Renegade Thread Play

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Renegade Thread Play is a fun and easy way to sketch and blend colors with thread. It’s a great way to add shading and highlights. The end result is a wonderfully layered look that gives amazing depth to your quilting. Those who are new to free-motion quilting and experienced quilters alike will learn many helpful tips from Melinda Bula who has won numerous awards using this striking technique. Build your skills on a practice quilt sandwich and then make your own contest-worthy quilt with the free pattern included with the class.

Course Curriculum

Renegade Thread Play by Melinda Bula - 1hr 57min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 4 Minutes00:04
Lesson 2. Getting Ready for Renegade Thread Play 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19
Lesson 3. Basics of Renegade Thread Play 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 4. Movement 0 Hours 22 Minutes00:22
Lesson 5. Detail and Dimension 0 Hours 30 Minutes00:30
Lesson 6. Seed & Echo Stitches 0 Hours 9 Minutes00:09
Lesson 7. Finishing 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11

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Fabric:

  • 1 yd. black
  • (10) colors assorted scraps or fat quarters
  • Batting: 1 yd. Quilters Dream Cotton Request
  • Fusible: 3 yd. or more, preferably Steam-A-Seam 2

Thread:

  • Sulky 30 or 40 wt. rayon, in assorted colors

Pin and Needles:

  • Jeans/Denim or Topstitch, 80/12 or 90/14
  • Medium size safety pins or curved basting pins
  • Long straight pins

Sewing Foot:

  • Free-motion foot. Sometimes a darning foot will work, but check with your sewing machine dealer.

Quilting Supplies:

  • Medium size safety pins or curved basting pins
  • Ironing surface

Marking Tools:

  • Sharpie® ultra fine point marker

Cutting Tools:

  • Scissors for paper

Other Supplies:

  • Several extra bobbins
  • Lickity Grip or quilting gloves
  • Sewers Aid
  • Tracing paper
  • Lint roller
  • Spray bottle with water

Optional:

  • Extension table
  • Strips of cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Stitch regulator
  • Design wall
  1. What will I need in order to do the things Melinda is doing?
    Really, the biggest thing is to convince yourself that you can do what she is doing. Melinda’s teaching style is very encouraging because she knows that once you face your fears, you can tackle just about anything. It is also important to have a basic working knowledge of your sewing machine. Beyond that, gather some thread, cozy up to your machine and practice quilt, and turn on the lessons. As you practice the content of this class, we feel confident that you will want to use this technique to add quilting depth to many of your quilting projects.
  2. Will I learn specific stitches?
    Melinda shows how to make various stitches on the practice quilt. She also covers things that challenge us in free-motion quilting like hand placement, controlling the fabric as it moves underneath the needle, and tension.
  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 Melinda 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. Elaine Armenta

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    Linda is my hero! I really love her personality and teaching style. She can make you laugh. I do agree with some other reviewers that the first three lessons were geared totally to absolute beginners and you would think a person doing this complex of a piece of art would be a little more advanced. The rest of the lessons is where the meat of the class begins. Her shadowing and highlighting is

    incrediable. If only we could have seen two hours of her actual working on her quilts. Showing us different flowers, different ways to approach these complex flowers. But even so I was pleased with the part that we did get. If you haven't taken her first class, I recommend that you do. You will not be disappointed. All in all, if you like her quilts I still recommend the class. You do get a better grip on quilting these style of quilts.
  2. Mindy Jacobs

    :

    I enjoyed this class. I can see where a few have said how basic the information may be but it's the technique alone that I took from the class. I think it was well presented and a great idea to add a lot of texture and detail to your quilt pieces. Her method of using the different shades of a color to create depth is beautiful. The piece you begin with will determine the stitch type you use; strai

    ght, circular, zigzag, etc. I feel like this class gave a great base for an array of ideas. I was motivated to make my own piece after watching her class. A piece of complete "renegade" thread play. Beginning from a base white material and actually using the thread to paint the entire image. This class gave me the idea and confidence to try that.
  3. Peggy Evans

    :

    I feel way too much basic information was included which made this course very boring. Maybe if I had taken Melinda's first class on applique a flower quilt, the quilting part would have been more meaningful. I do not feel just doing straight line or wavy line quilting is very "renegade". I was looking for a lot more thread play. (Creating images from thread)
    Such as creating flowers with thr

    ead play not just going over an appliqued piece of fabric. The one piece of information I did like and may use was the quilting of the leaf. The leaf was very pretty when finished. I can see quilting free motion leaves for a different fill-in background. What I mean is creating a leaf with thread not going over an appliqued leaf. I'm not sure when I signed up for this class but I'm sure I watched it after the refund time limit was up. That was a lesson learned.
  4. Lori Boyter

    :

