Workshops

 

Lines and Curves (All Levels, 2 days)

Students will combine thick and thin lines with curved pieces and assemble the quilt top in rows. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.

Quiet With a Pop (All Levels, 4-5 days)

Using predominately neutral, quiet colors as the background, students will create a focal point with bold color and extend that color through the piece in a balanced manner. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.

Improv Blocks (All Levels, 1-2 days)

Students will create improv blocks to be used in a small or large piece. The blocks may vary in size and shape and can be very complex or quite simple. 

Creating from a Nucleus (Master Class, adventurous beginners welcome, 4-5 days)

Explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. Students will learn to start from the center and create a quilt top in a very organic way. We will discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly trusting your instincts. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing. This is a Master Class, but confident beginners are absolutely welcome.

 Express Your True Self: One Piece at a Time (Confident beginners-advanced, 4-5 days)

Explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. Students will start with small color studies and then move to a larger piece. We will discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly, trusting your instincts. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing. One-on-one time will be spent with each student. 

Appliqué + Piecing = New Possibilities  

In this workshop, students will compose a design, create a full-scale pattern on freezer paper, and assemble the forms using a technique called Appli-piecing. This technique was originally developed by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. 

By using this technique, you can bring almost any complex abstract idea into quilt form. You will retain a clean, graphic look and when complete, you will have a quilt top pieced together with a 1/4” seam allowance.

I will guide students in creating a simple or complex design. I will encourage that the process is undertaken with openness and ease. Students will play with shape, scale and movement. We will also discuss creating a value study, and then choosing your palette. 

Students will be provided with small compositions to assemble and become comfortable with the technique before they start designing. In addition, I will present a slideshow that illustrates the steps in the process. 

It is my desire to bring something fresh and new into this world, and encourage my students to do the same. While this technique requires planning and a pattern, you can be very free with your drawing and have fun while doing it!

 

"Come with an open mind and an open heart and we’ll journey into the vast space of creative bliss."  -s

 

Upcoming Workshops 


Spring Retreat Session 1, New Braunfels TX, April 5-10, 2020

Spring Retreat Session 2, New Braunfels TX, April 11-16, 2020