If You Can Feather, You Can Freehand

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Let Bethanne Nemesh take your quilting expertise from basic to amazing! Starting with a simple feather motif, learn how to methodically build your skills and quilting repertoire. This class is full of quilting information! She begins with the basics of deep curves, feathered wreaths, and setting triangles, showing how to quilt in those areas with confidence. Learn how to quilt leaves, swirls, ribbons, acorns, berries, flowers, and so much more. Put all of these motifs together to create one-of-a-kind quilts. Sew thematic borders that put the finishing touches on your special piece. If you are looking to upgrade your quilting expertise, this class is like a free-motion mini encyclopedia of ideas and quilting inspiration!

Course Curriculum

If You Can Feather, You Can Freehand by Bethanne Nemesh - 2hr 19min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05
Lesson 2. Feathers: A Review 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 3. Leaves 0 Hours 22 Minutes00:22
Lesson 4. Add-On Shapes: Drawing 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 5. Echoing & More Feature Elements 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11
Lesson 6. Putting It All Together 0 Hours 50 Minutes00:50
Lesson 7. Wide Borders 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12

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  • Practice fabric (not white)


  • Contrasting color

Circle template:

  • For longarm machine: ¼" acrylic template, approximately half the size of the quilt block.
  • Example: A 5" circle works well in a 10" block.
  • For domestic machine: a circular object that can be used to trace a circle in the middle of a block.
  • Example: A drinking glass works well.

Other Supplies:

  • Newsprint
  • Permanent marker
  • Chalk wheel filled with white chalk or chalkboard chalk sticks, sharpened
  • Scissors
  • Pins


  • Stencil with 1" lines
  • Chalk pounce with white chalk
  • Air-erase marker
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Iron
  • Ironing Surface
  1. If I am not particularly artistic, will I be able to succeed with Bethanne’s method?
    “You don’t need to know how to draw to do this,” Bethanne says in the class. And it’s true. Step by step, Bethanne adds details that make it possible to get these designs on a quilt and reap beautiful results. Her teaching is well paced, so that little by little, you find yourself building confidence and excitement about accomplishing something really special in your quilting.
  2. When it is time to quilt, I often draw a blank when it comes to ideas. Will this class help me generate ideas?
    Bethanne presents basic shapes and then builds from them, creating so many options for quilting. You will be amazed at how many designs you can stitch after taking this class! If you can make a basic feather, you can make these thematic motifs and personalize your quilts. Best of all, Bethanne shows you how to save time while stitching and how to complete beautiful wide borders and triangles. You will be excited to apply what you have learned to your next quilt!
  3. Do I need to have a longarm to take this class?
    Bethanne’s method begins with a feather motif and builds your quilting library and skills from that point. Any of these designs can be done on a domestic sewing machine or a longarm and she demonstrates both in the class. In fact, even hand quilters would benefit from the ideas presented.
  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 Bethanne 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. Robin Ryder


    Excellent class! I've been quilting for many years, but learned a lot of new tips and tricks to help speed things up and also improve the aesthetics of my feathers and borders. Thanks, Bethanne!
  2. Caroline Simm


    An excellent class from a wonderful teacher. Thank you so much Bethanne.
    Even though I quilt on a domestic machine, the same principles apply & it is just practice to achieve good results. I love how she combined the different motifs together to create a cohesive quilt, and the focus was on creating a hand made special quilt, rather than one that had been quilted by a computer.
  3. Marylin Angeloff


    Great Class for Longarm quilting from a wonderful teacher

    Bethanne is a goddess of the Longarm, just look at her beautiful award winning quilts on the internet! She has come down to help we mere mortals with her simplified methods to help us create modified custom quilting designs that are easily reproducible.... with practice of course. I am looking forward to more classes from Bethanne, I actually came looking for a new class by her today...I really ho

    pe to see one soon!
  4. Beverly King


    This class was informative and well presented. i was hoping for more than a very short demo on the home sewing machine. I understood from what was said at the beginning that she would go back and forth between machines but that didn't happen. SO in the time it took to watch this whole class I feel that particular point was not covered enough for me.
  5. Victoria Grivas


