Alex is back continuing her quilting design lessons learned from Lucy Hilty, a Mennonite quilt teacher. She offers good basic quilting lessons that can help guide your quilting choices. The LIVE is June 10, 2020, at 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time. A special thank you to our recent viewers from India, Germany, France, and Vietnam. The lessons are recorded for later viewing and repeat viewing, but we love seeing you LIVE so you can ask questions.

Don't miss the current Masterclasses, Piecing Masterclass Part 1 and Piecing Masterclass Part 2. The Stay-in-Place Special is still on for a limited time.



Alex learned quilting design from Lucy Hilty, a Mennonite quilter. Alex will share with you the lessons she learned about quilting design and some tips of her own when putting the ideas into practice. Alex is LIVE Monday June 8, 2020 at 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time.


There are triangles galore in this block by Jinny. Do you know what it is called? Play the game and find out.



Karen Stabile discovered her latest quilt design appeared to be based on choices she was making for her new house. She'd been doing research on new windows and doors when inspiration struck.

Windows and Doors by Karen Stabile of Bastrop, TX won Third Place, Fabric Challenge, sponsored by ME + YOU, at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis


Here's a great project from Art Galley Fabrics and WeAllSew. All you need are scraps of rectangles, squares, and strips to put this table runner together. Decorative stitches and a new finishing technique finish up the design.

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Kaleidoscope is a combination of Kaffe Fassett's fabric and Alex being "forced" to write a book. It resulted in one of her favorite quilts. Never say never, when it comes to a new quilting process.

You can learn piecing from Alex in our Piecing Masterclass Part 2, Show 309: Trick of Hand - It's all in the Technique, and Show 908: Wedgies, Danglers, and Funkies...Oh, My!

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 36 Pieces Rotating

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 100 Pieces Rotating

KaleidoscopebyAlexAnderson - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo from Alex Anderson


Kaleidoscope is a combination of Kaffe Fassett's fabric and Alex being "forced" to write a book. It resulted in one of her favorite quilts. Never say never, when it comes to a new quilting process.

You can learn piecing from Alex in our Piecing Masterclass Part 2, Show 309: Trick of Hand - It's all in the Technique, and Show 908: Wedgies, Danglers, and Funkies...Oh, My!

Original Photo from Alex Anderson

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One is never too old to learn something new. That is certainly the case with our The Art of Quilt Design program. We too have found a number of ideas that WE just LOVE and want to incorporate into our personal work. Check out the tips that made the top of Lilo's and Mary Kay's things to keep in mind when creating a quilt.

Pillow by Jacquie Gering. (Show 1202). [Image by Lilo Bowman]

Lesson 2: Elements of Design - Line Part 2

Understanding the way different types of lines give visual cues can help you as the artist communicate a message that can impact the viewer in a subtle, or not so subtle, manner without a great deal of dialogue. Learn the words that we often associate with different types of lines here.


Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland-detail



Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan K. Cleveland (Show 109, Show 1001, Show 2308, Show 2510). [Image courtesy of Susan K. Cleveland]

Lesson 4: Creating Visual Texture

Susan K. Cleveland's suggestions for adding visual texture:

"Background quilting can create a rich, elegant texture or something wild and crazy. While machine quilting creates a flat line and contours between the lines, hand quilting creates texture within its broken line. Or, add visual texture with embellishments such as beads, ribbons, buttons, etc." See more ideas from Susan K. Cleveland here.


Lone Star Explores Space by Peter Hayward












Lone Star Explores Space by Peter Hayward (Image courtesy of Peter Hayward)

Lesson 9: Form

Understanding space and form allows the quilter to manipulate patterns to create stunning effects. British quilt artist Peter Hayward shares how his love of optical illusion led him to create a unique interwoven design that combines color, shape, and form using a traditional quilt pattern. The resulting Lone Star Explores Space is truly a fool-the-eye experience. Learn more about this stunning quilt here.


