In this creative class, you will learn how to transform your personal handwriting into stylized, artistic lettering and turn them into appliqué pieces that will add a personal touch to your projects. Do all of this without the use of a commercial pattern so the finished product will be an original work of art—designed by you! Joanne Sharpe shows how to make a lettering journal to begin your journey of playing with letters in your own handwriting to turn them into artistic designs. Then she shows how to use simple imagery to add interest and enhance the message. Turn all of this into appliqué pieces and sew them to a background fabric using simple stitches on your sewing machine. The result is an original pattern that is completely personalized by you! This process is perfect for creating that special gift for a wedding, new baby, for the graduate, or for expressing a thought or saying that is meaningful to you.
- Background: 20" x 24" solid batik
- Lettering and imagery: 10-12 fat quarters, colorful batiks or hand-dyed cottons
- 50 wt. cotton in colors that coordinate with the fabrics
- Blanket stitch or satin stitch capability
- Free-motion stitching capability
Sewing Machine Feet:
- Straight foot
- Free-motion foot/darning foot
- (2) Black Sharpie® fine tip markers
- #2 Pencils
- Scissors for paper and plastic
- Scissors for fabric and appliqué
- Pencil sharpener
- Muslin fabric (pressing cloth)
- Straight pins
- Composition book
- Freezer paper
- Fusible interfacing such as Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, Mistyfuse, or Quilters Select Appli-Web
- Copy paper or roll of paper
- Teflon® coated craft sheet
- Manilla envelope
- Template plastic sheets
- Light box
- Ironing Surface
- Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
How can I use the techniques?This technique is fabulous for any personalized project. It is suitable for baby quilts, graduations, birthdays, etc. If you and a friend share a favorite saying, put it on fabric! It is a great way to spread an encouraging word to others or make someone smile. Best of all, it is a way for you to express what you feel is important or meaningful.
What will I make in this class?To learn the technique, Joanne provides downloadable materials to get you started. You can make the quilt she demonstrates in class or design a pattern of your own. Whichever you choose, you will thoroughly enjoy the process she uses and will especially love making projects that reflect messages and images that you want to share with others.
If my handwriting is not good, can I still use this technique?Joanne teaches you how to take your personal handwriting and turn it into stylized, artful letters. She encourages you to play with letters, and using her guidance, will enable you to produce whimsical letters that will add personal touches to your designs. Don’t worry about your handwriting style because Joanne’s technique will turn it into a useful resource.
Do I need a pattern to use this technique?You will use a pattern—designed by you! Joanne shows how to use your own handwriting and simple images to make fun, individualized patterns that are important to you. You can use original quotes, favorite sayings, song lyrics, etc. to create a quilt, pillows, tote bag, wallhanging, or countless other projects that showcase your creativity.
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 Joanne will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
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!