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One downloadable quilt design gets quilted in two different approaches in this amazing class by Judi Madsen. The traditional approach includes feathers that are full of flow and design. The modern approach utilizes straight-line designs filled with fabulous details. Drawing the design is the first step, then marking the quilt so it is ready for free-motion quilting. Judi demonstrates exactly where and how to begin, walking through each step of the quilting. Learn how to make not-so-ordinary feathers, loops, double loops, a circle in a circle, swirls, pebbles, and other fills to enhance your quilts. Create one traditionally quilted piece and then one with a distinctively modern edge…all in one class!

Course Curriculum

Quilting Makes a Difference by Judi Madsen - 2hr
Lesson 1. Introduction and Marking for Traditional Quilting 0 Hours 10 Minutes00:10
Lesson 2. Marking for Modern Quilting Part 1 0 Hours 9 Minutes00:09
Lesson 3. Marking for Modern Quilting Part 2 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 4. Quilting Traditional Approach 0 Hours 34 Minutes00:34
Lesson 5. Feather Motifs 0 Hours 14 Minutes00:14
Lesson 6. Center Motif 0 Hours 7 Minutes00:07
Lesson 7. Quilting Modern Approach Part 1 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19
Lesson 8. Quilting Modern Approach Part 2 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19

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Fabric:

  • (Note: Amounts of fabrics will need to be doubled to make a quilt top for both traditional and modern quilting.) Requirements are based on 40" usable width of fabric.
  • Solid color fabric - 4 different colors, ¼ yd. each
  • Backing fabric: ⅞ yd.
  • Binding fabric: ¼ yd.

Other Supplies:

  • Thread

Optional:

  • Towa Tension Gauge
  1. What will I like about this class?
    Judi has a signature look to her quilting that is eye-catching, geometric, and unique.  While most classes show either modern or traditional, Judi does both equally well—like no one else!
  2. Do I need a special sewing machine?
    Judi uses a longarm machine in the class, but if you wanted to take the same design principles and apply them to this class on your domestic machine, it is possible.
  3. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety to become familiar with the course 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.
  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 Internet.  The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Cheryl Armstrong

    :

    Really love Judi's work and the class is good. What I think it needs is another PDF with diagrams of the quilts as drawing showing the stitches and designs are in all the sections. Sometimes it is very hard to tell what goes where. It would make it so much easier to glance at the diagram and see for sure that you have it right.
  2. Lisa Yarost

    :

    I own Judi's book and really like it, so I had high hopes for this class. Unfortunately, it just did not live up to my expectations.
    The camera work made it difficult to see what Judi was doing during the marking process, and Judi seemed to often be at a loss for words to describe what is very much a non-verbal process. This combination made the marking portion of the class difficult to watch an

    d comprehend.
    She seemed to become much more comfortable when she began talking about the different Motifs she was using, and she is a pro at the white board.
    While I got to see Judi design her quilting for this particular quilt, I never gained an understanding of how she would design any other quilt. I believe this probably has more to do with the editing than with Judi's instruction, although she seemed tense in a studio setting, which is very understandable.
  3. Roberta Payne

    :

    First, Judi is a wonderful quilter and has great ideas, beautiful work and patterns to show...BUT, I think this course is more just watching someone quilt. For the cost of this course, I'd prefer seeing Judi show us (slower!!) how to mark the quilts and show more quilting designs/marking. She does show both the modern and traditional quilt marking but it's so fast it's hard to keep up...even sto

    pping and starting the videos.
    It was/is interesting when she went to the white board and demo'd some of the designs.
  4. Kathleen Sihrer

    :

    I really loved this class! I will be using the things I learned for many quilts to come!
  5. Rosenelle Florencechild

    :

    I followed along using my domestic sewing machine and loved the class. I haven't done such extensive marking for a very long time. Loved the result but would have appreciated a download of the design. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to transfer the skills to my own work so a week after completing the samples, I experimented with a lap quilt I'm planning to donate. It came out beautiful! I've

    been piecing and quilting for a very long time but my skills improved dramatically after this class. Judy, more classes please.
  6. Christa Smith

    :

