quilt making workshops

I teach quilt making for adults. I just love teaching improvisational techniques to anyone who wants to listen. Take a simple concept and explore with no hinderance. This lack of limit is what my workshops are about. I encourage each student to find a simple idea and follow it through to their own conclusion.

On a deeper level, I am teaching the elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on figure and ground relationships. I want my students to learn how to make their own art without following a pattern or an idea prescribed by someone else. Take an inspiring idea, apply some skill, effort and lots of practice – art will magically appear. 

ArtLeap.ca is where you will find my schedule of workshops.

In every workshop, the idea or impetus is just the starting point. We naturally talk and learn about colour theory, about value placement, about contrast and depth, scale and proportion. You will find your own composition while exploring and sharing ideas in the workshop.  Find your own approach, create your own work, share your vision, and learn the way to find your unique point of departure.

Here are the courses I teach. They are best done in two day or three day stints, but in a pinch I will teach a “mini” version in one day. In the one day version – you get the technique, but there is simply (usually) not enough time to finish a composition of any size and stitch it together.

You can hire me to teach for your group. Contact me at barb@artleap.ca

Door Jam Any level of sewist.

 
A jam session is an event where a group of musicians get together to riff and improvise on standard songs.   Each musician has skill on their chosen instrument, but to play well together, they must know know how to execute perfect scales in many keys. Given the right set of circumstances, the magic happens. 
 
I call this quilt the Door Jam, because it started with a simple shape that looked like a door with a frame, or a jamb. As I was taking my dog for a walk through the neighbourhood we passed a simple grey house, with white trim and a yellow door. This sighting inspired the colour story. Jamming, or riffing on a single, simple shape, changing the scale and the proportions and the colours and value placement. It is much like musicians jamming together to make new and wonderful music.
 
In this workshop, we will take the basic shape of the framed door, and jam along with improvisational ideas. It’s a very simple idea, but one with many possibilities. Colour it simple, like I did with neutrals and a single colour, or try developing a larger colour story by framing multi coloured doors in black, or make rows in differing colour combinations – it is limitless. I’ll show you a few different ideas to use the same shape in different ways, using multiple techniques to get the job done. We will discuss how to record your progress in a sketch book for future reference. 
 
 

 

Not Your Mama’s QuiltAn Improv Quilt Workshop

Skill level: Sewing skills helpful, but not necessary… this class is for any level of quilt maker, from beginner to advanced

Traditional quilts hold a warm place in many hearts. Quilts made by our mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers are prized possessions in our hearts and in our homes.

Quiltmaking is fun. Also – you get a blanket or a piece of art out of it. Making perfect patchwork takes time and practice, but making an improvised quilt with your own hand, with your own signature, putting perfection aside while you simply revel in the joy of making, is what this workshop is about. Riffing on traditional patterns, join us and learn ways to improvise and integrate meaningful fabrics in your quilt art. You will need to bring a sewing machine, cutting tools and fabrics.

 

Questions? Email Barb at barb@artleap.ca

 
 

HouseTop  Any level of sewist.

Large scale prints and solid colours in a queen size quilt. Its super warm, with wool batting and old-time bits of wool yarn are knotted through as the quilting.

Large scale prints and solid colours in a queen size quilt. Its super warm, with wool batting and old-time bits of wool yarn are knotted through as the quilting.

Inspired by the quilters of Gee’s Bend, this is an easy quilt to make and introduces free cutting and sewing, making do with what you have at hand, using simple colour schemes to make a big statement, and if you choose, using large scale prints. If you are not familiar with the quilters of Gee’s Bend, click here, and see many versions of the HouseTop quilt.

 

Modern Crossroads  Any level of sewist.

Experimenting with scale, colour and free cutting, the Crossroads quilt is a nice template within which to try out ideas. Solid colours work best for this one and its really nice to have a large range of different values, from light through to dark.

 

 

Modernized Log Cabin  A little (or lots) of quilting experience needed

Under “See photos” on my home page, look at the Black and Tan quilt, the Hi quilt and Winter White Log Cabin , Fresh Salsa and Threes i’s for some ideas of experimenting with log cabins.

Basically a log cabin workshop – but with a twist! Starting with framed squares, we’ll be experimenting with the basic log cabin form. Experimentation in scale, colour, rhythm and repetition gives you lots of fodder for an original quilt. The log cabin is worthy of a life time’s of experimentation.

Each class will be planned and designed depending on time available. 

 

Hello Dolly  A little (or lots) of quilting experience needed

You can see the full quilt called Paper Dolls on the "see photos" tab from the home page

You can see the full quilt called Paper Dolls on the “see photos” tab from the home page

Improvised “paper dolls” march across your quilt. This workshop is really fun, as you can dress your dollies in the fantastic outfits that you secretly wish you could wear yourself.

Each workshop has a specific needs regarding fabrics, but the following is needed for each workshop. GENERAL SUPPLY LIST FOR ALL SEWING CLASSES

  • Sewing machine, in good working order with a new needle, and all the power cords etc. 
  • Work lamp (optional)
  • Rotary cutter and large cutting mat
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Thread for your sewing machine: a neutral colour will work.
  • Seam ripper
  • Pencil and paper
  • Sewing pins
  • Design wall (a piece of flannel, batting or felt, about 4’ x 4’ or larger. There are inexpensive dollar store vinyl table cloths that are fuzzy on the back side and they work very well for this)
  • Painter’s masking tape

 

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