The idea for this workshop stemmed from two passions: Using large scale prints and having lots of negative space to plan out quilting designs, which become the main focal point of the quilt. Using the large scale prints/piecing as background and the negative space quilting as focus reverses our common notion of traditional quilt composition. The results are wonderful and can satisfy both the traditional and modern quilter.
In this workshop, you will construct a 40” x 40” wall hanging/small lap quilt to put this concept into practice. You will choose one of several patterns to piece your quilt top. These patterns use very large pieces to show off your large scale print(s) and will sew together quickly. Once your quilt top is pieced, you will create your quilting design. We will walk through steps of how to plan for quilting that draws the eye in and how to effectively divide and conquer large negative space to create interest.
Because we are creating our own plan for quilting, this class will involve some drawing and drafting. Don’t be scared – It’ll be fun! Your quilting designs can be completely free form and loose, or they can be detail drafted and precise. The goal is to come up with a design that creates focus, but also complements the printed fabric that is taking the back seat on this one. We will talk about threads and textures that beckon the viewer’s eye to take a closer look.
You will leave the workshop with your pieced top and the majority of your quilting design marked on your quilt, if not all of it. The actual quilting process will be on your own, but if you are a speedy one, you may end up preparing your quilt sandwich and start quilting before we are done.
ZOOM – This entire workshop will be conducted on ZOOM. Students should have video and audio capability. Preference is to be able to see what you are doing and hear from you throughout the workshop. However – I will do my best to monitor the chat feature for anyone who cannot connect through video and audio, but will be watching and hearing me and the other students.
DATE/TIME: Saturday February 27th 9am – 3pm (there will be a 30-minute lunch break) on ZOOM.
Other than regular sewing supplies (sewing machine, thread, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron, etc.)
- Pattern & Instructions – I provide, based on your design selection. Printable from home.
- Long Straight ruler for drafting (rotary cutting ruler will be fine). Additional rulers would be helpful.
- Marking tools of choice (water soluble, heat vanishing, or chalk. Anything that can go away after quilting.)
- Large Scale Print Fabric – 1.5 yards
- Solid Color Fabric – 2 yards
***OPTIONAL FABRIC KIT $35
Fabric kits are available for purchase. You may choose the kit you like or ask me to curate a custom fabric kit for you. Kits will ship USPS Priority Mail directly to your home or you could arrange to pick up from me.
Kits available here: Project Kits