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Tiny Visions

This workshop from Denise Havlan shows that less CAN be more! Create “eye-popping” land and seascapes by cutting strips of fused fabric (no template) laying them onto a foundation then stitching back and forth with beautiful color threads. We begin with simple colored pencil sketches then build a realistic work of art that is easy and very satisfying. Given the small size you may create two or three of these beauties in class. We will discuss finishing techniques such as mounting, framing and adding borders or just binding. They can be framed with no quilting at all. Bring your creativity and have a very free wheeling fun day. These little fabric gems can range in size from 4” X 6” to 4” X 12” and anywhere in between….quilter’s choice.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. It opens to non-members August 16, 2017.

Supply List

  • Sewing machine in GOOD WORKING ORDER. Feed Dogs should drop. Include extra machine needles, bobbins, darning food, ¼” foot. Free motion or controlled quilting can be used.
  • Machine needles – Top stitch 12. 14. 16 or quilting needles of various sizes
  • Table top extender (optional) – A helpful tool.
  • One quilt sandwich (20” X 20”) – for warm up and free motion practice
  • Photos – Bring a selection of simple land/seascape pictures for inspiration.
  • Sketch paper, graphite pencil, assortment of colored pencils for simple sketches. You can sketch landscape or seascape ideas ahead of time.
  • FABRIC 1/8 to ¼ yard cuts of fabric (pre-fused if desired). Batiks are best for this technique (less fraying) but any fabric can work. Brights are great for sunsets or sunrises. Subdued colors in blue and green are good choices. If you look at a sunset you will see a range of yellows, oranges, reds and even pinks. Finishing techniques will be discussed. Have a couple of border fabric choices. Think land or sea or both when making fabric choices. Borders can be a bit wild and descriptive of your finished work.
  • THREADS A good assortment of colors from bright to dark. Rayons and metallics are great for seascapes. Thread choices play a very important role in this class.
  • Batting - ½ yard cut – A low loft dense batting is preferred.
  • Fusible web - 1 yard cut - Pellon Wonder Under regular #805
  • Stabilizer – ½ yard minimum cut of medium weight iron on or Pellon craft fuse. Student’s choice
  • General sewing supplies – Include SCISSORS!
  • Rotary Cutter/ Mat/ Ruler - Each student needs her own to be self-reliant.
  • Marking pen-pencil. For fabric
  • Iron and Iron Mat – Each student needs her own to be self-reliant.
  • Extension cord/power strip.
  • Quilting Gloves – Very important for free motion quilting.
Earlier Event: October 17
Speaker: Denise Havlan
Later Event: November 14
Speaker: Cheryl Sleboda