Fresh Quilting

In Fresh Quilting, innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. Today’s designers give a fresh twist to traditional designs and share quilting techniques to create high-impact quilts. By re-inventing age-old concepts and techniques, they add new energy to the timeless art of quilting.

Create your own compelling modern quilt designs – with Fresh Quilting.

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Show Schedule
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Design Options

Episode #101H · Design from a fresh perspective. Free-motion quilt artist Christina Cameli echo quilts and contrasts curves and lines to create new designs. Art historian and quilter Allison Evans joins modern quilt activist Heather Grant to discuss charity quilting events. Quilt innovator Jacquie Gering quilts with gentle curves.

Shapes

Episode #102H · Use shapes in new ways. Modern Quilt Guild marketing director Heather Grant discusses the modern quilt aesthetic and modern quilt designs. Blogger Rossie Hutchinson joins quilter Elizabeth Dackson to talk about improv quilt events. Instructor Rebecca Kemp Brent uses the latest cutting and quilting technology to create a confetti star quilt design.

Curves and Strips

Episode #103H · Curved or straight, pieces define the design. Modern quilter Jen Carlton-Bailly uses templates to create contemporary curves. Fiber artist Shelly Gilliland joins Heather Grant with ideas for a quilting Service Day. Textile artist Chawne Kimber's colorful designs emerge as she pieces and sews a log cabin design with very small strips.

Triangles and Wedges

Episode #104H · Triangles and wedges are the building blocks of modern quilts. Color enthusiast Rebecca Bryan creates graphic quilt samplers with bold-colored triangles. Quilters Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about organizing quilting retreats that re-fuel creative energy. Designer Christina Cameli uses 10-degree triangles to create versatile blocks for a variety of modern designs.

Messages and Motifs

Episode #105H · Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge applique quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoe-string budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.

Old and New

Episode #106H · Everything old is new in the hands of the modern quilter. Pattern designer Elizabeth Dackson reinterprets vintage blocks using a modern aesthetic. Brenda Ratliff and Heather Grant trade tips on booking the faculty for quilt events. Modern quilt enthusiast Elizabeth Dackson uses half-square triangles to create dynamic blocks.

Design Alternatives

Episode #107H · Up-end traditional designs for a fresh look. Contemporary quilt designer Jacquie Gering manipulates the traditional quilting grid to make high-impact designs. Avid quilter Katie Burford shares how to start a modern quilt guild. Engineer and quilter Latifah Saafir creates bold designs with bias tape applique on the surface of quilts.

Quilt Building

Episode #108H · Build a quilt from the ground up. Textile designer Luana Rubin shares designs inspired by colors of Cuba. Allison Evans discusses concepts for charity sewing with Heather Grant. Pattern maker Rossi Hutchinson creates colorful geometric and organic quilt designs with machine piecing and reverse applique.

Scraps and Pieces

Episode #109H · Scraps and pieces become beautiful quilts. Scrappy applique artist Shannon Brinkley collages scraps of fabric into whimsical quilted designs. Jacquie Gering and Heather Grant discuss guild scholarship programs. Using small scraps, author and paper piecing expert Elizabeth Dackson shows techniques for foundation paper piecing.

A New Angle

Episode #110H · Look at quilting from a fresh new angle. Quilt designer and author Latifah Saafir uses templates and paper piecing to design with half-square triangles. Heather Grant and Elizabeth Dackson give tips for creating a guild demo day. Painter-turned-quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe creates compelling designs with die-cut shapes.

Design Play

Episode #111H · Play with color, contrast and shapes to create modern quilt designs. Color expert Rebecca Bryan pulls complimenting and contrasting fabrics from her stash to inspire her designs. Fabric designer Luana Rubin and Heather Grant share ideas for charity quilts. Using templates and a lot of creative sass, Jen Carlton-Bailly cuts and sews all sorts of curves with stunning results.

From Concept to Quilt

Episode #112H · The maker's vision flows through modern quilts. Using a photo, author and teacher Heather breaks the image into components, creates pattern pieces and calculates yardage to create an abstract quilt. Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about building a modern quilting community on line. Shannon Brinkley shares tips for cutting, fusing and stitching applique motifs.

Create and Recreate

Episode #113H · Create it. Then recreate it. Improv quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe precision cuts fabrics and pieces free-form. Quilt blogger, Brenda Ratliff joins Heather Grant with ideas for starting a quilting Round Robin. Designer Heather Jones enlarges a single traditional block into a full-size quilt design. She shows how to handle large pattern pieces and cuts of fabric, too.

