FABRIC STIR-FRY – You know the
drill. You open the refrigerator wondering what’s for dinner, and in no time,
much to your surprise, those mismatched odds and ends become something very tasty!
Learn how to use traditional blocks, original ones, leftover parts of quilts,
orphan blocks, and inherited pieces to make a one of a kind quilt. Class will
emphasize making blocks or units in any size from scratch (scraps), using
template-free techniques when possible, and fitting together odd sizes of units
to make fun, and sure to be cherished, unique and personal quilts.
Please note that this workshop can
be taught as a one or two day class. If given in one day, actual sewing time
and some of the information must be reduced.
Do you have a theme that you would like to expand upon and turn into a quilt? That is how I designed my Alaskan Sampler, Beyond Basics, Once Upon a Farm, and a few other quilts, including one that I made to
remember a quilting retreat in Cordova, Alaska.
Perhaps your only theme is using up the leftovers to make a true “what’s for dinner” stir-fry. That’s good enough!
Class will emphasize overall design and making units and blocks in any size you want to fill in the blanks. We will use template-free methods whenever possible, and combine newly made units with other pieces
of various sizes that you already have to make your theme quilt. We will not be doing any photo transfer techniques, so if you want to include some of those blocks in your quilt, you will have to prepare the photo
blocks prior to class.
Please bring the following to class.
Thread to blend with fabrics
Basic supplies (scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc.)
Rotary cutter, mat, & favorite rulers and tools
40” square (or larger) of batting or flannel for design wall
Books, patterns, magazines, etc. which have patterns for parts of quilts that you would like to include. Block
books are especially helpful. Look through them for traditional blocks with names that reflect your theme.
Parts of unfinished quilts; leftover units, strips, blocks from other quilts; inherited or antique orphan
blocks; etc. UFO’s and leftover blocks are the starting point for quilts in this workshop. Even if you aren’t
planning on using them, bring what you have. They may be good “trade” material or inspiration pieces.
This is very difficult to be specific about. Consider the size of quilt you are planning. Wall quilts can use
scraps and fat quarters while queen size quilts will obviously need larger pieces. Less fabric is required if you
are planning to incorporate already pieced orphans. Also, it depends upon how scrappy you want your quilt to
Bring pieces of anything that interests you and a good selection of neutrals(s) and tone on tone
fabrics to be used for controlling and keeping some order in the quilt. Usually colors like green, blue,
purple, burgundy, and warm golden brown in values that are medium to dark are good choices for the control
fabrics. Yellow, orange, red, fuchsia, lime green, and light values may add great interest, but they require
careful placement. Bring these if that’s what you like. This quilt is meant to be personal. Anything goes!