Modern Abstract Quilts with David Owen Hastings (Online)

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Friday, October 15, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, October 15, 2021, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code FI101421DH
  • 11


  • $285.00 + $20.00 Kit + $6 Postage
  • $250.00 + $20.00 Kit + $6 Postage

    Registration closes on Tuesday, October 5th at 3:00 pm

Registration is closed

**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Want to make your own modern abstract quilt designs? Inspired by minimal quilts, but don’t know how to start? Over this two-day online class, David Owen Hastings will guide you through a creative process for designing your own modern abstract quilts.  


Day 1 (6 hours): Explore composition

and design using paper and machine stitching. We will stitch a variety of mini quilt designs on paper employing simple, modern, minimal shapes. Try out your mini paper designs in photos of modern interiors to see how scale and proportion are working. Plan for the quilting lines to be a major design element. Discuss color and value and choose a palette of fabrics for Day 2.

Day 2 (6 hours): Using one of your paper quilts as a roadmap, David will guide you through the steps to translate your ideas into a mini fabric quilt. We will use the quilt-as-you-go method. David will demonstrate face-binding your quilt, which gives a modern finish, as well as how to join multiple quilted blocks. Your mini quilt can be the final product (frame it, hang it, or make a pillow cover later), or it can be a test piece for a larger quilt.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome! Experience using a walking foot attachment is helpful. You should be comfortable using your sewing machine, and it should be in good working order.


Day 1 Details: Explore modern abstract compositions in paper.

  • Use kraft paper, newsprint, and B&W paper (from kit provided to you).
  • Work quickly, intuitively, and spontaneously to create multiple small compositions.
  • Stitch the paper compositions with the sewing machine for immediate results.
  • Experiment with different elemental geometric shapes, including gentle curves.
  • Explore spare, simple compositions for a modern look.
  • Think about figure and ground.
  • Consider the sewing lines as a key design element.
  • Assess which compositions work well and choose 1-2 to translate into fabric on Day 2.
  • Discuss color and value choices and decide on a palette for Day 2.

Day 2 Details: Make modern abstract mini quilts in fabric using the quilt-as-you-go technique.
  • Cut backing and batting to size (see supply list).
  • Map out pieces for one composition onto cardboard.
  • Label and cut out cardboard pattern pieces.
  • Audition colors and placement.
  • Translate pattern pieces into fabric, leaving a generous amount of extra fabric for seam allowances.
  • Start with two main ground pieces.


Kit provided by instructor:

  • Generous paper pack (kraft paper and newsprint, B&W paper, tracing paper, all cut to size for class)
  • Handouts with notes
  • Surprisingly simple tools!

Student needs to supply:

Day 1:

  • Home sewing machine with 1/4" foot (or standard foot), plus walking foot and knee lifter (optional)
  • Paper scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Exacto knife or box cutter
  • Small cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler (18" to 24" max length)
  • Black, grey (or tan), and white thread plus bobbins pre-wound with these colors: 40 or 50 weight
  • Drafting tape
  • Post-It pad
  • Note pad and pencil
  • White eraser for pencil marks
  • Black Sharpie
  • Cell phone or digital camera to take photos of your compositions
Day 2:
  • Bring supplies from Day 1, plus:
  • Iron and board
  • Small design wall or a piece of batting taped to the wall
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fresh rotary cutting blade (optional)
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric marking tool (one that is easily removable)
  • 8–10 fat quarters of solid quilting cotton fabrics: black, tan, grey, white. Please only bring neutrals. Very subtle textures are OK but no strong prints, please.
  • 4–5 small scraps of solid accent fabrics: choose strong, bright, modern colors. No strong prints, please.
  • 2–3 pieces of backing fabric, cut into 14" x 14" squares (cut before class). A dark quilting cotton works great: black or grey.
  • 2–3 pieces of cotton quilt batting, cut into 13" x 13" squares (cut before class)
  • Note pad and pencil/pen
  • Cell phone or digital camera to take photos as you go


  • Registration for this class closes on Tuesday, October 5th at 3:00 pm so that kits can be distributed in a timely manner. Please verify your mailing address when you register. 
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  •  A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.

Instructor Bio:

David Owen Hastings has been knitting and sewing since he was a kid. There is something magical in taking a length of yarn or a piece of fabric and turning it into something useful and beautiful with your own hands. It is enchanting. He is one of the believers that crafts like knitting and quilting can be both artistic expressions as well as good for the soul. In recent years, he has enjoyed creating some of his own textiles through dyeing and painting. David loves to incorporate these fabrics into quilts and wall pieces with a modern twist. He also offers workshops and lectures on quilting projects and design techniques, fabric printing, artist branding, and advancing your own creativity. Take a look at his quilts, lectures and workshops.

For more about David, please visit or follow @davidowenhastings on Instagram

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