I'm really excited to announce that I'm offering my first local workshop next month. I'll be teaching my Improvisational Patchwork class, which is one of my favorites, on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00-5:00. In the class, you'll learn how to let go and begin to design intuitively, to create completely unique and one-of-a-kind blocks, rather than following a specific pattern. From completely random piecing, to improvised blocks with a bit more structure, this workshop will challenge you to think about quilting in a whole new light, particularly if you are new to improvisation. We will cover three different techniques for working improvisationally, and you'll leave the class with a good number of blocks that can be used as small patchwork projects or the beginnings of a larger quilt. We will also discuss how to combine improvisational designs and larger blocks, as well as a variety of techniques to complete your work.
Our workshop will take place at the Front Street Studios, which is an amazing building that used to be an envelope factory and currently houses artists' workspaces. We be using this large room that you see above, but I promise it will have more light! We will also have a ton of wall space for laying out your designs and great views of the city. Lunch is included in the price of the workshop and will consist of fresh and yummy box lunches from Dorothy Lane Market, one of my favorite local eateries.
You'll need to bring your own sewing machine and basic sewing notions, and I'll provide ironing stations and some cutting mats. You are welcome to bring your own cutting mat as well and we should have plenty of space to spread out, as I've set the class so that there is a maximum of 20 students. You will also need a bag of scrap fabric in various sizes or small cuts of yardage of three or four fabrics (between 1/4 and 1/3 yard of each is plenty), as well a yard of a solid neutral fabric that will be used as the background.
We'll start the class with a trunk show of some of my work, and then we'll discuss ways to approach improvisation before we get started. As this is an all day workshop, the pace will be relaxed and students will have plenty of time to explore the various techniques that I will cover in class. We'll break for lunch, a customizable fresh box lunch from Dorothy Lane Market, on site. Then we'll continue working the rest of the day and end class with a group show and tell.
I'm so excited to finally be offering a local workshop! People have been asking me for a long time, and I've wanted to do it for a long time as well, and I hope this will be the first of many. To register, please head on over to my Shop tab above, and scroll down to Improvisational Patchwork Workshop, or just click on that link. I hope to see you next month!