BLUEBIRD QUILT STUDIO QUILTING CONFIDENCE ACADEMY WORKSHOP SERIES



QUILTING CONFIDENCE ACADEMY IS BACK!
July 26-August 3


Do you wish you had more confidence in your chosen method of quilting, whether it be on a long arm or domestic machine? Join us for an intensive quilting workshop lecture series taking you from core knowledge through advanced quilting design and free motion mastery. Join us for this amazing series, finishing the series with a quilt showcasing your machine quilting skills.

Create your Quilting Sampler Quilt Top
Create your stunning, bold palette to showcase your quilting skills.
Thursday July 26 1-5 p.m.
Optional precut kit for top $99


Machine Quilting Basics   
Learn the basics of quilting with your home machine.  This is a strongly suggested prerequisite for the design classes to follow. Instruction will be given in how to prepare your quilt for machine quilting, options in handling the quilt top with easy and ways to eliminate friction as well as exercises for the fledgling machine quilter. Bring your machine to this workshop to work on the basics of machine quilting skill.  An additional optional instruction session will immediately follow this workshop to transfer these skills to a long arm machine.
Saturday July 28 1-6 p.m.

Marking, Pantographs and Rulers
Support your free motion skills with the assistance of these helpful tools and techniques.
Monday July 30 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Free Motion Design
Learn the basics of free motion quilting design.  Bring your quilt tops to discuss design options! Learn how to use motifs and themes to unify quilting in your quilts as well as how to best tackle free motion quilting of pieced blocks.  
Monday July 30, 1-3 p.m. 

 
Free Motion Fill Freedom
Learn 49 free motion fill patterns. Never be at a loss on how to fill a quilting space.  Twelve fill patterns covered daily, with muscle memory emphasis and cue reminders. There will be assigned homework daily to transfer the designs to your quilt sampler.
Tuesday-Thursday July 31-Aug 2, 1-3 p.m.
Book purchase required.


Botanical Bounty
Learn ten botanical patterns to use in your quilting creations.  Mix and match for a floral bouquet of beautiful quilting design options!
Friday August 3, 10am to 12pm

Borders  
Learn how to approach design options for borders. Special focus will be placed on how to incorporate feathers into border patterns.
Friday August  3, 1-3pm

If you complete the entire workshop series and the assigned homework, you will have a completed sampler quilt with 65 quilting designs!

We need a minimum number of students to hold these workshops so if you sign up with a friend you receive 10% discount on the book!


$300 for workshop series
$25 non-refundable deposit required at sign up

SUMMER ART QUILT SERIES



Join us for this adventure into creativity! The summer art quilt series will have three target projects:  a tulip wallhanging, (shown in the above photo), a zippered pouch, and a landscape with a focal point of your design!  The workshop format is one hour of direct instruction, followed by two hours of guided instruction with ideas, inspiration, strategies and encouragement to complete the intended target projects.
Workshop series is $349, $50 nonrefundable deposit required to hold your spot. Space is limited so sign up early!

Dyeing To Create!
Dying fabric immersion, sun printing and  and ice dying techniques. Dye up to three yards of cotton, which are needed for the three class projects.
Wednesday July 18, 9am-12pm

Painting Fabrics
Direct application of fabric paints/dyes, spray, stencil, monoprinting and sky painting techniques will be explored. We will provide you with stencils/plans to produce several projects for this series. Paint/dye up to three yards of cotton.  
Wednesday July 18, 1-3:30pm

Strategic Planning of an Art Quilt
Creating a compelling starting point to launch your art quilt. Tools and basic art principles to inspire, challenge and bring an element of whimsey and a plan to layer and stitch your designs. Develop a plan for a ufo, and a newly dyed piece of fabric with lots of help and inspiration to spare.
Thursday July 19, 9 am-12pm

 

Machine Quilting and Applique Techniques
Tips for stitching and adding elements of thread art to your quilt.  We will continue to enhance the design with paint, fibers and markers Quilt the backgrounds of tulip wall hanging and and apply appliqués of tulip quilt. 
Thursday July 19, 1-3:30pm  

(Note:  To do the machine quilting class during the time allotted in this the enrolled student should be familiar with basic free motion quilting techniques.  (We have a fantastic free motion quilting class, our  QUILTING CONFIDENCE ACADEMY starting June 14, 2018  if you would like to join us, to improve your free motion stitching skills.)

Adding Embellishments to Art Quilts
A variety of embellishment techniques will be used to create a one of a kind zippered pouch using the quilted backgrounds previously stitched.  Bling, foil, stamps, foil, and many more techniques will be discussed. We will complete the embellishment aspects of our quilt projects.  Bees, floral elements with style, are just too much fun, you'll will unleash your creativity.  Guaranteed to make you smile!
Friday July 20, 9am-12pm

Finishing Techniques For Art Quilts
Traditional and not so traditional ways to frame, finish and display your new projects.We will finish up the tulip and quilted bag projects.

Friday July 20, 1-3pm

Making It Your Own
Layered Landscapes with YOUR hand dyed sky/landscape fabrics. We will help you find your way into your landscape quilt  by assisting  with planning your focal point, layout and  begin execution of the background elements in a land of your imagination.

Saturday July 21, 9am-12pm

Making It Your Own II
Techniques for preparing and executing your own layered focal point appliqués.
Tools and techniques to easily execute layered appliqués with artistry and your own personal style. If you prefer, Bluebird has some great kits for this layered appliqué technique. Precut laser appliqué kits/patterns are not included with this class, but may be added to your quilted landscape for a great touch
Saturday July 21 1-3:30 p.m.

 

Registration Information 
Art Quilt Series and required class kit $349 

Includes the entire 4 days of guided instructional series (and lots of encouragement), handouts, patterns, 4 yards of prepared for dyeing cotton, 4 yards of muslin for backings, quilting cotton, batting, bag zipper, stabilizers, hardware, pre cut appliqué’s for the tulip quilt, embellishments (gotta love that bling!), paints, dyes, access to class stencils studio tools for the two class projects.  We've made it easy to create with confidence by gathering all the required supplies for your enjoyment (and no mess to clean up for you!) Preferential placement given to those who opt for the full series of workshops!

One Day of Quilt art fun!  $79
Six hours of guided instruction, patterns and access to studio supplies. (no  fabrics, batting or background are provided).  

Single 3 hour workshop $45 
Instruction, patterns and access to studio art supplies and embellishments. (no fabrics, batting or background are provided)  

$25 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot.
These workshops require a minimum registration in order for the classes to hold.  Invite a friend to join you and double the fun!