Quilting Arts Workshop: Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork

Join award-winning art quilter Sarah Ann Smith to learn her process for creating a fused and free-motion stitched fabric collage.

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Join award-winning art quilter Sarah Ann Smith to learn her process for creating a fused and free-motion stitched fabric collage. Starting with a photo that has good contrast and lighting, Sarah teaches viewers how to determine values, create a pattern, select and enhance fabrics to suit the subject, collage with fused fabrics, and finally select threads and free-motion quilt to thread-color the piece.

In this Workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Select a photo for your composition.
  • Choose fabrics, prepare them with fusible web, and alter them with textile paint.
  • Create the working pattern.
  • Fuse the quilt top.
  • Use free-motion machine quilting to bring the fused design to life.
Discover Sarah’s strategies for creating an artful machine-stitched fabric collage!
Required Materials:
  • Photo with good lighting, strong shadows, and strong highlights
  • Clear page protector
  • Wet-erase marker
  • Access to a photocopier, scanner, and printer
  • Fabrics for fusible appliqué (I prefer batiks and hand-dyed fabrics because the colors go all the way through.)
  • Mistyfuse®
  • Iron (I use a Panasonic NI-S300TR 1200-Watt Steam Iron with Curved Titanium-Coated Soleplate.)
  • Ironing surface
  • Nonstick appliqué pressing sheet (I recommend 1-2 Fat Goddess Sheets® or Reynolds® Parchment Paper.)
  • Scissors (I use Karen Kay Buckley’s 7 1/2" Perfect Scissors and her Perfect Curved Scissors, as well as Kai 5 1/2" Embroidery Scissors and Havel’s 5 1/2" Curved Tip Embroidery and Applique Scissors.)
  • Transfer paper (I recommend Transdoodle® or Saral® Transfer Paper.)
  • Marking pens and pencils
  • Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities
  • Batting
  • Backing fabric
  • Sleeve and facings fabric
  • Basting spray
  • Thread in a variety of colors
  • Hand needle and easy-threading needle (for finishing)


Author/Speaker/Editor: Sarah Ann Smith

File/Trim Size: SD: 891 MB; HD: 3.22 GB

File Type: MP4

Format: Video

ISBN 13: DVD: 978-1-62033-613-7

Runtime: 77 Minutes

Customer Reviews

Love to hear your voice... Review by Donalee

So I bought this DVD a while back, and I often have it playing in the background on my tv in the studio. I just love Sarah's voice....she is so calm, and reasonable. I like the way she approaches a challenge, like the chairs and the shadows on her piece inspired by the Getty in CA. This DVD is great for anyone interested in Art Quilts in general because of the tips and tricks she talks about, but it's an especially excellent way to do raw edge applique. You can't help but come away feeling really good about the adventure!

(Posted on 5/18/14)

Great video Review by Christine

Sarah Ann gave great ideas on fusing and thread painting. I have been fusing a while, but learned some new things by watching the video. I even bought some of the products that she uses in the video and love all of them.

(Posted on 3/31/14)

Great information for enhancing art quilts with thread Review by Susan Brubaker Knapp

When I watched Sarah’s Workshop, I was struck by how different Sarah’s techniques and preferred materials are from mine, even though our work is fairly similar.

In Sarah’s typical practical, detailed fashion, she shares her process for fabric collage and “thread coloring” (using thread to add color, details and texture). She starts with a photo that has good contrast and lighting. In the workshop, she demonstrates how she determine values in the photo, creates a pattern on a piece of plastic, enlarges the pattern to the size she needs, selects fabrics and enhances them with paint or Derwent Inktense pencils.

Then she shows how she collages fabrics she’s fused with MistyFuse, and shares her thought process on selecting threads. After that, she goes into great detail as she demonstrates how she free-motion quilts.

Along the way, she offers tons of wonderful tips, problem-solving solutions, and her thoughts on “good fusing hygiene” and why she loves those tiny rotary cutters (she calls them “the sexy little Italian sports cars” of the rotary cutter world). Fun!

I know there are new things I’ll be trying out, based on her suggestions, and I’ve already ordered an iron with a Titanium nonstick soleplate!

(Posted on 1/27/14)