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Cutting Up the Pretties


We all have that great yard of fabric that we purchased, made, traded or were given. But using it up is sometimes the most difficult thing to do! Sometimes that fabric just does not "play" well with others. Pat will show you how to “cut up the pretties” to use that special fabric to its best advantage. So gather those great and unique fabrics, in combination with other hand-made or commercial fabrics, and explore design and color in some careful exercises that will give you a road map for creating with one-of-a-kind pieces.  Pat will show various design solutions while you learn a new language in design elements. This class will teach you to embrace and USE the special fabric we love (but are afraid to use) and we will overcome our fear of “Cutting Up the Pretties”.  This is a hands-on sewing class where we will start a notebook of ideas as well as begin an art quilt using our great fabric.

A  two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee $500/day. Class size limit 20. Material and supply list on request.  

 

The Big Leaf: Using Freezer Paper Templates for Design

Build this large graphic leaf using freezer paper to form the design templates for a final 24” x 24” hanging, or combine with three additional blocks to make a stunning quilt. Pat Pauly will show you how to transform a line drawing into templates, how to choose fabric and color, and assemble this “Big Leaf” quilt. At the end of this class you will know how to translate your own designs using this freezer paper method. 

A one or two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee: $550/ day. Class size limit: 20. Materials list on request.

 

New Workshop! The Skinny Line Leaf

This graphic leaf, made using a simple freezer paper template to cut the shapes, can be made as the final 30” x 30” piece, or combined with additional blocks to make a stunning quilt. In this class Pat Pauly will show you how to transform a line drawing with a simple template, how to choose fabric and color, and assemble this “Skinny Line Leaf” quilt. In addition, you will learn how to make that skinny line, use made-made up scrappy fabric, use color vibrantly, and gain confidence in freehand rotary cutting. Methods for quilting and finishing are discussed. By the end of this class you will know how to translate a transform a simple pattern in to a stunning quilt.

A one or two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee: $550/ day. Class size limit: 20. Materials list on request.

Design Studio: Confident Color for Textile Art

Sharpen your skills with using color through a day of looking intently at the subject and how color applies to fiber work. Whether color choice is based on emotion, or through necessity, picking colors for a project can make or break its appeal. With hands on color exercises, and manipulating color palettes, Pat will encourage you to look at color as one of the most important parts of the equation in successful textile art. The goal is to use color with confidence. Leave your “color wheels” at home, and bring a blank notebook to start your journey on a broad spectrum of possibilities. Pat will present a slide presentation, as well show her work. We will manipulate color through several exercises using paint and collage as well as discuss practical applications in student’s own work that they wish to share with the class.

A one or two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee: $550/ day. Class size limit: 20. Materials list on request.

 

Slash and Burn Workshop  

Techniques for Improvisational Quilts

 

 

Description of Workshop

Learn to compose using spontaneous fabric design. We will combine and recombine a set of fabrics, using the resulting design as a springboard for contemporary quilt making. This class will show you techniques for adding to the composition, in floating areas, cutting curves, and piecing, as well as a quilt-as-you-go process for building the design. Be prepared for quick and active spontaneous design. You will learn how to compose in a direct way. This workshop focuses on how to read elements for line, contrast, repetition, and value. You will be using the skills that you have; no special talent required, so quilters of all stages are welcome to enjoy this workshop. 

 



A one or two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee: $550/ day. Class size limit: 2

 

 

Materials and Supplies

 

Sewing machine, rotary cutter, straight edge, cutting mat, scissors, pins, threads, (the usual sewing supplies) and so forth. The mainstay of the materials will be varied fabrics, large and small prints in as many kinds of cotton fabrics as you can carry. Prints that will work well include batiks and tonal designs, as well as hand-dyes and textures. Bring three pieces (fat quarter or so) for the “store” (to share). Choose 5 different fabrics ahead of the class, strip in widths of 2” to 5” and pre-sew in a strip set. Your made-up fabric should be at least 3/4 yard in width for our start. 

Four-Square Workshop

Using Photographs to Jump-Start Composition

 

We will look earnestly at how to zero-in on the graphic nature of a selected photograph and use this as a starting point for the quilt design. Using a square section of the photograph as our basis, we will “slash and burn” to build a quilt from that starting point. Not a technique class, this workshop focuses on composition, how to read elements for line, contrast, repetition, and value. You will be using the skills that you have; no special talent required, and if there is time, we will introduce some new ideas for working.

 

A one or two day class, 6 hours each day. Instructor fee: $550/day. 

Class size limit 20.

 

 

 

Materials and Supplies

Sewing machine, rotary cutter, straight edge, ruler, pencil, transparent tape, glue stick, cutting mat, paper-cutting scissors, fabric scissors, pins, thread, etc. Bring fabric in “solids” such as hand dyes or textures. Prints that work well, such as will batiks and tonal designs are fine. Bring three pieces (fat quarter or so) for the “store” (to share). Photographs that are your own (you own the copyright) or have the copyright to use. Bring 5 to 7 different images, each printed in three different sizes. In total, you should have 15 to 20 different prints of the set you choose. Keep in mind that you can print 4 to a page, and so forth.

 

Shibori Half-Square Diamond Quilt

Pat will show you how to make this stunning quilt from just three one yard pieces of fabric. Whether you choose stunning hand-dyed fabric, or bold graphic print, this quilt encourages you to cut up those precious fabrics, with almost no waste. And it is simple and bold. A pattern and instructions are available to class participants. All you supply are three one yard pieces of fabrics that play together well!

Group fee is $550 per day with limit of 20 students. This is a one day class.

 

In The Garden -- Paper Piecing

 

This center-medallion style quilt is paper pieced for the center and surrounded with easy squares and half squares to finish. All 40 blocks are easy to make, and Pat will show you how to sew up using bold fabric. It makes a stunning quilt, and you can add borders to bring the quilt from its 60” square size up to anything you want.

Supply list will be provided. Pattern is provided with an additional fee. Group fee is $550, with limit of 20 students. This is a one day class.