With registration for QuiltCon 2017 opening tomorrow morning, I wanted to take a moment and post information about all of my workshops and my lecture in one place, in case you'd like to sign up for one of them. I'll have a pretty busy schedule at the show, and I'm excited to be teaching some of my favorite classes there.
First up, on Friday, February 24, 2017 I'll be giving a lecture titled "Integrating Tradition" from 3:00-3:45. One of my favorite ways to work is to integrate traditional components in my quilts though the use of traditional patterns, blocks, or techniques. I'll be talking about my process of merging traditional components with modernity in my work, and how I often translate those traditional motifs through a variety of design elements, such as increasing scale, improvisational piecing, and more. By combining old with new, I feel like I'm creating fresh, unique modern quilts that have traditional roots, and I'll also share tips and techniques that you can use in your own work as well. The course listing for my lecture is LE11.
Friday evening, from 6-9 is my workshop "From Inspiration to Design," which is course number 234. This is a non-sewing class where you'll learn how to bring your inspiration to life as you create a one-of-a-kind quilt pattern, using my book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday as a reference. Working with me, you'll create a quilt pattern that is inspired by something you have seen: an old building, a water tower, the sunset; really, anything and everything could be the starting point for this project. In the class, we'll be using a photograph of your inspiration to work from and we will create a quilt design based on that inspiration. I'll guide you through the process of sketching, designing pattern pieces, calculating yardage and construction methods, creating a color palette, and fabric selection. You'll leave the class with a complete pattern that is ready to be constructed in your home studio. Again, please note that there is no sewing in this workshop. There is a $12 supply fee for this class that includes my favorite Rhodia sketchbook, pencil, and ruler to use in class and to keep.
Next up is my Improv Line and Design workshop that takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9-5, and it's course number 511. This is quickly becoming both one of my favorite ways to work, as well as favorite classes to teach. In this workshop, I will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced blocks that are a study in line work and the formation of secondary patterns. Using solid fabrics in a range of values and colors, you will create a modern take on traditional string blocks using an intuitive creative process. An added benefit of this technique is that it produces completely unique, one-of-a-kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and I'll discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will engage in intuitive design, and will also learn the basics about color theory, including value, hue, saturation, and intensity.
My last class at QuiltCon is my Speak Easy workshop, course number 737, that takes place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 9-5. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you'd like. Using my West Chester pattern from my book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, and the supplemental letters and numbers only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals. We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.
To register for these classes, please follow the directions found on quiltconeast.com. Registration starts tomorrow, June 25, 2016 at 10 am ET, 7 am PT. Good luck! I know how quickly the classes tend to sell out, so I hope you all get into the classes that you're wanting to!