Class Details for Montage Quilting

Number of Lessons: 6
Price: US$ 72.00
Tutor: Marilyn Belford
Start Date: 2 February 2018
Weeks Open: 12.5

Features in This Workshop

  • A scheduled class
  • One-to-one Teacher guidance & help for questions and answers
  • Downloadable class information
  • Text, Images and videos
  • Includes Applique
  • A Design Class

You will learn how to combine in a single composition using pictorial elements from various sources, as parts of different photographs or fragments of printing, either to give the illusion that the elements belonged together originally or to allow each element to retain its separate identity as a means of adding interest or meaning to the composition. Pick the theme, gather resource elements and put it all together to create your unique art quilt pattern with the guidance of Marilyn's expertise.

There are two sections to this workshop, both full of detailed instruction and guidance. The first three lessons involve designing and drawing a detailed pattern of your own theme using vector based and rastor based programs. The second section which is another three lessons, is all about putting your design into fabric, from enlarging the design to making templates and transferring your design into fabric and stitching. By the end of this course, you will have your own unique art quilt. 

Supplies and Outline

For these lessons you will need a computer with a vector (line) and raster (bitmap) program installed. A raster image is made of up pixels, each a different color, arranged to display an image.

A vector image is made up of paths, each with a mathematical formula (vector) that tells the path how it is shaped and what color it is bordered with or filled by.

A raster image (bitmap) is made of up pixels, each a different color, arranged to display an image.

In this class, Marilyn uses CorelDRAW graphics suite. If you do not have this software, there are several good FREE downloads for programs available on the Internet that can be used to successfully take this class. It is recommended, however, that you do have some knowledge of how to use them prior to class starting. If you have no prior experience it is recommended that you join "Free Software for Quilters" which teaches you the basics of Inkscape and GIMP.

Vector image and Raster image Software for download:




Visit for descriptions of 12 free drawing (vector) programs.

Here are nine others:

Of these last ones, I do not know which are free.

For second half of workshop:

muslin for the foundation

a collection of fabrics to construct your design

19" x 24" pad of tracing paper or size appropriate for your plans. Or a roll of the very thinnest clear vinyl (from JoAnns or WalMart)

8 1/2" x 11" sheet of transparency film (for overhead projector use)  See note below.

overhead projector, slide projector or clean window

piece of foam core board large enough for the enlarged image

graphite or other transfer paper

drafting tape

an ultra fine-line Sharpie™ marker

paper scissors (not your favorite) for cutting fusible web and paper, and a fabric scissors

tweezers (optional, but really helpful)

repositionable fusible web (double-sided).  

I use Steam-a-Seam 2 LITE..  You can purchase it by the yard from rolls at fabric shops.  It also comes packaged as sheets in a plastic bag. .  I like to buy a little at a time (1 yard) because it has the tendency to dry out (more on that later on).  However, if you have to mail order it, play safe and buy 2 yards.

sewing machine (with feed-dog down capability)

darning foot, quilting foot or embroidery foot

appliqué foot

assorted threads

basic sewing supplies (pins, needles )

Note:  The transparency film can be purchased at any copy center or at an office supply or school supply store.  Most copy centers or public libraries will rent an overhead projector to you.  If you have a slide, you can use a slide projector.


You can download PosteRazor which will enlarge your image to any size you want. The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterwards be printed out and assembled into a large poster. And, it is a free download. Detailed instructions can be found in Lesson 3.