Quilting has long been a method for storytelling, resistance, and community building. Join multidisciplinary artist William Daniels as we explore contemporary issues through quilting. Daniels quilts feature traditional quilt blocking and paper piecing techniques as well as nontraditional components. Throughout this three-part series, participants will plan, sketch, and develop their own quilting blocks, receiving demonstration and feedback from Daniels himself.  

The program will conclude with a “Quilt Selfie,” which will allow participants to connect their quilt blocks in a single collaborative piece. Quilters, hobbyists, and first timers all welcome!  

This is a three-part virtual program that will take place from 4:00–5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, Tuesday, June 15, and Tuesday, June 22.

Guest Designer

William Daniels is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in textiles. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Daniels lives, works, and creates art in New York City. He is a 4th year PhD student pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in Art Theory, Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Deriving inspiration from urban art, he confronts contemporary issues and experiments with modern archetypes with historical, societal, or spiritual topics.  


Learn more about William Daniels’ design process with this Learning Lab.

Suggested Materials: 

  • Paper 
  • Fabric Glue 
  • Needle & Thread 
  • Fabric Scraps 


Take your design skills to the next level with help from renowned artists and designers. During the three-session program, dive into a designers’ practice, get to know fellow makers, brainstorm new ideas, and receive feedback on your designs.  

The Studio Series program aims to foster meaningful dialogue between emerging and established designers, breaking down barriers to access through free, virtual programming. 

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+.


This free program will feature breakout rooms and will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering. 

Studio Series is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.