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lyric kinard

Lyric is an award winning Artist, Author, and Educator who is convinced that everyone has a creative spark that can be fanned into a burning flame with the right tools and encouragement. You can see Lyric's work at

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About this course

Learn the secrets of making quilted portraits, from whimsical and cartoon-like silly selfie postcards to accurately proportioned quilted portraits. You will discover that it isn’t nearly as hard as you imagined. Learn to choose your photo, draft a pattern, and create a fusible appliqué quilted portrait.

In this online course you will have immediate and permanent access to all lessons as soon as you sign up. 

unlimited lifetime access

You will learn:

Placement and Proportions for making realistic shapes
What makes a good photo to work with
How to trace a photo to make a pattern for appliqué
How to use apps to speed the pattern making process (optional)
Tips for quilting human faces

A process of playful exploration

Hi Lyric!
I want to tell you how much I REALLY enjoyed the Playful Portraiture class!  You made it SIMPLE and FUN!  
You started at the beginning and broke down our blinders and self doubts, and EACH of us made a FANTASTIC portrait!  It’s great how you provided a few portrait pictures for your students to practice on so we aren’t ruining a treasured love one.  You covered every detail of making these portraits and I look so forward to doing one of my grandsons!  I also love how you went over some Apps used to help out in the process!  WOW!  These Apps make things much simpler and are user friendly, especially after your explanations!  I’m just so thrilled I took the day off to do something I’ve been wanting to learn!  I highly recommend taking this class!!!  What a GREAT FUN DAY!!!
Nina Clotfelter


For making silly postcards:

  • 5" x 7" postcard base: peltex, stabilizer, muslin, paper
  • Small pile of fabric or colored paper scraps
  • Glue stick
  • Very sharp, pointy, scissors
  • Optional tweezers for handling small pieces of fabric

For creating your own pattern by tracing:

  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Tracing paper
  • Photo (practice photo provided in lesson)
    • letter sized print
    • preferably black and white
    • the face filling the page
    • much more on this in the lesson so wait until then
  • Light table or LED Light Box Tracer

For creating a fat-quarter sized fusible appliqué portrait:

  • Pattern (11 x 17 practice pattern provided in lesson)
  • Baking Parchment 
  • More parchment or Silicone press sheet
  • Black sharpie
  • Opaque silver sharpie, or light table and white pencil
  • 1/2 yard Fusible Web (Wonder-Under, Misty-Fuse, Steam-a-Seam)
  • Scraps of solid white and black fabric
  • Iron
  • Scissors (still loving Karen Kay Buckley's 6-Inch Perfect Scissors)
  • Fat-Quarter of fabric for "skin" (be wild and creative!)
  • Scraps that are a little darker than your skin fabric
  • Various other scraps that might work for hair and shadows and eyes
  • Fabric for background (can be chosen after face is formed)

For using a smart phone and tablet to take photos and create patterns:

You don't NEED devices to create your patterns but I find they can speed the process if you are comfortable with using technology. This class will not cover how to turn your device on and charge it and take a picture, so it is best if you are comfortable using a tablet or camera first. That said, it really isn't hard and the lessons here include step by step instructions and videos.

  • Smart phone with camera
    • Download Snapseed app (free)
    • Download the Paper Camera app ($ - you can wait until you see what it does first)
    • Open the apps and give them the "permissions" it needs to access your photos.
  • Tablet
    • A stylus or smart pencil is very helpful
    • Download the Adobe Draw app (free)
      • You will need to create an account and register with Adobe
      • It's worth it
      • Open the app and give it the "permissions" it needs to access your photos.
      • Turn it on and mess around with it - you can't hurt anything!
    • The ability to send your finished photo to your computer or a printer


Q: Will you include links to suppliers?
A: Absolutely yes! If you are an international (outside of the US) student and have bead supplier links to share, please do!

Q: What are the lessons like?
A: Each lesson includes several short videos as well as written instructions, supply lists, and occasional illustrations.

Q: I'm half-way across the world in a different time zone. Will I miss half of what is going on?
A: Not at all. The beauty of online classes is that you can come to them at your convenience. There is no "live" element to this class that you will miss.

Q: How much interaction is there from the teacher?
A: If you can't find the answer to your question in the comment section post your query.  Lyric will answer within a few days. Lyric will also comment on all student work posted in lessons.

Q: Can I interact with other students?
A: Of course. Each lesson has a comment section where students can ask questions and talk to each other. The more you comment, the better!

Q: Is the content downloadable?
A: No, but you can access the content anytime and anywhere you have wifi or a data connection.

Q: What do I need to know about using a computer?
A: You'll need to be able to save the URL and password for the Ruzuku site. That's about it! You can also log in from the "online student login" link at