Quilt Design

The number one question we’re always asked is, “Where do you get your ideas from for your quilts?” The answer is, there are lots of ways to find ideas for pieces of work, and lots of methods to explore those design ideas! In this classroom we’ll show you some of our favourite design techniques and processes. We often work from sketchbook to quilt and in some of these workshops we’ll show you that journey.

You’ll see we find inspiration in all sorts of places, from art, nature and landscape, to traditional quilt designs and the history of the craft. Whether you’re new to designing your own quilts, or a seasoned art/contemporary quilter, we hope you’ll find plenty here to inspire your next project.

Quilt design on the iPad

Designing with Honeycomb Grids

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Sketching Quilting on the iPad

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Inspired by Hawaiian Appliqué

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Sketchbook to Quilt

Fineliner Quilting

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Process led design

What if? Cutting and Piecing

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Inspired by Seminole Patchwork

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A New Quilt Out Of The Blue

Read here to discover how Linda has started a quilt using scraps and a screen print she ‘found’ in her studio. A totally unplanned piece out of the blue.

Banjara Inspirations

Linda looks to the traditional textiles of the Banjara for inspiration. Join her to look at some examples and to study the colours, techniques and patterns of these decorative and heavily stitched cloths. Using them as inspiration, Linda demonstrates how you can start your own stitched cloth in the Banjara style.

Exploring Drunkard’s Path

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Stashbuster Quilts

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Finding Inspiration

Inspired by Paintings

Inspiration is all around us, but we love to look to some of our favourite paintings to help guide our choices when selecting colours for our textile work. In this class Linda will show you how a colour scheme can be established by studying paintings and how she’s begun to select fabrics and embark on a new pieced quilt.

Art as Inspiration

Art, and paintings in particular can provide a rich source of inspiration for textiles. In this series of video workshops Linda guides you through how she’s been inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee to make a small art quilt.

Story of a Quilt

Story of a Quilt: Paintbox II

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Wolf Moon – Quilt + Paint

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Wolf Moon – Finishing Touches

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What’s the Story? Fractured

Discover the inspirational sources that Linda brought together in the making of her quilt ‘Fractured’. Linda also discusses the techniques that she used in the making of the quilt.