Barbara is an international award-winning quilt artist, teacher, lecturer and author. “In the Beginning,” one of Barbara’s art quilts, was chosen as one of the best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century. For the last 22 years she has given workshops and lectures. Visit barbaraolsonquiltart.com.
Painterly Flowers, Full Day
Thursday, 2/27/2014 - 2/27/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fabric is an up close and tactile way of expressing the creative impulse. Create an imaginary flower by using fabric like a paint brush stroke. The brush stroke can be linear, to direct the eye, or textural, to add shading and depth. A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient. A pleasing combination of fabrics with directional lines and textural effects to create shading is the second ingredient. A range of lights, mediums, and darks helps add depth to the petals. A few accent fabrics that add highlights and interest are the third ingredient. Machine appliqué is the construction technique. This flower is only the beginning. This technique can be used in all types of quilt design. Beginner / Intermediate levels (basic sewing skills required).
Materials List: Photo(s) of flowers, leaves, trees. Sewing machine with zig-zag capability. Open-toed foot. Invisible thread. Bobbin thread - 60 weight, neutral color. Straight pins. Small, sharp point paper and fabric scissors. Design wall at least 20” x 20” or foam core board. 2 yds Sulky Totally Stable. Fusible web (available in class, $3/yd), 1/4 yd (Steam-A-Seam 2 regular - light weight works best). Black permanent ink felt tip pen (Sharpie extra-fine point is best). Repositionable or restickable glue stick (available in class, $2.75). Optional: Low wattage wand mini iron. Lab Fee: $4 Pattern. Basic kit (Sulky Totally Stable, 1 package Steam a Seam, repositionable glue stick, Superior mono poly, Bottom Line bobbin thread and Sharpie) available for $29.95 on Barbara’s web site, barbaraolsonquiltart.com. Fabric: 5 - 1/2 yd pieces with linear lines. 5 - 1/2 yd pieces with textural/shaded areas. Directional and multi-colored batiks or prints work well. 2 - 1/8 yd pieces of accent/highlight fabrics. 1 yd background fabric. Choose a color that you like best for your flower. Give yourself as many fabric choices as possible. Sewing machine required.
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Jump Start Your Creativity, Full Day
Friday, 2/28/2014 - 2/28/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This technique is for the quilter who is ready to break out of the box and experience a playful way of creating. Too much thinking or fear often stops quilters from trying new designs and fabrics. Get your brain out of the way and jump start your creativity. A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient, a wide array of novelty fabrics (polka dots, geometrics, florals, etc.) and a few solid fabrics is the second ingredient, and a willing spirit is the third ingredient. The construction technique is machine appliqué. Beginner level (basic sewing skills required).
Materials List: Sewing machine with zig-zag capability. Invisible thread. Bobbin thread, neutral color. Straight pins. Small, sharp point paper and fabric scissors. Design wall, at least 30” x 30” or foam core board. 2 yds Sulky Totally Stable (available in class, $3/yd). 1/4 yd fusible web (Steam a Seam 2 regular-lightweight works best). Black permanent ink felt tip pen (Sharpie extra fine point is best). Repositionable or restickable glue stick (available in class, $2.75). Optional: stiletto. $4 lab fee for pattern payable to instructor. Basic kit (Sulky Totally Stable, Steam a Seam, repositionable glue stick, Superior monopoly, Bottom Line bobbin thread and Sharpie) available for $29.95 on Barbara’s web site, barbaraolsonquiltart.com. Fabric: a variety of 12 or more 1/2 yd pieces of fun/playful novelty fabrics-could be polka dots, geometrics, large florals, etc. Give yourself many choices and don’t worry about coordinating. Four or more 1/2 yd pieces of solids or fabrics that read solid that could possibly go with your collection. 1/4 yd piece of a high contrast fabric, could be black and white. Pull a playful selection of novelty fabrics from your collection of fabrics. What better fabrics to work with to get the brain out of the way. This is not a struggle of matching fabric for a perfect quilt. Trust your instincts, pull fabric for no other reason than it looks fun and playful. Sewing machine required.
VA030 ***CLOSED*** $70.00
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Intuitive Images: Making the Connection, Full Day
Saturday, 3/1/2014 - 3/1/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Students will use a relaxation technique and music to tap into innate design abilities. Experimenting with freehand drawing and different ways of creating (centered or chaotic; intimate or engaging; implied or literal etc.) helps each student to understand their natural creative style and translate their drawing into a powerful art quilt. Drawings will be developed into full-scale designs and students will be working on the wall with fabric, color and texture. As designs progress, the instructor will work with each student to assist with problem solving and appropriate construction techniques for their composition. Quilting and embellishing will be discussed. For students who have taken different technique and design classes and are now interested in developing their own unique style, or for the artist exploring fiber as a medium. Also for the adventuresome beginner interested in going directly to original design and who is self-motivated. Intermediate / Advanced levels.
Materials List: Basic sewing supplies including small sharp pointed scissors. Design wall at least 42” x 42” – flannel, fleece or foam core board. Rotary cutter, mat and ruler. Template material: 2 yds Sulky Totally Stable at least 18” wide or comparable product that is transparent enough that a drawing underneath can be seen and traced and one side of the product can be ironed to fabric. Fusible web – 2 yds Seam a Seam 2 or similar product (may or may not be used in class depending on if individual composition calls for fusing). Black permanent ink felt tip pen - Sharpie extra fine point is best or similar permanent marking pen. Glue Stick - must be restickable or repositionable; Clover Glue Stick or Scotch brand by 3M is best (most office supply stores). Sketch book and pencil. Items from nature - rocks, leaves, shells, flowers, feathers, etc. Optional - low-wattage wand mini-iron. Optional – music (iPod & earphones). Fabric: Students should bring 25 or more 1/4 yd or larger pieces in a wide variety of fabrics such as batik, hand dyed, hand painted, colorful prints, and stripes. Have a range of dark, medium and light tones. Many choices of pleasing combinations of color and texture work best. Smaller fabric swatches or scraps also add to the variety of choices. $3 lab fee payable to instructor.
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