Embrace the Freedom of Creativity and Stitch Your Own Butterfly Collage Masterpiece!

Quilters who love the look of quilted collages can follow this beginner-friendly course that covers all the steps to design an improv pieced background. Having been teaching and quilting for over a decade, Diane Knott Vandiver will show you practical, foolproof methods of creating a quilted collage that will have you literally and figuratively “winging it” through your way to creative expression. All skill levels can take away valuable lessons: beginners can appreciate the steps to piecing accuracy, and intermediate quilters can challenge themselves with the improv methods not found in prescribed pattern work.

Begin the course by getting organized. As you select fabric for your butterfly quilt, Diane explains the importance of considering color, scale, variety, contrast, and fabric motifs. Next, you will learn to piece the improv patchwork background without a pattern. Then, Diane will walk you step-by-step through collage design and construction techniques with her frustration-free methods by making a butterfly collage with the pattern included in your course materials. With your collage unfolding in all its beauty, Diane takes you to the finish line with considerations for free-motion quilting ideas and even unlocking the power of your machine’s decorative stitches to enhance the beauty you created. As a bonus, Diane will show you her expert tips and tricks for perfect machine binding with crisp corners and smooth seam connections. By the end of this class, you’ll have a custom piece of butterfly art you’ll be proud to hang on your wall, with plenty of inspiration to keep going!

What you will learn

  • Piece a scrappy background without a pattern and find out what tips and tricks make the design exciting and the patchwork easy

  • From fabric selection to the best products to choose and layout concepts, Diane covers everything you need to know to make confident design choices

  • Text length of individual points can be shorter or longer depending on your needs

  • Choose the perfect free-motion quilting designs and stitching techniques that elevate your overall collage design

  • Perfect your binding by watching Diane's demonstration of machine binding and how to get perfect corners and seam connections

  • Includes access to course videos, downloads, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire


An exclusive not-yet-published pattern. You get the template for three sizes: large - 49.5" x 46.5", Medium 22" x 18", Small 8.5" x 10"

Winging it: Improv Collage Quilting

“Wing it” through your first quilt collage with everything you need to make confident design choices.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Winging It

    1 Video 1 Text 1 Download

  • Supplies & Fabric Choices

    3 Videos

  • The Background

    1 Video

  • Preparing the Templates

    3 Videos

  • Larger Collage Pieces

    3 Videos

  • Smaller Collage Pieces

    3 Videos

  • Putting It All Together

    3 Videos

  • Quilting and Binding Your Collage

    2 Videos

  • Final Thoughts, Share and Review

    1 Video 1 Text