Design for patchwork and quilting online course distance learning



Learn all the principles of design and specific application to quilts. Design traditional or modern quilts. Discover how research enhances your design. Covers all practical steps of design for quilting, including dyeing and designing your own quilts. Exercises, professional tips and tutor input guide you through this 12 month long ecourse. Access to the ecourse is 24/7 and lifelong. Access to tutor input is for 12 months. Work at your own pace, a booklet accompanies each monthly unit, including all exercises, examples and ideas to take the unit further. It's great way to become a better quilter. You need no previous design knowledge but it is assumed that you have at least the basics of quilting and can use your machine or hand stitch to complete projects. Comprehensive unique ecourse written by the provider, a hands-on quilter and fully qualified teacher. Similar to City & Guilds work but no pressure of deadlines and no essay writing. Contents N.B. Each exercise may have more than one part. Unit 1: Simplifying Design, Line, Scale, tiling; 4 exercises, taking it further, inspiration, 25 unique photos. Unit 2: Shape, primary and secondary research, negative space, pattern, 5 exercises, taking it further, 42 photos Unit 3: Colour, 50 photos, taking it further, 5 exercises Unit 4: Texture, fabrics, manipulation, padding, stitch, wireform, 33 photos, 2 exercises, taking it further Unit 5: Surface design techniques, embellishments, puff paint, unusual materials, cutwork, texture magic, 54 photos. Unit 6: Surface design techniques, ways to colour fabric including dyeing and printing, 156 photos Unit 7: Surface design techniques, stitch - hand and machine, threads, marking a design, 68 photos, 6 exercises. Unit 8: Designing a quilt from scratch - design elements, 9 exercises, 36 images Unit 9: Quilt Block design, 9 exercises, taking it further, construction tips, 53 photos Unit 10: Developing your signature, themes, collecting inspiration, innovation, finishing a quilt techniques, hanging a quilt, setting up a business, 5 exercises, 53 photos. Unit 11: Modern quilt design, 12 exercises, 20 photos. Unit 12: From idea to quilt, recap on using what you have learned, examples, 5 exercises to develop an idea, 27 photos.

What's included in the price?

Exercises, tutorials professional tips and tutor input guide you through this 12 month long ecourse with pdf booklets each month. Can be delivered monthly or all 12 units in one go. Access to the ecourse is 24/7 and lifelong. Personal access only, i.e. not to be used for teaching or sharing. Access to tutor by email/facetime limited to 30 mins per month. No extra charges. A certificate of completion is offered on request. Taught by a fully qualified and experienced teacher.

What you will need

You will need to find the time to finish the exercises and buy the fabrics you need.


365 days



Karen Platt

with Craft Courses since 2015

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Karen is a fully qualified and experienced teacher of mixed media and quilting, for groups and individuals of any age. She is a hands-on designer maker of textiles, knitwear and quilts. She has been knitting for over 50 years, designing knitwear for over 30 years. She has designed her own textiles for over 20 years. She began quilting less than 10 years ago but designs all her own quilt patterns. Karen has been a teacher for over 40 years. Holding an Honours degree in Spanish and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Karen develops unique e-courses in design, colour and texture.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
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This course is taught online