A la Mary Improv Quilting

Improv Piecing Lecture all levels 1 hour, $10 per student with 20 student minimum (maximum 45) 

Improv Piecing Workshop all levels 1-3 hours, $25 per student with 15 student minimum. 4-6 hours, $35 per student with 15 student minimum. Interested in having me teach at your event? 

Lecture of various improv quilting techniques. We will talk about improv, how I create “found fabric” from scraps, and visualize how I “think through” ideas. It includes modern improv quilts, my personal journey into improv, and an explanation of the title, a la Mary.
Workshop includes techniques for using up those unfinished or unwanted blocks. If time permits, we will wander into how I use color theory, create large-scale blocks, and build alternative blocks. Slow-paced workshop perfect for improv beginners. It sounds serious, but it’s always more fun than that! Let’s laugh together, learn together, and explore together!
Workshop consists of creating fabric from scraps using color theory, creating large-scale blocks, and creating alternative blocks  
Tools you’ll need: your sewing machine and everything you keep with it (scissors, pincushion, seam ripper, etc.), a good rotary blade, your best pair of scissors, and a sense of adventure. If possible, a small design board (see below).
Fabric to pack: bring a big variety of solids, a few prints, those blocks you’ve been hiding, and any fabric that you now shake your head at. Oh, yeah, those too!

Make your own small design wall.

Supplies: Foam-core board; wool felt, flannel, or batting cut to fit; hot glue gun and glue; binder clips
Cover a foam-core board (FCB) with flannel or batting. Cut the fabric 46″ X 66″ inches. If you are using a smaller piece of FCB, add 2-3 inches on EVERY side of the batting or flannel. Press a small hem on all four sides. Stitch (optional). Determine and mark the center of your fabric and FCB. Place the fabric, right side down on a flat surface. Now place the FCB in the center of the cut fabric, and carefully roll the overhang to the back of the board. Work with one edge at a time working across from the first edge rather than working around the board in a circular motion, so you can pull the fabric taunt without it shifting. Use the clips to hold the fabric in place. Once the fabric is in place, carefully glue using the hot glue gun. Note: If this just a temporary board, use the clips to hold the fabric in place during class. You can easily remove them after class.
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