Hand-Sewn Quilting Series II: Replicating Motifs in Improv Patchwork

A Virtual Class with Zak Foster

Join Zak Foster in this exciting online workshop focused on replicating motifs in improv quilting! In this workshop, you will learn how to take inspiration from a single motif and use it to create a cohesive design throughout your improv quilt. Zak will guide you through the process of creating a motif, breaking it down into its core elements, and then demonstrate how to incorporate those elements into your quilt design. Throughout the workshop, Zak will provide tips and tricks for achieving a consistent and balanced design, as well as strategies for adapting motifs to fit your unique style. Whether you’re new to improv quilting or a seasoned pro, you’ll walk away from this workshop with new skills and inspiration for your next quilt project.

Friday, August 25th, 2023


12pm – 2:30pm ET*

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before class

$60 for the individual class, $350 for the series

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.


  • Fabrics- scraps are great! and any kind of fabrics can work, but cotton wovens are the easiest for beginners (like a men’s dress shirt is often the perfect weight)
  • Sewing kit- needle, thread, scissors
  • Needle (any kind will do, Zak likes milliners needles)
  • Thread (any kind will do, Zak works with cotton or silk)
  • Scissors
  • Iron (optional)
  • Rotary cutter (optional)

Need materials? Purchase a Tatter-curated materials kit!

This class is part of the Hand-Sewn Quilting Series.

Perfect for the beginner and the seasoned quilter alike (and perfect if you’ve already joined our Hand-Sewn Quilting Primer Series), the Hand-Sewn Quilting Series II takes students on a journey of different forms of hand-sewn quilt construction, from Korean Yeouijumunbo to English Paper Piecing. Rooted in the diverse history of quilting and taught by contemporary textile artists, this series combines enduring quilting techniques with new voices and approaches. 

Beginners will come away with a newfound confidence in their quilting ability and a deeper understanding of the medium. More experienced makers will expand their textile horizons, as well as gaining new skills to use on personal projects. Experiencing the series as a whole is sure to provide a comprehensive foundation and will get you well on your way in a joyful practice of hand-sewn quilting.

The projects from each class can be combined into a sampler commemorating your textile journey or can be displayed individually as pillows or patches applied onto another textile. 

We hope you will join us for all seven of our quilting classes to experience new ways of quilting and broaden your knowledge of textile history. You can sign up for the entire series, or choose your own adventure by selecting the classes you’re most interested in. 

Zak Foster

Raised in rural North Carolina and now living in Brooklyn, New York, Zak is a community-taught artist whose work draws on Southern textile traditions and repurposed fabrics. He practices an approach to design that is intuitive and improvisational. He is especially drawn to preserving the stories of quilts and specializes in memory quilts and burial quilts. His work has been featured in on the red carpet of the Met Gala, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as various magazines, websites, and galleries. His QUILTY NOOK community connects and inspires quilters and makers all over the world.

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