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.
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 make a composition of any size and stitch it together.
Door Jam Any level of sewist.
HouseTop Any level of sewist.
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
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.