Heather Thomas

Swirly-Do Tree Quilt

with Heather Thomas

In this class taught by quilt artist, author and instructor Heather Thomas, you’ll learn all the techniques needed to make this fun, funky, fantasy tree, complete with swirling leaves and filigree roots.

First she’ll show how to use loosely woven fabric to form the trunk and major limbs of the tree. Then she’ll show how to extend those limbs into branches using thread sketching techniques to extend the limbs into branches. At the same time Heather will discuss the placement of the branches and stitch them out.

Next Heather will teach you how to machine quilt fabulous filigree swirls for the roots. She will also share her tips on ow to deal with all of the fullness in the trunk while stitching in a bark like texture.

She will finish up by using torn and twisted strips of fabric to form the swirling leaves of the tree, discussing her color and size choices.

This class is geared toward growing and building a tree quilt, but the skills and techniques you’ll learn have endless uses.

Also included with this class is a downloadable and printable PDF document that provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on making your own fantasy tree quilt.

  • 5 Sessions
  • 55m
Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas

Heather is a mixed-media fiber artist with a passion for color and a dedication to teaching. After a decade of making original yet traditional work, she began venturing out toward art quilting, embellishments, and mixed media work. She is the author of "A Fiber Artists’ Guide to Color & Design" and "Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond."

Class Resource: Creating a Swirly-Do Tree Quilt

Download this PDF for a step-by-step guide to create your own tree quilt.

Meet Your Expert

Download this video to listen to Heather share the importance of being playful and trying new ideas in your projects.

Bonus materials available after purchase

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