    This class is full of great information for those of us with no formal art training but a good eye for color values. I loved the hints on batting choice and how to manage a quilt with so much thread as the work grows in size. Melinda is great on breaking down a complicated project into small pieces. I really enjoyed this class and Melinda as a teacher. I finished a big project with her techniques

    and won a ribbon in a local quilt show! I look forward to other offerings by this teacher.
  5. Jan Walker

    :

    Melinda's style is friendly and sweet, but I am disappointed in how basic this class was. There is nothing renegade about straight line fillers, "seed" (AKA pebble), and echo stitches. The quilts are beautiful, but most of the class seemed to be about basic fusing, stitching, and finishing. The idea of covering your sleeve with more stitching is interesting, but I don't know too many quilters w

    ho would take the time for something so complex that would almost never be seen. If this class is typical of iqult classes, I think you could work on a better descriptions of the class so there was less come-on and a better understanding of what was being offered. I doubt I'll return for another class after this experience.
  6. Sharon Lily Selvey-willar

    :

    I just love Melinda Bula and her fun teaching technique. I would purchase any class she did. This class is the perfect follow on from her 'FABULOUS FLOWER PHOTO QUILTS' class. I have been a quilter for many years and I was still able learn lots from both of her classes. I love this class, and her style. I now know what to do with the lovely flower quilt I have made from the 1st class. I am a

    visual learner and these IQUILT classes are brilliant. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.

Course Reviews

  1. Linda is my hero! I really love her personality and teaching style. She can make you laugh. I do agree with some other reviewers that the first three lessons were geared totally to absolute beginners and you would think a person doing this complex of a piece of art would be a little more advanced. The rest of the lessons is where the meat of the class begins. Her shadowing and highlighting is incrediable. If only we could have seen two hours of her actual working on her quilts. Showing us different flowers, different ways to approach these complex flowers. But even so I was pleased with the part that we did get. If you haven’t taken her first class, I recommend that you do. You will not be disappointed. All in all, if you like her quilts I still recommend the class. You do get a better grip on quilting these style of quilts.

  2. Profile photo of Mindy Jacobs Mindy Jacobs says:

    I enjoyed this class. I can see where a few have said how basic the information may be but it’s the technique alone that I took from the class. I think it was well presented and a great idea to add a lot of texture and detail to your quilt pieces. Her method of using the different shades of a color to create depth is beautiful. The piece you begin with will determine the stitch type you use; straight, circular, zigzag, etc. I feel like this class gave a great base for an array of ideas. I was motivated to make my own piece after watching her class. A piece of complete “renegade” thread play. Beginning from a base white material and actually using the thread to paint the entire image. This class gave me the idea and confidence to try that.

  3. Profile photo of Peggy Evans Peggy Evans says:

    I feel way too much basic information was included which made this course very boring. Maybe if I had taken Melinda’s first class on applique a flower quilt, the quilting part would have been more meaningful. I do not feel just doing straight line or wavy line quilting is very “renegade”. I was looking for a lot more thread play. (Creating images from thread)
    Such as creating flowers with thread play not just going over an appliqued piece of fabric. The one piece of information I did like and may use was the quilting of the leaf. The leaf was very pretty when finished. I can see quilting free motion leaves for a different fill-in background. What I mean is creating a leaf with thread not going over an appliqued leaf. I’m not sure when I signed up for this class but I’m sure I watched it after the refund time limit was up. That was a lesson learned.

  4. Profile photo of Lori Boyter Lori Boyter says:

    This class is full of great information for those of us with no formal art training but a good eye for color values. I loved the hints on batting choice and how to manage a quilt with so much thread as the work grows in size. Melinda is great on breaking down a complicated project into small pieces. I really enjoyed this class and Melinda as a teacher. I finished a big project with her techniques and won a ribbon in a local quilt show! I look forward to other offerings by this teacher.

  5. Profile photo of Jan Walker Jan Walker says:

    Melinda’s style is friendly and sweet, but I am disappointed in how basic this class was. There is nothing renegade about straight line fillers, “seed” (AKA pebble), and echo stitches. The quilts are beautiful, but most of the class seemed to be about basic fusing, stitching, and finishing. The idea of covering your sleeve with more stitching is interesting, but I don’t know too many quilters who would take the time for something so complex that would almost never be seen. If this class is typical of iqult classes, I think you could work on a better descriptions of the class so there was less come-on and a better understanding of what was being offered. I doubt I’ll return for another class after this experience.

  6. I just love Melinda Bula and her fun teaching technique. I would purchase any class she did. This class is the perfect follow on from her ‘FABULOUS FLOWER PHOTO QUILTS’ class. I have been a quilter for many years and I was still able learn lots from both of her classes. I love this class, and her style. I now know what to do with the lovely flower quilt I have made from the 1st class. I am a visual learner and these IQUILT classes are brilliant. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.

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