on-line class!!!


If you’ve looked with secret longing at the world of Abstract Art but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you.  Lessons consist of  concrete design exercises that are clear and easily understood as well as ample encouragement from an award winning teacher. You don’t need to have drawing or design skills as this course is designed to inspire and teach  both the timid beginner and the confident creative. Lyric’s easily followed  instructions  lead you to create  your own unique and original abstract compositions.

Lesson 1 will open on February 15
$45.00 for 6 lessons



This course includes space for you to share your pictures and get feedback from your classmates. The more you contribute, the livelier class will be.  Lyric will pop in twice a week to give feedback on each picture posted. This platform provides a safe space for a lively and sharing creative community to explore without judgement and competition.

Each week you’ll receive an email with a link to a new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you’ll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from. There are short videos to show how Lyric works each exercise and to explain the gist of things.

Just like in a live classroom, you’ll be able to see your fellow students work and discuss how things are going. You’ll get encouragement and instruction from Lyric on all the work you post.

Supplies consist of things you already have at hand so you won’t be time or money shopping for things you might not use again. The most important supply is an adventurous willingness to explore, grow, and play as you learn to see and create within the framework of abstract design. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had. Won’t you join us?

Lesson 1 will open on February 15




Q: Do I need to know how to draw?
A: NO! We will use pen and paper but Lyric will show you exactly what to do.

Q: Do you require special supplies?
A: If you own a sketchbook, use it. If not, plain paper is great! Us whatever your favorite medium is to create your studies. Acrylic on board? Great! Cloth and thread? Wonderful! Collage paper and glue? Fabulous!

Q: How much time will the class take?
A: I would love it if you spent one hour each week on the exercises. You can delve much more deeply and really get into them if you’d like, repeating and refining your skill and strengthening your eye as an artist.

Q: I’m half-way across the world in a different time zone. Will I miss half of what is going on?
A: Not at all. The beauty of online classes is that you can come to them at your convenience. There is no “live” element to this class that you will miss.

Q: I’m out of town during a week of the class, what will I miss?
A: Nothing. You can catch up when you get back. All lessons will be there the rest of the class and you can post your work at any time while it is open. The classroom is open two weeks past the last exercise (a total of 8 weeks) so there is a little wiggle room.

Q: How much interaction is there from the teacher?
A: Lyric will comment on each posted assignment during the weeks the class is open.

Q: Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the PDF lessons. I suggest you download them as they are released. The videos are not downloadable.

Q: What do I need to know about using a computer?
A: You’ll need to photograph or scan your assignments and save them as a jpeg. You can upload your pictures from your computer or devise to the online lesson. There is a video when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. Support@Ruzuku.com is very helpful and you can email them with any technical questions.

tutorial: satin stitched edges for art quilts

I have lots of little abstract tops floating around from my Abstract-A-Licious class and recently was able to layer and stitch a few of them up. They make great “to-go” embroidery projects when I’m at a meeting or waiting at one of my kids classes.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_00When I work small (under 18″ or so) I leave my back layer off as I do all of my stitching. Yes, that means top and batting only while I do my machine and hand stitching. Then I fuse a backing on to cover up all the mess and trim everything nice and straight …. if it’s the kind of piece that wants to be nice and straight.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_01

Next up is a very important little bit if you want to satin-stitch or even just zig-zag your edges as a finish. A little triangle of fusible craft stabilizer gets ironed to each corner. If you are a person who thinks ahead – you add this little triangle of craft stabilizer to the back of the quilt-let BEFORE you fuse the back on – so it hides between the layers. As you can see, I’m not a person who things ahead.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_02Next up – choose your thread color – it will become an integral part of the design. I thought red would tie this little piece together without overwhelming anything. You can always pull out and double (or quadruple) up the thread and and lay it out on your quilt before actually choosing which color to use. Audition it. See what works. Take a picture of each option and look at the thumbnails all together if you can’t choose.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_03

Now start in the middle of an edge. A few short straight stitches then a good wide zig-zag, although not your widest. I set the needle to just barely miss the right edge and head on down towards a corner.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_04When you get to the corner, stop the needle on the right, leaving it down. Carefully lift the presser foot and swing the quilt-let down without moving it away from the needle.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_05Now slowly make the next couple of zig-zags on top of the stitching that is already there. Carry on in the same manner all the way around. You can see in the photos here that I’m already on the second layer. My first layer of zig-zag seems to just hold the edges and everything together.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_06On the second go-round I shorten my stitch length to satin stitch closeness – but widen out my zig-zag so that it is just wider than my first go-round.kinard_satin_stitch_edge_tute_07When you have gone all the way around a second time, end with a couple of very short straight stitches and back stitch just one or two stitches. I cut my thread then flip over the piece and give a good hard yank on the back thread to pop the front thread through just a bit. I trim the thread right there at the fabric and it leaves no fuzzy little tail on the front.

And – there you go. Enjoy!

student work: once in a blue moon

Susan Brubaker Knap and I taught for three days at our Once in a Blue Moon retreat. Each student had a day and a half with one of us then switched. Susan taught photo realistic painting techniques and I taught abstract design principles. Opposite ends of the spectrum. These abstract designs might appear to be quite simple and perhaps they are. But each is completely unique, a new and hard-won idea. I think many of the students progressed far on their journey towards original design and abstract thought. Each worked hard to learn and understand the underlying principles of the visual language.

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Once In A Blue Moon

I love the mountains and stately old buildings nestled in their quiet spaces.OIABM1rMost students stayed in the lodge, rather than this place up the hill. It turned out to be perfect as they were just down the hall from their classrooms.

