Mastering the Mini: Wholecloth Designs

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Everyone admires the beauty of a mini wholecloth quilt, so make your own in a weekend with this amazing class from Lisa H. Calle. Learn her technique for creating a quilting guide that results in little or no measuring and minimal marking on your fabric. See fabrics and threads that work best for this type of project and begin adding dividing lines, attractive motifs, and dramatic fills. Discover Lisa’s method for deciding what to place where and how to scale the mini so that all the stitching elements complement one another. In the end, you will have the skills to create mini masterpieces from your own design expertise! This class is available for online viewing only. No DVD available.

Course Curriculum

Mastering the Mini: Wholecloth Designs by Lisa H. Calle - 1hrs 56min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 3 Minutes00:03
Lesson 2. Dividing Lines 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 3. Design Motifs 0 Hours 14 Minutes00:14
Lesson 4. Fill Work 0 Hours 28 Minutes00:28
Lesson 5. Preparing to Quilt 0 Hours 14 Minutes00:14
Lesson 6. Quilting the Miniature Wholecloth 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 7. Design Variations 0 Hours 17 Minutes00:17

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Fabric:

  • Top: (1) 16" x 16" solid
  • Backing:
  • Longarm: (1) 20" x 20"
  • Home sewing machine: (1) 18" x 18"
  • Hand quilting: (1) 18" x 18"
  • Batting:
  • Longarm: (1) 20" x 20"
  • Home sewing machine: (1) 18" x 18"
  • Hand quilting: (1) 18" x 18"
  • Note on batting: For added dimension, Lisa recommends two layers of batting: Quilters Dream Poly Select as a base and Quilters Dream Wool on top.

Thread:

  • 40 wt. for dividing lines and design motifs
  • 100 wt. for fill designs
  • (Lisa used 100 wt. thread for all of the stitching. The choice is up to you.)

Marking Tools:

  • Ultra fine point permanent marker
  • Mechanical pencil

Other Supplies:

  • Tracing paper
  • White eraser
  • Painter’s tape
  • Circle stencils
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Temporary basting spray
  • Thread
  • Longarm acrylic templates (or plates, cups, bowls, etc. that can be used for tracing)
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface

Optional:

  • Light box
  • Sketchbook
  1. Is there a class project?
    Yes! Turn a simple piece of fabric into a work of art—and you made it! This is a great project to complete in a weekend on a domestic or longarm machine. Those who choose to hand quilt the design will naturally take longer.
  2. What if the idea of sitting down in front of a piece of solid fabric makes me excited but I’m typically totally blank when it comes to ideas?
    If that is the case, then this is the class for you! Starting with a simple piece of fabric and making it into something striking is where Lisa excels! She walks you through her designing process in a way that is completely clear and understandable.
  3. 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 Lisa will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  4. 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. Denise Nash

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    What a wonderful class! I have become interested in whole-cloth in the past year or two, and this was the first actual class I had taken on the subject. Lisa allows the student to start small, encourages creativity and confidence, and then builds on this by directing us in how to work larger. I just completed the quilting on my second whole-cloth project since taking the class, and am so pleased w

    ith it! Lisa has expanded my horizons and taken me way beyond what I'd been doing prior to signing up for this class. I highly recommend this one.
  2. Vimla Govender

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    Thank you Lisa for such an informative class. I learnt a lot from you. Well done on teaching us something which we can use. Thank you again. I can't wait to experiment.
  3. Louise Duff

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    Thank you so much for an amazingly informative class. The nine-patch grid was a real eye-opener for me! I have a quilt that I finished over a year ago and did not know where to begin--NOW I DO! I especially saw how important it is to echo the designs. Thank you. L.
  4. Joannie Strange

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    I love wholecloth and never thought I could do one. Thanks to Lisa breaking it down to bite size pieces, I did!! Thanks for both of your courses. They were both easy to understand.
  5. Annelize Littlefair

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    I have actually been lucky enough to take this class with Lisa at a show. Having it available on here, where I can revisit all the techniques is great though. So often you are so engrossed in "doing" in the class, that you forget to take notes. Lisa has a great way of explaining her techniques. I have now done 2 quilts using these techniques and have recommended her class to many others. Great to

    see the the last lesson on design variations too.
  6. Lynda Jackson

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    I love the way Lisa explains her techniques for breaking down those wide open spaces. This can be used in so many ways and on so many quilts, not just wholecloths. Being able to come back and refresh the memory whenever you want is invaluable. The fact that I am so far away from being able to take a class personally make this format so useful and I have recommended it to many of my other friend

    s in the UK. Thanks you Lisa for such a wonderful class.
  7. Debbie Yarbrough

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    Great class. Opened my eyes to a whole to way to design and quilt. I cannot wait to try this.
  8. Carlene Gadberry

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    "I LOVE lOVE LOVE" This show, I purchased her fist show thru Iquilt, when her second show was available I hesitated to buy, So glad I didnt, I was up till 3 in the morning watching the show. It is so liberating, I am no longer intimidated to try her method drafting my quilt, She made it look like a breeze. Off to order her rulers.
    Her personality is addicting.
    She is an excellent teacher
  9. Karen Kendo

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    I have had the privilege of taking two "real world" classes with Lisa Calle so I knew she was a fantastic teacher. This is just like having Lisa live with you and be your private instructor. The ability to watch, practice, and watch again is such an advantage. So often I take classes at shows and get excited about something I have learned but then come home and the reality of running a business

    and having a life gets in the way and I forget everything by the time I get around to using what I learned in class. With an iQuilt class you have everything at your fingertips whenever you need it.

    I am now ready to tackle the wholecloth that has been in my head but I really didn't know how to get started on it. All of Lisa's instructions are clear and easy to follow. Her tips to keep you from getting into trouble are spot on.

    Kudos to Lisa for a fabulous class - looking forward to more.

  10. Janis Devitto

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    OMG....another amazing class Lisa!!! Not only valuable information but your passion is contagious. Thanks for all you do and look forward to future classes!!!!!!!
  11. Patrice Rine

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    WOW! I actually just bought some Radiance Fabric about two weeks ago because I want to attempt to do a wholecloth quilt and didn't know quite where or how to start. This class came at the most perfect time. I strongly recommend this class for anyone that wants to create a whole cloth - I learned so much from Lisa and she is a fantastic instructor and walks you through each step seamlessly! I l

    ove her approach to creating a wholecloth and can't wait to get mine started. Strongly recommend you all take this class. Loved every minute of it!!!

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