Two colorful mandalas by Ms. Kramer

Mandalas for Quilting, Wearables and Fiber Art

Date: June 26-June 30, 2017
Medium: Fiber Arts
Instructor: Linda Kramer
Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn the art, design, and construction of beautiful fabric kaleidoscopic mandalas. To create these simple, yet complex-looking mandalas, you will learn a simplified process of creating the mandalas without protractors, compasses, or curved piecing. Don't be intimidated by the complex-looking designs. Once you learn this simplified technique, you'll realize how easy it is to make your own beautiful kaleidoscopic mandalas. This technique can apply to other types of sewing and quilting. You don’t need to be a quilter to enjoy and be successful in this class. You just need to know how to accurately sew a 1/4” seam on your sewing machine, and to cut templates and fabric with precision.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

  • Sewing machine, in good working order and basic sewing supplies, including neutral colored thread for piecing, and thin straight pins (extra fine from Clover work very well)
  • A 1/4” foot for your sewing machine, or you need to know how to accurately sew a 1/4” seam on your sewing machine
  • Fabric cutting scissors
  • Rotary cutters: a 28 mm and a 45 mm cutter
  • Scissors for cutting template plastic and, if you have one, an extra 45 mm rotary cutter with a used blade for cutting template plastic. If you don't have an extra cutter, there is no need to buy one. Just bring a used blade and switch it out with your 45 mm fabric cutter blade.
  • Rotary cutting mat: 18" x 24" or 24” x 36”
  • Rotary cutting rulers: the best size rulers for this method are: 2 1/2” x 6”, 1 1/2” x 12 1/2”, 6 1/2 “ x 12”, and 8 1/2” x 24 1/2”. If you don’t have the exact sizes listed here, just bring rulers that are close in size. The most helpful size is the 2 1/2” x 6” - Creative Grids makes this size. Check your local quilt/fabric shop and on the internet.
  • Quilter's template sheets: At least 8 sheets of see-through plastic template material with 1/8” grid (1/4” grid will not work!) Instructor prefers Visi-GRID Quilter's template sheets (available at,, and other online sources). However, there are other, less expensive brands out there from EZ Quilting and Wrights. Do not purchase rolled plastic template material – it will never lay flat enough for our purpose.
  • A tablet of 8 1/2’ x 11” or larger 1/8” gridded (graph) paper. Gridded paper that is a 1/4” grid will not work!
  • A clear plastic ruler, at least 12” long with 1/8” measures
  • Extra fine point permanent black markers (2): Pilot Extra Fine Point Permanent, Sharpie Extra Fine Permanent, or Faber-Castell MultiMark Pen.
  • A .05 mm mechanical pencil, extra lead, and a good eraser
  • A roll of blue painters tape. Look for the lightest blue tape you can find.
  • Fabric: To make these kaleidoscopic mandalas, bilaterally symmetrical fabric is needed. See the Fabric Tutorial for information on how to identify appropriate fabrics.
    • Your fabric needs to have at least 8 identical repeats of the primary bilaterally symmetrical image, 10-16 if you think you might make mistakes in cutting. If you are using mirrored images, you need 8 right and 8 left.
    • Depending on the repeats in the fabric you pick, you’ll need 1-3 continuous yards of at least 6 different colorful fabrics. Those that have dark backgrounds work the best. Don’t try to work in a color scheme, just pick colors that you like. You also need 2-3 yards of background and border fabrics. Dark fabrics work best for this purpose.
    • Flannel or batting (white) to use as a design wall: 1 1/2 - 2 yards

Helpful items

  • Rotating cutting mat, 12” - 14” square or round
  • Small desk or craft lamp, such as a flexible lamp, folding lamp, etc.
  • Personal-size ironing surface and small iron for ironing at your table
  • Kaleidoscope mirror: If you have a Marti Michell folding mirror, bring it. Instructor has two sizes and will bring both to share with all.
  • Kaleidoscope ruler: If you have a Marti Michell kaleidoscope ruler, bring it. Instructor will show you how to use it to “square up” your wedges. Instructor will bring her kaleidoscope ruler for all to share.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $20-35*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Linda Kramer loves color and geometrics! Her quilts often contain geometric images and are saturated with bold color, as are her hand-dyed fabrics and garments. She enjoys taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, especially in her quilts, which have been included in regional, national, and international juried shows and invitational exhibits. Linda has a BS in Art Education, and a MA in Art, both from Miami University. To learn more about Linda and see her work, go to her website,