Whimsical Letters in Fabric

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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.

Course Curriculum

Whimsical Letters in Fabric by Joanne Sharpe - 1hr 34min
Lesson 1. The Talking Quilt 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 2. Your Letters 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 3. Art Letters 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 4. Letter Layouts 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 5. Simple Imagery 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 6. Custom Patterns 0 Hours 7 Minutes00:07
Lesson 7. Add Fabric 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 8. Appliqué & Quilt 0 Hours 27 Minutes00:27



  • 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

Sewing Machine:

  • Blanket stitch or satin stitch capability
  • Free-motion stitching capability

Sewing Machine Feet:

  • Straight foot
  • Free-motion foot/darning foot

Marking Tools:

  • (2) Black Sharpie® fine tip markers
  • #2 Pencils

Cutting Tools:

  • Scissors for paper and plastic
  • Scissors for fabric and appliqué
  • Pencil sharpener

Sewing Supplies:

  • Iron
  • Muslin fabric (pressing cloth)
  • Straight pins

Other Supplies:

  • Composition book
  • Eraser
  • 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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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Student Gallery

  1. Robin Maddox


    This was a great class and it exceeded my expectations. I see many ways to put into a quilt what I learned here. I recommend this for anyone that does story quilts or any type of art quilts. Like me you’ll come to realize the possibilities are great for ways to incorporate words into a quilt. I especially liked how the instructor showed ways to personalize your quilt, making it unique.
  2. Karen Lesch


    I love this class! The lessons are short and to the point. Lots of good information and great inspiration. Joanne is a wonderful teacher. Everything is clearly presented. She is also very encouraging and her positive attitude shines through. I have started working on my letters and it is so much fun! It makes me feel like a kid again. I am confident that I will be able to use my own personal alph

    abet to embellish many quilts.
  3. carol blaha


    This was a wonderful course, I was very glad I bought it. I also ordered her book. I finished the course very inspired to create! I love quotes, and this is a great way to incorporate favorite words into a quilt.
  4. barbara biles


    This is a very enjoyable class. Joanne was very explicit in how to design your own style and to keep trying different styles of lettering, cursive, different sizes . She is encouraging especially since I've never done an art quilt. I want to incorporate lettering/messaging in my quilts (front or back) and this was a great way to start.
    She did stress it is our own lettering/handwriting so obvi

    ously practice writing, doodling helps. She also let you know not to sweat over minor issues of not being perfect. Think it will be a perfect beginners quilt to use a child's writing/drawing and bring to new dimension on a quilt.
  5. Theresa Fraser


    The title, "Whimsical Letters in Fabric" would give one the impression that most of this course covers various ways to render letters/writing in fabric. Not so. It is essentially a little guidance on free-handing letter shapes (one lesson) and the rest is about using these in raw-edge appliqué wall hangings. Given the title and description, I was expecting a thorough exploration of various ways t

    o incorporate text into fiber art. The works demonstrated are cutesy - more craft type projects than art quilting.
  6. Mindy Burch


    Loved This Class, Super Fun!

    This class really captured my interest. Joanne is a energetic and easy to learn from instructor. She made it fun and relaxed throughout the class. Easy to understand instructions and freedom to personalize and alter to whatever I wanted mine to look like. I love to see words on quilts and this is a fun, easy way to personalize any project I do in the future with a personal, inspirational or just c

    omical message. This would a great class for a starter to play around with or even kids using their handwriting. I love that iquilt allows me to upload my work to display after completing a project using what I learned from each class as well. Thank you for a wonderfully enjoyable class.

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