Screen Print Quilting

Teaching my first college class this Spring semester had its ups and downs, but the students always had a sense of humor and made the experience really great. I wanted to have an exchange as the final project to teach them about one of the cruxes of the printmaking world. Instead of a typical exchange on paper that is housed in a box or envelope, the students wanted something they could actually use. So, they decided to make a quilt. Each student printed 9 of their own image and then everybody swapped around to end up with different prints to assemble into a quilt.

Some of the students had never sewn before so when it came down to actually assembling the quilts, they realized the pickle they had gotten themselves into. They traveled to Martins Ferry to use the sewing machines graciously donated to us.

Everyone arranged their own layout and then got to work pinning and stitching. We were a bit cramped, but worked together seamlessly (pun partially intended).

The upstairs was whirring with sewing machines and a sizzling iron.

After finishing the top layer, we pinned it to the batting and the backing (so many pins!) in order to start the quilting process.

Once the binding was attached, the quilts were finished! Now there’s one hanging in the art school hallway for all to admire.


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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3 Responses to Screen Print Quilting

  1. Tina says:

    Beautiful! What a great idea! I especially love the map piece with WV as a fropn and the surrounding states! Stunning work!

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