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Joanie Zeier Poole shows how to create elegant quilting with her easy-to-use paper template system. With just a few simple tools, you will learn how to confidently approach borders, minimize and enlarge quilting motifs to fit your quilt measurements, and how to divide the spaces on your quilt top to add those beautiful quilting stitches that make quilts so very special. Joanie shares how to find quilting inspiration from stencils, patterns, or 3-D objects and use them to fill squares, triangles, and more. Play with the size of designs and minimize or maximize them for optimal visual advantage. Transfer quilt patterns onto your quilt tops with ease. A great class for beginners!

Course Curriculum

Creative Quilting Design by Joanie Zeier Poole - 1hr 4min
Lesson 1. Introduction to the World of Quilting Designs 0 Hours 4 Minutes00:04
Lesson 2. Assembly of an Exercise Quilt Top 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 3. Learning the Simple Paper Template Process 0 Hours 9 Minutes00:09
Lesson 4. Inspiration for Finding Quilting Designs 0 Hours 13 Minutes00:13
Lesson 5. Dividing and Filling Spaces 0 Hours 9 Minutes00:09
Lesson 6. Working with Fixed Size Designs 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 7. Resizing and Arranging Perfectly Fitting Designs 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05
Lesson 8. Transferring Designs to the Quilt Top! 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08



  • 100% cotton in medium to light-colored solids or almost solids, or very soft-colored prints Please watch Lesson 2 before choosing fabrics.
  • Center square - a fat quarter
  • Narrow, inner border strips – a fat quarter
  • Wide, outer border strips 2/3 yard

Paper Template Supplies:

  • Paper: roll, flat sheets or Freezer Paper
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Black and one other color Permanent Marker
  • Paper scissors
  • Drafting or Quilting Rulers, for measuring and drawing lines.
  • Masking or Magic tape

Basic Sewing Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • 6" x 24" ruler
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Quilters white or light colored pencil

Other Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Spray starch
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface


  • Quilting Design Collections printed on paper
  • Books or objects showing beautiful quilting designs
  • Several quilting stencils
  • Quilter’s Assistant Proportional Scale
  • Light box (or, see course for instructions to make a light box)
  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  1. I would love to quilt my own quilts but I just send them out to be quilted because I don’t know how to choose quilting designs. How will this course help me?
    Joanie will teach you that there are many correct answers to the perfect quilting design for any quilt. She will encourage you to have the confidence to know what the best choice is for your project. Joanie urges you to rely on the experience you have developed when making fashion and home décor decisions. From there, this course has every step you need to develop and carry out a quilting plan all the way through marking it on the fabric.
  2. What level of experience is targeted for this course, beginner or expert?
    The lessons cover all levels of experience. You will use the lessons to the depth of your ability. The process is simple enough for a beginner who just wants to use stencils or simple motifs. If you have the desire to design your own unique designs, you will see demonstrations as to how to use your own treasures to create unique designs. Everyone is encouraged to use the simple steps to make a plan that really brings out their own personality.
  3. How do I use quilting designs that are printed on paper like the ones that come free with the course? And, will it show me how to mark quilting designs on different colored fabric?
    Yes, marking on different colored fabrics and using stencils or designs printed on fabric are all covered in the course.
  4. What kind of quilting is used in this class?
    This is a process class, so you will learn design ideas and how to apply them in all of your quilting adventures. Whether you hand quilt or quilt on a home machine or longarm, Joanie can show you how to fill those spaces with quilting designs you can call your very own.
  5. Will I be able to understand this class even if I have never made a quilting design of my own before?
    This is a wonderful class to take if you have never made a quilting design. Joanie shows how to find quilting design inspiration from many sources and transfer them to your quilt.
  6. 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 Joanie will get back with you. Please do not contact your iquilt.com instructor by telephone.
  7. 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 Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

  1. Leana VANBAALEN


    I always learn something new from you. Thank you for being such as systematic, knowledgeable and practical teacher.
  2. Elaine Armenta


    This would be a good class for complete beginners. Very simplistic and way to short, it's done before you know it. This class isn't showing you how to quilt anything, as she does no real stitching. It's only good for those people that need to learn how to get patterns to fit your quilt, then a few ideas on how to mark them. I've pretty much seen all of this on utube.
  3. Jessie Vialpando


