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with Linda Bratten
Online Class

Exploring Natural Machine-Quilting Motifs

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Join machine-quilting expert Linda Bratten for a free-motion walk through the woods, and learn essential techniques for quilting flowers and lovely, nature-inspired motifs. Discover the easy elements behind seemingly complex designs, and gain must-have tips for quilting negative space, echoing and traveling. Start stitching as you turn a simple teardrop shape into a variety of versatile leaf motifs that are perfect for borders and edge-to-edge designs. Then, transform letters and shapes into branch, vine and pine-cone motifs that add lush texture to your projects. Dive into delightful strawberry, citrus wedge and garden vegetable designs before quilting beautiful petals, tulips, poppies and more. Plus, learn adorable designs including dragonflies, peacock feathers and seashells, and bring the beauty of the outdoors to any project!


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 2h41m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet free-motion quilter Linda Bratten and get a sneak peek at the unique nature-inspired motifs you'll learn in class. Whether you're finishing up a quilt or embellishing home decor, Linda's designs will add visual interest and texture to any of your projects!

2. Basic Building Blocks

2. Basic Building Blocks

Simple shapes are the building blocks of complex quilting motifs, and Linda shows you how to master them. Practice drawing a variety of basic shapes, patterns and letters on paper before taking them to your sewing machine. Then, learn to add rich texture to your designs with echoing.

3. Leaves

3. Leaves

Get started quilting a variety of versatile -- and beginner-friendly -- leaf motifs, perfect for borders and edge-to-edge designs. As Linda demonstrates her techniques, you'll learn how to use basic loops, curls and ribbons to fluidly travel between motifs. Plus, see how to transform less-than-perfect leaves into picture-perfect designs!