    I really enjoyed this class. I’ve had a longarm for over 6 years and consider myself an intermediate quilter. This course gave me the confidence to stand in front of the machine and try something new. I use pantographs, but the thought of just standing in front of the machine and free handing an allover design or a freehand block/border design without a stencil was a bit scary. This class gi

    ves you the ideas and jumping off point to do just that. This class isn’t about show quilting or paying the instructor to quilt your quilt; it’s about improving your skills to take them to the next level. Highly recommend this class!
  6. Mindy Jacobs


    I truly enjoyed this class. Bethanne covers multiple quilting motifs that can be done freehand and reassures you throughout the class that freehand quilting is not meant to look perfect or computer generated. It is meant for each element of the same motif to have its own originality. I loved how she covered how to fit the different motifs into different areas of a "real" quilt top. (corners, wreat

    hs, borders, sashing and even HSTs) There are so many motifs covered and she explains how easy it is to develop your own motif from any shape you would like. I'm an intermediate at freehand on a domestic machine and she even shows how this can be done on both long arm and domestic machines. Very satisfied!
  7. Avon Bingham


    Not for me. I wouldn't pay someone who Quilted my quilt like she Quilts. Also she spent several lessons on feathers, not freehand in other designs.
  8. Linnea Varner


    I take many online classes to learn longarm quilting techniques, and this is one of the best! Bethanne's approach to freehand quilting is beautiful, yet efficient. I learned so many new tips and can't wait to try them! Beth Anne is a wonderful teacher, and I was disappointed when the class ended. Hope to see more longarm classes by Bethanne soon! Definitely order this class now!
  9. Sandra Chia


    I chanced upon a video featuring an interview of Bethanne by Jodie Davies. I was curious to find out more about Bethanne's method of mid custom quilting so I signed up for her class at iquilt when there was a sale last month. I learnt so much from this class! She teaches techniques that are practical and very useful especially to those who quilt for a living. I have watched her class at least

    3 times and have since ordered her books. I really want to learn more of her techniques.
  10. Elaine Armenta


    I actually didn't think this class was going to be all that good. I got a 40%off so I decided to go ahead and try it. Well I was sure wrong. This was a class that I'm really going to be able to use. I've taken several quilting classes, that although they were informative and presented well, they just weren't me. This class has techniques that are really practicable, and quite beautiful, and

    just my style of quilting. I also thought she did an excellent job of explaining how to quilt her gorgeous designs. I liked her style of teaching also, very poised and confident style. Thank you Bethanne for a great class. I personally loved it!
  11. Nancy Romanelli


    I was a very disappointed with this class. I had hoped that Bethanne would explain more of her techniques that she is so well know for. Instead, it seemed that she showed basic doodling, nothing more.
  12. Phyllis Ditto


    This just may be the best quilting class that I have ever taken. Wonderful on every level. Can't wait for the next one. Thank you.
  13. Kathryn Broege


    This is a wonderful class and I am so very happy I took it in addition to purchasing the book of the same title.The designs are lovely and Bethanne's instruction is absolutely excellent.There's plenty of design inspiration combined with good practical instruction! I hope Bethanne Nemesh does more online classes and I look forward to acquiring more of her books and exploring this lovely method of q

    uilting even further!
  14. Robin Kinley


    An excellent class to maximize your skills for professional and hobby longarm quilters, though theses techniques would also work well on a domestic machine. Time is of the essence for paid longarmers and she makes lots of good points along the way, showed efficient ways to complete customer quilts that still look special. Instructions are clear and her teaching style is low-key and pleasant. Wel

    l worth the price. She has several books at her website that further elaborate on some of these ideas which would be a good complement to this class.
  15. Katie Greene


    This was an excellent class - concepts explained and built upon for the next step. I use a white board for my practice and found it was easily transferable to my work on my long arm. Thanks for providing so many examples of your different motifs and demonstrating how they can all work together. Your style is very encouraging to students wishing to learn and grow.
  16. Laura Ferrer


    Thank you so much for the terrific class! Bethanne explains every concept thoroughly. I use a domestic machine to free motion quilt and found that all of her ideas were easily adaptable to the domestic machine. Thank you, Bethanne and I hope you do another class! 🙂
  17. Linda Minch