    I loved this class! Even though I have been Longarm quilting for 6 years, I still learned a lot. I highly recommend this for LA quilters of all skill levels.
  7. Joy French

    :

    If you are new to longarming and love Judi's style, you will love this course. She is a wonderful quilter, but does not explain what she is doing in detail and why. You will be able to replicate these two quilts and you will learn along the way. I just wish she would have given lots more information about what she was doing and why. For instance, she didn't say if we should complete the whole

    outer border before moving on to the inside or if we should complete all of the quilt that is accessible before rolling on to the rest of it. The editing left out some of the important aspects such as quilting feathers in the corner of the quilt.
  8. Jacque Ervin

    :

    I agree with what other people have said, much time spent on actually marking the quilt and not enough time on explaining how she came up with the designs. Especially in the modern quilt why did she do the side triangles, etc. I think after seeing her mark the quilt for one line skip to all done unless you are going to explain the design principles. For me this was a waste of my time and money, an

    d did not entice me to buy her book at all!
  9. Kelli Taylor

    :

    Enjoyed the class tho I personally seldom mark a quilt. Perhaps I'll try it on one of my own and get over that fear. A very calm and confident instructor always makes a difference. Glad to know mine isn't the only machine that dislikes a direction. Sure enjoyed seeing the solution to stop catching the ruler base on the clamps...looks easy to re-create.
  10. Lisa Wagner

    :

    I would MUCH rather have had her go more into the process of how she came up with the design than the actual marking. Honestly, I expected more and I was bored with this class. I really love her quilting and would have loved to hear how she looks at a quilt and decides HOW to quilt it.
  11. Colette Degroot

    :

    I like Judi's approach to quilting (say-la-vee), but I was hoping to achieve more out of this particular class. It was nice to quilt along with her during each step of the way, but the class didn't actually TEACH me what to do with future quilts. None of the "whys" were ever addressed; it was more like a "this-is-what-I-do" approach and no explanations were given as to why. Did I have fun? You be

    t. Did I learn anything? I'm sorry to say, not much.
  12. Kat OToole

    :

    This week I took my quilting experience to a whole other level with this course. I finally feel like I am on my way to be the quilter that I set out to be. This course gave me the confidence that I was needing. It showed me that I CAN do it. I like the way the videos are detailed and easy to follow. I can't wait to try these techniques on the next quilt. I wish there was a place here to show my e

    nd results from this course.
  13. Linn Buell

    :

    Excellent class! I put both quilts on my long arm frame at the same time and worked on them side by side. I went back to the video presentation often for info review. It was good practice, especially the ruler work which I am very interested in.
  14. Kathleen Appleby

    :

    While I have been fm quilting for about 3 years now, attended several of Judi's seminars in Utah at HMQS and have her book, I still benefited greatly from taking this course. I have been wanting to do a feather border for some time, but either didn't have the right quilt or was just too intimidated. I love the way Judi broke it down into simple steps and provided tips to explain and clarify her

    approach. It really came together for me and I felt better equipped to take the plunge and put a border feather on my current quilt! Count me in for any further instruction and insight Judi comes up with, keep it coming!
  15. Janette chilver

    :

    I guess I may have expected too much from the class as I love Judis work and have admired it for a long time and although I think I would have definitely benefitted from this class at an earlier stage of my learning process. I don't think I learned anything in this class based on my experience level so I think if you've been quilting already for a few years and know Judis work then you won't bene

    fit from taking this class at all.
  16. patricia hechler

    :

    fantastic course with great video feed. I loved your pointers and was especially pleased to see you baste this way. Thank you so much for taking all that time to produce a very nice production. This was my first project outside of a piece of doodle fabric and what I was able to produce was amazing. You are really helping me to fast-track as much as physically possible!
  17. Carol Muller

    :

    I've really enjoyed the class. I'm a fairly new Longarmer, and learned some very helpful tips which I will be using from now on!
  18. Mary Nell Kirkner

    :

    Loved the class, especially watching all the quilting. I guess I'm a slow learner but watching all the machine quilting was very helpful to me.
  19. Leeanne Hopper

    :

