, as she shows you how to easily incorporate leaf and landscape motifs. Break free from ruler tyranny and get inspired!

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Judith, learn about her background and get ready to be creative with the various art quilting techniques she'll teach you!


Lesson 2. Breaking Ruler Dependency

  • Break it! Your ruler, that is! Judith encourages you to be brave and get wonky by cutting without your trustiest tool.


Lesson 3. Contemporary Construction

  • Judith teaches you the basics of contemporary construction techniques with three practice blocks. There's no pressure because she'll also teach you how to shape up your results.


Lesson 4. Color Impact

  • Learn to make an impact with your color choices. Judith discusses how to choose great colors and then build on your preferred palette.


Lesson 5. Color Options

  • Learn about contrasting colors and color placement from Judith's expertise and experiences. Then you'll sash your blocks.


Lesson 6. Constructing the Top

  • Put your design together with Judith's step-by-step instruction. You'll sew and trim the blocks before learning to create rolling horizons.


Lesson 7. Silk Screening the Quilt

  • Judith walks you through this gorgeous technique with examples followed by detailed instruction from stenciling to touch-ups.


Lesson 8. Sandwiching & Quilting

  • Learn about sandwich considerations, including layering, basting and sewing. Then move onto quilting your sandwich with Judith's help.


Lesson 9. Appliqué

  • Learn to add layers and leaves, as well as organza for an extra ellegance. Judith also walks you through the art of outlining and layering images.

"This was truly like sitting in the classroom with Judith. My favorite Craftsy online course so far. Instructions were clear and when I wanted to ask something extra the platform allowed Judith to reply to my question directly. A fun topic which was presented in great detail but in a friendly down to earth way."
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Flinders Isld, Tas, Australia

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