More Than Piecing

Episode #201 · Expand basic piecing techniques. Author and designer Anna Maria Horner shares ideas for combining piecing with applique techniques. Free-motion quilting artist Christina Cameli stitches Lazy Eights. Textile artist Sarah Sharp adds interest and color to solid blocks with pieced strips.

Designing Fabric

Episode #202 · Create your own fabric with today's technology. Quilt artist and blogger Leslie Tucker Jenison uses her computer to draw and print custom fabric. Designer Karen Womack share ideas for group quilting projects in your community. Sewing educator and quilter Miriam Coffey uses machine embroidery to design and embellish her own fabric.

Mix It Up

Episode #203 · Mix things up with new shapes, colors and stitches. Modern quilter Riane Menardi modifies traditional blocks by changing colors and placement. Free motion quilt artist Christina Cameli uses the walking foot to create spirals. Using her engineering background, quilt designer Yvonne Fuchs creates beautiful quilts with quarter square triangles.

Design As You Go

Episode #204 · Seize creative opportunities that pop up along the way. Color enthusiast Anne Sullivan shares design principles that inspire her improv quilts. Get ideas for hosting a hand-sewing happy hour. Quilt artist Samarra Khaja adds a whimsical touch to a fun family game using thread sketching.

Finding Precision

Episode #205 · Precision is key to creating stunning quilts. Violet Craft puts her technology experience to work as she builds quilts using foundation piecing. Marine scientist and quilter Sylvia Schaefer finishes off her quilts with multi-colored binding that perfectly matches the piecing in the quilt.

Transparency and Big Stitch

Episode #206 · For special effects, look through the design or use big stitches. Aviator and quiltmaker Yvonne Fuchs uses transparency as a design element. Learn to work with a virtual quilt group to create a quilt for charity. Modern quilter Riane Menardi combines hand quilting with machine quilting to create high-contrast designs with depth, texture and movement.

Pacific Inspiration

Episode #207 · Look across the Pacific Ocean for inspiration. Artist and world traveler Luana Rubin shares quilts from the Tokyo Quilt Festival and discusses global fabric and color trends. Free motion quilt artist Christina Cameli uses a walking foot and free motion stitches to make grid-based designs. Graphic artist and quilter Sheri Cifaldi-Morill appliques traditional Hawaiian motifs with a modern twist.

Sewing Creatures

Episode #208 · Celebrate the creatures of the land and sea. Whimsical quilt artist Samarra Khaja combines colorful shapes to create cute fish faces. Karen Womack shares tips on leading a local quilt guild. Blogger and designer Violet Craft sews a regal lion using English paper piecing.

Surface Design

Episode #209 · Design on the surface with textures and colors. Sewing educator and modern quilter Miriam Coffey pieces embroidered fabric along with solids to create new looks for accessories and home dec. Free motion quilt artist Christina Cameli stitches topographical spirals. Blogger and quilter Krista Fleckenstein carves custom blocks and prints custom fabric.

Impeccable Piecing

Episode #210 · Make compelling modern quilts with impeccable piecing. Textile artist Sarah Sharp accentuates design elements by fussy cutting paper piecing motifs. Christina Cameli stitches free motion motifs using rulers. Color expert Nicole Neblett expands foundation piecing to a new level as she makes large scale designs.

Using Mixed Media

Episode #211 · Mix fabrics, colors and prints to make a modern statement. Krista Fleckenstein makes mixed media applique with die cut shapes of wool, leather, felt and linen. Modern quilter Riane Menardi shares ideas for promoting your guild through local media. Christina Cameli mixes rulers with free motion stitches to accurately stitch a variety of motifs.

Minimalism and Improv

Episode #212 · Less is often so much more. Minimalist quilt designer Nicole Neblett designs with negative space to achieve the modern aesthetic. Designer Luana Rubin shares inspirations from her world travels and lasting connections with quilters around the globe. Improv quilt artist Leslie Tucker Jenison cuts, pieces and sews curves without a ruler to create dynamic designs.

Go Free Form

Episode #213 · Be daring and explore free form quilting. Contemporary quilt artist Sylvia Schaefer deconstructs traditional designs and makes them explode into new motifs. Blogger and teacher Christina Cameli shares ideas for making arcs in free-motion quilting. Designer Anna Maria Horner throws the rules out the window with free-form applique techniques to make bouquet quilts.