    Gosh Judi............THANK YOU! I have always wanted to take classes with you but as I am way down in New Zealand it is a bit tricky. I have your book and love it! I sure hope you will do more on line classes for folks like me that aren't very good ocean swimmers!! Best wishes, Leeanne of Quiltmekiwi.blogspot.com
  20. Elizabeth MacKay

    :

    A beautiful project that took only 2 evenings to quilt once project was pieced and marked.
    I learned a lot about marking quilts, planning quilting design and creating free- motion shapes.
    While Judi shows quilting on a frame with a long arm I was able to use all techniques on my domestic Bernina with BSR.
    I hope to see moe classes featuring Judi Madsen.
  21. Elizabeth Sevy

    :

    Thank you! I enjoyed watching your process. I have done and enjoy ruler work, but always felt I needed more info on how to use fillers. Especially felt the info on stopping and starting, as well as how to break the project into sections was helpful. I believe that I am a quilter that will benefit from marking my top! Thank you for sharing your style. I will keep the motto - consistent not perfe

    ct is the goal. Oh, and practice, practice, practice.
  22. Rebecca Everett

    :

    Great class! I agree that the filming could be edited down to avoid too much repetition of the marking and quilting process. On the other hand it is sort of mesmerizing to watch a true artist at work!
  23. Sharon Riddle

    :

    The class was a good path to detailed stitching. It could have been improved by editing some of the redundant scenes of stitching.
  24. Patrice Rine

    :

    As expected this is a wonderful course. I had the privilege of taking a hands on class with Judy last year and loved her, her class content and her style of teaching. I highly recommend class! Good Job!
  25. Peggy Carstens

    :

    I liked seeing the difference between traditional and modern quilting. And I really like the ruler work with the different fills. Thanks for a great class.
  26. Donna Taylor

    :

    Great class. I am an experienced free motion quilter on a domestic machine but new to longarm quilting so everything in the class was helpful to me. It would have been nice to get more info on the markers you use, like brand name etc. as I am new to marking quilts.
  27. Tami Moore

    :

    Very clear and helpful advice on utilizing space and choosing designs. Great tips on the mechanics of using rulers, marking and moving the machine. I can't wait to try the exercises presented in the class, but first I need to finish what I have loaded on my machine, as I have been inspired to add to my original design. Luckily, I had only just started stitching in the ditch, I can still do change

    s easily :).
  28. emily Douglas

    :

    Judi, I have always been amazed at your quilting and wondered how you plan then execute the beautiful quilting. This class is very helpful in giving me the big picture then breaking down each step. I found myself pausing the video then trying out the motif and if struggling, rewinding the class and watching you do it again. The most wonderful part of this class is that you make it seem like th

    e everyday quilter like me can actually learn to do this quilting. Thank you for this class and I look forward to more of them! You are an inspiration!
  29. Lucille Rossouw

    :

    Thank you for this class. Judy you are a wonderful teacher.
  30. Diana Wilson

    :

    Thank you for doing such a awesome job teaching this class. My brain is just bubbling over with ideas now. I'm fairly new to longarm quilting and this class has given me a new approach to quilting designs and how to accomplish what is in my head.
    Diana
  31. Janet Knapp

    :

    Awesome class and great presentation. Thank you for this i-quilt opportunity!

Course Reviews

  1. Really love Judi’s work and the class is good. What I think it needs is another PDF with diagrams of the quilts as drawing showing the stitches and designs are in all the sections. Sometimes it is very hard to tell what goes where. It would make it so much easier to glance at the diagram and see for sure that you have it right.

  2. Profile photo of Lisa Yarost Lisa Yarost says:

    I own Judi’s book and really like it, so I had high hopes for this class. Unfortunately, it just did not live up to my expectations.
    The camera work made it difficult to see what Judi was doing during the marking process, and Judi seemed to often be at a loss for words to describe what is very much a non-verbal process. This combination made the marking portion of the class difficult to watch and comprehend.
    She seemed to become much more comfortable when she began talking about the different Motifs she was using, and she is a pro at the white board.
    While I got to see Judi design her quilting for this particular quilt, I never gained an understanding of how she would design any other quilt. I believe this probably has more to do with the editing than with Judi’s instruction, although she seemed tense in a studio setting, which is very understandable.