    Wow! I can only say, "I wish I lived close to you!" You would have me on your door-step begging for more. One of the best on-line classes I have taken. Ready for the next level and hope you will do another class. I love it that you show how to incorporate the designs into a quilt. This is not often done. Also love how one thing builds to the next, until one can do a whole quilt! I really r

    eally enjoyed this class and hope you do another soon.
  18. Karen Vanlieshout


    Well organized and fantastic delivery! I look forward to taking another class from Bethanne.
  19. Michelle Baker


    Great class!! Lots of practical ideas in a variety of situations. I
  20. Cecilia Hosford


    Excellent class !! Very well presented with each skill building on the last. I especially enjoyed the segment on sashings that showed how to use the elements to tie the quilt designs together. Often , what to put in the border, especially those small 2 inch ones, is a puzzle. The wide border treatment was a great idea and already has me thinking of more ways to add more design to his area.
    As a

    n experienced quilter, I really found this class helpful. Lots to think about and incorporate in my quilting. I think a new quilter would really benefit from this also. The step by step techniques are doable with practice. Give this a 5 star!
  21. Linda Steller


    This is a great class for all skill levels. I've been quilting on a longarm for almost 12 years, but have always been too hung up on things being perfect - shapes, measuring distances, etc. Custom quilting took me too long and became an onerous task. This class has really helped set me free to accomplish a beautiful custom-look quilt in a fraction of the time. The concepts for placement of mot

    ifs are very helpful. Bethanne is a natural in front of the camera and shares her ideas in a manner that is as free-flowing as her quilting. I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it for all quilters.
  22. Donna James


    If you 'can't draw', or you'd like some help making design decisions, Bethanne shares a goldmine of tips, how to's, and why's for the domestic and longarm quilter. Get out your sketchbook, and follow along.
    These classes are well-paced, and build from simple to more complex motifs, and combinations, with minimal marking. Stand alone elements? Blocks? Shapes? Sashing? Borders? Bethanne covers all

    of it.
    Though I am a ruler and template girl, I am impressed with what I have learned to draw, freehand, in this series of classes. She has given me the confidence to move out of my comfort zone.
    An excellent companion to Bethanne's book.
  23. Michelle Banton


    I generally use computerized designs in my quilting, but Bethanne has given me the confidence to use more freehand work. Her presentation makes it feel like she is right there with me - and not reading from a script. She seems very comfortable with what she is doing and reminds us that free hand doesn't have to be perfect. She is very organized in moving from one technique or design element to

    another and lets each lesson build upon previous ones.

    Having an online class makes it so nice to be able to pause to practice or replay to review. Bethanne has done a super job to encourage me. I highly recommend this class. Even if you aren't already comfortable with feathers, there is enough of a feather review in the beginning, that with her samples and some practice, you could still keep up with this class.

  24. Cheryl Szynowski


    This IQuilt class was done in a very cohesive manner
    Each segment or lesson built very well upon the other. Not only did each section have multiple tips and detailed techniques but each one lead to a broader understanding of that point and also each one that followed.
    There was variety presented in each technique and the importance of how to keep each design in the round of the shape it was in

    tended to be.
    Bethanne brought up switching from manual to other stitch modes to make the design easier to stitch, which was very helpful.
    I highly recommend this class. It give wonderful information, Makes the learning presented easy to conquer, and lend a great deal to building confidence and a library of design possibilities!!
  25. Brenda Bartlett


    I thoroughly enjoyed the whole class and found it very informative. Bethanne explains each step so clearly and there is a great emphasis on starting with easy shapes and adding to them to create a whole new pattern.
    I recently purchased Bethanne's books so it will be great to have both the video and the books to refer to, as they compliment each other.
    I now have a whole new outlook on the wa

    y I will quilt in the future.
    Thank you for a fabulous class.
  26. Mallary Coleman


    Don't "think" about it-buy this class! You will not be disappointed! Bethanne breaks down her technique, builds your confidence and sparks your imagination. Now off to read and practice with her book-cover to cover! I'm taking two classes with Bethanne at MQX East in the spring-I am so excited but you can watch this class over and over.
  27. Loris Mills


    This whole course is a great confidence builder. The steps are broken down well so designs can be learned and incorporated into quilting. I appreciated her attention to avoiding a lot of thread build up and making her designs so they covered the quilt but not so dense that it could stand up by itself 🙂
    Her teaching style is relaxed and inviting. I love the designs she chose to teach and espec

    ially the picket fence.

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