The quilt design workshop is about process and creativity. I facilitate the classroom atmosphere to promote independence and discovery. Learning is enhanced when we are engaged and enjoying the task at hand. The workshop format includes a lecture and "trunk show" sample of quilts to introduce the focus of the session. Technical demonstrations are conducted individually and in small groups. A student "show and tell" will often close the class to allow student's to consider doing more of what works for them. Questions are happily answered before you schedule a workshop, or before you register for one.
Note to Students: Adventurous quilters from beginners to advanced students will be comfortable in these workshops. Students work at their own pace. Our aim is to relax, explore, have fun and indulge our love of quilting. The quilts in the photos are samples to illustrate the theme, not a project you will sew. No patterns are used. You will generate your own ideas and make original quilts. You will learn how to: work without a pattern; develop improvisation--meaning you will start from the familiar, experiment with making parts and arranging the parts in a design that pleases you; consider sources of inspiration and next steps in your growth as a quiltmaker. I have studied and taught with Gwen Marston, and I borrow from her Liberated approach to quilt making. I like to say I am from the Liberated School of Design!
General information---Materials--- Fabric: Solids, with prints and batiks for accent work well, but you decide what fabrics you want to use. Supplies: Bring a sewing machine in good working order and your basic sewing supplies...needles, pins, threads, scissors, rotary cutter/mat/rulers.
SAVE THE DATE!
Madeline Island School of the Arts October 2-6, 2017 Registration is now open. A Quilter's Mark Making Study
American Quilters Society Quiltweek August 16-19, 2017 www.quiltweek.com
Workshop concluded: SMALL STUDIES WITH GWEN MARSTON & PAM BEAL
OCTOBER 10-14, 2016 MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
COMING SOON---STUDIO HAND QUILTING
A QUILTER'S MARK MAKING STUDY
Think of improv piecing and appliqué as invitation to add marks to your quilt creating visual interest and movement. Consider lines, squares, triangles and circles as the vocabulary of mark making. Little pieces and parts coming out of nowhere, seemingly going nowhere. The very curiosity of it interests the maker and the viewer.
optional resource: Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS Publishing 2014
IMPROVISATION IN CLOTH
An immersion in design. Explore color, line and technique through a series of small quilt studies. Grow as a quiltmaker and artist. Small studies offer a good challenge, allow ideas to develop and improvisation to flourish. Recommended resource is the book 37 Sketches by Gwen Marston, available at gwenmarston.com
overheard.....comments from students about my workshops....... "I've taken classes with many national teachers and I have really enjoyed this class."... "I thought this would be my last quilting class, but you have opened my eyes to another way of making a quilt and I'm excited again."..."This class was so much fun!"..."I was way out of my box and loved it."..."You and Gwen were seamless".... and....."You just hang it on the wall then?" asked Pam's neighbor.
previous engagements: Madeline Island School of the Arts; American Quilter's Society; Bonifas Arts Center
plus travel/lodging expenses
Details to be determined when we talk