Classes with Linda Seward

Classes with Linda Seward

Linda Seward is an experienced quilter, writer, lecturer, and quilt judge.

Linda's been doing needlework ever since she learned to hold a needle. She was taught to embroider by her mother and to knit and crochet by her grandmother. She began to sew her own clothes at the age of 10, but didn't begin making quilts until she was in her 20s.

Linda attended Livingston College (Rutgers University) where she earned an Anthropology Degree, then switched to Douglas College where she received a Home Economics degree in clothing, textiles, and design. She studied fashion in New York City at Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers before working as a needlework and crafts editor in both America and England. She taught herself the basics of quilting while working as an editor for McCall's Needlework & Crafts Magazine in New York City. After that, although she edited dozens of books on all types of needlework and crafts for Dover Publications in New York, Linda always felt that she would rather be quilting.

Linda has written twelve books about her favourite subject, quilting, including The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué which has been used as a source book for the British City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting course and has sold over a quarter of a million copies in several languages. Linda's latest book, entitled The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, is published by Sixth&Spring, New York. She has also published books on puppies, babies, crochet, knitting, and general crafts (under her maiden name, Linda Macho).

Linda has appeared on television and radio shows, and has judged numerous quilt shows around the world. She had a regular column in The Quilter magazine for 20 years, and works now as a freelance writer and photographer as well as being a quilter, of course!

Linda found a new obsession in lockdown during her daily walks: nature photography. According to Linda, “I realised that I didn’t know much about the natural world and resolved to teach myself as much as I could through photography and research. This lockdown project turned into a new obsession as I continue to learn about all aspects of nature from plants, lichens insects, birds and animals to fungi and even slime moulds.”

Linda lives in London and Oxfordshire with her husband and two Border Terriers.

Watch our special interview with Linda where you get to see some of her work and wander round her workspace, which used to be the kitchen!

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Classes with Linda Seward
  • Is Quilting Art ?

    Is quilting art?

    Does a quilt become art when you take it from the bed and put it up on the wall?

    Is quilting not perceived as art because it is seen as women’s work. A functional textile piece, which is not as significant as paint on canvas?

    And is it fair that women should be paid 10% ...

  • Interview with Linda Seward, Quilting Expert and Author

    In this interview, Linda Seward (Quilting Expert, Author, Lecturer, and Quilt Judge) shares how she got into the world of quilting and her most recent obsession with the natural world - - which has resulted in some gorgeous new fungi inspired quilts!
    Most of us know of Linda as the author of twe...

  • The Makers Studio with Jenny Haynes, Quilter and Teacher

    In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet quilter and teacher - - Jenny Haynes - - who demonstrates how to sew no pin curves to create gorgeous, precise, curvy designs.
    You’ll learn Jenny’s innovative piecing technique which uses straight line quilting and turning the fabric.
    You’ll see how...

  • The Makers Studio with Lucy Engels, Artist and Quilter

    In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet quilter and artist - - Lucy Engels - - who inspires us with a colourful modern quilt design using a foundation paper piecing technique that she calls, “controlled improv.”
    You’ll learn how to map out your own template on freezer paper. Press fabric i...

  • Confetti Applique Workshop with Linda Seward

    Well this little tree was made by Linda in real time to camera, so you will see just how quick it is and how delightful too. We are sure you will be inspired to make trees for all seasons as they are really fun to make.
    Linda shows you how to create the confetti from scraps of fabric, but you mig...

  • How to Use Invisible Thread with Linda Seward

    This little tip has been taken from a longer workshop with Linda Seward on how to make soft sculptures for your projects. If you would like to enjoy the longer workshop – just click here.
    Not only is Linda an accomplished textile artist and quilter, but also an author. You can learn more about he...

  • Framed Landscapes with Linda Seward

    Like many of us, Linda loves to take pictures on holiday or out walking her dog. In this little interview she shares how she turns these pictures into lovely framed landscapes to adorn her walls.
    She does need the help of her regular inkjet computer printer, freezer paper and some other stuff. Sh...

  • Meet Linda Seward and the Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting

    When information meets inspiration: this book will more than earn it’s place on your bookshelf for years to come. Great for both beginners and those with some textile expertize.
    Linda shares with us some of the content of her latest book, which took several years in the making, but you can’t help...

  • Meet Linda Seward - Textile Author and Quilter

    This is a delightful interview with Linda who is a well known quilt artist and author of several books, the latest of which is The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting. She is also a member of the Contemporary Quilt Group.
    Here are some of the items that we get to see:
    Acid Etching in a workshop with K...

  • London Quilters Patchwork Show 2014

    Linda Seward shows us round exhibition by the London Quilters. It was an exhibition of work showcasing the diverse approaches of the groups’ many members in 2014 year.
    At that time the group was consist of 80-90 members and you will see just how varied and talented they are as a group.
    The quilts...

  • Mini Beads Workshop with Linda Seward

    While in the process of working her way through a wide variety of workshop techniques for her book, the Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, Linda found herself with a less than perfect drawing – what to do?  Maybe this would be an embellishment opportunity? Well, that is indeed what she managed to do...

  • Soft Sculpture Faces with Linda Seward

    Linda loves to add this detail to her quilts in a subtle way, so that the viewer gets a gentle surprise when they find it.
    She talks us through how to make the face, using the grain of the fabric to great effect, thread possibilities and how to make a knot in the end of invisible thread – somethi...

  • Remembering WWI with the London Quilters

    Linda Seward plays host in our short wander through this exhibition which was on display at the Swiss Cottage Library, for the public to admire.
    The contributions are varied and many have a personal story too behind the inspiration.
    For more information on the London Quilters click here.