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.
Join us for this adventure into creativity! The summer art quilt series will have three target projects: a tulip wall hanging, (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 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!
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.
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.
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
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!