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Pattern-Free Quiltmaking

with Joe Cunningham
Pattern-Free Quiltmaking
Combine spontaneous design with traditional techniques for bold quilts that are all your own. Joe Cunningham shows you how in this lively class.

Take two fabrics you like, then take a risk! Pattern-free quilting uses traditional methods but liberates them, creating spontaneous design in a structured format. Joe Cunningham takes you from simple ideas to the Wheel of Pattern, giving you options upon options to make your own unforgettable quilt. Joe tosses all the rules — even his own — out the window and shows you how to make a quilt based on your imagination. You won't stop smiling during this one-of-a-kind art quilting class with an instructor who not only welcomes but chases down the unexpected. Go where your idea and fabric take you in this free-spirited approach to making art with fabric. Then spin the super-scary Wheel of Pattern, and watch Joe take three random ideas and turn them into a pattern-free quilt.


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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Joe Cunningham and find out how he made the transition from musician to quilt expert.


Lesson 2. Three Crazy Sisters

  • The Three Crazy Sisters block is a variation on the classic Rail Fence. The simple design of three rectangles will get you started on your pattern-free journey.


Lesson 3. Fantasy Four Patch

  • The Fantasy Four-Patch is a process that takes the traditional four-patch design with two contrasting fabrics and turns it on its ear.


Lesson 4. Rock the Block, Album Style

  • Rock the Block, Album Style is one of Joe's favorite quilt projects. You'll find out why it's called that, and why he likes it.


Lesson 5. Rock the Block, Block Style

  • Rock the Block in a different way – Block Style! This very simple project creates an assortment of blocks that are closely related, but never the same.


Lesson 6. Managing Your Crazy

  • How do you keep your pattern-free quiltmaking from spinning completely out of control? Whether you've invented your own process or borrowed one of Joe's, this lesson shows you how to use the set and borders to contain the design.


Lesson 7. Wheel of Pattern

  • Choose a couple of contrasting fabrics, add some bias tape, spin the super-scary Wheel of Pattern, surrender to the forces of serendipity, and make a quilt!

"I loved this class! I have many Craftsy courses and this is one of my faves! I have watched it many times while I sew. Joe seems totally at ease in front of the camera. This is a different class than others where there are no patterns, just processes. I am self taught and always seem to do my own thing. It was nice to get back to just creating, because I realize that lately I have been using trendy fabrics and quilt patterns. I really liked the section on 'controlling chaos.'"
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