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Judi Madsen’s quilting designs will have your appliquéd quilt projects taking center stage as you learn six ways to quilt around a simple but beautiful stemmed flower. Start with three easy treatments for quilting around the appliqué. Then, dive into three more intricate designs that will make your appliqué appear to “float” on the quilt top. A stunning border pattern is included with the class. Make the six designs as single quilts so you can practice the techniques, or combine the designs to make a tablerunner or wallhanging. Whichever you choose, you will improve your quilting skills along the way and will be able to apply new ideas and approaches as you quilt future appliqué projects.

Course Curriculum

Fabulous Background Quilting for Appliqué by Judi Madsen 2hr. 38min.
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 2 Minutes00:02
Lesson 2. Design 1 0 Hours 32 Minutes00:32
Lesson 3. Designs 2 & 3 0 Hours 10 Minutes00:10
Lesson 4. Design 4 0 Hours 45 Minutes00:45
Lesson 5. Design 5 0 Hours 37 Minutes00:37
Lesson 6. Design 6 0 Hours 32 Minutes00:32

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Books (Optional)

  • Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen
  • Quilting Wide Open Spaces

Pattern (Optional)

DVD (Optional)

  • Quilting Makes a Difference

Fabric

  • (5-15) fat quarters
  • 2¼ yd. white for borders
  • 1⅔ yd. white for blocks
  • 2 yd. fusible webbing such as Heat’n Bond
  • ½ yd. binding
  • 3¼ yd. backing (44" fabric)

Thread

  • White Fil-Tec™ Glide

Marking Tools

  • Fabric Marker, blue water soluble
  • Collins Vanishing Fabric Marker, purple air erase

Quilting Tools

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing Surface
  • KKB 4" Scissors

Rulers

  • 6" x 12" or larger
  • A-1 Longarm 9" Straight Ruler

Optional

  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  1. 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!
  2. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with any downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Judi will get back with you.
  3. What is unique about this class?
    It is fun to create beautiful appliqué quilts, but many of us struggle with how to quilt them. Judi gives you six different ways to quilt around simple appliqué shapes that produce a lot of dimension and interest. Three designs are easy to quilt and produce such pretty results. The final three designs are more intricate and add interest and depth.
  4. What else will I get with this class?
    Judi includes the template pieces that she uses to make the examples for this class. You can use the materials to make a tablerunner or the larger quilt shown in class. Judi also demonstrates how to quilt a beautiful border that you can use in other projects as well.

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Qurrat Thakur

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    This is one of only 2 online classes I have taken. And I absolutely loved it! Judi explains everything very clearly and offers tips throughout. I have successfully used one of the provided grid patterns to complete a quilt and it turned out fabulous. Highly recommend this class.
  2. Deanna Chronister

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    I’ve taken all of Judi’s classes and loved them all. I’ve picked up some great tips and go back and re-watch them for inspiration!
  3. Helen King

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    Judi is an excellent instructor and is one of my quilting idols. I have all her books and draw on them and classes like this for inspiration.
  4. Christine Roberts

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    I have watched this course many times and learn something new each time. Love the Iquilt format. Never thought of leaving a comment, but her courses are so well done. I have all her books and have taken an in person class, but these classes are really great for me to reference continually.
  5. TRACI WARNKE

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    Great class. The step by step process of quilting is well explained.
  6. Marcia Nichols

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    Love all of Judi Madsen’s courses. I have learned so much from her in my long arm quilting journey. I also like the fact that I can refer to theses courses whenever I need to!
  7. patricia hechler

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    I was a below a novice longarmer when I bought Judi's iquilt classes. I had just bought a used longarm, never used one, and wanted to know how to get to be a national level quilter AS FAST as I could (and, yes, I did just that at 18 months of piddling in the evenings, working full-time). Judi showed me the way to mark and execute custom couture longarm patterns and fills and I was off and runnin

    g. If you want to learn how to up your game, how to quilt in an aesthetically-pleasing scale and how to create masterful designs, this is CERTAINLY the class for you. Longarming at it's best.
  8. Donna Hixon

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    Fabulous class. Judi does a great job.
  9. Jan Holzbauer

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    I thought this class was fabulous! This is a fantastic class for machine quilters. You really helped me think more about HOW I'm quilting my designs. Thank you !!
  10. Donna Hixon

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    Judi does a great job with this class. I rely on online classes for quilting and free motion. This was one of the first classes I bought and I highly recommend it. I replay and refer back to it often.
    Donna H
  11. Sue Gies

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    The class was GREAT with a lot of useful information,. I learned so much by watching how you do your process. It was so helpful to watch how you draw out the design and I learned so much by watch you stitch out the whole design. I would not have known the best way of stitching without watching you stitch out as much as you did. So Thank you for showing us how to do that part of the process. Withou

    t this part I probably would have made it a lot more work for myself and had a lot more starts and stops. My quilt I made from this class was entered into our local quilt show and took 2nd place. Thank for wanting to make a class for us all to learn your technique and process. I would recommend this class, it was
  12. Jennifer Doud

