PO Box 667 New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5828

David Owen Hastings: Inspired by Architecture (Full Day WS, Thurs, 10/13/22, 9am-4pm)

David Owen Hastings: Inspired by Architecture (Full Day WS, Thurs, 10/13/22, 9am-4pm)
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Price: $150.00
ID Number : CA020


Inspired by Architecture
Full-Day Workshop
9 am - 4 pm, Thursday, October 13

David will guide you through a creative process for designing your own modern abstract quilts, taking inspiration from architectural photos to develop dynamic and unique quilt designs.


Using photos of architectural elements, David will guide you through the steps to design a mini fabric quilt. We will use the quilt-as-you-go method, sewing the top pieces, batting, and backing simultaneously. David will demonstrate facing your quilt, to give a more modern finish than traditional binding. Your mini quilt can be the final product (frame it, hang it or make a pillow cover later), or it can be a test for a larger quilt.

A PDF materials and supplies list with example architectural photos will be emailed in advance.


  • Experiment with different elemental geometric shapes, including gentle curves
  • Explore spare, simple compositions for a modern look
  • Think about figure and ground
  • Consider the sewing lines as a key design element
  • Select 1-2 photos, and break them down into elemental shapes with tracing paper and pencil
  • Assess which compositions work well, and choose one to translate into fabric
  • Discuss color and value choices and decide on a palette
  • Map out pieces for one composition
  • Label and cut out cardboard pattern pieces, or cut pieces improv style
  • Audition colors and placement
  • Translate pattern pieces into fabric, leaving a generous amount of extra fabric for seam allowances
  • Build composition with the quilt-as-you-go method, trying out multiple fabrics, stepping back to assess the effect of each
  • Enhance surface design with thoughtful machine stitching
  • Watch a demo of facing a quilt for a modern look and joining finished quilt blocks

This is an all-levels workshop. Basic knowledge of walking foot quilting is helpful, but not necessary. I look forward to sharing and sewing with you!
All Levels

Students to Provide

MATERIALS: Print supplied PDF of architectural photos in color before class (or provide your own photos for inspiration), 6-8 solid neutral fabrics (fat quarters are good), 3-4 solid accent fabrics (scraps are fine), 3 pieces of backing fabric cut to 14" x 14" squares, 3 pieces of cotton quilt batting cut to 13" x 13" squares, cotton sewing thread in neutral grey, black, white, and one accent color

TOOLS/EQUIPMENT: sewing machine with walking foot (provided?), fresh needle, pins, rotary cutter, box cutter or X-Acto knife, scissors for paper and fabric, cutting mat, quilting ruler, fabric marking tool, black sharpie, 14" x 14" or larger tracing paper, smartphone or digital camera, paper for sketching, small post-it pad, 12" x 12" cereal box cardboard or other light cardboard

Sewing Machine Required