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Professional fiber artist Karen Linduska invites you to discover new ways to use the stitches on your sewing machine while making her Fun and Funky Tree pattern. Creating this art piece, you’ll discover features on your sewing machine that may be new to you as you make the background, tree trunk, flowers, ferns, and petals. Learn techniques for surface design and finish the piece by framing it, making it a pillow, or putting it on a tote or jacket. And, you don’t have to have a sewing machine full of decorative stitches to do this class because Karen also shows how to do the same techniques using simple utility stitches found on most basic machines. Gather your beautiful threads and yarns and have fun making your own fun and funky tree!

Course Curriculum

Decorative Stitching: Mini Landscape by Karen Linduska - 2hr 13min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 2. Using Your Machine Efficiently 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 3. Tree Trunk 0 Hours 26 Minutes00:26
Lesson 4. Flowers and Ferns 0 Hours 27 Minutes00:27
Lesson 5. Surface Design: The Fun Part 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 6. Leaves 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 7. Twisted Gathered Yarn & Finishing 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15

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  • Sky: (1) 12" x 16" sky blue batik or small patterned fabric
  • Ground: (1) 3" x 16" medium green batik or small patterned fabric
  • Tree: (1) 10" x 10" dark brown batik or small patterned fabric
  • Tree layers: (3) 4" x 3" medium to dark reds and purples with varying patterns
  • Heavy weight stabilizer: (3) 14" x 18"
  • Batting: 12" x 16" low loft


  • Polyester, rayon, or cotton, 30 – 40 wt., in a variety of colors. A few colors can be metallic and variegated. Suggested colors: chocolate brown, sky blue, light green, medium green (30 wt.), dark green, florescent orange, peach, violet purple, dark purple, sea foam green or aqua


  • Fun, wispy, knobby yarns in three colors: brown, dark red, and purple

Sewing Foot:

  • Open toe presser foot
  • Wide zigzag throat plate

Quilting Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread snips
  • Pins
  • Pushing tool

Other Supplies:

  • Several bobbins with black or white thread
  • Sewing machine manual


  • Glue stick
  • Your Machine's Decorative Stitches
  • Iron
  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  • Ironing Surface
  1. I love threads, yarns, and lots of texture. Can I use my collection in this class?
    You sure can! Part of the fun is layering and Karen shows how to do that and still pull the project together so that the layers result in a cohesive finished piece.
  2. This looks very “artsy.” Is it a difficult technique?
    Karen teaches this class in such a way that you learn on quilt sandwiches, giving you the opportunity to practice before you begin stitching directly on your project. You will learn so much about how to use your sewing machine in ways that you never imagined. At one point, Karen says, “It’s OK to let the stitches distort.” There’s a lot of freedom in that single statement. This is a class that allows for creativity and discovery.
  3. Do I need a sewing machine that has lots of decorative stitches to do this technique?
    You can have a sewing machine that has only utility stitches or one that has a large assortment of decorative stitches. Karen shows you how to do her techniques on either type of machine.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Karen will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. sharon cason


    A great teacher!Explains every thing vert well. A beginner could understand.Fun fun project. At first I thought who would want to make a tree. Then I thought it would be nice to learn how to use all these fancy stitches on my machine. She shows many new techniques for decorative stitches,that can be used in many different ways. Very informative on all aspects of sewing,from your machine set up to

    how to finish a wall hanging. I loved this course.
  2. Joan Wells


    I have taken dozens of on-line classes over the past few years and this one was the very best over. I feel inspired by the ideas and techniques Karen has shown us. I am so impressed with her work I have ordered two of her books from Amazon. Thank you Karen, your work is stunning!!!
  3. Brigitte Dimock


    Loved this class. Having previously completed several projects from karen's books, I was already familiar with the basic techniques. The class took me to the next kevel. Karen explains her techniques very well I hope she is planning a follow-up on line class.
  4. Barbara Wood


    This class was so fun and I learned so much. It was so inspiring. Can't wait to apply all her techniques.
  5. Frances Moore


    Excellent class. I never thought I would be anxious to try decorative stitches. I can see the possibilities of adding them to free motion quilting that I love so much. Karen explains the technique very well and demonstrates what she explains. I am inspired!
  6. Lori Boyter


    I am so inspired by this class!! I have gathered lots of tree photos since I gained a new appreciation for nature appliqué watching Karen create her beautiful renditions of trees. My next big project is already in the works thanks to her.
  7. Penne Jefford


    I have both of Karen's books and love them. Watching her teaching her technique online adds a whole new dimension to the lessons in the books. Using the fancy stitches on your machine to create textiles fascinates me. Thankyou Karen for sharing your research and technique with us. I love this course and will go back to the lessons time after time. Fabulous course.
  8. Lois Taber


    I love this class; it has been so much fun!!! Karen is so creative and generous with sharing her ideas and helpful in answering questions! I have recently purchased a new Bernina sewing machine and Karen's class helped me discover many of the exciting features of my machine. It was much more fun learning techniques and stitches by a visual methods rather than reading the manual. Now that I've

    learned how to use my machine with decorative stitches, I plan to make more designs of my own!

    Thank you for offering this class! I've told others about this fun way to design and recommended the class.

  9. Mindy Burch


    I truly loved this class. Karen is a wonderful instructor. She takes her time in showing many uses for the decorative stitches technique. Assures you it it doable with a machine that has many stitches or using only basic utility stitches. I had a good time trying one of these on my own and look forward to doing more. I really enjoyed the addition of the yarn for a dimensional look!

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