Breaking Boundaries with Blended Quilts 24 hour class


Break the boundaries of traditional quilting with an introduction to improvisational piecing and a deep dive into new and creative background textures over an immersive 4.5 month experience.  Own the class recordings forever and enjoy 4.5 months of 1:1 interaction with Bethanne in a private Facebook group.  Instructions and demonstrations will be done on BOTH domestic and Longarm sewing machines.

Class includes an incredible product bag of a 75 pages of printable handouts and patterns for 5 sample quilts and 90+ blended quilt textures, vintage Japanese shibori fabric, custom woven silk dupioni fabric, wooden appliqué sticks, appliqué foundation paper, AND a 20% one time shop discount code for books and rulers.

Free GLOBAL shipping for class kits will begin on January 5, which are NOT required to start class on time, should that be an issue. Live class times are generally on Saturdays at 1pm US Eastern time, but classes may be viewed at any time, FOREVER for global participation. Please see the many details and reviews below.

Student Ambassador contacts available on request if you would like a detailed student perspective.

Please choose a color kit from the dropdown menu.  All vintage shibori fabrics are beautiful, and in the end, using them is completely optional. Scroll down to see images of the kit colors in the long description. Stock levels reflect availability.



This exciting quilting class breaks all boundaries!

Improvisational piecing and free-cut curves are introduced with five exciting projects, each designed to progressively build your confidence.  Then, go ahead and bust more boundaries by breaking free of “classic quilted backgrounds” and the bossiness of the quilt block.  Learn 90+ fresh backgrounds, bridge elements and transitions with Bethanne’s creative Blended Quilt Texture techniques and designs.  By mixing and matching, create quite literally hundreds of unique textures.

What will class look like?

Students will have the unmatched experience of more than 24 hours of instruction presented in both pre-recorded and live classes with additional live question and answer sessions.  Classes can be watched live, or on your own time, and you will own them FOREVER.  For the full 4.5 months of class, students with have a 1:1 supportive experience with Bethanne in a dedicated Facebook group where the education builds further with each student sample, allowing for students to learn from feedback and each other.

Work from home in the comfort of your own studio with either your sit down or longarm quilting machine.  All class material will be demonstrated with both styles of quilting using state of the art photography, sound, and lighting with a professional streaming platform capable of switching views and cameras instantly. Students are encouraged to be knowledgeable free-motion machine quilters who feel comfortable with the idea of some backtracking.

The Facebook group is organized as a social learning group, so all educational material is clearly organized in a special folder with a clear outline. Every educational post is carefully sorted into this outline, which makes access to class material instantaneous with no need to scroll or wonder if you missed something.  All videos will also be hosted on Bethanne’s platform, which you will be enrolled!  Here, classes are edited into even smaller, easy to watch components of 10- 20 minutes, and your access to these videos lasts a lifetime even after the Facebook group class ends.

Class Content…

Purchase – start of class: Enjoy the prerecorded  3 hour Improvisational Piecing Retreat and machine applique class with 4 finished projects.

Saturday, February 19, 1pm – 3pm: Class opens with live review of improvisational piecing techniques, machine applique, question and answer session, and a fifth sample quilt pattern.  Active feedback on class material begins.

Sunday, March 6, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 1: Bridge Elements…useful connectors

Saturday, March 12, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 2: Encircle Me…enclosed elements

Saturday, March 26, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 3: Wave Me Down…creating movement

Saturday, April 9, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 4: Clamming UP…stacked elements

Saturday, April 30, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 5: Fan-Tastic… fans and fantasy elements

Saturday, May 7, 1pm – 3pm: Textures, Class 6: Down The Line…linear and grid based elements

Saturday, May 21, 1pm – 3pm: Designing with Blended Quilt Textures… design with the whole quilt in mind to create movement, flow, and elicit emotion

Saturday, June 4, 1pm – 3pm: Live Question and Answer class

Saturday, June 25, 1pm – ?: Live Question and Answer class

Sunday, June 26, Class is closed: Student work submission, group comments and feedback is closed, however the Facebook group and the Teachable website remain available for reference indefinitely.

