Registration for QuiltCon West starts for members of the Modern Quilt Guild tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to teaching three different workshops there, and I wanted to share with you some more information about each of my classes.
On Thursday, February 19 during the evening from 6-9, I'll be teaching my Improvisational Half Log Cabin Block workshop, where you'll learn to take your improvisational quilting up a notch. In this class students will learn the technique of creating large-scale improvisational half log cabins. While the traditional log cabin block has been fundamental to quilt making for hundreds of years, it becomes energized and fresh when constructed improvisationally as half log cabin blocks and on a larger than normal scale. It also becomes an opportunity to design intuitively and explore a technique that does not require precise measuring or cutting. An added benefit of this type of patchwork is that it produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and we will discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will finish the class with a number of completed blocks that can be used in small patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt.
The session code for my Improvisational Half Log Cabin class is 510.
Next up, on Saturday, February 20 from 9-5, I'll be teaching my Improv Pineapple workshop. In this class I will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced pineapple blocks. While the traditional version of this block can be somewhat intimidating to create, it becomes more relaxed and approachable when combined with improvisational piecing as there is no need for precise measuring or cutting. An added benefit of this technique is that it produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and Heather will discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will finish the class with a number of completed blocks that can be used in small patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt.
The session code for my Improv Pineapple class is 531.
And lastly, on Sunday, February 21 from 9-5, I will be teaching my Large Scale Piecing workshop. In this class, you will learn the benefits of large-scale piecing and constructing oversized blocks. We'll discuss the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt. Using my Fly Away quilt pattern, students will learn how to increase the scale of both traditional and modern block designs, how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner.
The session code for my Large Scale Piecing class is 730.
I can't wait to see you in Pasadena!