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Supply List for Double Vision by Louisa Smith:

Double Vision is my new series, and the topic of my new book (July 2016) It is quite versatile and has many, many different design possibilities, too many to put into words. It is all about creating many layers with color, texture and shapes. At the start of the class, I will give you some options of styles and construction. If you are an art quilter, a modern quilter or a traditional quilter you can create with this technique. Come with your enthusiasm and an open mind and we will create great quilts! Feel free to contact me before class. But please check out the pictures in the gallery.  It requires a rather complicated supply list as you are designing your own quilt, no cookie cutter quilts in this class :

The book Double VisionQuilts by Louisa L. Smith

For the first layer or base:

You will have many options (see book): A focus fabric with a large print, about 1 ½ yds.

Supporting fabrics for creating the base 3 to 5 fabrics just 1 yd. each. They need to create some contrast with focus fabric make sure they have interesting and different textures and prints (or for a pieced base made up of all squares or all rectangles or you could opt for the use of a whole cloth for the base, one piece of fabric, a hand dyed, or manipulated piece the size you want your finished piece to be.)

For other designs such as Ova Nova using many fabrics, (any collections such as Kaffe Fassett, or black n whites,  see photos (rectangles 4.5 by 6 or squares 4.5 by 4.5) Second layer Dupioni silks or Kona cottons in many colors, if Ova Nova type quilt is desired, see photo below.

For the modern quilts you will need a background fabric (at least 3 yds) and solid Kona Cottons, choose two color families that are complementary and have 5 gradating colors. Add some black and white as well.  About 1/2 yd. each. See photo.

If in doubt bring lots of fabrics. :

A piece of cotton batting or flannel backed tablecloth for a large design wall.

5 yds. Soft Fuse, Steam-A-Seam II Lite or Wonder-Under, my favorite is Soft Fuse!

(Not needed for the modern or traditional quilts they are pieced!)  

6 to 10 sheets of 8 ½ by 11 paper, maybe recycled paper printed on one side!

Teflon pressing sheet and applique scissors, optional.

A sheet of template plastic to create your shapes; I will have some in class available.

Any threads you may like to use for the stitching around the shapes. I use a lot of different threads plain colors and variegated ones. I like rayon 30 or 40 weight.

An appliqué foot for your sewing machine, if you own one.

Craft iron/travel iron (only if no iron stations are available)

A sewing machine.


I will show the different styles, you can choose from for the base at the beginning of the class. 

For instance one can make a base from rectangles (Ova Nova) (lots of different colored rectangles) or squares by an easy strip piecing of thirteen fabrics, (Double Vision) or

one can use one large interesting piece of fabric, this can also be a hand dyed or manipulated piece. (Jekyll and Hyde). Or you can take two interesting fabrics and make a large 4 patch etc. etc. (see Dualistic). Or you can quick piece in class with easy curves a base of say 5 to seven fabrics you like ( Scintillation)and of course you can use one or two twice. (Also see Pattern on Pattern and Pattern on Pattern II)

Or last choice if you do NOT like to fuse we piece and that requires specific directions and supplies but is quite easy! (See Quadrate.) Mostly starting with large (6.5 by 6.5)squares of any collection of fabrics.

Or making a modern quilt and piece but it requires about 3 yds of background fabric see Hugging and a Kissing)

Second layers are usually made up of solid type fabrics or Dupioni silks or hand dyed fabrics in Pattern on Pattern type quilts we use prints for that as well. See website.

If this sounds like “Greek” please look at my web page for inspiration.

And get back to me if any of the Double Vision quilts on the web site are of interest to you. I will then in turn send you some pics and helpful hints to get ready for the class. Honestly you can even make an “I SPY” baby quilt or a bed quilt!!


Questions?  Email: or call me 970-217-8710

 Ova Nova (Dupioni silks used and Fusing)

Pattern on Pattern. (Different prints and textures & fusing)

Modern Quilt (Kona cotton solids - traditionally pieced)

 6" blocks - no fusing! (Kona Cotton solids - traditionally pieced)


Supply list for the Fractured Curves by Louisa L. Smith:

For base A:  Seven fabrics, ½ yard each, #1 to #7, you can repeat some of the fabrics, make sure #1 is in contrast with # 2 and # 3 etc. etc. In other words do not pick a yellow fabric for #1 and for #2, because they will just blend and we need the curves to show up so make sure there is somewhat of a contrast between the fabrics. You can used hand dyed and over dyed fabrics in this piece but commercial fabrics are actually even better for this procedure. And I love large prints such as, Merrimekko© prints, that can play a major role. You could repeat a fabric print see photographs.

For base B: Seven fabrics – ½ yd each,  A thru G (you can repeat some of the fabrics more then once. Simple tip: Fabric #1 will be in close proximity of Fabric A etc. etc. which means there has to be somewhat of a contrast between them as well. And also in each Base there needs to be contrast. So make sure your 14 fabrics have lights, darks and mediums just to create contrast and interest between them.

Remember if you have a large print and you want to make it a major player, buy about 1 ½ yds. We will audition the fabrics prior to using them, so you may want to bring more then I stated above so we have many choices!!!!       

Here is an example of a students work: base A and Base B

Large paper to make paper patterns (can be just brown packaging paper), any paper will do, but large in size. You can tape together with blue painters tape to make your paper pieces larger. Remember they are life size, so if you want to do a 45 inch wide piece, you need to have the paper be at least 45” wide. My paper was a roll of packaging paper that measured 54” wide.

Good pencils

Paper scissors and fabric scissors, large quilter’s ruler and rotary cutter, sharp blade.

A large cutting mat.

Sewing machine and good thread

Large quilter’s pins as well as fine sewing pins.

A design wall: can be just a flannel backed tablecloth or a piece of cotton batting.

If you can bring a lot of fabrics, we can play and audition them in class because…. you probably will design more than one piece, it is quite addicting. :

My email is Quiltescapes@gmail and my phone # 970-217-8710 do not hesitate to ask me any questions prior to class!!

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