Design, Paint, & Stitch: Wholecloth Quilts from Start to Finish (Video Download)

Learn the various steps that award-winning fiber artist Judy Coates Perez takes to create an art quilt—from working on the initial design, to painting and quilting, through the finishing techniques.
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After providing a brief overview of the materials she uses, Judy covers the design stage, including how she uses photo-editing software to manipulate and size her original designs. Next, she dives right into the painting stage with a look at the tools needed for painting; an in-depth review of the types and properties of paints is included. Also considered are strategies for painting, paint consistency, freezer-paper masks, and the painting of backgrounds. Next, learn to machine quilt your wholecloth quilt, from planning and marking to layering, basting, and free-motion quilting. Then, non-traditional binding options for art quilts are covered. Finally, Judy shares a gallery of some of her finished wholecloth painted quilts while offering additional insight into her methods and materials. You’ll be inspired to create your own wholecloth piece.

  • Marker paper
  • Pencil
  • Clear packing tape
  • Paint tray
  • Container for water
  • Textile paints
  • Colorless extender
  • Variety of synthetic paintbrushes
  • Freezer paper
  • PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton fabric
  • Cotton fabric for back
  • Wool batting
  • Mistyfuse®
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine


  • Cotton fabric for traditional binding
  • 3 complementary-colored cords for couched cording binding

SKU: EP2235

Author/Speaker/Editor: Judy Coates Perez

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

a gold-mine of information! Review by Caroline Alexander

I'm not a quilter, my interest in this video was to see how Judy painted her cloth, but I was absorbed from start to finish. What I really appreciated was the time she took to show us how to mix the paints, then how she achieved her shading, all the little tips and tricks you find out only by doing something well for years! The close-up photography was good; its often very hard to get the shots we all want to see because hands have to get in the way, but this was not hurried and Judy's explanantions were very clear all the way through. So clear, in fact, that I may just tackle a small art quilt. She is an excellent teacher. This is as good as any real life workshop, because you get to see far more than you would in a class-room! I can thoroughly recommend it!

(Posted on 11/7/11)