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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.

 
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 combos – 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 make an idea book for yourself to attain variety. 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

A shot taken in class.... so much room for experimenting.

A shot taken in class…. so much room for experimenting.

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.

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