Finally! I’ve created a stand alone page that is devoted to Class Descriptions. On the page now is a list of classes that have been scheduled between now and the end of the year. Next, I will add additional workshop descriptions for classes that I teach but are not currently scheduled.
Just look to the headings across the top of my blog and click on Workshops to see it all. And ***MOST IMPORTANT – I am asking for feedback.
WHAT ART QUILTING RELATED CLASS TOPICS ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? Please let me know as we plan our future workshops.
I can say two things for sure: Teaching teenagers art quilting fundamentals is FUN !!! and… Teaching teenagers art quilting techniques is EXHAUSTING !!!
I just finished up 3 days of workshops at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills with a group of bright and talented young women. They were eager to learn and to put their new skills into action.
We started off with a lesson in Sun printing using Dynaflow Paint from Jacquard. The plan was that the pieces would dry in the sun while we went on to the next topic. Well, Betsy and I knew they’d enjoy the process but hadn’t realized that this technique would be the hit of the day! All they wanted to do was to Sun Print!!! And I must say some amazing work was produced by these budding artists. (I will be putting a Sun Printing Tutorial on my Blog shortly for all to enjoy).
The girls used all kinds of things to create their patterns – plumbing washers, nuts, bolts, coins of all sized, keys, decorative flashings from keyholes – sequin waste and decorative cutouts of their own design.
The session on painting techniques continued with stencilling paint on fabric and using rubber stamps to apply acrylic paint as well as pigment or dye ink from stamp pads.
Day Two started with a unanimous request for MORE SUN PRINTING !!
We were glad to oblige but made sure we got to the new stuff as well. Our students learned the use of Fusible web to apply designs to their quilt tops and how to assemble the layers that would give them a foundation for quilting their pieces.
It was exciting and gratifying to see how quickly these girls caught on to the concept of free motion quilting. And although mastery of this technique takes many hours we saw some commendable first timer results here.
Day Three commenced with yet more requests for painting. I promised they could do that after we talked about a couple of other things. I reminded them how excited they had been with the idea of applying glitter to their quilts and took a few minutes to demonstrate how easy it is to do that.
We also went over the many uses of angelina fibers (one teen asked, “What about Brad?” and my response was “huh?”)
They had all decided that they wanted to turn their quilted panels into pillows. So I proceeded to show them how to assemble a removable pillow cover using the pieces they had just created. Here they are digging into the scrap bag looking for suitable pillow back fabric.
Here is some of the work produced by this talented bunch.
One of the most gratifying things as a teacher is that moment when your students’ eyes light up and you can see their creative juices churning.
Well that was a moment repeated many times over the past few weeks as a group of eager sewers and quilters attended our Art Quilt Intro Series.
This was an introductory series of 3 sessions at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills. A fourth informal class is planned this week so that the participants can put the final touches on their creations with the instructors on hand for assistance.
Art quilting encompasses a vast number and variety of techniques that are both fun to learn and valuable tools to have when planning a new piece. With limited time available it was a daunting task to select only a few of them. We did so with emphasis on straightforward versatile techniques. We also presented methods that were fun to do and that used products that wouldn’t be too difficult to find. The focus was on technique but each participant was encouraged to put together a piece that would incorporate these newly learned skills.
We focused on preparing backgrounds; either as a first layer for additional embellishments or to serve as the composition itself.
We introduced a variety of ways to get paint onto your quilt: using fluid acrylic paints and solid oil sticks, the group practiced applications using rubbings, stencils and stamps.
We also discussed and demonstrated Discharge Techniques- various ways of removing color from fabric. These included household bleach and discharge pastes – plain and with color added.
When we got to the “hands on” part of the class, they all took off like a shot – full of enthusiasm and creative ideas It’s unusual to see an entire group just take off and run with their new knowledge the way these women did. We all had a blast.
We turned our attention to preparing the quilts for quilting. A very important part occurs before your first stitch and we introduced the topic of thread selection, determining function and style and so on. During this session we also started our discussion of embellishment techniques. We focused on fusible appliqué and methods of securing these design elements. The students also learned how to use foil as a highlighting embellishment – using glue, fusible sheets or a powdered fusible called BoNash to transfer the foil to the fabric surface.
A lot of additional designing went on during the week 2 workshop and both Betsy and I worked closely one on one with the students to help them through their design decisions and implementation.
Time to add a little glitz and glamor to our art quilts. We discussed beautiful sparkly Angelina – how to use it, stamp it, apply it to the quilt surface and much more. Wow, exciting stuff to stir up your imagination!
We also talked about and demo’d the use of glitter in your quilt. Talk about your sparkle opportunity.
The little art quilts, well under way, needed to eventually be finished. So we went over various ways to finish the ‘edges’ of the quilts and various methods of applying the ‘false’ back to the quilt.
During these classes the quilting and embellishments were done with the following quilt layers in place: top, stabilizer, batting, muslin. Then, later a more pleasing/interesting fabric backing was added.
We will be putting the final touches on the quilts this next Wednesday morning.
**And we are all looking forward to diving further into the art quilting world this summer. The highly anticipated Art Quilt Camp for Quilters will be held from July 16 through July 20 from 10 AM until 5 PM each day. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
Monday evening arrived and we gathered around the classroom tables at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills. We were all there for an eagerly awaited kickoff to a series of workshops in Art Quilting. (The next workshops – a series of 3 – begins Wednesday April 25th 10 AM until 1 PM for 3 weeks)
My co-conspirator (Betsy Farwell) and I had all our props lined up and plenty of information to share with this budding group of quilt artists.
Several of the assembled had never been involved in art quilting at all. Our goal was to introduce them to some of the basic concepts and techniques of art quilting. Traditional quilting is filled with ‘rules’ and exact measurements. Art quilting is all about creativity and throwing away the rulebook.
Several participants were a little anxious because they didn’t consider themselves to be “artists”. We aimed to get across the idea that there are many ways to be an artist – that being able to draw well is a great skill to have but it is only one of many. The first prerequisite to being an art quilter is a willingness to experiment and to let your creative mode loose. It is not even necessary to have quilting experience. Many art quilters came to the field from general art backgrounds; some jumped immediately to art quilting after just a brief intro to quilting.
Our major task was to decide which of the many techniques of dozens and dozens to highlight and to demonstrate. We ended up with a smattering of surface design techniques such as fabric painting with Shiva paintstiks and Acrylic paint and use of rubbing plates, stencils and stamps. We also introduced the group to various methods of fabric discharge.
To add a little glitz and glamor we demonstrated use of foil and Angelina embellishment. We had available a potpourri of fun tidbits that they could use as they wished on their creations.
There was limited time for the group to play and try out all these techniques. But we turned them loose and play they did! To save time we provided some of our own teapot patterns. It was so much fun to see the group go off in their own directions to create their unique quilts. And here is some of their work in progress.