Have fun learning paper piecing basics and all the little tricks for success with Mary Hertel. This class is suitable for beginning quilters as well as more advanced students. We will be making two whimsical blocks from Mary’s book, "Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
MaryJo Busch will teach us to use a color wheel to create combinations of fabrics to create a variety of color schemes. Every student WILL go home with all the color combinations created and sealed in zip top bags and at least one block stitched out to use as a reference.
Make your Lemoyne stars twinkle by using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool from Studio 180 Design. Stop cutting out odd shapes with angles that never quite match up and eliminate those bulky center spots where multiple seams intersect. You will be able to make a block as small as 3” with the same precision as a 12” block.
Double-points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and eliminate the need for a traditional appliquéd circle in the center! Learn Susan Cleveland's method to assemble arcs and rings and turn the points. Follow her pattern or design your own Dresden in class!
Learn Lenore Crawford's fusing technique while beginning a beautiful fused art quilt using one of her patterns. Lenore will demonstrate how she uses fabric paint to increase the realism. No sewing is done in this workshop.
This workshop is now full.
Learn to use the camera in your smartphone or tablet to take and edit better pictures of your quilts. Participants will use their own phones or tablets, and will use software (downloaded before class) to edit the pictures to improve their quality.
Have you started making your Quilt of Valor? If not, do you need a little encouragement and support to get started? Or better yet... to get it finished? Join other like-minded sewers at the Quilts of Valor “sew-in” on Wednesday, February 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 680 W. Deerpath Road in Lake Forest (the usual location for workshops).
So bring fabric, your sewing machine, and supplies to work on your quilt… to have it ready for the show in October. It will be fun to see everyone’s quilts! If you have any questions about the "sew-in", contact Deb or Cheryl... and we hope to see you on Wednesday, February 22nd.
IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Deb Sherrock by Tuesday, February 14 if you plan to come to the QOV “sew-in” on February 22. If we need more space at the church due to an overwhelming response, we need to let them know a week in advance.
There is no fee for this workshop.
Catherine Redford teaches ways to quilt using the walking foot that go beyond just "Stitch in the Ditch".
Learn to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of your walking foot. Brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work. Be inspired to turn your tops into quilts.
This workshop is now open to the public.
Celebrate your love of quilting with this new twist on the traditional spool pattern. Spools are three-dimensional and made from folded squares—there are no set-in seams. Striped fabric will make your 3-D fabric spools look just like the real deal as they dance around on this pushed-neutral background.
Join us for the May workshop, "Bargello With A Twist", presented by Maggie Ball.
The Bargello 16-piece block, as featured in Maggie Ball's book Bargello Quilts with a Twist, provides enormous potential for creating original designs. If you've felt intimidated by the Bargello technique of sewing numerous strips together, never fear. To make this easily constructed strip-pieced block, you only need to sew four strips at a time. You will be amazed and delighted by the many possibilities for designing your own unique quilts and students are encouraged to explore a variety of options.
More information is available on her website at http://www.dragonflyquilts.com/classes-detail.php?ID=2.
Come and learn David Taylor’s special techniques as you make this beautiful, nature-inspired quilt.
David Taylor on the inspiration for “New Hampshire Beauty”: “I was asked by IQA to create a small wall quilt (18 inches square) for the annual "Celebrity Quilter Silent Auction" (their words, not mine). I adapted the pattern from a photo I took of a leaf on one of my annual autumn trips to New Hampshire. Above is the finished quilt titled "New Hampshire Beauty." I used the same techniques I teach in my five-day workshops. The pattern has 53 applique pieces in the leaf alone and the background is a hand-painted fabric I purchased from Patricia Bravo of Art Gallery Quilts.”
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Have you always wanted to try making a wholecloth quilt? Join your fellow guild members for this special workshop. Pat Delaney will teach us to use machine quilting to quilt a darling “Mini” wholecloth quilt.
Plan out fresh ideas for machine quilting by stitching out a mini, premarked wholecloth quilt. The 16” x 16” size makes a doable project. Go beyond the usual and refresh your ideas for traditional or modern quilts. You will find many designs to use on your next quilt-mini or full size.
Quilt the Mini Supply List
Extra safety pins size small
Blue washout marker
Basic sewing supplies
Best machine capable of lowered feed dogs, in good working order, and book
Free motion foot
New needles size #70 or #75 quilting, embroidery, topstitch, or microtex
Cotton thread preferably Aurifil, Mettler, Superior, Sulky, etc. 50 weight
Thread and bobbin, cream, tan and/or any color you’d like on cream fabric
Optional quilter's extension table if you have one
Quilter's gloves, fingertips or non-greasy hand cream (i.e. Neutrogena)
2 practice quilt sandwiches, muslin top and backing, cotton or wool batting, pinned or spray basted
Backing fabric of your choice 20” x 20”, choose something pale so there will be no “see through”
Pencil and paper
Slider Teflon mat (optional, but encouraged, I will bring some)
$17 Kit fee includes batting and pre-marked mini wholecloth quilt top 16” x 16”
Join Jill Shaulis and Vicki Olsen of Yellow Creek Quilt Designs for a journey into the wonderful world of wool applique. Wool is a great fiber for applique with its unique textures, weaves, and depth of color. If it’s felted, it doesn’t ravel, which makes edge finishing really easy and fun! If you haven’t tried wool applique before, here’s your chance. If you have, you probably can't wait to do another wool project. Come join us in making this lovely table runner.
SUPPLY LIST--Kits will be available for $25.50 with similar fabrics
Table Runner approx. 17" X 36"
Blocks are approx. 7 1/2"
1/3 yard Black (baskets)
3/8 yard Setting Triangles
1/3 yard Border
1/3 yard Binding (not needed for class)
5/8 yard Backing (not needed for class)
2 1/2" X 8" Red
2 1/2" X 8" Blue
4" X 8" Gold (sunflower & red/blue centers)
2" X 6" Brown (sunflower center)
3" X 6" Green
Sewing Machine/Rotary Cutting Supplies/Basic Sewing Needs/Iron & Board
#24 Chenille Needle
1/3 yard Steam a Seam lite--we'll bring some to sell too
Easy Angle Ruler (only if you have one--we'll supply some for use that day & will be offering an alternate method for making 1/2 square triangles should someone not care for the Easy Angle method)
Thread to match wools--we prefer Valdani & will bring some to sell
Join us to learn John Flynn's tips and tricks for making one of his beautiful Storm at Sea quilts.
STORM AT SEA is an intermediate level workshop. Those straight line seams end up looking curved – it is an optical illusion which has fascinated quilters for a long time! Traditionally done in shades of blue, John has updated the look in different colorways and in scraps. A pre-cut Kit is available. For those wanting to use their own fabrics, there is a template fee of $12.
Join Sharon Rotz for her workshop, String Piecing 101 and Beyond and learn how to use up those scraps in your stash! In hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.
Sewing machine required.
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We are hosting a work-day for members to finish their entries for the quilt show (maybe even make a label for the back and a pocket for hanging). Or you can work on silent auction items, boutique, aprons or QOV (Quilts of Valor) projects. We will be meeting at Faith Lutheran Church from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Feel free to come for as long or short as you want. Bring your sewing machine, if you need one. We will have fabric for members to work on for QOV quilts for those who have their entries completed. It will be fun to all sew together, There is lots to do.
Don't forget it is only two weeks before the deadline to enter quilts. This will be a great place to photograph your quilt. We will have a stand with black drapes to help you out if you wish to use it.