Color and texture, warm and cool, reflective and absorbing, all the properties and moods of color in fabric will be explored using actual fabric swatches to design a color wheel and color study wall hanging. Learn to use color more freely, following what looks right to you, not what the texts tell you should be. A more emotional way to work with color. The color swatches consist of all types of fabrics, from cottons and blends to satins and lam, everything!
Each student will bring fabrics from home to combine with each other's, to create a color wheel and several studies.
The log cabin block is so very versatile, we will use that as the basis for creating linear abstract art quilts. Start with a painting or photograph, crop that to a strong personal composition, overlay a grid, this can be an even grid, an uneven grid, curved or random grid, this linear drawing is laid over the inspiration photo or painting to become the map. Then log cabins made up of the colors found in each unit of the grid will be constructed and then put together to make the quilt. Emphasis on composition, variety, color, value and visual pathways.
·FREE WORKSHOP. Date TBD – 6:30pm BPQ nametag party
Member Price: FREE!!
Registration opens for members: BPQ Genl Mtg Jan 2
Experience level: All
Location/time: APQS Northwest, Issaquah, 6:00p to 8:00p
Come join the fun, meet other new members and create your BPQ name tag! Bring fabric scraps, basic sewing and cutting supplies. No need to bring your sewing machine; one will be available for shared use. Pattern and fusible interfacing will be supplied.
June Workshops with Eleanor Levie
·WORKSHOP. Friday, June 5 – Eleanor Levie, “Hello, It's Me: Banners to Celebrate”
Member Price: $60 (non-member: $70 )
Kit Fee to Instructor: None
Registration opens for members: BPQ Genl Mtg Feb 6 (non-members: Apr 1)
Experience level: All levels, there will be no-sew and low-sew options
Felt makes it quick and easy, ribbon or rickrack adds kickiness. YOU design the sign, choosing colors and print fabric to match the space, and customizing the size and style and lettering. What could be more unique and fun?
·WORKSHOP. Saturday, June 6 – Eleanor Levie, “Weave a Quilt With Me”
Member Price: $60 (non-member: $70)
Kit Fee to Instructor: None
Registration opens for members: BPQ Genl Mtg Feb 6 (non-members Apr 1)
NO SEWING MACHINES needed, only a spirit of adventure! In this playful workshop, you'll create artful weavings of fabric strips and ribbons, audition sequences and arrange blocks in a row to make a Skinny quilt/table runner, wall hanging, album cover, pillow top, Christmas stocking, or project of any size. Along the way, I'll help you deveopl a sense of design and composition, value and color, movement and shape, rhythm to kick your artistry up several notches. I'll share lots of materials and tips on quick and easy ways to sandwich, quilt, and finish the edges of your tapestry after you get home.
Note on fabrics: while you can bring a bin of scrap fabrics, a jelly roll, etc, Elly suggests you start with a need, e.g. a table runner to go in your dining room, or a couple of pillows needed to spruce up a sofa, or a giant tote to carry your quilts in progress, or a landscape that cries for an additional woven border. This helps you bring together a color palette for the project.
A two-part class where you will learn how to piece a small landscape as well as get a feel for how to design your own project using the Picture Piecing technique. For the sewing portion, students will work from a small landscape. Irons required.
There is no tracing or template making in any of the sewing classes. The projects are machine sewn. Please do not do any prep work prior to class. The technique is much easier than it looks. If you can sew a straight line you can do this.
For the sewing part of the class students will work from the "Whale Watching" pattern with quilt top fabric provided.
SPECIAL DATE Workshop with Krista Moser
·WORKSHOP. Saturday, July 25 – Krista Moser, “Hollow Star”
Hollow Star is a stunning take on a six-pointed star and a great way to showcase a favorite collection of fabrics. Tip: Use your guy's favorite colors to make a personal quilt he will love! A terrific contemporary quilt for any modern streamlined decor, this quilt is easy enough for a beginner to intermediate quilter. You will learn pressing techniques and how to piece biased edges with ease. This pattern has no Y seams.
August Workshop with Jenny Lyon
·WORKSHOP. Friday, August 7 – Jenny Lyon, “Fearless Free Motion - Start with a Square”
Experience level: Some free motion quilting experience (if you sign up for domestic, please have done some FMQ on domestic; if you sign up for long arm, please have done some FMQ on a long arm)
Using a scrap of fabric as a "starter", students learn how to create a unique free motion quilted background, step-by-step. A tmid free motion quilter will gain confidence in this class. This is a great class for students with a little free motion quilting experience who want to learn to combine motifs and discover their own personal style. Various motifs and fills will be taught in class. One- or two-day workshop.
Domestic Machine or Long Arm. We will have a mxed class of students whom are using their own domestic machines while other students have shared use of APQS NW's long arm machines. Students will have to specify which they are going to do at time of sign up and spaces will be limited for each.
October Workshops with Brenda Henning
·WORKSHOP. Friday, October 2 – Brenda Henning, “Fat Quarter Liberated Hunter Star”
Member Price: $75 (non-member: $90)
Kit Fee to Instructor: None (Pattern provided as part of class fee)
Registration opens for members: BPQ Genl Mtg Jun 4 (non-members: Aug 1 )
Experience level: Advanced beginner
The blocks start with 10" squares of fabric.Use fat quarters or two contrastig 10" layer cakes, plus some yardage for borders etc. Squares are stacked and then sub-cut into pieces. The squares can be sub-cut following a detailed cutting diagram for identical blocks, or the diagram can be used simply as a suggestion as you create your own liberated design. You decide! The Liberated Hunter Star class allows the quilter to take some liberties along the way and create a new wonky Hunter Star block. Who knew cutting fabric pieces willy nilly could be soooo much fun! Gather your pile of sqares and join me for a fabric whacking good time!
·WORKSHOP. Saturday, October 3 – Brenda Henning, “Quilt As You Go Table Runner”
A table runner is a terrific introduction to Quilt-As-You-Go Stained Glass. Rotary cut squares, triangles or strips are applied to fusible interfacing to create the body of the table runner. Freezer paper templates are used to cut the applique pieces at each end of the design. This is a very busy 6 hour class period. Most students will not actually sew in class (so you may not need to bring your sewing machine!!). This class uses a bias tape method and the quilting is straight lines with the feed dogs up, once you get to the quilting.
Students will need to identify which of 3 pattern options they wish at time of class registration or at least 1 month in advance. Choices are:
Wild Rose (easier)
Forget Me Not (easier)
You may also choose to buy a kit which includes the fabric. Purchase this yourself well i advance at http://www.bearpawproductions.com/ and let Lauren/BPQ Education know that you will not need a pattern.