Past workshop information is listed below.
Saturday, January 6, 2018 &
Sunday, January 7, 2018
10 am to 4 pm
Sandra Bruce, an award winning art quilter with a background in illustration and lettering, will be leading a 2-day workshop. The workshop, “Material Matrix”, is inspired by the painter, Chuck Close. It involves using a gridded photograph and interpreting each 2-inch square into fabric, using piecing to achieve the effect. Everyone in the class works on the same project and Sandra will provide a template and handouts so the pieces can be finished at home with confidence. She will also discuss how to select a good photo to use in future projects; color and value; loose curved-piecing; and how to grid your own photo using Sandra’s unique technique.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
Practice free-hand rotary cutting while working with strings (long, thin pieces of material, often left over from other projects). Using both scraps and new material, we’ll cut, arrange and re-arrange strips, then sew larger units together. We’ll combine these to make original quilts. Work small or work large, and by the end of the day, you’ll have finished a project or see the way to complete it. She will bring many quilts to the workshop to inspire you.
Pam’s Promise: “I promise that you’ll get this one done. If you don’t finish during the workshop, we’ll work on it together at my house in Santa Cruz. I’ll bring many quilts to the workshop to inspire you.”
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
Improv Lone Star
One day workshop with award winning instructor Nancy Rink.
Learn to make an updated improvisational pieced Lone Star using strips and bits. This workshop merges the traditional Lone Star techniques of set-in seams and 45-degree diamond cutting with modern improvisational piecing. Add appliqué in the corners for a bit more pizazz!
October 8, 2016
This quilt pattern shows off a beautiful panel or large-scale print like yukata (Japanese kimono fabric). Tracey will bring lots of yukata for purchase at the September meeting, allowing you to choose coordinates from your stash before the October workshop. Or bring your own large-scale print as a focus fabric. Cool fact: the half-square triangle blocks in each additional border increase in size by exactly 1 inch.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bead Embroidery for Quilters
Yes, till 4:30, with a 30 minute lunch, so bring your food and drinks. Thom has so much wonderful information to share that he wants a full 6 hours.
We will take a look at beads, their variety and their use on quilts to create texture and add color. We will learn the basic stitches for applying beads, and what they do to the surface of the quilt, and how the application of beads quilts the surface.
This is a process class. The student should have some prior knowledge of hand sewing and hand quilting. Kit fee is $25 and will be available at class. Come early to be set to start at 10 am sharp. No sewing machines needed.
November 7, 2015
Slash-Back slash quilt designs
Slash/Backslash workshop: Like magic, the technique taught gives students the blocks to make two pieced quilt “tops” at once to put together into a reversible quilt (or two separate quilts), with no wasted fabric and no exposed biases. Students may choose between a wallhanging (36″ × 36″) or throw (54″ × 72″) size; it’s possible to finish piecing the wallhanging in class. Further setting options for the blocks will be also explored in class. Pattern fee: $10
Fast, easy great for quick holiday gifts. Great stash buster. No stress class for the end of the year.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Designing Floral Art Quilts
This workshop is designed to take the mystery and fear out of drawing. Using simple shapes provided, we will explore/brainstorm a few basics for drawing and sketching that will help create your own floral designs. We will then collage a small flower composition of your favorite sketch using fused fabric to create a small quilt top. Sewing machines will not be needed for the workshop.
Tonye Belinda Phillips
Saturday, January 10, 2015
APPLIQUÉ POTLUCK: Needle-turn Appliqué
Have a great time recreating one of Tonye’s potted plants, baskets or window boxes. Using simple shapes and your favorite fabrics she will share with you the fun and creative energy you are sure to find when playing with hand appliqué. Whether a “newbie” or experienced, hand appliqué can be extremely relaxing and rewarding.
The focus of this class will be utilizing the needle-turn appliqué technique Tonye will share to create your own block using her patterns as inspiration, or mixing up some of the patterns in her book, Hand Appliquéd Quilts/Whimsical Designs and Simple Techniques, to create your very own design. Try sketching out some of your ideas before class for added inspiration. And bring along any other items which might spark your imagination. Remember, this is light hearted, whimsical, folk art!!!
To read more about Tonye visit her website at www.tonyebelindaphillips.com
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Octagon Chopkey Quilt, Wall Hanging or Tote Bag
Our November workshop and program feature renowned quilt artist, Rami Kim, author of several quilting books as well as quilt and wearable arts designer extraordinaire. Rami has a knack for continually designing exciting, challenging, and beautiful creations and we are thrilled to finally have her coming to PVQA.
This workshop is a sweet revenge to high school geometry classes (remember the days of hair-pulling?). You are going to have fun folding octagons, hexagons, and pentagons with beautiful fabrics. One more ‘Chopkey’ project from Rami’s childhood memories which will put a smile on your face. Perfect for stashed scraps and fat-quarters.
To read more about Rami visit her website at www.ramikim.com
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Watercolor Strip Quilt
Learn to make this lovely quilt using only three floral fabrics (or more if you so choose) because florals “have lots of color and design and blend easier”. Plus one border fabric. The secret of these attractive quilts is values of light, medium and dark. To be more productive, Mary suggests sewing the strata together prior to class. There are thousands of layout possibilities so plan to attend and have fun exercising your creativity!
To read more about Mary visit her website at http://www.marytabar.com/