This is an intermediate (or confident, adventurous beginner) level workshop. It helps to have some experience with foundation paper piecing but it's not necessary for your success.

Pricing options

Choose the option that works best for you. Both options will give you full access to the class upon purchase. Once purchased, you may go through the class as many times as you like at your own pace.

Course curriculum

    1. Improv Quilting

    2. Where it Started: The Pickle Self Portrait

    3. How to Make a Photo with the Gradients

    4. What Picture is Best to Use

    5. Does It Have to be a Self Portrait?

    1. Color Families and Gradients

    2. Choosing Your Fabric

    3. How Much Fabric Do You Need

    1. Printing

    2. Marking the Grid Lines

    1. First Fabric Cuts

    2. Filling in the Base Layer

    1. One Block at a Time

    2. Improv-ing Blocks

    3. Complicated Piecing

    4. Solid Block Gradient Stops

    5. Movement and Direction

    6. Background Options

    1. Piecing

    2. Basting

    3. Quilting

    4. Hanging Pockets

    5. Binding

    6. Labeling

About this course

  • $60.00
  • 25 lessons


  • How long will I be able to access the course after purchase?

    Once purchased, you will have access to the class for as long as it exists! You may go through as many times as you like at the pace that works for you.

  • I'm a beginner quilter. Will I be able to take this class?

    I like to welcome quilters of all skill levels. I go into lots of detail in this class, with step by step instructions that break everything down. However, this is a more technically challenging class, so I recommend it for intermediate level quilters (or confident, adventurous beginners).

  • Is this class refundable?

    As all of the content is available at the time of purchase, I do not offer refunds.

Allie McCathren


Allie is an artist with a degree in marine biology. She lives in Houston, Texas with her three sons. Allie loves to experiment with fabric, and often times biology and science find their way into her work, whether or not she intends it.