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October 11th Workshop
Cassandra Ireland Beaver

                                           Matchstick Quilted Plaid
Cassandra’s Friday workshop will feature her technique for Matchstick Quilting Plaid. Participants can pick a panel in blue/green or pink/orange. Aurifil will be providing the thread. All you need to bring is your sewing machine, willingness to try something different, and basics like scissors. This not-to-be-missed workshop promises to be fun and fulfilling. Don’t miss out.

                    November 15th Workshop
                                     Joyce Hughes

                       Dimensional Thread Painting onto a Daisy Panel

Joyce will walk you through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art using your domestic sewing machine! Want to learn Dimensional Thread Painting but you think it is too hard --yes, you are creative and yes, you can do this on your Domestic Sewing Machine!!!

In this class you will start with a beautiful panel to create a piece of art! You will learn the proper steps of Dimensional Thread Painting and find it to be a fun and creative technique. Explore the various thread selection, setting up your machine for stitching techniques with free motion quilting of zig zag and straight stitching, bobbin work and embellishing with netting and crystals. See the fabric come to life as you sew and layer the threads on top of your design. You will use thread as paint – sew with different types of threads and color combinations.  Learn how to create interesting texture and dimension to your quilting project. You will leave with a full knowledge of dimensional thread painting and create a one of a kind piece of art!

Techniques Taught: Free Motion Quilting, Dimensional Thread Painting, Overlay Application, Crystal Embellishment and Bobbin Work and More!

Panels will be available for sale at the class.  
Project kit $15 payable to Joyce Hughes

Supply List Thread Painting/Daisy w/Butterfly

  • Machine in Good working order, cleaned and oiled. Please bring your manual to help with machine problems that may happen in class.
  • Free motion foot/ Darning foot (Machine and foot must be able to do zig-zag).
  • Extra bobbins, minimal 3 (EMPTY)
  • Scissors to cut threads
  • Practice quilt sandwich, approx., 12 x 12
  • If you like to use gloves, table sliders, etc for Free Motion Quilting, Please bring to class!
  • Needles-Topstitch #90


-Mettler - Poly Sheen Solid - #3406-5324-Green

-Mettler- Poly Sheen Multi- #4820-9935 –Mixed Pastels

-Mettler- Silk Finish Cotton Variegated- # 9075-9853 Mixed Tans  -9852 Mixed Browns

-Mettler –Silk Cottons- Solids- #9105-0450- Orange #9105-1533- Dk. Mustard

#9105-0264- Dk. Brown #9105-0263 – Med. Brown

#9105-0431 – Dk. Gray #9105-0608 –Lt. Mustard

#9105-0757 Dk. Green #9105-0114 – Lt. Yellow

#9105-0120 Bright Yellow

***Optional- Mettler Metallic- #7633-5833- Green #7633-2108 -Gold

              March 14th Workshop
Michelle Strassburg

                                         Quilting for the Home

Sometimes making it yourself can provide the perfect finishing touches for a room. You
chose just the right color or texture for anything from a pillow to a table topper.
In this workshop you will create some clever projects for yourself or the perfect hostess gift.

A fun fabric woven basket for napkins or other items and a matching table topper will be the main items for the day. A copy of Quilting For The Home will be provided to each
participant. You may pack a lunch for a midday break or go out to a local lunch spot.

A kit with matching fabrics will be available, order in advance, for those who wish to
purchase one directly from Fabric Affair.


                                                Supply List


                    April Workshops
                                          Bill Kerr


April 10th: Working with Large Prints
Many quilters love large-scale prints but find it challenging to combine them effectively with other prints.  Students will learn the design concepts behind using large-scale prints and how to show them off to their best advantage.

Students will begin making our Follow the Leader quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind.  Our patterns and magazines all ship for free to US destinations, so please order in advance to make sure you have what you need for class.

Supply list:
Sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of large-scale cotton quilting prints as well as a variety of small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.

                                 April 11th:  The Role of Color in Your Quilts

We will look at a variety of quilts and analyze art, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and images of daily life to better understand the role of color in design. Through individual and group color explorations, you will develop analytical methods for using color with confidence.  You will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the role of color in your quilts and with a renewed excitement about making quilts.  Participants will sew a small, abstract color "portrait" during the second half of the class.

Supply list:
Sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, a wide assortment of cotton quilting fabric (we're working on a small scale so scraps and smaller pieces are just fine.  Bring fabrics you love to work with as well as others that have proved challenging), thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, glue stick and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.

May 15th Workshop
Mary Kerr

                      A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist

Embrace the magic as you are given permission to combine the love of vintage with a fun modern aesthetic. Work with vintage textiles to create a wonky star with lots of negative space for modern quilting designs. The workshop is packed full of tips for working with vintage fragments and ways to showcase these treasured pieces. Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class. Finished sizes will vary.
Enjoy quilts from Mary's book, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist and become inspired to create your own Twisted magic!

Supply list:
Basic sewing kit with neutral thread, rotary mat, cutter and basic ruler, one yard of solid cotton for background, one yard of vintage fragment, blocks or a partial top.  The smaller the piecing, the better!
Vintage kits are available for $20 and may be paid directly to the instructor.  Bring your solid cotton and choose a favorite fragment.

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