Expressing Yourself: One Piece at a Time
Explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. We will discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly, trusting your instincts. I will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.
• 100% cotton fabric, preferably solids LIGHT/MED/DARK VALUES FOR EACH COLOR (details below)
• At least one yard each of various neutral colors. (see below)
• Sewing machine (with knee-lift if you have one)
• Needles (I like SCHMETZ Microtex Sharps 70/10)
• Neutral thread for piecing (I suggest very light gray)
• Seam ripper, scissors and thread snippers
• Rotary cutter (with extra blade)
• Ruler (optional)
• Cutting Mat (at least 24” for cutting width of fabric)
• Table top lamp (optional)
• Multi-plug extension cord with surge protection and a 3 prong adapter if needed for classroom outlets.
• Iron and tabletop iron pad (travel size is good)
• Small spray bottle (This is for water and a fine mist is best. You can find this at most art supply stores)
• Sketchbook (for note taking, drawing etc.)
• Regular pencil
• White pencil
• White flannel for your design wall
You will be using solid colored fabric in this workshop. I know many people may not have this in their stash. You may purchase fat quarter packs to give you more variety without having to buy a lot of fabric. Also, you may choose your palette in advance and purchase multiple values in each color you use. For example, If you like blue, make sure you bring a very dark blue value, a very light, and a few shades in between if possible. (*See example below)
Neutral fabric is very important in this workshop. I suggest bringing grays and taupes (warm and cool), but keep them on the light side. Bring black or brown (at least a half yard of each). For example, if you want to use earth tones, you might want very dark brown or black, if you are using cooler colors, a charcoal/black would be nice. The main thing is to have options.
Please feel free to email with any questions regarding fabric or anything else for the workshop. I am more than happy to review your fabric choices and provide feedback in advance! firstname.lastname@example.org