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Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts

with Cindy Needham
Wholecloth quilts are a stitched symphony of fabric, motifs, texture and embellishments. Showcase your quilting as you design and create your own wholecloth treasure.

Create your own exquisite, one-of-a-kind wholecloth quilts with award-winning instructor Cindy Needham. From choosing and preparing a decorative vintage linen or conventional cotton, to auditioning threads, basting and beyond, Cindy will be your expert guide. Learn to mark and stitch both striking medallion designs and flowing all-over designs. Find out how prints from your backing fabric can inspire the motifs you quilt on top. Create beautiful wholecloth quilting with fillers like cathedral windows, special feathers and more. Then, learn to lay out borders, block your quilt and square it up. Cindy will also provide tips for using cutwork, bridgework, lace edgings and beading to make your quilt even more elegant.

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Lesson 1. Fabric Selection

  • Meet your instructor, Cindy Needham, as she leads discussions on wholecloth quilts, fabric selection and incorporating vintage linens into your work.


Lesson 2. Preparing Your Wholecloth Quilt


Lesson 3. Medallion & Border Designs


Lesson 4. All-Over Designs


Lesson 5. Fillers & Feathers


Lesson 6. Blocking


Lesson 7. Special Techniques

"Cindy is a GREAT teacher. I love her gentle, unhurried, down to earth style. She does wonderful quilting and got me so inspired. Although her pieces look so detailed and difficult to do, Cindy shows her students how to easily break everything down, fill in smaller spaces and build up complicated designs that look amazing. Thank you Cindy far another wonderful Craftsy class."
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