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Workshops

All workshops are one day long but may be as long as five days. You’ll get the basics in a one-day workshop and students will go home with a well-started project and the knowledge of how to finish it. If your group has time, a multi-day workshop allows for more time to expand the concept–adding paper-pieced borders to Bob and Weave, for example, or experimenting with multiple frames and boxes in Boxes and Beyond, or having the time to sew settings and borders rather than just doing basic discharge with ShadowPlay–all with the guidance of this experienced teacher.

Emerald City

Minimum skill level: advanced beginner / intermediate

These blocks not only look like three-dimensional pyramids, they also appear to float above the surface of the quilt! Emerald City blocks are strip pieced and simple to construct. Careful attention to value will make the illusion appear. We’ll also talk about shadows and how to choose fabrics to enhance that sense of three dimensions. So elegant and so easy–and so exciting to see the results!

Emerald City

Minimum skill level: advanced beginner / intermediate

These blocks not only look like three-dimensional pyramids, they also appear to float above the surface of the quilt! Emerald City blocks are strip pieced and simple to construct. Careful attention to value will make the illusion appear. We’ll also talk about shadows and how to choose fabrics to enhance that sense of three dimensions. So elegant and so easy–and so exciting to see the results!

Boxes and Beyond

Minimum skill level: advanced beginner / intermediate

Boxes, both solid and hollow, appear to float in space. This optical illusion quilt is an expansion of the familiar Baby Blocks pattern. If you think Baby Blocks requires hours of tedious hand piecing, try this clever variation! This quilt is strip-pieced and easy to assemble. No set-in corners! Learn the tricks of value that make this 3-D illusion work.

Bob and Weave

Minimum skill level: beginner

Play with 3-D illusion on a quilt! By choosing your colors with careful attention to value (relative lightness/darkness), bands of color appear to weave under and over against a background of your choice. An easy project suitable for beginners, fun for experts. In the one-day version of this workshop, we will create the body of the quilt as shown at right. Additional days allow time to add shadows to “lift” the grid from the background, or to paper-piece arcs to connect the bands for a stunning border.

Shadow Play

Minimum skill level: beginner

Leaves seem to hover above the surface of this quilt. This is a levitation class: learn how to float leaves! Surface design techniques combined with appliqué or fusing create a powerful three-dimensional illusion. It’s incredible!

This class has specific site requirements:

  • Must be able to work outside
  • Access to a washer and dryer a big plus

Workshop Details

6 Hours, allow one hour for lunch (7 hours total). Allow for up to twenty students per class. Additional students can be accommodated at $25 each.
$500/day* (*All travel, accommodation, and meal costs to be paid by sponsor.)

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