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Stash Jazz October 2020

Every quilter has a stash of leftovers—orphan blocks, large scraps and even fat quarters of ‘ugly’ fabric. This workshop will help you make a dent in using some of this fabric to create a beautiful modern quilt. The pattern is based on two PIECED blocks. However, you start by improvisationally piecing your stash into complex looking but easy to piece block sections. No partial seams required. The quilt can be made in a scrappy version OR you can use a more coordinated set of scraps and orphan blocks in a selected color palette. I will also show how using a background color in the pieced blocks can create a completely different look for the quilt.

What the class includes:

  • 2 Quilt layouts
  • In the class, you will see me draw from a bag of random scraps real time and see how I use what I have to piece an improvisational block.
  • I’ll demo using orphan blocks including blocks with ‘mistakes’ in them!
  • I’ll demo how to select and place your improvisational blocks in the quilt layout.

You start making this quilt by improvisationally piecing your stash into complex looking but easy to piece block sections. No partial seams required.  The quilt can be made in a scrappy version OR you can use a more coordinated set of scraps and orphan blocks in a selected color palette. I will also show how using a background color in the pieced blocks can create a completely different look for the quilt.

REGISTRATION BUTTON IS BELOW.

Parisian Curves Stripes Plaid #1 Nov 2019 detail A

My Approach to Quilting A Modern Quilt

I love  the look of machine quilting on modern quilts.   I wanted to use my walking foot but still go beyond simple or even complex lines to create unique quilting lines and shapes in my modern quilts.  I wanted to break away from repeating the same shapes over and over.  I did not want to [ …Continue Reading ]

Stash Jazz

A COMBINATION Live class with video tutorials on the prework. The class will be a live session delivered over Zoom with access to a prerecorded video on fabric selection and tips and techniques to complete the project.

Every quilter has a stash of leftovers—orphan blocks, large scraps and even fat quarters of ‘ugly’ fabric. This workshop will help you make a dent in using some of this fabric to create a beautiful modern quilt. The pattern is based on two PIECED blocks. However, you start by improvisationally piecing your stash into complex looking but easy to piece block sections. No partial seams required. The quilt can be made in a scrappy version OR you can use a more coordinated set of scraps and orphan blocks in a selected color palette. I will also show how using a background color in the pieced blocks can create a completely different look for the quilt.

What the class includes:

  • 2 Quilt layouts
  • In the class, you will see me draw from a bag of random scraps real time and see how I use what I have to piece an improvisational block.
  • I’ll demo using orphan blocks including blocks with ‘mistakes’ in them!
  • I’ll demo how to select and place your improvisational blocks in the quilt layout.

You start making this quilt by improvisationally piecing your stash into complex looking but easy to piece block sections. No partial seams required.  The quilt can be made in a scrappy version OR you can use a more coordinated set of scraps and orphan blocks in a selected color palette. I will also show how using a background color in the pieced blocks can create a completely different look for the quilt.

REGISTRATION BUTTON IS BELOW.

CLS 4-14 MCM blocks

Online Modern Quilt Classes — Coming Events

Taking quilt classes online isn’t brand new.  But, traveling teachers like me are recognizing the importance of upping our game and offering even more options for learning about quilting. I have created a series of live and on demand workshops that you can take from the comfort of your own home. To see the current [ …Continue Reading ]

Commission Quilt

Artquilt Improv with Intention

Here’s a peek into my process for making this commission quilt. As many of you know,  I spent many years as an artquilter before I moved into the world of modern quilt designing and teaching.  I still make a few artquilts every year–usually as a commission like this one or in response to an invitation [ …Continue Reading ]

Modern Quilt Pattern

Fibonacci Pattern Updated

I just uploaded an update for the Fibonacci Quilt #1 Pattern on my Etsy shop. Here’s the original quilt: And here’s a mock up of a new layout with some variations!   The pattern addendum  includes info on fabric requirements for the new quilt size. You can customize this quilt to suit your interests–and your [ …Continue Reading ]

Final 1 IB title

Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it. Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I [ …Continue Reading ]

Slender inserts gray ombre full2

Submitting to Quilt Shows

Submitting to quilt shows–many of us love doing it and others hate the thought of competition.  Submitting to quilt shows can be fun or scary. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on some of the factors to consider. I’ve been focused on designing and writing patterns and haven’t submitted to many shows for the [ …Continue Reading ]

Finding youor quilting sewjo

Tips for Finding Your SewJo

We probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, [ …Continue Reading ]