Online Class

Art Quilting 101

Design Basics

Embrace the art quilter within and learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist, doodle with free-motion quilting and add texture.

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Wendy Butler Berns
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Explore the world of art quilting with artist Wendy Butler Berns and learn to design without using a pattern. You'll discover how to see your world through the eyes of an artist and communicate your vision through fiber. Walk through the process of selecting background materials and arranging your design pieces. Next, you'll use free-motion quilting to doodle with an unbelievable variety of thread options and create textural elements with yarn couching and bobbin drawing. Then, discover when to add a border and embellish with novelty finishing touches. Learn dozens of practical techniques, creative ideas and troubleshooting tips you can use in any quilting project!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Wendy Butler Berns, as she introduces you to the fascinating world of creating art quilts with a combination of originality, spontaneity and inspiration.
2. Getting Started
3. Thread Embellishments
4. Thread Talk
5. Texturing Ideas
6. Principles of Design
7. To Border or Not To Border
8. Machine Quilting and Binding
9. Postcards and Finishing Details

Taught by

Wendy Butler Berns
Wendy Butler Berns
Wendy is an award-winning teacher, quilter and the author of Photo Album Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in regional, national and international juried shows, including the International Quilt Show in Houston and the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, KY. She received the Jewel Pearce Patterson scholarship for quilting teachers in 2009, and her articles have appeared in Quilting Arts, Quilters Newsletter and other publications. She teaches and lectures about the art of quilting at conferences, guilds and retreats across the country.
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