This course will guide you through the process of Material Matrix, and making this image, called "Wake Up Cup". With one exception you will most likely have all the supplies you'll need already in your sewing room (see list below). In addition to the "nuts and bolts" of learning how to do it, I will also discuss: 

  • color and value
  • picking fabrics 
  • how to finish your piece and quilting
  • what makes a good photo for Material Matrix
  • how to grid and prepare your own photo for making a Matrix quilt
  • tips that I've learned along the way, including "Show and Tell" of my Matrix quilts, and student work, too
  • my favorite tools
  • a bonus feature: how to do a matching binding

Student Ellen with her finished "Wake Up Cup", all smiles!

1. Introduction
2. Supplies
3. The Essence of Material Matrix
4. More Complex Piecing
5. Finishing Techniques
BONUS: How to Make a Matched Binding
6. Going Forward....Grids and Photos
7. Resources and Favorite Tools
8. "Show and Tell" of my Matrix quilts
9. Examples of Student Matrix quilts
10. F.A.Q.


  • Sewing machine in good working order, with a 1/4" foot
  • Rotary cutter and mat (a sharp blade is optimum)
  • Quilter's ruler, I recommend 2-1/2" by 6-1/2", or 2-1/2" by 12-1/2"
  • The gridded photo of the cup, supplied in this course
  • A neutral thread (50 weight is perfect, and a medium grey works well)
  • Sewing kit with the usual tools: scissors, seam ripper, etc.
  • Pens, chalk or pencils for marking light AND dark fabrics
  • A surface to arrange squares on, approx. 16" by 20" (cardboard is fine)
  • For finishing, a piece of batting and a back, approx. 20" by 24"
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • "Frame" (a video is provided to show you how to make it. You will need: illustration board, a ruler, pencil and Exacto knife)
  • Best Press (optional)
  • Sticky notes, 3" by 3" are best (ie: Post-Its)
  • Fabric: small amounts, but a good variety of prints, solids, and batiks (whatever is your favorite) in purples, greys, green, and white, and smaller amounts of brown and black. Scraps, fat quarters, fat eighths, it's all good!


A fun collection of student cups                                               

Posing here with ladies from a Matrix "cup" class, proud of their accomplishments!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice! You'll be able to repeat viewing the videos which will be helpful.

I haven't been quilting very long......can I handle this course?

I have found teaching this technique over 8 years that even beginners can learn and gain knowledge. I have had teenagers fairly new to quilting in my classes, and experienced folks 80 years old. I will say, if you love piecing you will be right at home! There's a lot of piecing involved and I give good instructions. If you don't like piecing, you'd be better off with another technique, such as fusing. No fusing here.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Since the entire course is available at the time of purchase the course is not refundable.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

On the longarm working on a Matrix quilt.

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