Intentional Piecing

Trying to figure out how to cut and piece the cool design you have in mind?

You know it can be done but don’t know how. You don’t want to use applique but you aren’t sure how to translate the composition into something that will capture the expression you have in mind.

You don’t want to create a pattern (ugh – how very slow and tedious) but instead want your creativity to shine and to use techniques that are fun and will inspire you.

I can help. I call it intentional piecing.

Are you ready to experience the creativity that is possible when you hide your ruler and forget the rules?

Now enrolling for an interactive session running January 30 – March 18, 2017.

Course Description

If you can draw it.* You can piece it.

In my one and only quilt-making technique online workshop, you will learn how to make original fabric compositions using a method I describe as intentional piecing.

Using your rotary cutter – (no rulers allowed!) – you will learn how to take most any design and translate it into a pieced textile composition.

The focus of this workshop will be on techniques where each piece of the composition is cut individually with intention. In other words, we won’t be doing any strip piecing.

This is a technique class. We will discuss design and color but the focus is on construction techniques. My later workshops go into design elements and principles in more detail.

My Intention and Qualifications.

As with all of my workshops, my biggest intention is to provide my students the confidence and tools so they can move their art forward by leaps and bounds.

Level – beginner to intermediate.


* designs with a lot of sharp curves can be pieced but they require a LOT of patience. This is not a method for those looking for a fast method of making curves.


This class was a break through for me. Lisa’s voice as a teacher and coach is helping me find my voice as an artist. Before the class, I wasn’t even able to whisper the word “artist” to describe myself. I was passive about making art. Looking at what others were doing and thinking about what I might do. But this class pushed me.

I started working hard at my assignments. I accepted my mistakes and my “not-so- perfect” pieces as part of the learning process. So when I totally bombed assignment #2, I didn’t freak out. I realized in order to move forward I had to stop comparing my work to others and start looking at what I was creating and how I could do it better. The weekly critiques have helped me step forward.

I know I will continue to refer to the material from this class; it is rich in knowledge and training…and I know I will hear Lisa’s coaching voice as I create new pieces.

Thanks Lisa for meeting me right where I am (as an artist) and showing me how to improve, motivating me to work hard and inspiring me to keep going.

~Tracy Warsen

Prerequisites – Quiltmaking

  • Ability to sew a 1/4 inch seam.
  • Knowledge of your sewing machine. I am unable to provide support in this area.
  • A readiness to learn, work hard and laugh.
  • Some experience piecing traditional quilts is a plus but not required.


Prerequisites – Computer Skills

  • Ability to take clear, in focus photos of your artwork with a digital camera.
  • Ability to edit a word document, embed images and email the document.
  • You must have a facebook profile to participate in this workshop.

What are Students Saying about Intentional Piecing?

Visit my alumni directory for images of former students’ artwork and read more of their thoughts about the workshop.


“If you can draw it, you can piece it,” is how Lisa Call introduces her class, Intentional Piecing. I was skeptical that this observation would do me any good because I Can’t Draw. And therefore anything I might piece from one of my “drawings” would be awful.

Lisa illustrated her observation in the first two weeks of the course by asking us to draw/sketch a traditional quilt block, like a churn dash or a pinwheel. Well, of course I could sketch a quilt block, even though I Can’t Draw. She then demonstrated intentional piecing techniques to turn a simple sketch of a block into an original composition of completed blocks using free hand cutting and wonky seam lines. I sketched it; I pieced it; and I liked it. Amazing!

The remainder of the course proceeded in a similar fashion with Lisa setting simple composition goals that could be sketched, demonstrating intentional piecing techniques to use in creating the compositions, and offering generous and constructive feedback.

I loved this course! It greatly expanded my skill set for piecing. And it gave me the confidence to realize that I Can Draw in the service of creating interesting, original compositions.”

~Lee Sproull, Northampton, Massachusetts

Online Course Logistics

  • Course material will be provided via recorded lectures, which students can watch to at their convenience.
  • Additional written course material will be emailed Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • There will be 6 assignments.
  • I will review student assignments once a week during live web-conferences (see below for specific dates and times).
  • Reviews will be recorded for those that can not attend live.
  • A portion of the review will be reserved for questions and answers.
  • Additional class discussion and questions will be held each week on the website.


Supply List

  • A minimum of 30 different colors of solid 100% cotton fabric, 1/4 to 1 yard cuts, fat quarters are acceptable. Solid hand dyed fabric is acceptable as are prints that read as solids. High quality fabric is best as it behaves better when piecing. At least 6 of these must be dark values and at least 6 must be light values, a wide range of values is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 different neutral colors (browns and grays) of solid 100% cotton fabric, 1/4 to 1 yard cuts, in a variety of values (dark to light).
  • 1 yard white 100% cotton fabric.
  • 1 yard black 100% cotton fabric.
  • Thread for piecing
  • Scissors, Seam Ripper, Pins and any other small notions you normally use when sewing.
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • No rulers allowed!
  • Sewing Machine with needles, bobbins, bobbin case, feet for piecing a 1/4 inch seam.
  • Design wall
  • Iron and ironing board.
  • Digital camera to photograph your work.

It has been an absolutely amazing six weeks of learning how to cut and piece without a ruler, a technique that Lisa Call describes as ‘intentional piecing.’ The course material is presented in a logical, progressive manner that eventually leads up to the grand finale of creating your very own design and executing it in fabric. What I appreciated most was the frequent opportunities to interact with the instructor and other participants via conference calls, emails and on the course website.

I knew right away that I was in the right course for me when I read that one of the goals was “Getting loose and free and having fun!” The assignments were challenging, but Lisa provided much encouragement – she was SUPER supportive! The self-evaluation aspect of the weekly assignments was very beneficial in terms of personal awareness and understanding. The self-evaluation was then followed by Lisa’s critique which meant I gained a much clearer understanding of design elements and principles. After much struggling with value, I now have a much clearer understanding of value.

The resources recommended by Lisa were extremely helpful. I especially enjoyed reading “Art & fear” – an amazing little book very much worth reading. The opportunity to interact online with the other participants in the class was a source of inspiration and encouragement.

At the end of the six weeks, I feel confident in my newfound skills and look forward to creating ‘beautiful lines!’

~Diane Hogan

Current Schedule

Now enrolling!

Invest in yourself and your art by registering today.

Workshop running from January 30 – March 18, 2017
Live Assignment Review Group Calls:

Tuesdays:   February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 at at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, 4pm Mountain, 3pm Pacific.

If you are unable to attend the live call, a recording will be available on the class website. It is not required you be available at these times to participate in class.

The investment for 7 weeks of instruction is $475 USD.

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