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.