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I love autumn colors.leaf


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THANK YOU to all of the wonderful women who shared a few days with Susan Brubaker Knapp and I at last week’s Once In A Blue Moon retreat!

Tomorrow I’m going to show off student work from our Abstract-A-Licious workshop.

Winners: Reality Warps

I kind of cringe at that title. EVERYONE who entered was a winner to me, not jus the few who were chosen to appear on air. It takes courage to put yourself out into the public and take a chance. That said, I could only choose a few of the entered artworks to bring with me when I film for The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson later in the month. 

Gwyned Trefethen
Dancing Scissors

Jones Strike A Pose

Janice Jones
Strike A Pose

Jacobi Dalsors

Jacquelyn Jacobi

Hoagland Ran With Scissors

Renee Hoagland
Ran With Scissors

Fillon Scissors

Lisa Fillon

Boyd Empty Figs

Bill Boyd
Empty Figs

Pat Bishop Burrowing Owl

Pat Bishop
Burrowing Owl

Susan Armour Scissors

Susan Armour

These are the small works of art that I will share on air. Each of them showed a mature sense of composition and also represented a wide variety of outcomes that can occur when individual artistry is applied to a set instructions. You can see all the entries of the Reality Warps call for entry here.

teaching: abstract-a-licious at APWQ


Students at the APWQ Symposium in Tacoma, WA

I think this is my favorite class. Yes, I say that about almost all of the classes I teach but I really do think this one might have risen to the very top of the pile.

There is something incredibly rewarding about helping students find the tools and the structure so that they can use their own unique experiences, access their own creativity, and create their own original art!


These three original designs all began (I think) as a tracing of a pair of scissors.Abstract-A-Licious_Lyric_Kinard_12

The tops are small studies, not masterpieces.

They are thoughts and ideas and explorations.And they are beautiful!

Student Spotlight: abstract-a-licious

More work Abstract-A-Licious from my students at the Quintessential Quilt guild in Columbus, OH.
One of my favorite exercises for this class is called “the borrowers.”


We trace the main shapes in a well known work of art, abstracting the composition into something unique. 


It’s amazing how each student can end up with something completely different even though they started with the same work of art.

IMG_8373Yes, BOTH of these were driver from Klimt’s Tree of Life.

IMG_8387If I’m remembering right, this is an Utrillo painting. (Let me know if I’m wrong – it’s highly likely.)

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Student spotlight: Abstract-A-Licious

Original Abstract by Judy Krol

Original Abstract Study by Judy Krol

Last month I had the privilege of working with the Quintessential Quilters Guild in Columbus Ohio. Abstract-A-Licious is fast becoming one of my favorite classes as I watch students work through very simple exercises that lead to their own unique abstract designs.

original abstract - texture exercise by Michele Lea

original abstract – texture exercise by Michele Lea

It’s one of those classes where even absolute beginners are able to come up with very interesting and original designs. All my classes are like “kindergarden” where we are allowed to simply experiment and play. No worries about making a masterpiece here!


Looking at the world through a window – abstracting the environment into simple lines and shapes.

Many students have never tried to sketch before and that’s not what we do in this class. We simply see things with a pencil in our hand.


A more developed “looking through the window” thumbnail with texture and value added to the lines and shapes.

After we complete myriad small exercises we spend the afternoon creating an only slightly more refined “study” in cloth. We observe and analyze and learn to see where problems and possibilities lie in each design.


A study in textiles based on the original thumbnail.


Abstract-a-licious: Studio Class

by Deborah Young

by Deborah Young

Join me for a wonderful class here in my Cary, NC studio.


Wednesday March 13, 9:30 – 2:30
(5 hours, lunch provided)

Creating your own unique abstract design is much easier than you think! Each of these quilt tops were created in class by students just like you. Some of them had never created an original design before!

Cory Allender

Cory Allender

by Michele

by Michele

This hands-on studio class will be a unique opportunity to experience Lyric’s favorite design class in a small group setting with lots of individual attention.

Lyric will gently guide you through simple and concrete design exercises that will help  you create numerous ideas for an original abstract quilt.

by Yvonne

by Yvonne

After a delicious lunch Lyric will help you sort through your design ideas and choose one you love to turn into a small, fused, art-quilt top.

by Eileen Sherman

by Eileen Sherman

Really – YOU can do it! Designs will be doodled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had.

by June

by June

I’d love to see you there! Please visit THIS LINK on my website to view my other studio classes, and to Sign UP!  (click here to see a supply list, detailed description of the class, and more pictures in the student gallery.)

The International Quilt Festival: The Classes

I taught 5 classes in four days, gave one lecture and participated in the Mixed Media Sampler at the International Quilt Festival. It’s exhausting and exhilarating all at once.

Abstract-A-Licious at IQF 2012

Abstract-a-licious was a fabulous class! A whole room full of amazingly creative women who created their own original designs by the end of the day.

Houston 2012

Abstract-A-Licious in Houston 2012

Maggie Farmer in Houston

The packing and getting ready is almost impossible although I had enough time this go-round to ship my seven boxes of student supplies early. I took a week to get my two 50lb bags, and carry-on, and briefcase full of AV equipment well packed.

Surface Design Sampler Platter
Houston 2012

Surface Design Sampler Platter
Houston 2012

“Just Foiling Around” is a fun and funky class where we play with things most quilters haven’t had a chance to before. Lots of glitter and shine!

Just Foiling Around at IQF in Houston

Grace Tice in “Just Foiling Around”
IQF 2012

Just Foiling Around

Just Foiling Around

Tanya Boeke in Just Foiling Around

But once I get there with the students it is all worthwhile.

Creative Collaborative Collage

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