Do you stress when it’s time to choose colors and fabrics for a new quilt? Do you wish you had a better “color sense”? You need to go on retreat to gain a new perspective. You need to come to Color Camp!
This no-sew workshop based on Christine's new book, The Quilter's Color Club, consists of cut-and-paste color studies, with lots of help from the teacher and group critique of every block. The first three mock-block exercises focus on value (light and dark), temperature (warm and cool), and intensity (bright and dull). These characteristics, more than color itself, determine the impact of a quilt. An overview of the color wheel and a final exercise expose students to this invaluable (and amazing) tool for quilters. It’s lots of creative fun, and you’ll leave “Color Camp” with fresh ideas for working with color.
Workshop 2 Saturday May 7 –Christine Barnes, “Transparency”
Member Price: $55 plus $3 lab fee to instructor ($66 non-member)
Amaze your family! Fool your friends! They will be very impressed when you show them a block or quilt that incorporates the illusion of transparent color. In this special effect, one color appears to lie over another, and where the two colors overlap, a third color is formed. It takes "just-right" fabrics for successful transparencies, but when it works, wow! We start with a crash course in color, then make three simple mock-blocks, followed by two more challenging ones.
June Workshop with Laura Nownes
Workshop Friday June 3 - Laura Nownes, "Baskets, Going to Market"
This original basket pattern is both fun and easy to make. It is charming in any fabrics and color schemes. I encourage you to choose a collection of your favorite fabrics and consider including a variety of visual textures such as dots and plaids for added interest. The handle is a design opportunity that can help unify an abundance of fabrics. The background can be made either from one fabric or a variety of fabrics if you prefer a scrappy look.
Laura has an easy technique for preparing the basket handles. The process will produce handles that will all be perfectly shaped and ready to be appliqued (either by hand or machine) onto the background fabrics.
July Workshops with Susan Brubaker Knapp
Workshop Friday July 8 - Susan Brubaker Knapp, "Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals"
Member Price: $65 plus $25k kit fee to instructor day of class (non-member $78)
Students learn how to add highlights and shadows, and blend colors using thread sketching to create a realistic apple. This is the most basic of Susan’s thread sketching classes. Using a simple apple pattern, students learn how to:
Cut pieces from fusible adhesive and fuse them to the background
Stabilize the fabric surface
Choose the right threads and needles for thread sketching
Adjust tension for the correct stitch
Add color, highlights and shadows using thread
August Workshop with Judy Irish
Workshop Friday August 5 - Judy Irish, "Dazzling Doodle Designs on the Long Arm"
Learn about the wonderfully creative world of the long-arm quilter and how you can quilt creatively on your personal or customer quilts without marking and turning. We will discuss pricing, turn-around time, quilt designs, and other aspects of the long-arm business. Some additional tips will be provided on piecing pitfalls, batting selection, wavy borders and other piecing problems that can be a challenge for the quilter. This is an over-view and informational class on this fast-growing phenomenon in the quilting world.
This will be a hands-on class with demonstrations of long-arm quilting and doodling followed by practice time for students. We will have machines set up for students to use and try out some of the techniques. Students will also be able to make a sample collage using threads from Judy’s collection.
September Workshops with Carol Taylor
Workshop 1 Friday Sept 9 – Carol Taylor “Sheer Illusions, Small Fabric Foliage”
This will teach the background piecing, and will be focusing on using silk organza as the leaves for the “sheer illusions” effect. The workshop will include the fused appliqué of the organza and the satin stitching, but not the leaf pattern quilting designs or any larger sizes since this will be a 1-day class. You can refer to the photos to see what you can do with these techniques, but the piece you make in class will be much more basic and small ~25 x 25 such as the photos below.
Workshop 2 Saturday Sept 10 – Carol Taylor “Arc-i-Textures Wall Hanging”
Want to create a small (15 x 15) unique quilt of your very own and learn something about composition, textures, and circular quilting? Then this is the class for you! This is a chance to use some of those fancy and unusual fabrics that you’ve been attracted to, but didn’t know how to use. We will tame them by fusing, and learn to mix them with other textured looking fabrics. And you won’t need much of any one fabric…even scraps will do.
You’ll learn a bit about composition and how to balance it with both color and size. You’ll learn about fusing and how to finish your quilts with facings as opposed to bindings. And Carol will also teach you how to quilt and couch those “perfect” circles that have almost become a trademark on her quilts. You’ll be thrilled with the resulting small quilt, which you can do in many different color schemes, and hang in your own home or give as a gift.
October Workshop with Esterita Austin
2-day Workshop Thursday Oct 6 - Friday Oct 7- Esterita Austin “Portraiture”
Member Price: $130 plus $35 kit fee payable to instructor day of class ($156 non-member)
This is a two-day fusing class - No sewing machine required! Anyone can accomplish outstanding results in this introductory class to portraits. Choose to work with a face/pattern provided by Esterita or bring your own 11 x 17 photograph from which to work (please see the supply list for advance prep if you use your own photograph). You will then learn all of the techniques necessary to achieve an excellent likeness in fabric.
Esterita will teach you to build your portrait base by fusing fabric. She then gives a painting demo for the rest of the face work. You will start on your own painting, typically getting much of your project painted by the end of the 2nd day.