    Great lesson on designing your own quilts or even table runners. I will have to practice even on placemats or mug rugs.
  4. Shelby Trapp


    Wow! I loved this course! I can't wait to watch it again and again as I work on my projects! I am a beginner quilter who is just starting to learn how to free-motion quilt. The design process can be a little overwhelming to me. This course not only gave me an idea of what to quilt but where to find inspiration for different designs. Now, I am looking at all kind of things around the house in

    a new light! I especially liked all of the "little tricks" that Joanie includes, those simple tips have boosted my confidence in making choices for my own quilting designs. I will definitely recommended this course to my friends! It is packed full of tips, accurate technique, and inspiration!
  5. Carrie Lee


    What a great class that is loaded with useful information!
    I have only bee quilting for about two years. I have watched numerous videos and read many books, along with talking with those in the quilting world to advance my knowledge of this wonderful art. I mostly do patchwork but want to grow in my abilities.
    After watching this class I have definitely gained so many ideas to fill spaces and ho

    w to create ideas for those spaces. The ideas that were presented are probably around the house or in things you may see as you go about your day. Getting ideas, putting them on paper and then into the quilt itself is easy to do once you watch how it is done. Love the step by step directions.
    From choosing fabric, sewing the top, pressing seams, choosing designs and to get them balanced on the top is easier than it seems when it is explained in an understandable method makes advancing quilting skills less intimidating.
    Happy Quilting Everyone!
  6. Margaret M Nordwig


    I have been quilting for 25+ years. I own most of Joanie's books and some of her quilting design packets, so I was excited to see her class was available online. Most of the patchwork patterns I make do not tell you how to quilt them -quilt as desired is usually listed. I have been searching for ways to use a design to fill all the different spaces I need to fill on my quilts so that the finish

    ed quilt is my individual quilt, not a copy of someone else. Her paper template concept is so simple and can be applied to ANY quilt. I thought this was going to be very difficult. By showing us how to use stencils and designs on paper and using objects to do rubbings, she has really opened my eyes to all the things around us that can be incorporated into the design process to make each quilt reflect my personality. I am eager to use the free designs in my next quilting project.... Thank you for the inspiration!
  7. Deedee Isaacs


    Joanie has delivered here, after a rough start . The course materials were not all available for some reason and Joanie came through on News Year Day, sending me the materials I needed to help me get started with my hands on learning . The designs are perfect and now I can follow along with the video when ever I want.
    Thank you again Joanie.
  8. Christie Hardt


    I have been sewing all of my life and quilting for the past 12 years. I have taken many classes and seminars over the years. It was my privilege to attend a three day seminar with Joanie in October 2015. I can say that I got the most from her method of teaching than any class I have taken before. She is able to work with everyone regardless of their skill levels. I have been able to implemen

    t what I have learned in furthering my skills. Watching this video really helped me in learning the skills in order to properly dissect my quilt to plan for quilting motifs and to think ahead in planning my quilt as to how and where I will place my quilting skills. Thank you Joanie! Christie Hardt - Clare, Illinois
  9. Ronna Serota


    I was a bit disappointed at the basic level of information provided and think that perhaps the course should be advertised as a basic class or beginner class in the course description.
  10. Sabrina Stark


    This was my 5th iQuilt class & unfortunately, I was not impressed. There was very little information about choosing designs. Mostly it focused on how to fold paper to make a template & how to calculate the percentage of increase/reduction of a template to make it fit in any quilt. In addition, it was frustrating to see the instructor insist on the importance of being very careful and accur

    ate while her examples had lines that were noticeably off the fold or off the design she was tracing. It wasn't clear whether she was rushing due to a short filming schedule, or whether it is actually acceptable to not be exact when marking guide lines or designs. This class was definitely not on par with the quality instruction I have seen in other AQS iQuilt classes.
  11. Patricia Barry


    I am a Longarm Quilting professional, author and instructor. I have been familiar with Joanie’s beautiful quilts since we were introduced by the publisher of our first books. I am always looking for instructional materials that help quilters with the design, layout and planning of their quilting, and Joanie has hit a home run! She makes the design process fun and easy! Custom quilting is not abo

    ut the machine that is used – it is about the design & layout. There are many useful tips & techniques included in this class, even for longarm quilters who use computerized systems.
    Pat Barry, By Design Quilting, llc

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