Workshop 1: Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing
Date: Friday, April 15th, 10 am to 4:30 pm (30 min. for lunch)
Location: RPCC, Room 6
Cost: $85 members, $95 non members
Details: Students will need to purchase the pattern separately from Heather for $10.
Description: Looking for a project to showcase your favorite prints? This is it. In this workshop, you'll use Heather's Marrakech quilt to learn the technique of creating "stitch and flip" components to build large scale sections of the pattern that are the perfect place to focus on large prints. You will also learn how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and pattern pieces, in addition to tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner. A discuss of the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements, and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt will also be included. Note: This project works beautifully with solid fabrics as well as prints.
Students will learn: how to increase the scale of quilt blocks using graph paper and simple math, how to manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and cutting and construction methods for working in this manner.
Supplies: Fabric 1: 1/2 yd (navy floral)Fabric 2: 1/4 yd (coral floral)Fabric 3: 1 yd (lavender floral)Fabric 4: 1 yd (aqua print)Fabric 5: 3/4 yd (blue geometric)Fabric 6: 1/2 yd (blue floral)Fabric 7: 5 yds (for background and borders)sewing machine, coordinating thread, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24" quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent markerTo finish the quilt (outside of class): 5 yds of backing fabric, 5/8 yd of binding fabric, full sized batting
Workshop 2: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters
Date: Saturday, April 16th, 10 am to 4:30 pm (30 min. for lunch)
Details: Students will need to purchase Heather's book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and there will also be a $5 fee (paid to Heather at the workshop) for a supplemental pattern. The guild will provide information closer to the meeting date if the book will be available for sell at the meeting.
Description: In this workshop, learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you'd like. Using Heather's West Chester pattern from her book, "Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday," and the supplemental letters only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals. We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.
Students will learn: how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing, to create precisely pieces strips, and how to work with negative space as a design element.
Supplies: Fabric for letters: 1 yd (solid, print, or a combination of the two)Fabric for the background: 2 yds (solid)sewing machine, coordinating thread, pins, basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter, cutting mat, 6" x 24" quilting ruler, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, and permanent markerNote: More of both fabrics may be needed to finish the quilt after class.