I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.
Traditional, contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects. My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.
You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home. In addition, every workshop attendee will receive:
- Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
- Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
- Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
- Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s improvisation with a plan!
- Handout on Modern Quilt Design Principles — resources and tips
My workshops are suitable for confident beginners and provides challenges for intermediate and advanced quilters as well.
Here’s an overview of my Minnesota Quilters Conference workshops with tips for choosing your fabrics.
Parisian Curves Quilt WorkshopIn this one-day workshop, you will learn to sew freehand cut curves with no templates required! I’ll give you easy tips–and remove your fear of piecing improvisational curves forever. After piecing your curves, you can create a quilt that looks random and improvisational quickly and easily. And, you can adapt the layout to make this quilt uniquely your own!
Fibonacci Quilt #1 Workshop
This one–day workshop is a surprisingly easy approach to modern quilting using just a few basic blocks. Block sizes are based on the Fibonacci sequence, a number series common to many things in nature. Bring your creativity, but don’t worry about the math—I’ve done it all for you in the pattern. And, if you don’t want to make the full quilt, you can use the blocks to make a Table Runner and/or set of Place Mats! You will create a quilt that looks modern, random, and improvisational quickly and easily using this method. Use all solids or a mix of solids and prints. Directions for fabric selection will be included in the supply list or see my video for suggestions on choosing your fabric.
Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch Workshop
The ‘Disappearing 9 Patch’ has become a standard block for modern quilts but we will take it a few steps further.
First, everyone will make several “base” 9 patch blocks at home. Class includes step-by-step instructions for several improvisational cutting and piecing techniques to completely ‘fracture’ each of the blocks. The results will be unique and fun blocks that are easy to piece but look complex. This pattern is from my book, Madly Modern Quilts, available from local quilt shops and online.
MidCentury Modern Curve Quilt Workshop
This is one of my most popular workshops. It’s a modern variation of the drunkard’s path traditional block, pieced without templates or matching. (I’ll be publishing a full pattern late this year so be sure to follow my blog for updates.)
The freehand cut curves make the quilt look very improvisational. Curved blocks are cut and pieced with NO TEMPLATES and NO PINNING!
You will practice several techniques for creating unique improvisational blocks. Class includes detailed instruction for cutting and piecing freehand curve blocks. Then, you will learn key design principles for fracturing these base blocks to create a block with both straight and curved lines. Finally, you will make improvisationally pieced fabric from the ‘leftovers’ to insert into other blocks.
Participants will develop confidence freehand cutting and piecing gentle curves, combining prints and solid fabrics, alternate grid layouts and incorporating negative space.