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Designing Modern Quilts

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Designing Modern Quilts
Gain fresh perspectives on color, prints, patterns and modern quilt construction with Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio.

Learn to design quilts that reflect our times. Weeks provides the tools necessary to scratch your expressive itch, offering fresh perspectives on color, prints, patterns and quilt construction. The class includes five "explorations" that will tap your creativity and expand your approach to designing quilts. Weeks also shares her brainstorm-in-a-box approach to finding design inspiration in surprising places. Along with her partner Bill Kerr, Weeks has pioneered the art of modern quilting over the last 13 years, writing books, publishing Modern Quilt Studio magazine and designing over 100 fabrics. This theory-based class also serves as a retrospective of Bill and Weeks' work, showcasing nearly 50 quilts, including Weeks' never-displayed-before first attempt at modern quilting.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Weeks demystifies design and discusses the preparations and perspective needed to design modern quilts.


Lesson 2. Modern Quilts

  • Learn the definition of modern design and how technology has changed traditional quilting techniques over time.


Lesson 3. Color Theory Basics

  • Explore color theory and experiment with fabrics you find both easy and difficult to design with.


Lesson 4. Master Use of Color

  • Delve further into color. Learn what colors typically symbolize and what colors work well together.


Lesson 5. Printed Fabrics

  • Understand print scale and the design concept of figure ground.


Lesson 6. Designing with Solids

  • Discover the advantages of working with solid-color fabric when designing graphics.


Lesson 7. Composition

  • Learn about the different approaches to composition and how to be inspired by fabric or the ideas around you.


Lesson 8. Executing Your Design

  • Plan and lay out your composition, making sure it's well-balanced and engaging. Learn design pitfalls and how to avoid them.


Lesson 9. Beyond the Block

  • Deconstruct the traditional quilt block and learn to successfully incorporate repetition, asymmetry and concentrated zones of detail into your quilt compositions.


Lesson 10. Quilting & Finishing

  • Experiment with quilting motifs and how they interact with fabric. Learn to set goals and to follow through with inspiration.

"I absolutely LOVED this class ... It's obvious that Weeks put an enormous amount of time and deeply conscientious effort into compiling the lessons and discussions around design, color and what professional designers think about as they create. ... This class was a gift I gave myself and believe me, I'll talk it up to the people I meet! Absolutely tremendous."
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  • 10 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including quilting exercises and the Palm Springs quilt pattern designed by Modern Quilt Studio
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  • Answers from Weeks in our virtual classroom
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