5-DVD Class Set: Art Quilting with Heather Thomas
If you are looking for the most comprehensive collection of art quilting tips, techniques & projects, this is the set for you!
We have combined five of National Quilters Circle’s best video classes taught by Heather Thomas to help you take your work from the craft level to the art level. Heather will provide you with invaluable lessons encouraging you to rely on your own skills and artistic inclinations. That, combined with her tips and techniques, will push your quilting skills and projects to the next level.
With over 9 hours of instruction, this set includes a detailed guide to understanding color, the basics of becoming a quilt artist, lessons on creating an applique look (without doing any applique), and creating collage and mosaic quilts.
Each of the 5 DVDs you’ll receive includes printable PDF bonus resources that will supplement and expand upon the video instruction you will see.
PLEASE NOTE: The content in these Class DVDs is identical to the individual Classes available in streaming video form, which you can purchase/review separately in the NQC store here.
Here’s a detailed summary of each of the Class DVDs in this collection:
QUILT ARTISTS GUIDE TO COLOR
Why study color theory? Well, the easy answer is so you will have more information to guide you when you are creating things.
However, you also may not realize that color is energy and therefore the best way for you to control that energy is to learn to harness it. To harness it you must first understand the kind of power it holds. Each color has a different energy and just like people, colors behave differently in combination with other colors.
In this video class, you’ll learn the power that color holds along with learning about scale, value, harmony, texture and so much more. Art quilter, Heather Thomas, will teach you about:
The Color Wheel & Color Scale
The Value of Value; Inherent & Relative
Texture, Print & Raising Surface
All About the 12 Colors
The Interaction of Color
Principles of Design
PLUS, you’ll get the three downloadable and printable BONUS PDFs including color wheels and a template to create your own color scale.
Video run-time: 115 minutes
QUILT & COLOR: PLAYING WITH STITCH, PAINT & INK
Have you ever wanted to create a highly complex quilt design with an applique look but don’t want to do all of that handwork?
In this video class, quilt artist Heather Thomas will show you a technique to achieve an applique look without doing any hand stitching at all. It will be created by doodling with your free motion foot followed by coloring in the lines.
Heather will also introduce you to the world of fabric paints and inks and instruct you on how easy it is to achieve delicious shading and bold luscious color as you fill in your stitched motifs and finish up your unique quilted and colored work of art.
Follow along and you will learn about:
What Tools are Needed
Creating a Design & Tracing Your Motif
Free Motion Stitching Your Design
PLUS, you’ll get two downloadable and printable PDFs, including a supply list to help you get started and access to over 60 of Heather’s designs.
Video run-time: 125 minutes
BECOMING A QUILT ARTIST: THE BASICS
If becoming a quilt artist is your heart’s desire, this class will help you get there. Let accomplished quilt artist, author and instructor, Heather Thomas, provide you with invaluable lessons that can help you cross the gap from relying on the instructions of others to relying on your own skill set and artistic inclinations.
In this video class, you’ll see the importance of learning new techniques and mastering the ones you rely on most.
Watch this class, and you’ll learn about:
What Makes an Artist
Introduction to Color Theory
Elements & Principles of Design
Technique, Technique, Technique
Creating a Unique Visual Language
Working in a Series
Taking your work from the craft level to the art level asks you to be brave and rely on your own unique vision, and this class can help you do just that!
PLUS, you’ll get two downloadable and printable BONUS PDFs , including an overview and examples of Heather’s painted and fabric primary color wheels.
Video run-time: 100 minutes
CONTEMPORARY QUILTED COLLAGE
Collage is a quick and simple way to create art quilts with lots of freedom…freedom to change your mind and play!
The word “collage” comes from the French, “to glue” which is exactly how this technique begins. In this class you will learn the importance of composition, fabric selection and stitch design and how they all come together to make an attractive, finished art quilt.
With Heather Thomas as your instructor, you’ll learn:
An Introduction to Collage
Composition Basics & Fabric Selection
Rip it Up! Cut it Up!
Iron it Down, Baste it Up
Quilting Your Collage
If you’re looking for a new, looser, more intuitive ways of creating, then take this class with Heather and give the art of collage a try.
PLUS, you’ll get a downloadable and printable BONUS PDF to use as a guide for 3 unique collage quilts as well as instructions for 6 hand embroidery stitches.
Video run-time: 130 minutes
CREATING MINIATURE MOSAICS WITH FABRIC
Welcome to the wonderful world of mosaics, where you can piece together your left-over fabric pieces to create something beautiful. In this video class, you will learn all about making quilts that look like stone or tile mosaics, including step-by-step instructions for several easy, eye catching designs for you to work with.
Quilt artist, author and instructor Heather Thomas will show you the designs, as well as how to make simple cut outs to use as a fabric placement guide. You will get the chance to look at various iron-on adhesives and how to prepare your fabrics for use.
You’ll also be shown how to layer up your mosaic quilt and walk you through placement of your design template. Heather will introduce different ways of approaching a design and walk you through the free form cutting that she uses for all of the fabric “tiles” used in the motif portion of your mosaic.
PLUS, you’ll get the following BONUS resource to supplement your class content:
Three downloadable and printable PDFs, including step-by-step details on creating your own miniature mosaic, some of Heather’s mosaic patterns and a supply list to help you get started.
Video run-time: 95 minutes