Curious Duck by Ann P. Shaw (Show 2006) [Image courtesy of Ann P. Shaw]

Lesson 10: Space

Think of depth in a quilt as the ingredient that makes a grilled cheese sandwich so delicious. What's not to love? The sandwich is crispy, chewy, creamy, and salty all in the first bite. The basic ingredients are white bread, a cheese that melts easily, and butter or margarine. This works and probably makes for a good sandwich. But, what if you swapped out the bread for a sourdough? What if you included a mixture of different types of cheeses? How about adding a piece or two of bacon to the mix? Now the sandwich is more interesting on a whole new level. It is still a grilled cheese, but something that stands out from 'the usual."

By incorporating a variety of different key elements to create depth and space, your quilts will be both interesting and appealing to viewers. Learn more ideas about space here.


Honeycomb by Kelly D. Young. (Image courtesy of Kelly D. Young)

Lesson 14: Elements of Design - Understanding Monochromatic Color

The trick to keeping a quilt from becoming visually flat is to use as WIDE a range of Tints, Tones, Shades and pure Orange as possible. Hand-dyed fabrics, with their subtle nuances, offer the quilter the widest range when it comes to working in a monochromatic plan. The old addage, "If five fabrics are good, then ten are even better," is a good thing to remember when building a fabric grouping. Learn more about Monochromatic color here.


Blue Maze by Cindy Grisdela (Image courtesy of Cindy Grisdela)

Lesson 15: Elements of Design - Understanding Analogous Color

The Analogous color plan uses either three, five, seven, nine, or half of the colors along one side of the color wheel. However, you need to be careful to not go too far astray. "If our color wheel were a delicious pie (mmm, pie!), then an analogous color scheme would be a fairly large slice. The key to creating a good analogous scheme is to remember that your eyes are bigger than your appetite. As a rule of thumb, avoid having a slice that’s bigger than one-third of the whole, or you’re bound to make users sick." (From Sitepoint) Learn more about working within the analogous color plan here.


Faultlines: Markings #19 by Lisa Call (Image courtesy of Lisa Call)

Lesson 18: Elements of Design - The Magic of Triad Colors

As with other plans, everyone can't be the star. So to avoid things becoming too tense between the three colors, it is best to select a "lead actor" with two "supporting actors." One easy way to remember this when selecting fabrics for your work is to use the 60-30-10 rule. Sixty percent should be your lead color, thirty percent the supporting color, and the remaining ten percent acts as an accent. Learn more about working within the triad color plan here.


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We continue our feature on quilts from the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibit, Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation, as featured at the Texas Quilt Museum. The exhibit is described as:

Studio Art Quilt Associates presents Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation at the Texas Quilt Museum in Galleries I and III. These studio art quilts, dating from 1968 to 2016, represent the extraordinary range of talented artists working in contemporary quilt art. Featuring a balance of abstract and representational styles, Layered & Stitched includes several foreign artists, with a wide geographic distribution of makers in general. The curatorial vision of this exhibition embraces diversity and excellence, including three-dimensional works. Juried by Nancy Bavor, Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; Martha Sielman, Executive Director of SAQA; and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, who says, "Jurying this spectacular exhibition was one of the highlights of my career! It is an amazing show of historic significance."

The exhibit has also been collected in a companion book as well, titled Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation by Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, Martha Sielman, and edited by Sandra Sider. The book is described as:

Published by Schiffer Books, Art Quilts Unfolding offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists' works are featured.
An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art.
The exhibit will be on display at:
(Due to the current situation around the country, dates for the exhibit have changed.)
Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio: May 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: October 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Please enjoy the twelfth quilt from the exhibition by Lisa Kijak.

Title of Quilt: Bridge Motel

Quilter's Name: Lisa Kijak

Photos by Mary Kay Davis


Christine J. Yi's quilt, Wildwood, was inspired by the Wildwood Trail in Portland on a foggy morning. Working with light and value, she created a forest that appears even more dense when viewed up close. Take a look.

Wildwood by Christine J. Yi of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild won Second Place, Fabric Challenge, sponsored by ME + YOU, at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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