Now Available! Improv and Curves in a Day

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Three Hour Improv Piecing Workshop advanced; domestic machines; 6 hours; $50 per student with 10 student minimum.  

Created specifically for the GSQA Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this class touches on the ways that improv can change how you quilt. Improv quilting is a different way of quilting. It brings about new ideas, voices, and needs. Toss in unique improv makers and improv becomes something spectacular. Each improv quilter has his/her own way of pulling together a quilt from almost nothing. In this workshop, you will work on finding your own improv voice.

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I’ll show you the techniques I use to create my own unique quilts. We’ll “build” fabric from the pieces and cast-offs in your sewing room. We’ll sort and analyze scraps to determine where and how they want to be. We’ll reimagine new ways of dealing with old problems: scraps and discarded blocks. While I will have several quilts available to show, the goal here is for participants to understand how to create unique, improv quilts using their unique ways of thinking. It’s a day filled with sharing and sewing and finding the improvisation in you.

How do we do it all in one day? We move fast. You will learn and practice more than one skill at a time. And, unless we make it a two-day event, this class is an overview rather than an in-depth study. Students get to experience modern quilting in a broad spectrum.

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  • You will learn
    • color theory
    • how to create fabric from scraps
    • how to create large- and small-scale blocks
    • minimalism vs maximalism in modern quilt design
    • use of negative space
    • curves in modern quilting
Poster Series: Poppies
Supply List:
● Your favorite travel (sewing) machine and all the paraphernalia that comes with it
● Several large bag of scraps:
● Rotary cutter and mat
● Small ruler and long ruler
● Variety of orphan blocks (whatever you happen to have)
● Quart size baggie of fat eights to fat quarter sizes of neutrals, prints and/or solids
● Gallon size bag of any size scraps of colors, prints and solids
● Quart size baggie of smaller pieces of blacks (2×2 to 5×5) mostly solids
● Requirements of my improv classes are mostly the same. If you are enrolled in both classes, just be sure to have extra fabric and orphan blocks
Poster Series: River
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