Not Your Mama’s Quilt: An Improv Quilt Workshop      Sign up to receive notice of the next class             
Skill level: Adults only, sewing skills helpful, but not necessary… this class is for any level of quilt maker, from beginner to advanced

Traditional quilts hold a warm place in many hearts. Quilts made by our mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers are prized possessions in our hearts and in our homes.

Quiltmaking is fun. Also – you get a blanket or a piece of art out of it. Making perfect patchwork takes time and practice, but making an improvised quilt with your own hand, with your own signature, putting perfection aside while you simply revel in the joy of making, is what this workshop is about. Riffing on traditional patterns, join us and learn ways to improvise and integrate meaningful fabrics in your quilt art. You will need to bring a sewing machine, cutting tools and fabrics.

Supply List (what you must bring to the workshop)

  • Sewing machine, in good working order with a new needle
  • Work lamp (optional)
  • Rotary cutter and large cutting mat
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Thread for your sewing machine: a neutral colour will work.
  • Seam ripper
  • Pencil and paper
  • Sewing pins
  • Design wall (a piece of flannel, batting or felt, about 4’ x 4’ or larger. There are inexpensive dollar store vinyl table cloths that are fuzzy on the back side and they work very well for this)

Fabric

Choose a well put-together group of scraps and bits of fabrics. Using cottons will give you an easier time of it. Bring worn clothing, like men’s shirts, if you want to include them. Beware of highly textured (e.g. velvet) or stretch (e.g. sweaters and t-shirts), as these are harder to use. 

Size wise, any size scraps and up to ½ yard pieces will do it. Have about 3 – 4 yards in all.

Make certain you have: lights, darks and mediums.

You may wish to include: Solids, large scale prints, tiny prints and medium scale prints,
stripes, dots & novelty prints.

The main thing is that you like the way the fabrics play together.

Add a zinger or two, fabrics and colours that will contrast wildly with your chosen palette.

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Questions? Email Barb at barb@artleap.ca

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