  3. First, Judi is a wonderful quilter and has great ideas, beautiful work and patterns to show…BUT, I think this course is more just watching someone quilt. For the cost of this course, I’d prefer seeing Judi show us (slower!!) how to mark the quilts and show more quilting designs/marking. She does show both the modern and traditional quilt marking but it’s so fast it’s hard to keep up…even stopping and starting the videos.
    It was/is interesting when she went to the white board and demo’d some of the designs.

  4. I really loved this class! I will be using the things I learned for many quilts to come!

  5. I followed along using my domestic sewing machine and loved the class. I haven’t done such extensive marking for a very long time. Loved the result but would have appreciated a download of the design. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to transfer the skills to my own work so a week after completing the samples, I experimented with a lap quilt I’m planning to donate. It came out beautiful! I’ve been piecing and quilting for a very long time but my skills improved dramatically after this class. Judy, more classes please.

  6. I loved this class! Even though I have been Longarm quilting for 6 years, I still learned a lot. I highly recommend this for LA quilters of all skill levels.

  7. Profile photo of Joy French Joy French says:

    If you are new to longarming and love Judi’s style, you will love this course. She is a wonderful quilter, but does not explain what she is doing in detail and why. You will be able to replicate these two quilts and you will learn along the way. I just wish she would have given lots more information about what she was doing and why. For instance, she didn’t say if we should complete the whole outer border before moving on to the inside or if we should complete all of the quilt that is accessible before rolling on to the rest of it. The editing left out some of the important aspects such as quilting feathers in the corner of the quilt.

  8. Profile photo of Jacque Ervin Jacque Ervin says:

    I agree with what other people have said, much time spent on actually marking the quilt and not enough time on explaining how she came up with the designs. Especially in the modern quilt why did she do the side triangles, etc. I think after seeing her mark the quilt for one line skip to all done unless you are going to explain the design principles. For me this was a waste of my time and money, and did not entice me to buy her book at all!

  9. Profile photo of Kelli Taylor Kelli Taylor says:

    Enjoyed the class tho I personally seldom mark a quilt. Perhaps I’ll try it on one of my own and get over that fear. A very calm and confident instructor always makes a difference. Glad to know mine isn’t the only machine that dislikes a direction. Sure enjoyed seeing the solution to stop catching the ruler base on the clamps…looks easy to re-create.

  10. Profile photo of Lisa Wagner Lisa Wagner says:

    I would MUCH rather have had her go more into the process of how she came up with the design than the actual marking. Honestly, I expected more and I was bored with this class. I really love her quilting and would have loved to hear how she looks at a quilt and decides HOW to quilt it.

  11. I like Judi’s approach to quilting (say-la-vee), but I was hoping to achieve more out of this particular class. It was nice to quilt along with her during each step of the way, but the class didn’t actually TEACH me what to do with future quilts. None of the “whys” were ever addressed; it was more like a “this-is-what-I-do” approach and no explanations were given as to why. Did I have fun? You bet. Did I learn anything? I’m sorry to say, not much.

  12. Profile photo of Kat OToole Kat OToole says:

    This week I took my quilting experience to a whole other level with this course. I finally feel like I am on my way to be the quilter that I set out to be. This course gave me the confidence that I was needing. It showed me that I CAN do it. I like the way the videos are detailed and easy to follow. I can’t wait to try these techniques on the next quilt. I wish there was a place here to show my end results from this course.

  13. Profile photo of Linn Buell Linn Buell says:

    Excellent class! I put both quilts on my long arm frame at the same time and worked on them side by side. I went back to the video presentation often for info review. It was good practice, especially the ruler work which I am very interested in.

  14. While I have been fm quilting for about 3 years now, attended several of Judi’s seminars in Utah at HMQS and have her book, I still benefited greatly from taking this course. I have been wanting to do a feather border for some time, but either didn’t have the right quilt or was just too intimidated. I love the way Judi broke it down into simple steps and provided tips to explain and clarify her approach. It really came together for me and I felt better equipped to take the plunge and put a border feather on my current quilt! Count me in for any further instruction and insight Judi comes up with, keep it coming!

