eCourse TASTER – Unit 1 Design in Quilting and Patchwork



This is a TASTER ecourse – just Unit 1 of a ten month course. If you proceed to purchase the rest of the 9 units, you will only pay for Units 2-10.  You will find out all about the ecourse. Guidelines for research, sketchbook work and recording work, gathering inspiration and tips. Unit 1 is about different aspects of design. It contains 7 exercises and ideas for taking things further. You will achieve a solid basis for understanding design principles that you can apply to your creative quilting and patchwork projects.

The following is the description of the full ecourse.

Join experienced teacher Karen Platt online to learn quilting and patchwork design skills and creative development. This ecourse enables students to expand their creative horizons through practice, understanding design principles, approaches and research. A broad approach allows you to explore and experiment. It allows each individual participant to produce creative work unique to them.

Uncover your passion and let it fly. Enjoy my unique approach to creative teaching and take inspiration from my methods to enhance your own creative experience. The emphasis is on creative design and development.

You’ll find tips and techniques, tutorials, exercises, theory, stimulating ideas, suggestions for further research and more. You will learn to research independently and design your own projects. You’ll find useful information on presenting your work to others from blogging, record keeping to approaching galleries and exhibiting.

Tutor input in a social group page (fb) or by email, personal tutor help is limited to 30 mins per month. On this taster ecourse, your fb group page invite is for one month only unless you continue the ecourse.

Core areas

Design principles, inspiration, methods of recording, developing ideas to finished projects.

There are no essays! There are exercises to guide you and suggestions for taking each section further.

Students are encouraged to use traditional skills and/or digital skills, hand or machine stitching.

There are quilt challenges.

Course details

You can register for this course any time (there are 10 units delivered one a month i.e. 10 months).

The course is delivered to your email. Study in the comfort of your own home. Fully supported distance learning online with tutor input.

What’s Included

This creative ecourse aims to build your design skills month by month and give you the confidence you need to produce your own quilts. It includes:

  • Getting Started
  • Recording Ideas and Work
  • Fabric Know-how
  • Inspiration
  • Research
  • Design Principles
  • Design in Practice including transferring designs to fabric
  • Colour
  • Surface Design
  • Composition
  • Bringing it to Fruition
  • Presentation
  • Self-Assessment and optional tutor assessment

Possibility of residential visits in UK and abroad subject to interest

N.B. Modules are sent to your email as PDFs (these are NOT to be shared with anyone). Tutor involvement is usually in the fb group page or by email. A handbook is provided each month detailing the coursework.

About me

Karen Platt is an experienced and fully qualified teacher and a hands on textile artist and quilter. She creates affordable ecourses, where people learn a skill. She has been developing new ideas with Cathedral Windows quilting in preparation for a book. She designs and writes quilting patterns, dyes her own fabrics and is very into stitch and colour. She is inspired by art, architecture, textiles, travel and gardening. She is well-known for her use of colour and texture. She leads ecourses in art, textiles, quilting and knitting. She is also well-known for her gardening books on colour. She is available as a tutor to quilting groups. Karen will be at FOQ 2018.

What you need 

No previous experience required – you could be a beginner or an experienced quilter who wants to expand techniques or learn how to design. You will learn through tutorials and hands-on techniques.

Computer access

Notepads, sketchbooks, fabrics, sewing machine and basic quilting equipment.

You will need a camera to upload images if you want your work assessed or wish to participate in the fb page.


This course is ideal for

  1. working from home
  2. working online
  3. expanding your creativity and creative development
  4. sharing ideas online with a group of like-minded people on a special fb page (no obligation)
  5. access to experienced tutor who makes her living solely as an artist
  6. broadening your creative experience
  7. it is a fraction of the cost of a further education or C&G course or even some short courses
  8. designing your own quilts and projects
  9. those who do not require a certificate
  10. 24/7 lifelong access for the full ecourse. One month access for TASTER.


At the end of the ecourse, participants will be able to independently research, design and create individual work to a high standard. The ecourse not only develops your skills through exercises and practical work, but gives you the knowledge to become a designer maker and quilt artist. You will understand materials that can be used, their qualities, uses and limitations. There are no exams, no-one demanding completed work, though you will receive encouragement to do so. The ecourse has different levels, so you can decide how much you want to do on a given topic. You work at your own pace from a few hours to a whole month each month, it is up to you.


The cost of this TASTER ecourse is 39.50. If you proceed to the full ecourse, you will pay for the remaining 9 units. Units are delivered to your email and are non-refundable. The ecourse is copyright Karen Platt 2018 and cannot be copied or distributed in any format. It is only for personal use.