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    Can not wait to try these ideas out on a quilt.
  13. Debra Shetler

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    Great class, great teacher.
  14. Rhonda Braham

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    I have long been a fan of Judi’s quilting. I was thrilled to be able to purchase this class at a reasonable cost, and watch how she works her magic on a quilt with appliqué. I look forward to trying her techniques. Thank you!
  15. Michelle Baker

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    This is a fantastic class for machine quilters. The ideas are fabulous and gets you to think outside the traditional quilting box.
  16. Diane Ahnstedt

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    Thank you Judi for a great class. Even if I’ve boughten both of your books, I enjoyed meeting you here! Keep up the good work!
  17. Georgia Williams

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    Very disappointed - wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this. Have many IQuilt classes and all have been great but not this one. Wish the intro had been more specific that all quilting was done on the longarm as I do not have a long arm. Watching her quilt over and over did not enhance the class. Really pretty designs but some more basic would have been more helpful and less ruler wo

    rk would have been better for the average quilter. I have been quilting free motion for a long time and would have liked more free motion designs. Tedious to watch her quilt and hard to hear at times. Would NOT recommend this class.
  18. Cristina Rizzi

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    Judi is a very great quilter, I love her designs, but there is too much time spent seeing her drawing and quilting. As you see the project in class material the first 5 minutes spent in drawing and quilting are enough. In the same time I could have seen more and more examples of motifs and/or how to enhance a quilt with quilting.
    No mention of the fact I asked for replacement with another quiltin

    g class (no money back asked but only replacement) and had no answer.
    But this is not Judi's fault.
  19. Juanita

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    LOVED!!! Great Instructions for planning out a unique quilting design! I love the concept for adding dimensional texture to any quilt 🙂 .
  20. Johanna Leonora

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    I am not an experienced quilter by any means but this class has done little to help me. Watching and listening to her few comments over and over was a bit of a bore. I paid more than $15 for this on sale ??? and really am dreadfully disappointed. I do no how to draw lines that was simply too much. Very little useable content in my book. thanx
  21. Lana Frazier

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    As a class, I felt this was quite lacking in content. I don't have 2 hours or so to sit and watch someone draw and quilt. I would have liked to know where and/or how she came up with her quilting designs, but there was nothing about that. So basically I purchased a quilt pattern with quilting guides. I would have been extremely upset had I paid more than $8 for it.
  22. Janis Devitto

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    This class was a game changer for me! After making this class sample my ruler work has improved 100%...thanks Judi
  23. Teresa Melonson

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    This class breaks down the beautiful designs very well. It is helpful to watch her draw and quilt them. Having said that, I didn't expect the whole class to consist of watching her draw and quilt the ENTIRE THING. A bit boring at times but the fast forwarding feature is available to use. All in all it was a pleasant class to learn some ways about quilting around applique.
  24. Annie Mueller

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    I am so inspired by watching Judi quilt. I love her style of quilting, and her patient way of showing us how she does it. I just finished a Halloween applique quilt that was so much fun to do, using her methods. I've been quilting with a long arm since 2009. I love picking up fresh ideas like Judi's and tailoring them to my quilts.
  25. Christa Smith

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    Being an experienced longarm quilter, I still learned a lot from this excellent video series. I highly
    recommend this course for beginner and advanced quilters to introduce or further inspire them to think outside
    the box when it comes to design.
  26. Constance Cephus

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    I am a beginning quilter. I really appreciated the knowledge that Judy shared. I wanted to learn what to do to complement appliqué piecing. Her lessons gave me tons of ideas. Now I feel confident that I could do a good job on any appliqué quilt. I have your books but this class was an excellent jump-start for me. Thanks so much.
  27. Bronwyn Broughton

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    I would have to agree with Marty Anderson and Karon Ray's review. At the beginning it was exciting and new, but part way through it became tedious and boring. IQuilts definitely need to work on their audio content when recording. Particularly, in lesson 5 at the 8.20 mark you could hear lots of background noise and a bloke talking. Whether it was the cameraman or not, but it sounded like he said "

    It's okay, am I good at picking it up?" It was said twice. That must of been what Marty heard and referred to it as though Judi was mumbling. I also have noticed that there are a lot of background noises that come through on your recordings. Overall my expectations for this class ended up with disappointment. ☹️
  28. Judy Gentile

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    Awesome class! I am new to longarm quilting. This class gave me the courage to finally quilt a "Baltimore Album" quilt that has been in my UFO pile. The quilting turned out better than I had hoped it would. Thanks Judi!
  29. Marty Anderson

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    I love Judi Madsen's designs, but thought the content lacked. There was way too much time spent watching her draw. I couldn't really see well what she was drawing. I would have much preferred the thought process behind her designs and the techniques she uses in her quilting. Also, IQuilt has a real audio problem. She often comes off as mumbling and I have to strain really hard to understand her

    . I have watched on several different computers and it is the same. I have found this problem exists in several of your classes, not just this one.
  30. Karon Ray

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    Judi has a fabulous presentation but the content isn't there. If I were a beginner I would like more basic information, the things an experience quilter just does. Start, stop, how the fills are done. As an experienced longarm quilter I did NOT need to see her draw and quit every line. How were the areas to fill chosen and why the designs put where they were. Logic in despising the density

    of the design. How to choose to use the complex verses the simpler for the appliqué . How to set up the grids that she bases her designs on.

