Quilt without a pattern and explore the world of fiber art with author and teacher Wendy Butler Berns. You'll learn to see your world through the eyes of an artist, and communicate your vision through fiber. The author of Photo Album Quilts and a frequent exhibitor at shows around the country, Wendy Butler Berns has taught hundreds of quilters like you how to express feelings and ideas through the quilting process. You'll learn the essentials of design and bring them into your work, adding spontaneity and playfulness. You'll use free-motion quilting to doodle with an unbelievable variety of thread options, adding textural elements with techniques like yarn couching and bobbin drawing. And you'll learn dozens of practical techniques, creative ideas and troubleshooting tips you can use in any quilting project.
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.
Overcome your free-motion fears! Wendy guides you step by step through a simple machine quilting process, from setting up a workspace to sandwiching, pin basting and binding. As you practice, first on paper, then with your machine, you'll build confidence in your machine quilting skills. Wendy teaches you the stipple stitch, outlining and easy curves before moving on to more adventurous designs, including zigzagging, continuous vines and continuous stars. You’ll also learn to mark your quilt with homemade stencils and special marking tools or forgo marking all together!