  15. I guess I may have expected too much from the class as I love Judis work and have admired it for a long time and although I think I would have definitely benefitted from this class at an earlier stage of my learning process. I don’t think I learned anything in this class based on my experience level so I think if you’ve been quilting already for a few years and know Judis work then you won’t benefit from taking this class at all.

  16. fantastic course with great video feed. I loved your pointers and was especially pleased to see you baste this way. Thank you so much for taking all that time to produce a very nice production. This was my first project outside of a piece of doodle fabric and what I was able to produce was amazing. You are really helping me to fast-track as much as physically possible!

  17. Profile photo of Carol Muller Carol Muller says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the class. I’m a fairly new Longarmer, and learned some very helpful tips which I will be using from now on!

  18. Loved the class, especially watching all the quilting. I guess I’m a slow learner but watching all the machine quilting was very helpful to me.

  19. Gosh Judi…………THANK YOU! I have always wanted to take classes with you but as I am way down in New Zealand it is a bit tricky. I have your book and love it! I sure hope you will do more on line classes for folks like me that aren’t very good ocean swimmers!! Best wishes, Leeanne of Quiltmekiwi.blogspot.com

  20. A beautiful project that took only 2 evenings to quilt once project was pieced and marked.
    I learned a lot about marking quilts, planning quilting design and creating free- motion shapes.
    While Judi shows quilting on a frame with a long arm I was able to use all techniques on my domestic Bernina with BSR.
    I hope to see moe classes featuring Judi Madsen.

  21. Thank you! I enjoyed watching your process. I have done and enjoy ruler work, but always felt I needed more info on how to use fillers. Especially felt the info on stopping and starting, as well as how to break the project into sections was helpful. I believe that I am a quilter that will benefit from marking my top! Thank you for sharing your style. I will keep the motto – consistent not perfect is the goal. Oh, and practice, practice, practice.

  22. Great class! I agree that the filming could be edited down to avoid too much repetition of the marking and quilting process. On the other hand it is sort of mesmerizing to watch a true artist at work!

  23. The class was a good path to detailed stitching. It could have been improved by editing some of the redundant scenes of stitching.

  24. Profile photo of Patrice Rine Patrice Rine says:

    As expected this is a wonderful course. I had the privilege of taking a hands on class with Judy last year and loved her, her class content and her style of teaching. I highly recommend class! Good Job!

  25. I liked seeing the difference between traditional and modern quilting. And I really like the ruler work with the different fills. Thanks for a great class.

  26. Profile photo of Donna Taylor Donna Taylor says:

    Great class. I am an experienced free motion quilter on a domestic machine but new to longarm quilting so everything in the class was helpful to me. It would have been nice to get more info on the markers you use, like brand name etc. as I am new to marking quilts.

  27. Profile photo of Tami Moore Tami Moore says:

    Very clear and helpful advice on utilizing space and choosing designs. Great tips on the mechanics of using rulers, marking and moving the machine. I can’t wait to try the exercises presented in the class, but first I need to finish what I have loaded on my machine, as I have been inspired to add to my original design. Luckily, I had only just started stitching in the ditch, I can still do changes easily :).

  28. Judi, I have always been amazed at your quilting and wondered how you plan then execute the beautiful quilting. This class is very helpful in giving me the big picture then breaking down each step. I found myself pausing the video then trying out the motif and if struggling, rewinding the class and watching you do it again. The most wonderful part of this class is that you make it seem like the everyday quilter like me can actually learn to do this quilting. Thank you for this class and I look forward to more of them! You are an inspiration!

  29. Thank you for this class. Judy you are a wonderful teacher.

  30. Profile photo of Diana Wilson Diana Wilson says:

    Thank you for doing such a awesome job teaching this class. My brain is just bubbling over with ideas now. I’m fairly new to longarm quilting and this class has given me a new approach to quilting designs and how to accomplish what is in my head.
    Diana

  31. Profile photo of Janet Knapp Janet Knapp says:

    Awesome class and great presentation. Thank you for this i-quilt opportunity!

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