And the Goodies!…

Each student globally will be mailed a kit (at no additional cost) containing their choice of vintage Japanese shibori silk, reclaimed from traditional textiles, 2 pieces of vivid silk dupioni, wooden applique sticks, and fusible applique paper. More than 75 pages of class handouts and patterns will be printed at home via PDF download, released with each class unit

What have Previous Students had to say?

Student Ambassadors have provided an approved email contact on request, If you would like to speak with a previous student, please contact me and request one.

Carol Watson…I would highly recommend your class to anyone, the quality of the class material, presentation of the class and also the camera work involved it is like having one to one tuition with yourself.  Being able to also access the class on the teachable platform is a bonus and the way it is broken down into segments so you can concentrate on each part.  This type of tuition gives people all over the world the opportunity to learn different aspects of quilting from beginners to the advanced.

Diane Gilleran…Bethanne is a gifted teacher! Throughout this class, I’ve learned to confidently curve cut and piece with minimal pinning, use innovative quilting to help tell the story of the quilt and add beautiful texture!

Qurrat Thakur…I would highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to expand their repertoire of quilting motifs. Not only do you learn 100s of different motifs, but Bethanne also helps you understand how and when to use them for maximum impact.  I am a pretty accomplished free motion quilter but I can honestly say that this class is the best investment I have made in my quilting journey.  Bethanne breaks down how to sew the textures with as minimal of backtracking as possible. Then she goes over how to seamlessly move from one motif to another using bridging techniques.  My quilting vocabulary has expanded greatly.  I also appreciate that I have access to all her videos and instructions forever.

Joan Hett…Thank you so much for an amazing class. My confidence to tackle these types of projects has increased significantly. You have taken what appear to be complex textural designs and, using a systematic, step by step process made this technique available to and achievable by the entire class! You have presented your many designs in a way that is organized and creative. In addition to that you created an atmosphere of positivity and combined it with a sense of humour that energized the class to try just about anything. Top notch technology made learning from home easy. Well done!

Phyllis Coppolino… This class was one of the most enjoyable quilting experiences I have ever had. Bethanne’s teaching style breaks each detail of process and making each design part of a “system”, so no matter how complex, it all make sense in the end, and I feel I am empowered to improvise with the same system and make new, unique things.  Bethanne’s detailed prep work gives her students a fantastic journey!

Laura Gates…I’m currently taking your breaking boundaries class and loving it!  This is the best set of classes I’ve ever taken – you’ve given me the confidence and tool box of ideas to try new things.  Thank you!

Lorri WurtzlerI am thoroughly enjoying taking the Breaking Boundaries Free Motion quilting class.  Being a teacher myself I have high standards for a great teacher and Bethanne hits that mark.  Bethanne really understands the software she uses and presents well in the online teaching environment.  Bethanne has completely thought out the teaching agenda from starting us with a quilt idea/pattern so that we are all starting from the same place.  Then breaks down each session with quilting designs that are similar and provides handouts to support each lesson.  She provides tips and tricks all along the way that shows me she is listening and responding to all her students questions.  I love her attention to all the details and can’t wait to see what class is next.

Sharon Lafler… Bethanne’s generosity in answering questions made the class an extraordinary education, all the way from getting started with broad quilting design to wonderful detailed backfill ideas.  Most helpful was that I feel I came away with the “bones” to begin building my own design vision and repertory.

Shelly DeHay-Turner…This is my second class that I have taken with Bethanne and I could not be more impressed.  Bethanne is a teacher extraordinaire.  Her ability to breakdown various designs into achievable quilting components is nothing short of magical.  She is a generous and knowledgeable instructor who goes the extra mile to ensure all her students, regardless of skill level,  are comfortable and confident in their learning journey. I now have a repertoire of highly creative background and transitioning fills that I use frequently and with the greatest of confidence. I highly recommend Bethanne’s classes and I am sure you will be as impressed as all of us who have had the pleasure of being one of her many students!  Run…don’t walk to her next class!

Additional information

Dimensions 10 × 8 × .5 in

Sunset Orange, Black, Copper, Cherry Pink, Dark Orange, Dark Red Diamond, Green Brown, Lime with Green Dot, Green, Grape, Pink, Orchid, Red with Black Dot, Red, Gold with Brown, Coral Yellow, Seaweed, Rose Yellow, Orange Yellow, Orange Red