    If you want create the pattern you have to rewatch to get the measurements between the lines! Maybe the book would be better but then why watch the class.

  31. Carlene Gadberry

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    Carlene April 29 2017

    Stependious Teacher Her long hours of machine quilting has paid off, thanks for sharing your knowledge, Judi's lesson will defintaly put you on the road to producing award winning quilts.
  32. saima davis

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    fabulous. judi gives reasons for all the things she does. lots of designs ideas in this class. I have practiced what I have learned from you. I have improved so much, thank you.
  33. Elaine Armenta

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    She definetly is a very talented girl! She has lovely designs. The class consisted of a lot of drawing and quilting. Did get a little tedious at times, but I did learn from it. Just trying to figure out if I can do a quilt as you go method with this as I have a sit down machine and rulers are a bit hard to work on a whole quilt design. This is definetly the kind of quilting that you are going

    to spend bucco hours on!
  34. Jeanne Hall

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    Really "Fabulous"! I have the book and watching this class was just wonderful. I can't wait to try these designs. Judi explains each step and makes her designs doable. I would recommend her classes. She starts with the planning and marking and goes through the stitching so you get the whole picture. Her technique is awesome and the designs are worked so you can change them up to make your design

    your own. Thank You Judi, keep up the wonderful teaching. I am looking forward the your new .upcoming video class
  35. Bobby Hardgrave

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    Really wonderful class. I thought I would watch a segment, go and try it and come back, but I couldn't stop watching. Had to get all the way to the end. If you don't have Judi's books, they are totally worth it. The CD ROM disks that are included have every single detail. I have been quilting for a long time now, but I have changed allot of things since I started following Judi. I rarely hav

    e start and stops in my quilting now because her method of travelling is so simple and makes perfect sense. Everything looks so complex... and it is, but it's completely doable. There is absolutely no stress and the results are 100% total pride. Thanks so much, Judi, for sharing your talent with us. I am looking forward to an entire library of your classes. BTW, iquilt, this is some of the best video I have seen in an online course. It speeds up and slows down right in the perfect places and you still see everything and know exactly where Judi is at all times. Great job and Thank you!
  36. Shelley Byers

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    Fantastic class! If you have ever wondered how Judi gets her designs to work out perfectly, you don't want to miss this class! She explains how to divide your blocks & borders so the design comes out evenly, tips for marking out designs & how to remember what fillers you will use when it comes time for the quilting, how to quilt around and on appliqué plus so much more! On top of watch

    ing how Judi travels across the design to eliminate multiple stops & starts, you will have detailed quilting diagrams on top of the pattern. If you are new to quilting, don't worry as Judi keeps you informed on the steps to take so you aren't left wondering. For the experienced quilters, now you can take your quilting to the next level. I cannot wait to put these learnings to use! Thank you Judi for such an incredible class!
  37. Traci Dearborn

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    LOVE IT!!! Again Judi has given me another stepping stone to building my quilting. As with all of Judi's classes and books, she gives you the inspiration to support your own creativity in your quilting. She breaks the process down to achieving great results, and building the confidence that many of us struggle with. Judi allows you to use the skills that you already have and build on them. If you

    struggle with pebbles or feathers then use swirls, etc. and the result will still be outstanding. I cannot wait to try all the "FABULOUS" ideas she has given me in this IQUILT class. THANK YOU Judi for another excellent class, and all you give to the quilting world!! (can't wait to go quilt)
  38. Marianne Nybølet

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    Another wonderful class from the the very talented Judi Madsen. Last summer she was teaching in Norway ,and her way of teaching is pleasant and so easy to follow. Her designs are unik and amazing, and you can't help beeing carried away. I find this class so interesting and inspiering because it gives me la ot of ideas how to quilt back of appliqués, just what I need. I will defenately use her des

    igns also elsewhere when quilting open spaces. Thank you Judi for beeing generous and sharing your gift with us!
  39. Mindy Jacobs

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    "Fabulous" class! I have always loved Judi's designs for quilting. They are fresh and original, easily altered to make them your own and you can be as detailed as you want or stop and use less details and they still look fabulous. Judi emphasizes the required attention to detail to make the appliqué look as if it were placed on after the quilting and the outcome is superb. You have a professional

    finish that is sure to wow everyone. The class is easy to follow along with, the downloadable materials for guides are extremely helpful. Overall....very pleased with this class. Thank you Judi!

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