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Pattern-Free Quiltmaking

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Combine spontaneous design with traditional techniques for bold quilts that are all your own. Joe Cunningham shows you how in this lively class.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Joe Cunningham
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Take two fabrics you like, then take a risk! Pattern-free quilting uses traditional methods but liberates them, creating spontaneous design in a structured format. Joe Cunningham guides you from simple ideas to the Wheel of Pattern, giving you options upon options to make your own unforgettable quilt. Joe tosses all the rules — even his own —out the window and shows you how to make a quilt based on your imagination. You won't stop smiling during this one-of-a-kind art quilting class with an instructor who not only welcomes but chases down the unexpected.

Go where your idea and fabric take you in this free-spirited approach to making art with fabric. Then spin the super-scary Wheel of Pattern, and watch Joe take three random ideas and turn them into a pattern-free quilt.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Joe Cunningham and find out how he made the transition from musician to quilt expert.
2. Three Crazy Sisters
3. Fantasy Four Patch
4. Rock the Block, Album Style
5. Rock the Block, Block Style
6. Managing Your Crazy
7. Wheel of Pattern

Taught by

Joe Cunningham
Joe Cunningham
Joe Cunningham is an expert in traditional quilt technique, but his quilts reflect a personal style and appear in museum and private collections. Joe's 11 books on quilts include Men and the Art of Quiltmaking (AQS, 2010), the first book on the subject.

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