Thursday, March 4, 2021

Graffiti Quilting Fun

I'm a huge fan of Karlee Porter, who is known for her unique and awe-inspiring graffiti quilting. Although I own all her books, I wasn't quite able to understand the concepts well enough, until I finally took a Graffiti Quilting Master Class with her awhile ago.

I've taken quite a few quilting classes over the years, but most of them are just fangirl moments for me. I'm excited to meet the instructor, but I rarely take away that much from the classes because I tend to learn best from books. However, Karlee's Graffiti Quilting Master Class definitely taught me a lot more than I expected, and it was one of the best classes I've ever taken.

I didn't actually do any quilting during the lessons, and instead practiced drawing. This was my first attempt:

Then, I tried a bottom-up approach. On a longarm, I would have to quilt top-down, obviously.

Finally, I decided to have some fun with gradient coloring while I drew my 3rd sample.

I still haven't had a chance to try this on a real quilt, but I have no doubt that if can draw it, I can quilt it. I've been having so much fun just drawing them, though! In a way, it reminds me of improv piecing, where my brain hurts because it's on all the time, but the results are usually surprising and exciting for that very reason.


  1. I agree, if you can draw it, you can quilt it. I look forward to seeing you have fun with this on a quilt!

  2. Oh, those drawings are amazing. I can't imagine doing that in thread, but I have no doubt you can! Will be fun to see your work as you play with this.

  3. Neat, Liz!!! I'm impressed by your drawing skills! And yes, if you can draw it, you can quilt it!

  4. I LOVE graffiti quilting! Just try it on a quilt that has a busy top - where you don't want custom quilting! You'll LOVE it! So freeing!
    Happy Quilting! :-)

  5. Wow! I hope you try this - I really love the gradient version!

  6. Awesome drawings! I can't wait to see the first time you try this on a quilt.


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