Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Printing Blocks DVD

Discover how to create a dynamic textile art surface with remarkable depth and texture!

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Discover how to create a dynamic textile art surface with remarkable depth and texture! Join fiber artist Cynthia St. Charles for an adventure that combines printmaking and quilting.

Cynthia demonstrates how to design and make simple hand-carved printing blocks. Then she shows how to use the hand-carved printing blocks to create an expressive scene that is unique to you, the artist. The printing creates a translucent layer that allows the underlying background to be revealed, while the printed surface tells the story.

Follow along as Cynthia shares ideas and options for creating a pleasing quilt composition: the fabric background can be a whole cloth piece of hand-dyed or hand-painted fabric, or it can be collaged or pieced from separate block-printed units. Finally, Cynthia guides viewers through her approach to finishing, from machine quilting through fused bindings that are printed and quilted to match the quilt design.

  • 1 fat quarter fabric for front of quilt, prewashed to remove sizing (White fabric is used in the video, but a commercial muted print or batik could also be used.)
  • 1 fat quarter fabric for quilt back
  • 18" x 24" piece of batting
  • Fabric paints, any brand (Jacquard®, Pebeo, and Tulip® brands are demonstrated in: transparent blue and green; opaque red, purple, white, and yellow; or use colors of your choice.)
  • Block printing easy carve plate, 9" x 12" sheet cut into 3" x 3" squares (Inovart Eco Karve Printing Plates are used in the video.)
  • Linoleum cutter with blades in sizes 2 and 3
  • Foam brushes in 1", 3", 4" widths
  • Natural bristle brush, 2" width 
  • Disposable plates for paint palette
  • Old toothbrush for cleaning printing plates
  • 28–40 weight black cotton quilting thread
  • Blue and green quilting thread
  • 18" x 24" piece of fusible web, (Mistyfuse® is used in the video.)
  • Lightly padded printing surface (Batting or a towel is adequate, but a covered board is most effective.)
  • Sewing machine with free-motion/darning foot and size 90 needle
  • Iron
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • 6" x 24" acrylic quilting ruler

SKU: 12QM27

Author/Speaker/Editor: Cynthia St. Charles

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781620330760