Boro-Inspired Quilt

Create a beautiful design inspired by the make-do-and-mend look of Japanese Boro cloth

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Make a quilt that tells your story, with fabric and stitches

Join me for my newest online class and get ready to approach quilt making in a whole new way!

The term Boro translates roughly to "tattered cloth" or "rags". Cloth that has been mended over and over again to keep it strong and usable for many years.

It is such a pure example of make-do-and-mend.

Inspired by these beautiful cloths, you will learn my design techniques to make your own improvisational quilt in the style of Japanese Boro.

Is this class for you?

  • Have you made a quilt before?
  • Do you enjoy the look and process of improvisational quilting?
  • Have a working sewing machine?
  • Have some experience in hand sewing and simple hand embroidery?
  • Interested in having a more portable quilt project, instead of being stuck at your sewing machine?
  • Want to learn to make more personal fabric and color design decisions, instead following a pattern word for word?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this class is for you!

This is a very improv style of quilting. Watch my methods and lessons, go through the exercises, and then make your own color and fabric decisions based on what you discover. I demonstrate how to narrow your fabric and color choices to make good design sense, but you'll take it from there and personalize your project.

How is the class structured?

We'll start class with a virtual trunk show, looking at examples of my own Boro-inspired pieces while talking through my color and design choices.

Next, we'll talk through how to create your own color palette, and pick a range of different fabrics that work within it. Follow along as I decide what details to put where and why on my demo quilt.

And after that? We'll audition different threads and fabrics, and get you set up to add hand stitching and fabric patches across the surface of the quilt top. (My favorite part, because your project suddenly becomes completely portable!) It will become the perfect project to keep beside the your favorite chair, at the ready for stitching on during a weekend movie marathon. Or to grab as you go out the door to have coffee with a friend.

Video lessons will help to spark ideas for adding accents and surface texture to your quilt top using layers of fabric patches and embroidery stitches.

To finish your piece, I will share how to sandwich the quilt layers, how to mark and hand quilt your layers together, and binding.

Enjoy your finished quilt as a wallhanging, on a bed, or pillow.

What is included?

  • Forever access to 16 video lessons you can watch over and over again (you can even slow them down or speed them up when you need to)
  • A complete supply list with links, including video demons of my favorite tools with helpful tips on using them
  • My techniques to create your ideal color palette
  • Demos on creating a quilt top that will be the canvas for your hand stitching and special patches
  • Guidance on adding patches, accents, and surface texture to your quilt top
  • Demonstrations and inspiration for hand stitches, both free form and sashiko-inspired grid stitches
  • Direct help from me if you have questions or issues

Your Instructor

Blair Stocker
Blair Stocker

Blair is a quilter, tool designer, and the author of 2 books. Her most recent book, Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics info Meaningful Patchwork, guides the reader through quilt making using up cycled fabrics and special collections of textiles. She invented the Ruby Ruler®️ and the Ruby Minder™ back in 2017 to help quilters design beautiful quilts using their scraps by understanding how to understand and use color value. She lives in an adobe house outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can find her online at

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
My quilt guild would like to take this course together. How do we do that?
That's awesome! I offer group discounts for purchasing the class for a group. Email me at [email protected] for details.
Is Blair available to answer questions while I am taking the course?
Yes! Leave your questions in the relevant lesson, as a comment in the comment section. I will answer within 24 hours, usually less.
Are there kits available?
No kits are available for this class, but there are lots of supplies that I mention throughout the class. Links are provided to them in my shop and on my amazon page when available.
What do I need to be to access the lessons?
Once you purchase a spot in the class, you simply need a valid email address and a stable wi-fi connection, and you're good to go!

The beauty and inspiration of Japanese Boro cloth can spark so much design inspiration, and is a beautiful technique to add to your quilting practice.

I can't wait to see what you make in class!

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