The Painted Quilt

At the heart of everything, we just love paint! We like to think of our quilts just as if they are a canvas to paint on. The added advantage of that of course, is that a quilt has gorgeous texture from the stitch which can be enhanced beautifully by painting.

There's a book

Way back in 2007 we wrote a book called The Painted Quilt, published by David & Charles. In it we gathered together some of our favourite techniques for adding paint to your quilt, both before, and after, the quilting is done.

We hope you’ll check it out, hopefully your local library has a copy or you can purchase a copy from all good bookshops!

Painting shapes and pattern

Handpainted Quilting

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. 

To access this post, you must purchase Handpainted Quilting.

All at Sea: Quilting

Have you got a quilt top ready for quilting but you aren’t sure where to start? Join Linda to see how she works on a recent piece to add texture and stitched and painted motifs to a simple pieced art quilt. Linda’s quilt features mono prints, linoblock prints and rubbings all brought together by stitch and paint.

To access this post, you must purchase All at Sea: Quilting.

Attic Window

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.

Working with texture

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.

To access this post, you must purchase Colour after Quilting.

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.

To access this post, you must purchase Wolf Moon – Quilt + Paint.

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. 

To access this post, you must purchase Stitch Plus Colour.

Other techniques

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.

To access this post, you must purchase Foiling on Fabric.

Stencilling Sampler

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.

Stencilled Iris

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.

Printed Pickle Dish Quilt

Take inspiration from traditional patchwork designs to make a quilt with Laura. Instead of piecing the design, we’ll bring some contemporary style by hand printing the design to fabric before adding machine quilting to complete the project.