Welcome to the Quilting Classroom. Quiltmaking is a huge topic, but here in our classroom you’ll find our take on how we approach art quiltmaking with an emphasis on design and a solid understanding of fundamental techniques.
Quilting has a long history and while our art quilting approach embraces all that the 21st century has to offer the modern quilter, you’ll still find our quilts are rooted in tradition. You’ll find workshops that reference our favourite traditional blocks such as Drunkard’s Path and Log Cabin, but with a fresh approach.
We love to mix and match techniques. Hand quilting, machine stitch, digital quilting all provide exciting possibilities to explore and experiment with.
Our own quilts often feature a layering of process so we think you’ll benefit from exploring other Classrooms such as Fabric Dyeing and Monoprinting where you’ll find some of our favourite methods for creating special fabrics and one-off prints that are perfect for including in your quilts.
Video Workshop - Take a look through a selection of Laura's quilts which feature portraits and see how she's tackled the tricky issue of quilting faces. Laura will share her tips for success and ideas to think about when deciding how to quilt a face.
Hand Stitching on Fabric Painting
Video Workshop - Respond to your painted fabric and add stitch to enhance the colour and add texture to the surface. Linda will work with hand embroidery onto her Inktense painted cotton fabric, but you'll find this approach can work on top of other painted fabrics or printed designs.
Reverse Applique Quilting
Are you looking for new ideas to help with your quilting? Knowing how to quilt a piece can be one of the hardest parts of a project. In this workshop Laura will demonstrate a creative technique for quilting your work that introduces texture and colour by cleverly combining free motion quilting with reverse appliqué.
Create a layered painting in acrylic with a messy underpainting of bright colour, stencilled pattern and brush marks. Then overpaint with a negative painting of your own hand to make a personalised piece of art that'll look beautiful in your home. This is an easy painting technique that even a beginner can try, but experienced painters will love too!
Stitch Plus Colour
Join Laura as she samples layering of process in the studio, experimenting with new ideas to colour thread after stitching with it. She'll work with digitally stitched embroidery, but the technique can be used with any satin stitch.
Sketchbook to Quilt – Indigo Moon
Join Linda in the studio to see how she's interpreting recent pages in her sketchbook with a new small quilted panel. She's using simple piecing together with sponge printing and of course, quilting.
Wolf Moon – Finishing Touches
Join Linda in the studio as she talks about the changes and finishing touches to her quilt Wolf Moon.
Wolf Moon – Quilt + Paint
Join Linda in the studio today as she chats about the motivation behind her new quilt Wolf Moon, and works on it live on camera to add paint to the surface.
Quilting with Grids
Grids can provide you with an excellent basis for your quilting. Linda will show you how to quilt grids with a walking foot and shares her tips for success with this method. Next, with that grid in place, you'll see how you can work within it using freehand quilting to add beautiful patterns.
Laura demonstrates how to use bonded appliqué as the logical technique to translate sketchbook collage ideas into a quilt. See how fast and easy this method is for creating your next appliqué quilt.
Foiling on Fabric
Learn how to foil shapes on fabric. In this workshop Linda will show you two fast and easy methods to add some metallic gleam to your fabric. See her samples and also how she's used the techniques in her quilts.
Colour after Quilting
So often we create beautiful fabrics and then think about how to quilt them. In this workshop Laura turns that on its head and adds colour after the quilting is done. Join her to see how you can accentuate the fabulous texture of your stitching with paint.
Learn how to combine hand painting with your quilting (either digitally stitched or free motion) as an exciting way to introduce colour and pattern to your quilts.
We love to layer techniques in our art quilts and that means stitch too! Combining machine, digital and hand quilting can work beautifully in a single piece. In this workshop Laura shares some examples to illustrate her tips for success when layering stitch techniques.
Join Linda and Laura in the studio as they discuss Linda's newest quilt tops which are put together from scraps from the stash and hear them chat about how to quilt them.
Fabric Art Diary
Work along with Linda to make a fabric art diary. During the project she'll demonstrate a wide variety of techniques you can use to record daily events and inspiration including stamping, stencilling, appliqué and drawing.
Quilted Vases and Wall Pockets
Up-cycle quilted fabric to make beautiful vase wraps and wall pockets. These easy to create items make perfect gifts.
Introduction to: English Paper Piecing
Discover how to sew geometric designs with English paper piecing. Laura guides you through the simple steps for this satisfying method of patchwork that works beautifully for piecing even small shapes with accuracy.
Join Linda to use stencilling techniques on fabric to create a beautiful floral wall quilt. She'll show you how to use paint sticks such as Markal to stencil your design to fabric for a painterly effect. Next she'll talk you through how to approach the stitching to add detail and interest. There are two workshops in this collection.
Patchwork Portholes and Pockets
Learn how to create a circular opening that can be cleverly sewn into a patchwork project, think funky porthole that enables layering of colour with glimpses through to underneath layers, or a circular feature that can be added to a garment as a decorative or functional pocket. There is lots of creative potential with this fun method. There are three workshops in this collection.
