5h 34min beginner

Become part of the modern quilt movement with Fresh Quilting. In this new series, innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. In each episode, these contemporary designers give a fresh twist to traditional designs and quilting techniques to create high-impact quilts. They design with avant-garde color palettes and negative space and use familiar shapes in new ways. By reinventing age-old concepts and techniques, they add new energy to the timeless art of quilting. You can become part of the movement, too, and create your own compelling modern quilt designs, with Fresh Quilting.

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Episode descriptions

Design Options
1. Episode: Design Options
26min

Explore design from a fresh perspective. Free-motion quilt artist Christina Cameli echo quilts and contrasts curves and lines to create new designs. Art historian and quilter Allison Evans joins modern quilt activist Heather Grant to discuss charity quilting events. Quilt innovator Jacquie Gering quilts with gentle curves.

Shapes
2. Episode: Shapes
26min

Use shapes in new ways. Modern Quilt Guild marketing director Heather Grant discusses the modern quilt aesthetic and modern quilt designs. Blogger Rossie Hutchinson joins quilter Elizabeth Dackson to talk about improv quilt events. Instructor Rebecca Kemp Brent uses the latest cutting and quilting technology to create a confetti star quilt design.

Curves & Strips
3. Episode: Curves & Strips
26min

Curved or straight, pieces define the design. Modern quilter Jen Carlton-Bailly uses templates to create contemporary curves. Fiber artist Shelly Gilliland joins Heather Grant with ideas for a quilting service day. Textile artist Chawne Kimber's colorful designs emerge as she pieces and sews a log cabin design with very small strips.

Triangles & Wedges
4. Episode: Triangles & Wedges
26min

Triangles and wedges are the building blocks of modern quilts. Color enthusiast Rebecca Bryan creates graphic quilt samplers with bold-colored triangles. Quilters Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about organizing quilting retreats that refuel creative energy. Designer Christina Cameli uses 10-degree triangles to create a versatile blocks for a variety of modern designs.

Messages & Motifs
5. Episode: Messages & Motifs
26min

Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge appliqué quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoestring budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.

Old & New
6. Episode: Old & New
26min

Everything old is new in the hands of the modern quilter. Pattern designer Elizabeth Dackson reinterprets vintage blocks using a modern aesthetic. Brenda Ratliff and Heather Grant trade tips on booking the faculty for quilt events. Modern quilt enthusiast Elizabeth Dackson uses half-square triangles to create dynamic blocks.

Design Alternatives
7. Episode: Design Alternatives
26min

Upend traditional designs for a fresh look. Contemporary quilt designer Jacquie Gering manipulates the traditional quilting grid to make high-impact designs. Avid quilter Katie Burford shares how to start a modern quilt guild. Engineer and quilter Latifah Saafir creates bold designs with bias tape appliqué on the surface of quilts.

Quilt Building
8. Episode: Quilt Building
26min

Build a quilt from the ground up. Textile designer Luana Rubin shares designs inspired by colors of Cuba. Allison Evans discusses concepts for charity sewing with Heather Grant. Pattern maker Rossi Huthinson creates colorful geometric and organic quilt designs with machine piecing and reverse appliqué.

Scraps & Pieces
9. Episode: Scraps & Pieces
26min

Scraps and pieces become beautiful quilts. Scrappy appliqué artist Shannon Brinkley collages scraps of fabric into whimsical quilted designs. Jacquie Gering and Heather Grant discuss guild scholarship programs. Using small scraps, author and paper piecing expert Elizabeth Dackson shows techniques for foundation paper piecing.

A New Angle
10. Episode: A New Angle
26min

Look at quilting from a fresh angle. Quilt designer and author Latifah Saafir discusses how to design with half-rectangle shapes. Heather Grant and Elizabeth Dackson give tips for creating a guild demo day. Painter-turned-quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe plays with color patterns to create compelling designs with die-cut shapes.

Design Play
11. Episode: Design Play
26min

Play with color, contrast and shapes to create modern quilt designs. Color expert Rebecca Bryan pulls complementing and contrasting fabrics from her stash to inspire her designs. Fabric designer Luana Rubin and Heather Grant share ideas for charity quilts. Using templates and a lot of creative sass, Jen Carlton-Bailly cuts and sews all sorts of curves with stunning results.

From Concept to Quilt
12. Episode: From Concept to Quilt
26min

The maker's vision flows through modern quilts. Using a photo, author and teacher Heather breaks the image into components and draws pattern pieces to create an abstract quilt. Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk more about planning successful quilt retreats. Shannon Brinkley shares tips for cutting, fusing and stitching raw-edge appliqué motifs.

Create & Recreate
13. Episode: Create & Recreate
26min

Create it. Then recreate it. Improv quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe precision cuts fabrics and pieces free-form. Quilt blogger, Brenda Ratliff joins Heather Grant with ideas for starting a quilting round robin. Designer Heather Jones enlarges a single traditional block into a full-size quilt design. She shows how to design oversized quilt blocks and cut large pieces of fabric, too.

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