“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question I am often asked. This class has some of the answers. I designed it to teach some of my techniques along with some of my ways of finding and using source material in my own work. I think about it as my Ways and Means class. My idea is to create assignments that will be fun and straightforward, yet can lead to infinitely complex and artistic statements if students want to pursue them further. Using my clear, simple exercises, quilters will learn techniques they can apply as they wish to any quilt project they undertake.
In my own work, I use simple techniques to create unique quilts that express my ideas and feelings. By showing the basics of my approach, I hope to open doors of creativity that anyone can walk through, so as to find their own ways and means, their own messages. The techniques I will demonstrate will include my version of free piecing, cutting and sewing without a pattern, bias tape making (and how to apply it,) translation of traditional patterns and more. Following my lessons and directions, quilters will be able to finish the week with surprisingly original and thrilling works.
The class is best for intermediate to advanced quilters, although an adventurous beginner would not be turned away.