Fast Piecing Techniques
Whether you're new to patchwork or an avid piecer, we think you'll find these three fast methods are essential. Learn how to quickly and efficiently sew some of the most useful blocks in patchwork and you'll speed up your quiltmaking time no end! In this archive collection of three video workshops we'll show you how to fast piece Half Square Triangles, Flying Geese and Tumbling Blocks with our favourite machine sewn methods.
In this archive collection of 2 video workshops join Laura to design and piece and quilt your own millefiore or mosaic patchwork. This project is beautifully intricate, but surprisingly easy to design and sew following Laura's simple steps.
Faux Piecing: Drunkard’s Path
Work with Laura to create a Drunkard's Path design using faux piecing. She'll show you how to use your own hand dyed fabrics (maybe you dyed some using her Exchange Dyeing video workshop), but you can use any of your favourite fabrics from commercial cottons to hand painted cloth.
In this archive collection of 3 videos Linda demonstrates a wide variety of creative techniques using stencilling to produce beautiful and unique designs. She describes her favourite products and explains every step of the process to make a really attractive wallhanging. Finally she explains the hows and whys of completing the work with machine quilting. Linda proves that you can achieve lots of very different results using just one stencil. All of the techniques she includes could be used in many different projects.
Creative Quilting Techniques
In this collection of four videos you’ll discover some of the techniques Linda and Laura use to introduce fascinating texture, colour and pattern to their quilts. You’ll see how they use basic utility stitches on their sewing machines in innovative and unpredictable ways and how hand worked embroidery stitches can be used to bring exciting, painterly colour effects to an art quilt. Forget free motion machine quilting and simple running stitches for a while - this is an unmissable collection of creative ideas that will increase your repertoire of art quilting techniques!
Work along with Linda to sew a traditional Attic Window patchwork quilt with a twist! Add your own applique shapes, quilt and add details with acrylic painting. Along the way, take a look at her quilt Precious Things.
Discover Kantha style quilting and make a beautiful decorative item for your home.
Painterly Piecing, Applique and Hand Dyeing
We just love hand dyed fabrics, there's no better way to create just the colours and colour combinations that we want for our work. In this video collection we'll show you how to dye your own fabrics and then use them in painterly appliqué and patchwork projects.
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.
In Archive 3 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.
More to enjoy
Week 4 – Summer Stitch Along – Three Techniques
Choose a shape and work it three ways! This week on the Stitch-Along we'll be using English Paper Piecing, Applique and Print. Today, it's time for the English Paper Piecing, so grab your thimble and let's begin!
Week 3 – Summer Stitch Along – Four Fabrics
Join us for our free Summer Stitch-Along to make a fantastic bookwrap. Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.
Week 2 – Summer Stitch Along – Five Colours, Part 2
Join us for our free Summer Stitch-Along to make a fantastic bookwrap. It's week two and Linda shows you her starting point and colour choices for her bookwrap.
Week 2 – Summer Stitch Along – Five Colours
Join us for our free Summer Stitch-Along to make a fantastic bookwrap. It's week two and it's time to establish a colour scheme for your project. See how we've started to find a collection of colours that work and follow our steps to do the same with your own inspirational source.
Week 1 – Summer Stitch Along
Join us for our free Summer Stitch-Along to make a fantastic bookwrap. It's week one, time to choose the book you'll be making your wrap cover for, take some measurements and make a pattern.
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.
Making the Broken Dishes Cushion
See how Laura sews up the Broken Dishes piecing into cushion covers with a pompom trim.
Indigo and White Broken Dishes
Laura's piecing her indigo fabrics with white to make Broken Dishes blocks.
Bonded Applique Cushion
See how one of Laura's samples from the recent Bonded Appliqué video workshop turned out.
Recycling Cards for Paper Piecing
Don't bin those greetings cards. Re-purpose them for English paper piecing.
Sort your Scraps
Sort your fabric stash and get through those scraps!
Fast Flying Geese Cushion
I've finished quilting my Fast Flying Geese and made them into a cushion.
Hand Quilting – Marking Out Amelie’s Quilt
I love to quilt by hand and have finally got a grip on using a hoop and a thimble. I don’t think there are any rules, this is just what works for me. For this quilt I’m using cotton poplin front and back. That’s perhaps not the best choice, poplin has a high thread count so it’s not the easiest ...
A quick guide to how we hang our wall quilts.
New on DMTV
ATCs – Tracing and Painting
Video Workshop - Linda’s working on her collection of ATCs. These mini works of art provide the perfect opportunity to practice your skills. In this workshop Linda will show you how to transfer a motif using tracing, then paint it using acrylics teamed with pens.
ATCs – Rubbings and Collage
Video Workshop - ATCs or Artist Trading Cards are mini works of art! In this workshop Linda demonstrates how you can make beautiful ATCs using rubbings on vintage paper, collage and drawing with stencils.
Plants in Altered Books
Video Workshop - Linda often finds inspiration in nature and in her garden in particular. Join her in the studio to see how she's incorporating plants into her altered book. She'll show you a useful technique for when the plant material itself is to delicate to attach directly to the page.